Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase
Center for Colloid and Surface Science

Personal information

Position: Permanent Staff


Phone: +39 055 4573708

Location: Firenze

Fields of Interest and Expertise

Improvement of the biopharmaceutical and technological properties of plant extracts and natural products by conventional and innovative formulations.

Design and development of formulations using micro- and nanocarriers such as liposomes and vesicles, micelles, supramolecular complexes with cyclodextrins, micro- and nanoparticles.

Studies of pharmaceutical and technological aspects of herbal drugs, herbal drug preparations and herbal medicinal products. Improvement of their biopharmaceutical properties by the use of conventional and innovative formulations.

Authentication, quality control and stability testing of of herbal drugs, herbal drug preparations and herbal medicinal products Isolation and structural determination of secondary constituents from plants


- Innovative formulations and Medical Devices

- Regulation of Drugs and Pharmacoeconomics

- Soft Matter Material applied to Drug Delivery systems, Food Supplements and cosmetic science

- Pharmaceutical Technology of the School of Specialization of Hospital Pharmacy

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Anna Rita Bilia is full professor at the University of Florence and since 2006 she is Director of the Post-graduate School of Hospital Pharmacy. She is a Pharmacist graduated with full marks (cum laude) in 1988. She has got a PhD in Chemical Sciences (full marks, 1992), and two post-graduate degrees (cum laude) “Science and Technology of Medicinal Plants” (1994) and “Hospital Pharmacy” (1997). In 1995 she got the national award "Claudio Redaelli" for outstanding young researchers in the field of phytochemistry and in 2002 she got the international "Egon Stahl Medal" for researcher younger than 40 years, working in natural products. In 2018 she was awarded of the Qihuang International Prize of China Association of Chinese Medicine. She is leading the group of pharmaceutical technology and chemistry of natural products at the Department of Chemistry. She is responsible of several national and international projects including two European Projects. Since 2018 she is the president of Technical Scientific Committee of the Interdepartmental Center of Biotechnologies of Agrarian, Chemical and Industrial Interest (CIBIACI) of the University of Florence. She is expert of the European Pharmacopoeia of the TCM group since 2009. Member of the board of directors (2006-13), vice-president (2014-15 and 2020-2021) and president (two mandates, 2016-2017 and 2018-2019) of the international scientific society of Medicinal Plants and Natural Product Research (GA). Member of the board of directors (1997-2012 and 2022-2023), president (two mandates, 2013-2015 and 2016-2019) and former president (2020-2022) of the of Italian Society of Phytochemistry and Sciences of Plants for Medicinal, Food and Cosmetic use (SIF). Since 1997 she is the Italian delegate of the board of directors and of the scientific committee and vice chair of the European Scientific Cooperation on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). She is responsible of the Sino-Italian Joint Laboratory on Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been the supervisor of more than 120 experimental theses of students in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, supervisor of more than 50 theses of students in Hospital Pharmacy and supervisors of seven PhD theses. Prof. Bilia’s list of publications shows more than 260 papers in international journals, she is authors of several invited book monographs and chapters. She is member of many Editorials board and Editors of international journals.


1996 "Claudio Redaelli" award from SIF (Italian Society of Phytochemistry) for outstanding young researchers in the field of phytochemistry

2002 “Egon Stahl” Prize from GA (Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzenforschung, Society for medicinal Plant Research) for the most outstanding young researcher (younger than 40 years old, “Silver Medal”) in the field of pharmaceutical biology and analysis of medicinal plants.

2018 Qihuang International Prize of China Association of Chinese Medicine



Encapsulation of Olive Leaf Polyphenol-Rich Extract in Polymeric Micelles to Improve Its Intestinal Permeability

- Bergonzi M.C. - De Stefani C. - Vasarri M. - Ivanova Stojcheva E. - Ramos-Pineda A.M. - Baldi F. - Anna Rita Bilia - Degl’Innocenti D.

Pentacyclic Triterpenes from Olive Leaves Formulated in Microemulsion: Characterization and Role in De Novo Lipogenesis in HepG2 Cells

- Vasarri M. - Degl’Innocenti D. - Albonetti L. - Anna Rita Bilia - Bergonzi M.C.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Retraction Note: Astragali radix: could it be an adjuvant for oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy? (Scientific Reports, (2017), 7, 1, (42021), 10.1038/srep42021)

- Di Cesare Mannelli L. - Pacini A. - Micheli L. - Femia A.P. - Maresca M. - Zanardelli M. - Vannacci A. - Gallo E. - Anna Rita Bilia - Caderni G. - Firenzuoli F. - Mugelli A. - Ghelardini C.
Scientific Reports

Antinociceptive Action of Thymoquinone-Loaded Liposomes in an In Vivo Model of Tendinopathy

- Micheli L. - Di Cesare Mannelli L. - Mosti E. - Ghelardini C. - Anna Rita Bilia - Bergonzi M.C.

Escinosome thermosensitive gel optimizes efficacy of CAI-CORM in a rat model of rheumatoid arthritis

- Vanti G. - Micheli L. - Berrino E. - Mannelli L.D.C. - Bogani I. - Carta F. - Bergonzi M.C. - Supuran C.T. - Ghelardini C. - Anna Rita Bilia
Journal of Controlled Release

Development and Evaluation of Khellin-loaded Microemulgel for Dermatological Applications

- Grifoni L. - Vanti G. - Vannucchi M.G. - Bergonzi M.C. - Anna Rita Bilia
Planta Medica

Escinosomes: Safe and Successful Nanovesicles to Deliver Andrographolide by a Subcutaneous Route in a Mice Model of Oxaliplatin-Induced Neuropathy

- Vanti G. - Capizzi M. - Di Cesare Mannelli L. - Lucarini E. - Bergonzi M.C. - Ghelardini C. - Anna Rita Bilia

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