Fregona Dolores

Place of birth: Belluno, Italy.

Classical high school.
Graduate in Chemistry at University of Padova in 1983. 

Chemist professional association in 1984.

1984-1990: research associate to the Radio Elements Chemistry and Technology Department, C.N.R., Research Area, Padova

1990: University researcher, Inorganic, Metallorganic ed Analytical Department, Padova.

2004: Associate Professor to the Chemical Science Department of University of Padova.


1991 to 2013: Member of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI).

2007 to present: Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

1984- to present: Member of the Interprovincial Order of Chemists and of the National Council of Chemists.

2000 to present: Leader of the Bioinorganic Chemistry  Research group at the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Padua.

Director (2010-13) and Scientific Advisor (2013-16) of the Research Unit of Padova associated to the Italian university network Consortium of Universities for the Research in Chemistry of Metals in Biological Systems, (CIRCMSB)

2010-2012: Director of the Interdepartmental Research scientific network  "Role of the Metal Ion in Biomedical Sciences" (BIOMÉTION).

2011-2018: President of the ARTEMO ONLUS Association for the "Research of Targeted Therapies in Oncology" .


From 2000-to now: Numerous official invitations to join the membership of the Editorial Advisory Board of many scientific journals. 

-Nat. and Internat Project evaluating activity.

-2001-to date: Regular Reviewer (includes more than 100 references) of many international scientific peer-reviewed journals including: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (Elsevier), Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry (American Chemical Society), Cancer Research (AACR), Journal of Organometallic Chemistry (Elsevier), Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC), Dalton Transaction (RSC), Plos One (PLoS), Angewandte Chemie, etc.

-2015: Editor of the Special Issue Cutting-edge Nanosystems for Biomedical Applications”of the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

-2016-17: Editor of the Special Issue “Throwing light on recent advances on metallodrugs: from deemed poisons to a striking hope for the future” of the Journal Current Medicinal Chemistry. 


2011: Chairman of the organizing Committee of the full-day Congress for the opening ceremony of BIOMÉTION Center. Padova, Palazzo del Bo, Sala dell’Archivio Antico,1st June 2011.

2012: Chairman of the organizing Committee of 12th Workshop on PharmacoBioMetallics - BIOMET12. Hotel Plaza, Padova, 26-28 October 2012.

27 July 2012. Department of Chemical Sciences, Conference of Prof. Dr. Q. Ping Dou Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Departments of Oncology, Pharmacology and Pathology, School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA,:          

14 October 2014. Department of Chemical Sciences, Conference of Prof. Angela Casini Research Institute of Pharmacy University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

9 April 2014. Conference of Prof. Dr. Michael Groll, Chair of Biochemistry Technische Universität München Department of Chemical Sciences,

TUTORIAL ACTIVITY: From 2000 42 degree thesis and master's degree in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology and Astronomy on topics of Bioinorganic Chemistry, Astrochemistry and Chemistry of Innovative Materials. Thesis on bioinorganic chemistry. Supervisor and co-supervisor of 10 doctoral theses and 6 post-doc fellows in Molecular Sciences.


-2006 Winner of the Special Prize for “Scientific Results of Applicative Significance” V edition of the Premio Regionale per l’Innovazione(Verona 10/03/2006).

-2010: Winner of the XI International Prize “University Teachers which honored the Belluno City in the world”, sponsored by the Rotary Club.

-2011 Winner of the Prize “Excellence Woman 2011 granted by the Unione Artigiani e Piccola Industria of Belluno for “the internationally recognized results achieved by her scientific research in the field of chemiotherapeutics.

-2014 Selected for Research results as a “Success story” by the European Commission (Research and Innovation Division)

-2014 Qualified as Full Professor in the 03/B2 sector (Fundamentals of Chemical Technology) (17/02/2014)

-2017 Qualified as Full Professor in the 03/B1 (Fundamentals of Chemical Sciences and inorganic systems.) (12/04/2017).

INVITED SPEAKER SELECTION: she has held numerous invited conferences at national and international level including:

-Metal Dithiocarbamate Complexes: A New Class of Potential Anticancer Drugs” Gordon Reseach Conferences, Metals In Medicine Section, Oxford (UK), Luglio 9-14, 2006.

Beyond platinums: gold complexes as anticancer agentsXI International Symposium on Platinum Coord. Comp. in Cancer Chemoth. (ISPCC),11–14 October, 2012, Verona, Italy.


128 papers, (81 ISI, 3NO-ISI, 12 full paper on conference proceedings, 8 citable abstract, 1 e-book contribution) 5 patents and 150 communications to conferences.


Web of kwnoledge:
h-index 32
Average citations per item 31,52
Sum of Times Cited 3.341
 Without self citations 2.776


Research interests:

Her research field is at the interface between inorganic chemistry, biology and medicine, and focuses on the study of the interaction between metal complexes and biologically-relevant macromolecules, in order to develop (in collaboration with several Italian, American and European research groups) advanced metal-based therapeutic and diagnostic agents. Evaluation of biological activity and mechanism of action of new receptor-recognized anticancer compounds.