Carlo Matera received his PhD degree in Medicinal Chemistry in 2010 from the University of Milan (Italy) after defending a thesis on the development of bifunctional modulators of nicotinic and dopamine receptors. He spent one year (2009/10) as a visiting PhD student working on the total synthesis and characterization of natural compounds in the group prof. KC Nicolaou at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA, USA). In 2011 he was awarded a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship for a project on the design and synthesis of dualsteric ligands of muscarinic receptors under the supervision of prof. Marco De Amici (University of Milan). In 2015 he obtained a postdoctoral position funded by the EU Human Brain Project in the group led by prof. Pau Gorostiza at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) to work on the development of photoswitchable bioactive compounds (photopharmacology). In 2020 he joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of Milan) as tenure-track assistant professor (Research Fellow B). In 2022 he was also appointed as visiting scientist at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia. Since 2023 he is a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Society of Photobiology (SIFB).
Research interests: photopharmacology | polypharmacology | dualsteric ligands | targeted protein degraders