Matteo Zanda was born near Bergamo (Italy). He joined the group of Professor P. Bravo at the chemistry department of Politecnico di Milano and obtained a PhD in industrial chemistry in 1998. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at ULP Strasbourg (France). After 3 years as a junior researcher at Politecnico, he was appointed senior researcher of the National Research Council (CNR) in December 2001. He spent 8 years working in a CNR center at Politecnico and leading a group of 15 researchers/students working at the interface of organic chemistry and biomedicine. In Aug 2009 Matteo Zanda moved to the University of Aberdeen, Institute of Medical Sciences, as a Professor of Medical Technologies.
In January 2019 moves to Loughborough University (UK) as Director of the Centre for Sensing and Imaging Science and Professor of Biomolecular Imaging. His group's research integrates bioorganic/medicinal chemistry with translational biomedical research and molecular imaging technologies, particularly Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with applications in brain imaging, cardiovascular and oncology.
He is coauthor of ~200 papers, including 8 patent applications, and editor-in-chief of Thieme Chemistry's SYNFORM. Prof Zanda is Coordinator of the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 Project "PET3D" (PET Imaging in Drug Design and Development) and Head of Unit in the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 European Joint Doctorates Project "MOGLYNET".