Professor of Bioengineering and Head of the NanoBioTechnology and Medical Informatics Laboratory at the Department of Informatics, Systems and Telematics, University of Genova.

    Founding editor-in-chief, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioScience 2002-2007

    Main research interests:
  • nanobiotechnology;
  • cellular and tissue engineering;
  • genomics and proteomics and related drug design;
  • bioinformatics and medical informatics;
  • biomedical signal and data analysis;
  • study of biological systems by computer modelling and experimental techniques.

    Main projects which are being carried out:
  • Nanobiosensors by layer by layer self-assembly
  • Drug design by genomic-proteomic approaches and by bioinformatics
  • Cellular and tissue engineering as relates to neural tissue regeneration, articular chondrocyte based materials and cardiomyocytes
  • Polymeric nano-engineered capsules for drug delivery with special reference to oncology
  • Atomic force microscopy with special reference to the identification of proteins on cell surfaces by functionalized AFM tips
  • Carbon nanotubes and their functionalization for delivery and sensing

  • Participation into several National sponsored projects and into several EU sponsored projects. As relates to the EU sponsored projects: at present involved in the TASNANO project (Sixth Framework Priority 3: Nanotechnology and Nanosciences, Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials, New Production Processes and Devices) and coordinator of the CardioWorkBench project (Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health).
  • Involved into several EU sponsored project in the last few years (BITES - Quality of life prog., ASIARESIST - Quality of Life prog., NERVE - Quality of life prog., ADHESTOP - GROWTH prog., PLANT - Quality of life prog., Bioartificial Organs and Tissues - Biomed 2 prog., CONQUEST and ECOLE/GRIP - Telematics Applications, Advanced technology in image analysis for telemedicine - LEONARDO, BREAK-IT - Info 2000 prog., EPIC project – Advanced informatics in Medicine Prog.).
    Invited lectures:
  • “Molecular Cellular and Tissue Engineering: a review” Plenary Lecture, The Anglo-Japanese Healthcare Conference – London 29 - 31 March 2001.
  • “Cellular Engineering: present state and future development” Plenary Lecture, 2nd European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference EMBEC'02, Vienna (Austria): Dec. 04 - 08, 2002.
  • "Genomics and nanomolecolar aspects in cellular and tissue engineering", Plenary Lecture, The Second International Forum on Post-Genome Technologies Genomic Analysis and Bio-Nanoscience (2’IFPT) Nanjing, May 26-27, 2004.
  • “Nanobiotechnology for Synthetic Biology” Plenary Lecture, Royal Academy of Engineering UK Focus for Biomedical Engineering, London 19th July 2005.
  • “Nanobioscience: an overview” Plenary Lecture, SouthEast Collaborative Alliance Biocomputing Center (SECABC 2005) Atlanta, Georgia 27 October 2005.
  • “Nanotechnology and Personalized Medicine” Keynote Lecture, IEEE-NANOMED 2008 , Suzohou(China) 6-9 November 2008.
    Conference Chair:
  • The IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering Biomed 2006,Innsbruk (Austria) February 15 – 17, 2006.
  • IEEE Nano 2009, Genoa(Italy) 26-30 July 200.
  • IEEE-EMBS Special Topic Conference on Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering, 2002 Genoa (Italy) 6-9 June 2002.

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