Lucia Banci

Italian chemist
Lucia Banci
(1954-05-20) May 20, 1954 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Florence 22
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Florence
Thesis (1978)

Lucia Banci (born May 20, 1954) is an Italian chemist who is a professor at the University of Florence. Her research considers structural biology and biological nuclear magnetic resonance, with a focus on the role of metal ions in biological systems.

Early life and education

Banci was an undergraduate student at the University of Florence. Her interest in magnetic resonance spectroscopy started with electron paramagnetic resonance, which can be used to study molecules that contain unpaired electrons.[1] Bacni remained at the University of Florence for postdoctoral research, and received tenure in 1983.[citation needed]

Research and career

Banci has studied the role of metal ions in biological processes.[2] She extensively developed nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for biological systems, and made use of it to better design and optimise vaccines.[2] She founded the Centro Risonanze Magnetiche (CERM), a magnetic resonance centre in Italy,[2] where she studies globular proteins.[3] Her research resulted in the development of the Meningococcal vaccine.[2]

In 2020, Banci oversaw the installation of the world's first 1.2 GHz nuclear magnetic resonance system.[3] The ultra-high field system can provide information on intrinsically disordered proteins.[3] The instrument makes use of low-temperature superconductors – high-temperature superconductors hybrid magnet technologies.[2] During the COVID-19 pandemic, Banci used nuclear magnetic resonance to determine the structure of SARS-CoV-2 and how it could be treated with medicine.[4][5]

Awards and honours

Selected publications

  • Claudia Andreini; Lucia Banci; Ivano Bertini; Antonio Rosato (1 January 2006). "Counting the zinc-proteins encoded in the human genome". Journal of Proteome Research. 5 (1): 196–201. doi:10.1021/PR050361J. ISSN 1535-3893. PMID 16396512. Wikidata Q33231024.
  • L Chen; H Hahn; G Wu; et al. (11 September 2001). "Opposing cardioprotective actions and parallel hypertrophic effects of delta PKC and epsilon PKC". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 98 (20): 11114–11119. Bibcode:2001PNAS...9811114C. doi:10.1073/PNAS.191369098. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 58692. PMID 11553773. Wikidata Q33944297.
  • Claudia Andreini; Lucia Banci; Ivano Bertini; Antonio Rosato (1 November 2006). "Zinc through the three domains of life". Journal of Proteome Research. 5 (11): 3173–3178. doi:10.1021/PR0603699. ISSN 1535-3893. PMID 17081069. Wikidata Q55042662.


  1. ^ "EMBL Council and Finance Committee members – EMBL Council". Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e f redazione (2022-06-17). "Premio dell'Accademia dei Lincei a Lucia Banci". Unifimagazine - La testata online dell’Ateneo fiorentino (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Successful Installation of World's First 1.2 GHz NMR System Enables Novel Functional Structural Biology Research". 2020-05-04. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  4. ^ "Mission". Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  5. ^ "High-field, high impact: How NMR collaboration at CERM, University of Florence is enhancing Covid-19 protein research". (in Korean). Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  6. ^ "Find people in the EMBO Communities". Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  7. ^ "EMBL Council and Finance Committee members – EMBL Council". Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  8. ^ "Academy of Europe: Banci Lucia". Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  9. ^ "2023 Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Award – Call for Nominations". IUPAC | International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. 2022-06-02. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  10. ^ "Il Fiorino d'oro di Firenze a Roberta Sessoli". Piana Notizie (in Italian). 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  11. ^ Luchinat, Enrico; Banci, Lucia (2018-06-19). "In-Cell NMR in Human Cells: Direct Protein Expression Allows Structural Studies of Protein Folding and Maturation". Accounts of Chemical Research. 51 (6): 1550–1557. doi:10.1021/acs.accounts.8b00147. ISSN 0001-4842. PMID 29869502. S2CID 46930201.
  12. ^ "Prof Lucia Banci has been awarded the 2017 Ivano Bertini Award - Instruct-ERIC". Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  13. ^ "2017 Ivano Bertini Award for achievements in integrated structural biology".
  14. ^ "Congratulations to Instruct Deputy Director Prof Lucia Banci on receiving the 'Scienza Madre' award - Instruct-ERIC". Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  15. ^ Perrotta, Romeo (2018-10-01). "A Lucia Banci il premio Scienza Madre". Unifimagazine - La testata online dell’Ateneo fiorentino (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  16. ^ Mari, Silvia (2018-10-07). "Ricerca, premio 'Scienza madre' alla chimica italiana Lucia Banci". Agenzia Dire (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  17. ^ "NMRS Members". Retrieved 2022-08-13.