School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Cinzia Bordoni

Research Associate


I graduated in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Rome – La Sapienza in 2013 with a thesis about the computer-aided-design and synthesis of novel compounds in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in Professor Romano Silvestri research group. Then, I worked as regulatory affairs and computer system validation junior consultant for different bio-pharma companies. I moved to Cardiff in 2013 to undertake a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry with Professor Andrea Brancale on the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel inhibitors of a protein-protein interaction involved in the metastatic progression of breast cancer. Then, in 2016 I joined Professor Andrew Westwell research group at Cardiff University as a Research Associate working on the in silico design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel anti-metastatic compounds.  I have now joined the Northern Institute of Cancer Research as a Research Associate in medicinal chemistry.

Area of expertise

  • Medicinal chemistry


  • Drug design and development

  • Structure-based drug design

  • Hit to lead optimisation

  • Microwave enhanced synthesis

  • Computational chemistry

  • In vitro cell based assays