Ana Denicola was born in Montevideo, Uruguay; obtained a B.S. in Chemistry and the Pharmaceutical Chemist degree at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech, VA, USA. She is now Full Professor of Physical Biochemistry at the Institute of Chemical Biology, School of Science, UdelaR. She was Head of the Institute from 2005 to 2010 and now Council Faculty Member. Also First Level Researcher in Biology and Chemistry (PEDECIBA) and Senior Investigator of the National Research System of Uruguay (SNI Nivel III). She is a member of the recently created National Academy of Science in Uruguay (ANCiU).
Her research activities are centered on the kinetic and physicochemical characterization of free radicals and derived-species produced in vivo. The importance of these reactive species in biology is now envisioned not only related to cellular damage and toxicity but also to cell signaling and physiology. She has published over sixty articles in peer-reviewed journals and invited reviews to books; lectured in Latin America, United States and Europe, at Universities, International Research Conferences and Courses. She has directed and continues directing numerous PhD and MSc thesis in the area of chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biothecnology and biomedicine.
In 2009 Dr. Ana Denicola received the LÓREAL-UNESCO National Award “For Women in Science” for her contribution to the development of science in Uruguay.