Dr. Veroniki Vidali has obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1998). Upon graduation she worked as a PhD candidate with the team of professor Elias Couladouros in the Chemistry Laboratory – General Department – Agricultural University of Athens. During her PhD she worked on the development of a methodology designed for the biomimetic synthesis of the family of bisorbicillinoids, based on which she completed the first total synthesis of bisorbicillinol, trichodimerol, as well as of bisorbibutenolide. In this work she cooperated with researcher A’ Dr. E. Pitsinos and with the scientific team of Prof. K. C. Nicolaou (Scripps Research Institute / University of California, USA). Moreover, she worked on the development of a methodology designed for the synthesis of trans-anti-6,7-bicyclic systems, found in natural seskiterpenes, owing seven-membered cyclic ethers (oxepanes) and she completed the asymmetric construction of the A,B-system of adociasulfate-2 and of toxicol A, as well as the asymmetric synthesis of the natural products (-)-aplysistatin, (+)-12-hydroxy-palisadin B and (+)-palisadin A, and the first asymmetric total synthesis of (+)-palisadin B. All of the experimental part of her work was completed in the Laboratory of Synthesis of Natural Products and Bioorganic Synthesis of the Institute of Physical Chemistry / NCSR “Demokritos”. In parallel, she cooperated with researchers A’ Dr. P. Argitis and Dr. E. Gogolides (Institute of Microelectronics, NCSR “Demokritos”), being involved with the design and synthesis of polyaromatic compounds for applications in microlithography. From 2004 to 2007 she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Synthesis of Natural Products and Bioorganic Chemistry of the Institute of Physical Chemistry / NCSR “Demokritos”, where she cooperated with Institute of Microelectronics and Intel Company, working on the design and synthesis of polyaromatic compounds, applied in microlithography. She was also involved with the development of synthetic methodology for the construction of hyperforin analogues with interesting bioactivity. Since 2007, she has been working as permanent scientific staff / synthetic chemist, at the Laboratory of Synthesis of Natural Products and Bioorganic Chemistry of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR “Demokritos”. Total synthesis of natural products and analogues with interesting bioactivity, as well as design and synthesis of polyaromatic compounds applied in microelectronics, remain her main research interests. She has co-authored fifteen (15) peer-reviewed research articles in international journals (H index = 8) and she is co-inventor in two patents.
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