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Dr. Ivo Piantanida

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Bijenička 54
10000 Zagreb
Curriculum vitae


1987. - 1993.   Diploma Thesis at the Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Zagreb, Croatia, research group of Prof. Dr. sc. M. Šindler – Kulyk. Topic: photochemistry of heterocycles.

1993 – 1997.   Master of Science (M.Sc.) Thesis, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, research group of Dr. sc. M. Žinić. Topic: synthesis of heterocycles and interactions with nucleotides.

1997 – 2001.   Dissertation, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia, research group of dr. sc. M. Žinić. Topic: organic synthesis of small molecules targeting DNA/RNA.

Research Areas


2020 – 2022. WP head in Horizon 2020 FETPROACT-EIC-06-2019, Project: 952110 “MARA-BASED INDUSTRIAL LOW-COST IDENTIFICATION ASSAYS” (MARILIA)

2018 - 2022. Principal investigator of the Croatian Science Foundation Project (grant No. 5475) "Multichromophore probes for recognition of particular DNA, RNA and protein structures"

2016- 2017:    HAMAG-Bicro Proof of Concept (PoC6) PoC6_11_71-U-1 “Novel method for detection of mycotoxin STC in food and environment"

2015- 2016:    European Social Fund (ESF); human resources development project HR.3.2.01-0254 (Title: „Strengthening capacities in medicinal research and chemistry of bioactive systems“), project mentor Ivo Piantanida

2014 – 2018.   Principal investigator of the Croatian Science Foundation Project (grant No. 1477): “Multifunctional molecular sensing of DNA/RNA secondary structure by chemical sensors”.

2013- 2016:    REGPOT Project Call FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1; “Integration of research entities from the EU´s Convergence and Outermost regions in the ERA and enhancement of their innovation potential”; coordinator Dr. Oliver Vugrek, I. Piantanida Head of WP3 (purchase, installation of new equipment, 5 mil. Eur)

2012 – 2013.   Leader on behalf of the Croatian side of the Croatian-Slovenian bilateral Project with Prof. Jurij Lah, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia “Interactions of small organic molecules with nucleic acids: Synthesis, structural features and thermodynamics”.

2012 – 2013.      Leader on behalf of the Croatian side of the Croatian-German bilateral (DAAD 2012/2013.) Project with Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner “Design and synthesis of novel chiral cationic perylene bisimides and study of their interactions with DNA/RNA”.

2007 – 2012.   Principal investigator of the Project “Design, synthesis and study of interactions of small molecules with DNA, RNA and proteins “; No 098-0982914-2918 financed by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of Croatia.

2007 – 2012.   Director of the Program “New small molecules targeting macromolecules of tumor and inflammatory processes” No: 0982914 financed by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of Croatia.

2008 – 2010.   Leader on behalf of Croatian side in the Croatian-German bilateral (DAAD 2009/2010.) Project “Design and synthesis of novel aryl--guanidiniocarbonyl-pyrroles, and study of their interactions with DNA/RNA”.

Awards and Achievements

2014.    The Annual National Science Award, for scientific accomplishments in the field of chemistry.

2002.    The “Vladimir Prelog” Award of the Croatian Chemical Society and Pliva Ltd pharmaceutical industry for young organic chemists.


 Full Professor, Division of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka and Head of the Module 5 in the Ph.D. study “Medicinal Chemistry” on the University of Rijeka (founded 2008 in coop. with Ruđer Bošković Institute and GSK, Croatia). Lecturer at the Ph.D. study of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Zagreb; course “Interactions of small molecules with nucleic acids”. Direct supervisor and/or mentor of 3 Ph.D. Theses and 7 B.Sc. Theses in collaboration with Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.


Books and book chapters

Book chapters

  • García-España, E., Piantanida, I. & Schneider, H. (2013) Nucleic acids as supramolecular targets. U: Schneider & Hans-Jörg (ur.) Supramolecular systems in biomedical fields. London, Royal society of chemistry, str. 213-259.

Journal articles

Scientific and review papers


  • Institut (2004) In situ synthesis of intercalator for antitumor photodynamic therapy.

  • Žinić, M., Piantanida, I. & Steiner-Biočić, I. (2003) Synthesis of diazapyrene and diazapyrenium derivatives with anticancer activity.


Doctoral dissertation

  • Piantanida, I. (2001) 'Synthesis of novel 4,9-diazapyrenium and phenanthridinium derivatives and study of their interactions with nucleotides and DNA / RNA', doktorska disertacija, Prirodoslovno matematički fakultet, Zagreb.

Master thesis

  • Piantanida, I. (1997) 'Synthesis of 4,9-Diazapyrenium cations and Investigation of their Interactions with Nucleotides', magistarski rad, Institut Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb.

Membership in professional associations / societies

Croatian Chemical Society

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