Simona Kovarich got the Bachelor degree in Biological Science (110/110 cum laude) in 2006 at the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy) with a thesis entitled “POGs: Rapid Samplers of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Air” (Prof. Antonio Di Guardo, Dr. Luca Nizzetto).

In 2008 she got the Master degree in Biological Science (110/110 cum laude) at the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy) with a thesis entitled “QSAR modelling of physico-chemical property and toxicity of brominated flame retardants” (Prof. Paola Gramatica, Dr. Ester Papa).

From October 2008 – September 2009 she worked under the supervision of Prof. Paola Gramatica at the QSAR Research Unit in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology (Department of Structural and Functional Biology - University of Insubria – Varese) with a fellowship of the European project FP7-ENV-2007-1 CADASTER. In this period she worked mainly on the development of QSAR models for the prediction of endocrine disrupting activity of brominated flame retardants.

In November 2009, at the same university and still under the supervision of Prof. Paola Gramatica and Dr. Ester Papa, she started her PhD studies in Chemical Sciences with a fellowship obtained by the CADASTER project. Topic of her PhD is the development of QSAR models for the characterization of environmental behaviour and toxicity of four classes of emerging pollutants (brominated flame retardants, fragrances, perfluorinated compounds and (benzo-)triazoles), to be finally integrated in hazard and risk assessment procedures.

In October 2010 she spent one month working at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (Munich, DE) in the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology under the supervision of Dr. Igor Tetko.

She is the author or co-author of 6 publications in international scientific peer-reviewed journals and 22 scientific contributions to national (ARG – Ambiente Ricerca Giovani) and international meetings (SETAC-Europe, Euro-QSAR) in the field of environmental chemistry and QSAR.

She is member of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) since 2008.

 

List of publications in peer-reviewed journals (2009-2011)

1. E. Papa, S. Kovarich, P. Gramatica, 2009. Development, Validation and Inspection of the Applicability Domain of QSPR Models for Physico-Chemical Properties of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers. QSAR & Combinatorial Sciences, 28 (8): 790-796.

2. E. Papa; S. Kovarich; P. Gramatica, 2010. QSAR modeling and prediction of the endocrine disrupting potencies of brominated flame retardants. Chem. Res. Toxicol., 23, 946-954.

3. S. Kovarich, E. papa, P. Gramatica, 2011. QSAR classification models for the prediction of endocrine disrupting activity of brominated flame retardants. J. Haz. Mat. In press.