Gesmi Milcovich graduated with first class honours in July 2010 with an M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Trieste. She developed her final thesis work at the School of Pharmacy, UCL, London, thanks to an Erasmus LLP Fellowship. In November 2010, she passed the exam for Pharmacy Registration in Italy. Gesmi started her PhD in January 2011 at the University of Trieste. In 2012, she won an Erasmus Placement Fellowship in order to enhance her research project through a cooperation with the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Gesmi completed her PhD in April 2014, defending her thesis entitled: ‘Structure and dynamics of catanionic nanoreservoirs and functional hydrogels for biomedical applications’ which was awarded the additional label ‘Doctor Europaeus’.
During her studies she was selected as a PhD representative for the University of Trieste at BioCamp 2011 held in Ljubljana. She also taught didactic chemical labs to B.Sc. in Chemistry students, as well as high school students, as part of the European Project for Science Education. In September 2012, her project entitled ‘Optimal delivery systems for Nucleic Acid-Based Drugs and study of related action mechanisms on human inflammatory diseases and cancers’ was selected for TriesteNext, and awarded the ‘Città Impresa 2013′. The award was given for Gesmi’s contribution of creative activity, economic development, social and cultural development of Venice region and the whole Italian country.