Antonello Mai was born in Rome, Italy, in November 14th 1962. He took the Degree in Pharmacy at the Sapienza University of Rome (110/110 cum laude). From 1989 to 1992, he made the PhD course in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, and in 1992 he took his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. From 1998 to 2010, Antonello Mai worked as a Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy (Department of Pharmaceuticals Studies) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In 2011 he was been appointed as Full Professor in Medicinal Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome.
Antonello Mai is professor of the following courses at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine of Sapienza University of Rome involving Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology Analysis, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. He has great expertise in 1) organic synthesis; 2) synthesis of new potential bio-active compounds, particularly in the field of epigenetics (inhibitors of DNMTs, HDACs [unselective and class-selective], HATs, sirtuins, PRMTs, HKMTs, and HDs), anticancer agents, antiviral agents (anti-human picornavirus compounds (disoxaril analogues), and anti-HIV-1 compounds belonging to the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor classes (DABOs, S-DABOs, DATNOs, F2-S-DABOs, Amino-DABOs), antibacterial (oxacine analogues), antimycobacterial (oxacine and U-100480 analogues) and antifungal (trichostatin A, pyrrolnitrin, and bifonazole analogues) agents, and CNS agents (pyrrolobenzodiazepines active as analgesic, antidepressant and nootropic compounds); 3) development of new methodology for the synthesis of heterocycles; 4) analysis and purification of organic mixtures; 5) study and characterization of organic molecules.