Claudia Boccardi

Senior Technician

Research Lines

Electron Crystallography




+39 050 509769



From Nov 2010 Post-Doctoral position at Italian Institute of Tecnology, IIT@NEST- Center for Nanotechnology Innovation, Pisa, Italy.

2006-2010 Research position at Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR – Pisa, Italy. Project: Markers/targets identification & validation and biological pathway assessment through proteomic and Mass Spectrometry investigation in cardiovascular diseases.

2008 Degree in Drug Quality Control (106/110), University of Pisa, Italy.

2007 PhD in Medical Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. University of Pisa, Italy. Project: A Proteomic approach for the identification of early markers of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells (VSMC) activation

2003 Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (110/110). University of Pisa, Italy.

Research Activity:

My research interest lies within the study of complex molecular systems for diagnostics and therapeutics in cells and in vivo. In particular in the development of new modular systems, able to perform efficiently channeling, selective targeting, imaging, and controlled release of appropriate payloads. This means:

  • peptide solid-phase chemical synthesis;
  • purification of synthetic peptides and mass spectrometry characterization;
  • chemical functionalization and labeling of the developed sequences with fluorescent or magnetic probes;

Selected Publications

International journals

C. Boccardi, A. Cecchettini, A. Caselli, Camici, M. Evangelista, A. Mercatanti, G. Rainaldi, L. Citti, “A proteomic approach to the investigation of early events involved in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell activation” Cell and Tissue Research 2007 Jule;329(1):119-28.

G. M. Ghiggeri, M. Bruschi, L. Musante, G. Candiano, C. Boccardi, L. Citti, M. P. Rastaldi, S. Mangraviti, G. Rosso, A. Larti, A. Rosati, A. Urbani, R. Gusmano, E. Bertoni, M. Salvatori “Post-transplant proteinuria associated with everolimus: Definition of main features with proteomics” Proteomics - Clinical Application 2008 Sept, 2:1327-37.

E. Bretoni, M. Bruschi, G. Candiano, C. Boccardi, L. Citti, S. Mangraviti, G. Rosso, A. Larti, A. Rosati, G. M. Ghiggeri, M. Salvadori “Post-transplant proteinuria associated with everolimus” Trasnplantation Proceedings 2009 May, 42: 1216-1217

S. Rocchiccioli, L. Citti, C. Boccardi, N.Ucciferri, L. Tedeschi, C. Lande, M. G. Trivella and A. Cecchettini “A gel-free approach in vascular smooth muscle cell proteome: perspectives for a better insight into activation”  Proteome Science 2010 Mar 24;8:15.

S. Rocchiccioli, E. Congiu, C. Boccardi, L. Citti, A. Laganà, E. Capobianco “A proteomic study of microgravity cardiac effects: feature maps of label-free LC-MALDI data for differential expression analysis”  Mol Biosyst. 2010 Nov;6(11):2218-29. Epub 2010 Aug 31.

A. Cecchettini, S. Rocchiccioli, C. Boccardi, L. Citti “Vascular smooth-muscle-cell activation: proteomics point of view” Int Rev Cell Mol Biol. 2011;288:43-99.


L. Citti, S. Rocchiccioli, A. Mercatanti, C. Boccardi, O. Parodi, International Patent: “Method for separating the constituents of a complex mixture of proteins to submit to proteomic analysis and apparatus therefor” Applicazione Internazionale.”  PCT/IB2009006989


CNI is back in operation!

From today 4th of May CNI has started its way to go back to normal operation. Following the recommended safety procedures for COVID-19, the researchers started their activities in the TEM, Raman spectroscopy, 2D materials growth and characterization laboratories. Soon chemical synthesis and nanoteranostic will follow. The number of researchers that enter the lab every day is still limited but as the things will go better it will growth to normal condition. We hope also that soon PhD students and master student can join us prosecuting their thesis projects.