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).
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
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.
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
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.
is member of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) since
of publications in peer-reviewed journals (2009-2011)
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):
E. Papa; S. Kovarich; P. Gramatica, 2010. QSAR modeling
and prediction of the endocrine disrupting potencies
of brominated flame retardants. Chem. Res. Toxicol.,
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.