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Biographical Info

M.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry, Summa cum laude, at University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, 1995.
Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2014.

Relevant Employment History: 
2015–2019: ARC Future Fellowship, Department of Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
2007-2008: ARC Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, 2013.
2002-: Senior Researcher in Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy (on long-term leave).
1998-2002: Researcher at ENEA, Italian Agency for New Technologies, Environment and Energy, Rome, Italy.
1996-1997: Research Fellow, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (USA).

Teaching and Mentoring 
2003-2015: Lecturer, Polymer Science/ Physical Chemistry I Lab, University of Rome, “Tor Vergata”, Italy.
2016-2017: Lecturer, Surface Chemistry and Sonochemistry Module, School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne.
2003-2013: Supervisor of 10 M.Sc./B.Sc. students in Physical Chemistry and 1 Ph.D. student in Materials for Health, Environment and Energy, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
2015-2019: Supervisor of nine Ph.D. students, one master student and three post-doctoral research fellows at The University of Melbourne.

Dr Cavalieri has produced 80 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 29, citations 2600) in leading international journals, including ACS Nano (IF 14), Materials Horizon (IF 13), Green Chemistry (IF 9.1), Chemistry of Materials (IF 9.5), Small (IF 8.6), Chem Comm (IF 6.3), ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (IF 7.5), Nanoscale (IF 7.4) Biomacromolecules (IF 5.2) Macromolecules (IF 5.8), ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng ( IF 5.9).

Dr Cavalieri was awarded many international and competitive research fellowships including ARC Linkage Fellowship, the Australian Endeavour Fellowship, Future Fellowship and RMIT VC Senior Research. She has coordinated many international UE research projects (Horizon 2020) and attracted significant national and international research funding over the last five years.  She made key contributions in the engineering of nanostructured biomaterials and interfaces, supramolecular assembly of biopolymers for drug/gene delivery.