Daniela Quaglia

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Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Chemistry


Pavillon Roger-Gaudry
F-509

Phone: +1 (514) 343-6111 ex. 3918
Email: daniela.quaglia@umontreal.ca



Current project

Currently working on an industrially based project funded through an NSERC and NSERC Engage grants. The project involves the engineering of an enzyme to be used as a biocatalysts in industrial applications.

Daniela is also committed to the communication of science and she regularly writes for the Huffington Post Science and jobs.ac.uk blogs, among others. She is recently been appointed PlosSynbio Community editor

Education

  • Sep 2009-Feb 2013: PhD in Chemical Biology/Biocatalysis in University College Dublin, lab of Dr. Francesca Paradisi.
  • Oct 2006-Sept 2009: Master in Chemistry of Biological Molecules, Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (in collaboration with University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
  • Oct 2003-Apr 2007: Bachelor in Chemistry, Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Research Experience

  • April 2015 – present: Postdoctoral fellow, laboratory of Prof. Pelletier, Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • October 2014 – April 2015- Research Associate, laboratory of Prof. Nick Turner, University of Manchester, UK
  • December 2013 - September 2014: Research Scientist, Synthace Ltd, London, UK
  • October 2009- February 2013: Doctoral student in Chemical Biology/Biocatalysis, laboratory of Dr. Francesca Paradisi University College Dublin, Ireland
  • May 2008 – December 2008 : Erasmus placement student, laboratory of Prof. Donal O’Shea, Centre for synthesis and chemical biology, Ireland
  • December 2006 – April 2007: Undergraduate student, laboratory of Prof. F. M. Cordero, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Teaching Experience

  • December 2014 – April 2015: Associate Lecturer Biochemistry, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • February 2013–September 2013: Assistant Lecturer Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

Scholarship and Awards

  • PROTEO Travel Grant 2017: I was awarded a grant by PROTEO of 1500$ to cover part of the costs related to the Gordon Research Conference of Synthetic Biology held in the States in August 2017.
  • Publishing Better Science Through Better Data: Winner of this prestigious writing competition organised by the Nature Publishing Group. My piece was published as a blog post on the Naturejobs blog. I also attended the 2015 Publishing Better Science Through Better Data conference in London and got the opportunity to report on one of the conference's sessions under the form of a second blog post that was also published on the Naturejobs blog, the Scientific Data blog and NPG’s Of Schemes and Memes blog after the event.
  • NSERC Engage Plus research grant 2016: Together with Prof. Pelletier and our DSM industrial partner we were recently awarded the Engage Plus Grant (25000 $CAD) by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The grant is in support to a successfully completed Engage Grant project and allows us to build on the progress made during the initial project.
  • Biochemical Society Travel Grant 2016: I was awarded a grant by the Biochemical Society of £450 to cover part of the costs related to the Gordon Research Conference of Biocatalysis held in the States in July 2016.
  • RSC Travel Grant 2016: I was awarded a grant by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Chemical Biology Interface Division) of £350 to cover the travel cost to the Gordon Research Conference of Biocatalysis held in the States in July 2016.
  • Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grant 2015, I was awarded £952 towards the outreach activity entitled “Technology goes bio: enzymes to the rescue!”, an interactive workshop taking place in our university laboratory, directed to upper secondary school students.
  • IRCSET scholarship (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology), 3 years grant to support my PhD project in University College Dublin
  • ERASMUS PLACEMENT scholarship by Università degli Studi di Firenze, 6 months grant to support my Master Thesis Stage abroad in the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology, University College Dublin

Publications

  1. D. Galoth, M. S. Dunstan, D. Quaglia, E. Klumbys, M. P. Lockhart-Cairns, A. M. Hill, S. R. Derrington, N. S.Scrutton, N. J. Turner, D. Leys (2017)- Structures of carboxylic acid reductase reveal domain dynamicsunderlying catalysis – Nature Chemical Biology doi:10.1038/nchembio.2434
  2. Quaglia, D., Ebert, M. C. C. J. C., Mugford,P. F. and Pelletier, J. N. (2017) Enzyme engineering: A synthetic biology approach for more effective library generation and automated high-throughput screening. PloS One http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171741
  3. D. Quaglia, M. Pori, P. Galletti, E. Emer, F. Paradisi, D. Giacomini (2013) - His-Tagged Horse Liver Alcohol Dehydrogenase: Immobilization and application in the bio-based enantioselective synthesis of (S)-arylpropanols – Process. Biochem., 48:818-818, D.O.I. 10.1016/j.procbio.2013.03.016
  4. D. Quaglia, J. A. Irwin, F. Paradisi (2012) - Horse Liver Alcohol Dehydrogenase: new perspectives for an old enzyme - Mol. Biotechnol., 52:244-250, D.O.I. 10.1007/s12033-012-9542-7
  5. F. Hackenberg, G. Lally, H. Müller-Bunz, F. Paradisi, D. Quaglia, W. Streciwilk, M. Tacke (2012) - Novel symmetrically p-benzyl-substituted 4,5-diaryl-imidazole N-heterocyclic carbene-silver(I) acetate complexes: synthesis and biological evaluation - J. Organomet. Chem., pp 123-134, D.O.I. 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2012.07.006
  6. F. Hackenberg, A. Deally, G. Lally, S. Malenke, H. Müller-Bunz, F. Paradisi, S. Patil, D. Quaglia and M. Tacke (2012) - Novel non-symmetrically p-benzyl-substituted (benz)imidazole N-heterocyclic carbene-silver(I) acetate complexes: synthesis and biological evaluation - Int. J. Inorg. Chem, volume 2012, 13 pages, Article ID 12154, D.O.I. 10.1155/2012/121540
  7. F. Hackenberg, G. Lally, H. Müller-Bunz; F. Paradisi, D. Quaglia, W. Streciwilk, M. Tacke (2013) - Synthesis and biological evaluation of N-heterocyclic carbene-silver(I) acetate complexes derived from 4,5-ditolyl-imidazole, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 395:135-144, D.O.I. 10.1016/j.ica.2012.10.029


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