Ester Papa was born in Varese (Italy) in 1977. She graduated
cum Laude in Biology in 2001 with a thesis titled
“Environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants: a QSAR
approach” at the QSAR and Environmental Chemistry Research
Unit of the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy) under the
supervision of prof. Paola Gramatica.
2005, at the same university and still under the supervision
of prof. Gramatica, she completed her PhD-thesis titled
“QSAR approach to Persistent, Bioaccumulable, and Toxic (PBT)
organic pollutants, sources of biodiversity stress”,
obtaining a PhD in ''Analysis, Protection and Management of
her PhD-studies she spent a total of six months working at the
John Moores University (Liverpool, UK), in the QSAR and
Modelling Group under the supervision of Dr. Mark T.D. Cronin,
and at the Umeå university (Umeå , Sweden), in the Miljökemi
research unit under the supervision of Dr. Patrik Andersson.
is now working as a post doc researcher at the QSAR and
Environmental Chemistry Research Unit in the department of
structural and functional biology of the University of
Insubria of Varese (Italy).
her graduation she supervised eight students, Master of
Science in Biological Sciences, and she takes part to the
teaching activity with seminars for the Environmental
Chemistry, Risk assessment and Ecotoxicology courses.
During her current research she applies QSAR (Quantitative
Structure-Activity Relationships) and multivariate analysis to
different topics related to environmental pollution such as:
environmental partitioning of pesticides
reactivity of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
fate of Persistent Organic compounds (POPs)
of organic pollutants in aquatic organisms
of organic pollutants to aquatic organisms
and prioritization of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and
and POPs for regulatory purposes
and environmental fate of pharmaceuticals and endocrine
is the author or co-author of 26 publications in international
scientific journals and she presented over 60 scientific
contributions to national and international congresses in the
field of environmental chemistry and QSAR (SETAC, MESAEP, QSAR,
EuChEMS, SCI and SITE).
has received the best poster presentation award at the 10th
EuChEMS-DCE International Conference in Rimini (2005) with a
poster entitled: “Organic pollutant uptake and
bioconcentration in vegetation”.
is a member of SETAC and of the Italian Chemistry Society
(SCI) since 2001 and she is a referee for Chemosphere and for
the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis.
Ester Papa publications on international Journals (2002-2007)
and ranking of POPs for Global Half-Life: a QSAR approach for
H. Liu, E. Papa, P. Gramatica,
In silico Screening of Estrogen-Like Chemicals Based on
Different Nonlinear Classification Models, Journal of
Molecular Graphics and Modelling 2007,
Papa, J. Fick, R. Lindberg, M. Johansson, P. Gramatica, P.
L. Andersson. Multivariate
chemical mapping of antibiotics and identification of
structurally representative Substances.
Environ. Sci. Technol.,
2007, 41, 1653-1661.
E.Papa, J.Dearden, P.Gramatica Linear QSAR regression
models for the prediction of bioconcentration factors by
physicochemical properties and structural theoretical
molecular descriptors. Chemosphere, 2007,
Gramatica, E. Giani, E. Papa Statistical external validation
and consensus modeling: A QSPR case study for Koc prediction Journal of Molecular
Graphics and Modelling
P.Pilutti, E.Papa Approaches for externally validated QSAR
modeling of Nitrated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon
QSAR Environ. Res.,
2007, Vol. 18
P. Gramatica, E. Papa, A. Marrochi, L.Minuti, A.
Taticchi, QSAR Modelling of PAH Mutagenicity by Classification
Methods based on Holistic Theoretical Molecular Descriptors, Ecotoxicology
and Environmental Safety, 2007,
Liu, E. Papa, P. Gramatica
QSAR Prediction of Estrogen Activity for a Large Set of
Diverse Chemicals under the Guidance of OECD Principles. Chemical
Research in Toxicology,
L; Jones, KC; Gramatica, P; Papa, E; Cerabolini, B; Di Guardo,
of persistent organic pollutants in canopies of different
forest types: Role of species composition and
altitudinal-temperature gradient. Environmental
Science and Technology,
2006, 40, 21,
P; Battaini, F; Giani, E; Papa, E; Jones, RJA; Preatoni, D;
Cenci, RM. Analysis
of mosses and soils for quantifying heavy metal concentrations
in Sicily: A multivariate and spatial analytical approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2006, 13, 1, 28-36
S; Caruso, E; Buccafurni, L; Murano, R; Monti, E; Gariboldi,
M; Papa, E; Gramatica, P. Comparison between
5,10,15,20-tetraaryl- and 5,15-diarylporphyrins as
photosensitizers: Synthesis, photodynamic activity, and
quantitative structure-activity relationship modeling, Journal
of Medicinal Chemistry, 2006,
49, 11, 3293-3304
P; Battaini, F; Giani, E; Papa, E; Jones, RJA; Cenci, RM. Multivariate
analysis of heavy metal concentrations in soils and mosses of
two North-Italy regions. Fresenius
Environmental Bulletin, 2006,
15, 8, 731- 737
E. Papa, F. Battaini and P. Gramatica Ranking of
Esters’ Aquatic Toxicity modelled by QSAR.
2005, Vol 58/5, 559-570. (IF:
Gramatica, P. Pilutti and E. Papa,
Ranking of Phenols for Abiotic Oxidation in Aqueous
Environment: a QSPR Approach. Annali
95, 2005, 199-209
P. Gramatica and E. Papa An update of the BCF QSAR
model based on theoretical molecular descriptors. QSAR
and Combinatorial Science, 24, 2005,
E. Papa, F. Villa and P.Gramatica Statistically
validated QSARs, based on theoretical descriptors, for
modeling aquatic toxicity of organic chemicals in Pimephales
promelas (Fathead Minnow).J.
Chem. Inf. Model., 45, 2005,
E. Papa, S. Castiglioni, P. Gramatica, V. Dukhovny, O.
Kayumov and D. Calamari Screening
the leaching tendency of pesticides applied in Amu Darya Basin
Research , 38, 2004, 3485-3494.
Gramatica, P. Pilutti and E. Papa Validated QSAR Prediction of
OH Tropospheric degradability: splitting into training-test
set and consensus modeling.
44, 2004, 1794-1802.
Gramatica, E. Papa and F. Battaini
Ranking and classification of non-ionic organic
pesticides for environmental distribution:
a QSAR approach. Int.
J. Environ. Anal.
P. Gramatica, F. Battaini and E. Papa QSAR prediction
of physico-chemical properties of esters. Fresenius
Environmental Bulletin 13,
P. Gramatica, E. Papa and S. Pozzi Prediction of POP
environmental Persistence and Long Range Transport by QSAR and
Chemometric Approaches. Fresenius
Environmental Bulletin 13,
P. Gramatica, P. Pilutti and E. Papa
A Tool for the Assessment of VOC Degradability by
Tropospheric Oxidants Starting from Chemical Structure. Atmos.
Gramatica, P. Pilutti and E. Papa. QSAR Prediction of Ozone
22, 2003, 364-373.
Gramatica and E. Papa QSAR
Factor by Theoretical Molecular Descriptors QSAR
22, 2003, 374-385.
P. Gramatica, P. Pilutti and E. Papa Predicting the NO3
Tropospheric Degradability of Organic Pollutants by
Theoretical Molecular Descriptors.
37 (22) , 2003, 3115-3124.
Gramatica, P. Pilutti and E. Papa. Ranking
of Volatile Organic Compounds for Tropospheric Degradability
by Oxidants: a QSPR
QSAR Environ. Res.,
13, 2002, 743-753.