Drs. Luana Zerrillo

PhD Student


  • Nanoparticles
  • Drug delivery
  • Molecular imaging
  • Nanomedicine


Luana did her Master in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Camerino, Italy. In that period she carried research projects in related with active target PLGA-PEG nanoparticles under the guidance of Prof. P. Di Martino (2012-2013).

After the successful conclusion of her Master degree she continued to study targeted nanocarriers, including nanoparticles, in Di Martino’s lab at the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology Department of the School of Advanced Studies at University of Camerino. During this period she managed to secure funding for two internships. In Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, San Diego (CA, U.S.A.) she worked with C-nanotubes in vivo in osteoarthritis model. In the Leiden University Medical Hospital (The Netherlands), she developed research focused on the synthesis of novel nanoconjugates that target for the diagnosis and treatment of brain.

In the autumn of 2015, she started a Marie Curie PhD program in TargetCare, at the Radiology department of Leiden University Medical Center. Her research on nanomedicine is focused on drug delivery of nanocarriers for regeneration of cartilage in osteoarthritis disease. Briefly, she aims to study and develop nanoparticles to treat osteoarthritis and make detailed registrations of the processes involved using molecular imaging.


Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
Gebouw 1
Kamer C02-192

Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Tel: +31 71 5262549

Postzone C2-S
Postbus 9600
2300 RC Leiden

E-mail: L.Zerrillo@lumc.nl