Dr Marcella Bassetto

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Science and Engineering - Faculty
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I graduated in Medicinal Chemistry and Technology at the University of Padova, Italy, in 2010, and obtained my PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Cardiff University in 2013, working on the computer-aided design and synthesis of novel potential antiviral agents against HCV. After my PhD studies, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Cardiff University for one year, developing new fluorinated anticancer agents to treat prostate cancer, after which I briefly joined a pharmaceutical company in Rome to work as a synthetic chemist in the development of new drugs. I then moved back to Cardiff University to resume my academic research work on the computer-aided design and synthesis of new potential drugs, and in 2016 I was awarded a Sêr Cymru II Individual Research Fellowship, with which I focussed on the in silico design and synthesis of new antiviral agents. In September 2019, I was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at Swansea University. Since 2016, I am a STEM Ambassador.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Molecular modelling
  • Computer-aided drug design
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Antiviral research

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I teach organic and biological chemistry for 1st (CH-123, CH-126), 2nd (CH-239) and 3rd year (CH-300) Chemistry students. My teaching has a strong focus in medicinal chemistry, drug design and synthetic aspects of drug discovery, which reflect my research interests. I teach most of my lectures according to the flip-classroom method. My lab is always open to offer research projects to BSc, MSc and PGR students.