The Network of Excellence in Corneal Regeneration

Claudio Nastruzzi, PhD

Claudio Nastruzzi is born in Ferrara on March 29, 1958.

1988 - Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science.

1988-1990 - Post-doctoral position at the Institute for Polymers of the Eidgenissische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

1991-1998 - Researcher fellow at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara.

1998-2009 Associated Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Perugia, Italy.

2009-Present Associated Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Department of Life Sciences anbd Biotechnology, University of Ferrara, Italy.


Research activity

In 2002, Claudio Nastruzzi started the activity of the Laboratory of Biomaterials & Bioencapsulation.

The main goal of the Laboratory is an integrative concept of research and teaching in the fields of biomaterials, bioencapsulation, drug formulation and drug delivery. Currently are under investigation different formulations including, inorganic matrixes, liposomes, lipospheres, microparticles, nanocapsules, microemulsions and polymeric films. Another important field of study of the Laboratory of Biomaterials & Bioencapsulation is represented by cell encapsulation and transplantation using natural, synthetic and engineerized polymers.

The research group focuses on the production and characterization of particulate delivery systems, including liposomes and microspheres for gene therapy and microparticles. The laboratory has also expertise in tissue engineering and cell encapsulation protocols (pancreatic islets, Sertoli cells, osteoblasts, etc.) and biocompatibility tests for the validation of biomaterials. The rapid prototyping section focuses on the design and development of small laboratory equipment for biotech applications and microencapsulation protocols.

Finally, the laboratory know-how has expanded to the design, production and use of microfluidic chip for the production of nanoparticles and microparticles.

Claudio Nastruzzi has published more than 150 papers (as reported in ISI Web of knowledge) and presented more than 100 contributions to national and international conferences.


Affiliation details

Prof Claudio Nastruzzi, PhD

Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology

University of Ferrara

via Fossato di Mortara 17/19, 44100, Ferrara, Italy

Phone: +39-0532-455348



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The NExCR is managed by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Action BM1302 "Joining Forces in Corneal Regeneration Research" 2014-2017.