Maurizio Botta (1950 – 2019)

Maurizio Botta (1950 – 2019)

Author: ChemViews Magazine

Maurizio Botta, University of Siena, Italy, passed away on the night of August 2, 2019.

Botta’s research covered antibiotics, antiviral, and antitumor agents, the total synthesis and structure determination of biologically active natural products, molecular modeling on medicinal subjects, and other topics in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry.


Maurizio Botta
was born on May 21, 1950. He studied chemistry at the University of Rome, Italy, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, in 1979 under the supervision of Karel Wiesner. From 1981 to 1987, he was Researcher in Organic Chemistry at the University of Rome, and in 1985, a post-doc at the University of Montreal, Canada, in the research group of Stephen Hanessian. From 1997 to 2000, Maurizio Botta was Adjunct Professor at the Dipartimento Farmaco-Chimico Tecnologico of the University of Siena, Italy, and from 2002 to 2008, he was Head of the department.

Since 2000, Maurizio Botta was Full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Siena. Starting in 2008, he also served as Adjunct Professor at Temple University’s College of Science and Technology, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Among other commitments, Botta served as Associate Editor of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, as a Member of the International Advisory Board of ChemMedChem, and as a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. He was a five-time winner of the Merck Research Laboratories Award Academic Development Program in Chemistry (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2002).


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