Born in Messina, Adriana was awarded as student of Scuola Superiore di Catania, a high excellence learning institute in Italy and she graduated in Chemistry in 2004 summa cum laude at University of Catania, obtaining in 2005 the Diploma di Licenza from Scuola Superiore di Catania, summa cum laude. The thesis work was focused on synthesis and coordination properties of bioinorganic complexes, and supervised from Prof. Enrico Rizzarelli and Dr. Diego La Mendola.
In 2004, she moved to “Alma Mater Studiorum” University of Bologna in order to start the PhD in Chemistry, under the supervision of Prof. Claudio Zannoni and Dr. Luca Muccioli , working on the development of computational chemistry methods for quantifying supramolecular chirality in proteins, carrying out molecular dynamics simulations. Under the Marco Polo project to support research mobility from EU, she also worked on Molecular simulations combined with NMR structure determination.
She got in 2008 the PhD in Chemistry from University of Bologna (XX cycle, PhD coordinator Prof. Vincenzo Balzani) and then joined the group of Prof. Michele Parrinello, at ETH-Zürich, where she worked on the development of chiral collective variables for free energy methods, disclosing stereoselectivity via free energy perturbation theory.
In 2010 she was awarded with the FIRB Futuro in Ricerca2008, a young researcher award from Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research-Miur.
Since 2010, she is an Assistant professor at University of Catanzaro (Italy). In 2011, she was visiting Assistant Professor at German Research School for Simulation Sciences, in the group of Prof. Paolo Carloni. In 2012, she was visiting Assistant Professor at Hokkaido University, Catalysis Research Center, in the group of Prof. Tamaki Nakano. In 2013, she was appointed as faculty visiting assistant professor at Hokkaido University, Catalysis Research Center, in the group of Prof. Tamaki Nakano.
In 2017, she obtained the National Scientific Qualification to serve as Associate Professor in “Chemical Sciences and Inorganic Systems” (03/B1).