Dr Francesca Cavalieri

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: 205
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Biomaterials synthesis and characterization (Drug/Gene Delivery)
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Cell-Biomaterials Interaction (Advanced microscopy techniques)
  • Supramolecular Assembly of Natural and Synthetic Polymers (Structural and Funtional Characterization)
  • Synthesis and modification of polymers (Biomedical micro-nanodevices)


Dr. Francesca Cavalieri is a Future Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at The University of Melbourne. She received a Laurea degree ‘maxima cum laude,’ in Industrial Chemistry in 1995 from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She completed her PhD in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 2014. From 1998 to 2002, Dr Cavalieri was employed as a scientist at ENEA (Italian Agency for New Technologies, Environment and Energy), Italy. She has been a tenured Assistant Professor and lecturer in Polymer Science in the Department of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ Italy since 2002. She has received a number of international research fellowships including Victorian Research Fellowship, ARC Linkage Fellowship, and the Australian Endeavour Fellowship.

Recent publications

  1. Bertucci A, Guo J, Oppmann N, Glab A, Ricci F, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Probing transcription factor binding activity and downstream gene silencing in living cells with a DNA nanoswitch. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1039/c7nr07814e
  2. Bhangu SK, Singla R, Colombo E, Ashokkumar M, Cavalieri F. Sono-transformation of tannic acid into biofunctional ellagic acid micro/nanocrystals with distinct morphologies. GREEN CHEMISTRY. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1039/c7gc03163g
  3. Bhangu S, Ashokkumar M, Cavalieri F. A Simple One-Step Ultrasonic Route To Synthesize Antioxidant Molecules and Fluorescent Nanoparticles from Phenol and Phenol Like Molecules. ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 5, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b00966
  4. Bertleff-Zieschang N, Rahim M, Ju Y, Braunger J, Suma T, Dai Y, Pan S, Cavalieri F, Caruso F. Biofunctional metal-phenolic films from dietary flavonoids. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017, Vol. 53, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1039/c6cc08607a
  5. Palmieri G, Rinaldi A, Campagnolo L, Tortora M, Caso MF, Mattei M, Notargiacomo A, Rosato N, Bottini M, Cavalieri F. Hyaluronic Acid Nanoporous Microparticles with Long In Vivo Joint Residence Time and Sustained Release. PARTICLE & PARTICLE SYSTEMS CHARACTERIZATION. Wiley-VCH. 2017, Vol. 34, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1002/ppsc.201600411
  6. Wojnilowicz M, Tortora M, Bobay BG, Santiso E, Caruso M, Micheli L, Venanzi M, Menegatti S, Cavalieri F. A combined approach for predicting the cytotoxic effect of drug-nanoaggregates. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY B. RSC Press. 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 40. DOI: 10.1039/c6tb02105k
  7. Klemm V, Mitchell J, Cortez-Jugo C, Cavalieri F, Symonds G, Caruso F, Kelleher AD, Ahlenstiel C. Achieving HIV-1 Control through RNA-Directed Gene Regulation. GENES. MDPI AG. 2016, Vol. 7, Issue 12. DOI: 10.3390/genes7120119
  8. Colone M, Kaliappan S, Calcabrini A, Tortora M, Cavalieri F, Stringaro A. Drug delivery system and breast cancer cells. AIP Conference Proceedings. American Institute of Physics. 2016, Vol. 1749. DOI: 10.1063/1.4954496
  9. Beretta GL, Cavalieri F. Engineering Nanomedicines to Overcome Multidrug Resistance in Cancer Therapy. CURRENT MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY. Bentham Science Publishers. 2016, Vol. 23, Issue 1.
  10. Chen X, Cui J, Ping Y, Suma T, Cavalieri F, Besford Q, Chen G, Braunger J, Caruso F. Probing cell internalisation mechanics with polymer capsules. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 39. DOI: 10.1039/c6nr06657g
  11. Colone M, Kaliappan S, Calcabrini A, Tortora M, Cavalieri F, Stringaro A. Redox-active Microcapsules as Drug Delivery System in Breast Cancer Cells and Spheroids. Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine. Omics Publishing Group. 2016, Vol. 10, Issue 01. DOI: 10.4172/1747-0862.1000200
  12. Cavalieri F, Colombo E, Nicolai E, Rosato N, Ashokkumar M. Sono-assembly of nanostructures via tyrosine-tyrosine coupling reactions at the interface of acoustic cavitation bubbles. MATERIALS HORIZONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1039/c6mh00250a
  13. Zhou M, Cavalieri F, Ashokkumar M. Ultrasonic synthesis and characterization of polymer-shelled microspheres #33. Handbook of Ultrasonics and Sonochemistry. 2016. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-278-4_22
  14. Cavalieri F, Beretta GL, Cui J, Braunger J, Yan Y, Richardson J, Tinelli S, Folini M, Zaffaroni N, Caruso F. Redox-Sensitive PEG-Polypeptide Nanoporous Particles for Survivin Silencing in Prostate Cancer Cells. BIOMACROMOLECULES. American Chemical Society. 2015, Vol. 16, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b00562
  15. Colombo E, Cavalieri F, Ashokkumar M. Role of Counterions in Controlling the Properties of Ultrasonically Generated Chitosan-Stabilized Oil-in-Water Emulsions. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2015, Vol. 7, Issue 23. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b02773

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