After obtaining his bachelor degree in chemistry at the University of Messina (Italy) in 2010, Dr. Francesco Lanza moved to the University of Bologna (Italy), where he received his master degree (cum laude) for his work on the synthesis of oxindole derivatives using chiral thiourea catalysts. In September 2013, he joined the group of Prof. Dr. S. R. Harutyunyan at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen as PhD candidate.
During his PhD studies, Dr. Lanza worked on the development of new asymmetric catalytic processes to functionalise heterocyclic scaffolds, with particular accent on copper catalysed addition of organometallic reagent mediated by Lewis acid additives. His work has been published in high-level scientific journals. In May 2018, Dr. Lanza joined AGILeBiotics as Research Scientist, where he is now focusing on the synthesis of new antibiotic candidates.