Gaia Colombo

University of Ferrara, Italy
Lecture Title: 
“Opportunity and Challenges of Nasal Powders: Drug Formulation and Delivery”

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology

Current working address
Dept. of Life Sciences and Biotechnology
Section of Drug and Health Products
University of Ferrara
Via Fossato di Mortara 17-19
44121 Ferrara (Italy)
Tel. +39 0532 455909
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Gaia Colombo, PhD, was born in Italy in 1976. In 2001 she graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at University of Parma (Italy), after a 8-month research internship at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of South Paris XI (France). From 2002 to 2004 she was granted of a PhD scholarship from University of Parma, allowing her being appointed for 18 months at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) in prof. Robert Langer’s group, where she worked on drug delivery systems for prolonged local anesthesia. She got her PhD degree in “Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics” from the University of Parma in 2005.
Since April 2016 she is permanently appointed as Associate Professor by the Dept. of Life Sciences and Biotechnology (Degree in Pharmacy), University of Ferrara (Italy). She teaches “Pharmaceutical Technology” for the undergraduate Pharmacy program. Her research mainly focuses on transmucosal (nasal, buccal), respiratory and oral drug delivery. In 2008-10 she participated in a project funded by CARISBO Foundation on nose-to-brain delivery of antivirals in veterinary viral encephalitis. She has been Principal Investigator of a project “FIRB 2010” funded by Italian Ministry of Research, University and Education. She was funded by the Emilia-Romagna Region for a project on in vitro methods for antiviral drug assessment together with the Lombardy and Emilia Romagna Experimental Zootechnic Institute (IZSLER) and the Universities of Bologna and Parma. Dr. Colombo has published as author 54 papers, 8 proceedings, as well as 4 patents and 8 book chapters. She has been invited as lecturer by several academic and non academic institutions in Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Greece. In 2006 she founded the “AAPS Italian University Network Student Chapter” (A.It.U.N.), first European chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, for which she served as Chair in 2006-07. Since 2007, she collaborates as qualified expert with the Italian Agency for Drugs (AIFA, Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco) for the evaluation of the Quality section (Module 3) of Common Technical Documents. She is member of the Editorial Board of journals in the Pharmacology & Pharmacy category and Associate Editor for Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy.

Ferrara, December 7th, 2017