Daniela Buccella is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. She conducted undergraduate research under the direction of Professor Roberto Sánchez-Delgado at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research. In 2003 she moved to Columbia University, where she pursued her doctoral degree with Professor Gerard Parkin, studying transition metal complexes as models for hydrodesulfurization catalysts. After completion of her Ph.D., she worked as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developing new fluorescent probes for the detection and quantification of mobile zinc in biology.
Prof. Buccella’s research explores the interface of Inorganic Chemistry and Biology, focusing on the design and application of highly tailored chemical probes for the recognition of metal ions and metalloenzymes, as well as the use of metal complexes and supramolecular constructs for the selective binding and analysis of important biological targets.