Stassi DiMaggio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Kellogg Endowed Professor of Teaching
PhD, Chemistry, University of New Orleans, 2003
B.S Biochemistry, Tulane University, 1998

Telephone Number: 504-520-5706
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Organic Chemistry, Drug Design and Synthesis


Short Professional Biography
Dr. DiMaggio received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Tulane University in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of New Orleans in 2003. Her dissertation research involved designing and synthesizing biologically active molecules based on natural products as well as natural product synthesis. She also enjoyed an appointment as a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2006) where she focused on synthesizing functionalized nanomaterials to be used in basic studies as potential drug delivery systems. She gladly joined the Xavier Chemistry Department in 2003 where she has been at home ever since and conducts research on drug delivery and gene delivery systems using modified nanomaterials. She is currently the Faculty-in-Residence New Faculty Mentor as part of her position in Xavier's Center for the Advancement of Teaching where she focuses on mentoring first year faculty members in particular. She maintains a position as a Visiting Scholar in the Chemistry Department at the U of M and is currently serving as Executive Board Chair-Elect of the Local Section of the American Chemical Society, of which she has been an active member since 1998 as well as a past chair. She is a member of the ACS Organic Division and the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. She serves as the Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society advisor. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Norman C. Francis Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratory.


Research Interest

Targeted Drug Delivery
Non-viral gene delivery
Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization


Current Grant Support

NIH, 1G12 RR 026260-01; RCMI Cancer Research Program at Xavier University

Eli Lilly Undergraduate Research Grant


Recent Publications
  1. Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Testing of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Targeted Using Folic Acid-Conjugated Dendrimers Kevin J. Landmark, Stassi DiMaggio, Jesse Ward, Stefan Vogt, Seungpyo Hong, Alina Kotlyar, James E. Penner-Hahn, James R. Baker, Jr., Mark M. Banaszak Holl, Bradford G. Orr, ACS Nano  (2008),  2(4),  773-783.
  2. Interactions of Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers with Survanta Lung Surfactant:  The Importance of Lipid Domains.   Erickson, Blake; DiMaggio, Stassi; Mullen, Douglas; Kelly, Christopher; Leroueil, Pascale; Berry, Stephanie; Baker, James; Orr, Bradford; Banaszak Holl, Mark.  Langmuir (2008),  24(19),  11003-11008.
  3. Cationic Nanoparticles Induce Nanoscale Disruption in Living Cell Plasma Membranes.  Chen, Jiumei; Blunt, Jessica; Putchakayala, Krishna; Panama, Brian; Khan, Damian; Hong, Seungpyo; Mullen, Douglas; DiMaggio, Stassi; Som, Abhigyan; Tew, Greg; Lopatin, Anatoli; Baker, James; Orr, Bradford; Banaszak Holl, Mark.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2009), 113(32), 11179-11185.
  4. Enantioselective Syntheses of Both Enantiomers of Noranabasamine.  Miao, Lei; Di Maggio, Stassi C.; Shu, Hong; Trudell, Mark L. Organic Letters (2009), 11(7), 1579-1582.
  5. Ir-Catalyzed N-Heterocyclization for Enantioselective Synthesis of Noranabasamine. Miao, Lei; Di Maggio, Stassi C.; Shu, Hong; Trudell, Mark L. Synfacts (2009), 7, 773.
  6. Hydroxyarylketones via Ring-Opening of Lactones with Aryllithium Reagents: An Expedient Synthesis of (±)-Anabasamine. Miao, Lei; DiMaggio, Stassi C.; Trudell, Mark L. Synthesis, Synthesis 2010; 2010: 91-97.
  7. Mullen DG, McNerny DQ, Desai A, Cheng XM, Dimaggio SC, Kotlyar A, Zhong Y, Qin S, Kelly CV, Thomas TP, Majoros I, Orr BG, Baker JR, Banaszak Holl MM Related Articles.  Design, Synthesis, and Biological Functionality of a Dendrimer-Based Modular Drug Delivery Platform. Bioconjug Chem. 2011, (22) pp 679-689.
  8. Kevin J. Landmark, Stassi DiMaggio, Jesse Ward, Christopher Kelly, Stefan Vogt, Seungpyo Hong, Alina Kotlyar, Andrzej Myc, Thommey P. Thomas, James E. Penner-Hahn, James R. Baker, Jr., Mark M. Banaszak Holl and Bradford G. Orr.  Synthesis, Characterization, and in Vitro Testing of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Targeted Using Folic Acid-Conjugated Dendrimers.  ACS Nano Virtual Special Issue on Drug Delivery, 2011, 1 (2).
  9. Boeneman, Kelly; Delehanty, James; Blanco-canosa, Juan; Susumu, Kimihiro; Stewart, Michael; Oh, Eunkeu; Huston, Alan; Dawson, Glyn; Ingale, Sampat; Walters, Ryan; Domowicz, Miriam; Deschamps, Jeffrey; Algar, W.; DiMaggio, Stassi; Manono, Janet; Spillmann, Christopher; Thompson, Darren; Jennings, Travis; Dawson, Philip; Medintz, Igor.  Selecting Improved Peptidyl Motifs for Cytosolic Delivery of Disparate Protein and Nanoparticle Materials. ACS Nano.  (2013), 7(5), 3778-3796.
  10. 10. Dougherty, C. A., Furgal, J. C., van Dongen, M. A., Goodson, T., Banaszak Holl, M. M., Manono, J. and DiMaggio, S.* (2014), Isolation and Characterization of Precise Dye/Dendrimer Ratios. Chem. Eur. J., (2014), 20(16), 4638-4645


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