Dr Biagini is a graduate of the University of Exeter (1990), where he also undertook his PhD in the synthesis of aza-sugar derivatives as potential anti-HIV compounds, under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Turner (1994). Subsequently, Dr Biagini joined the group of Professor Michael North at the University of North Wales, Bangor, in collaboration with Professor Vernon Gibson and co-workers at Imperial College London, investigating novel amino acid monomers for the ROMP process, using the Schrock and Grubbs initiators.
A further postdoctoral position with Professor Susan Gibson at Imperial College London led to a successful investigation of olefin cross-metathesis of solid-phase supported amino acids. This was followed by a lectureship at King's College London, after which Dr Biagini joined the University of Kent.
Dr Biagini’s research interests lie in the synthesis and applications of amino acids and peptide derivatives and these have been centred around the ROMP process, and in developing novel radiopharmaceuticals. This has led to collaborations with Dr Simon Holder (Kent) and Dr Nico Sommerdijk (Eindhoven) in supramolecular self-assembly of block co-polymers; Professor Phil Blower (King's College London) and Professor Steve Mathers (CRUK, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London) in the synthesis of amino acid derivatives with applications in nuclear medicine; and Professor Ian Bruce (Kent) in the area of surface modification of nanoparticles.
Stefano is involved in the teaching of a range of chemistry modules; content includes organic reaction mechanisms, transformations and chirality in organic mechanisms and analytical chemistry.