Claudia Martini has been a full professor of Biochemistry at the University of Pisa since 2000. She became a researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, after attending a PhD course in Neuroscience, and later at the University of Pisa. In 1988, she became an associate professor at the University of Parma and then at the University of Pisa. In 1994, she carried out research at the Department of Neurological Surgery, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle (USA).
Prof. Claudia Martini has been the Vice Rector for national research at the University of Pisa since 2016. She covered several institutional roles within the university; she has been the Director of the PhD School in the “Science of Drug and Bioactive Substances”, Vice Director of the post graduated School in Clinical Biochemistry and President of the degree course in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology. From 2010 to 2016, she was firstly Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and then Director of the Department of Pharmacy and a Member of the Academic Senate.
Prof. Claudia Martini teaching have been focused on Biochemistry and Neurochemistry mainly in the degree courses of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmacy, but also in other degree courses. She also teach in PhD courses and post-graduate courses in the biomedical area.
Her scientific activities have been focused on the biochemistry of receptor, in particular on ligand-receptor interaction. These studies have highlighted different mechanisms that regulate the desensitization, internalization and down-regulation of different G protein coupled receptors. More recently, together with her research team, Prof. Claudia Martini has been focused on cell and stem cell life/death/differentiation signaling pathways, involved in aging, degenerative processes and tumours.