Marcelina Cardoso Dos Santos is postdoctoral researcher in the NanoBioPhotonics group (www.nanofret.com) at the Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC) in Orsay, France.
She holds a Master degree in Cell Biology and Physiopathology (2009) from Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux II and a Ph.D. in Optics and Nanotechnologies (2015) from Université de Technologie de Troyes. Her fields of research are optics development, surface functionalization, and live cell imaging. Her postdoctoral research focusses on the development of time-gating microscopy dedicated to multiplexed Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensing. This and other FRET imaging techniques are mainly used to characterize and apply nanocomplexes (Terbium-Quantum Dots) or nanoparticles (Terbium, Europium) in cell or tissues and to analyze plasmon response functions of nanostructures.
Alexandra Petreto is graduate student in the NanoBioPhotonics group (www.nanofret.com) at the Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC) in Orsay, France.
His main expertise relies on advanced nanofabrication techniques for applications in the field of Bio-Photonics and his research is currently supported by the European Commission through the IDEAS program (Consolidator Grant: n° 616213, “Neuro-Plasmonics”) and the “PROSEQO” project (FET open 2016-2019).
The first project aims at combining CMOS technologies with Photonics for the investigation of neuronal networks. In the second project, together with international consortium that he coordinates, they will try to develop radically new technologies for single protein sequencing.
Professor Hans Lehrach is director (em.) of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. He has held positions at Harvard University (USA), EMBL (Germany) and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, UK.
Prof. Lehrach is author of more than 1000 publications and 24 patents, is a fellow of the AAAS, and holds the Ján Jessenius SAS Medal of Honour (2003), the Karl Heinz Beckurts Award (2004) and the Gusi Prize (2015) in recognition of his achievements in medical sciences. He was co-ordinator of ‘ITFoM: IT Future of Medicine’ (www.itfom.eu), a finalist of the FET Flagship Call, which has established a strong technological roadmap and network of partners from 33 countries. In a new initiative, Prof. Lehrach represents a growing network of research institutions, industry representatives, scientists and patient groups that share a long-term vision for sustainable health care (www.futurehealtheurope.eu).
Prof. Lehrach has founded several biotechnology companies such as Sequana Therapeutics, GPC Biotech, Scienion, Prot@gen, PSF Biotech, Atlas Biolabs. He is founder of the Berlin-based company Alacris Theranostics GmbH, specialising in the development of new approaches for personalised medicine for cancer patient diagnosis, treatment and drug stratification. He is chairman of the Supervisory Board and scientific advisor of the company since 2008. In 2010 he founded the non-for-profit research institute The Dahlem Centre for Genome Research and Medical Systems Biology (DCGMS).
Dino Paladin, PhD, is the founder and Research and Development Director of AB Analitica, an Italian innovation-driven small-medium enterprise focusing on the design, development, production and trade of in vitro medical-diagnostic devices (IVD).
The company has a track-record of successfully implementing and commercializing diagnostic methods that quantitatively and qualitatively detect disease-related genetic mutations, risk alleles for multifactorial diseases and cancer chromosomal rearrangements using reverse-line blot and Real-Time PCR.
Head of sequencing at Alacris Theranostics since 2012.
Paolo Ponzellini was born in Varese on 1984. He attended his studies in Physics at the University of Milan, graduating in 2014.
After few months spent in the Risk Management department of Banca Intesa Sanpaolo he enrolled himself as PHD-fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology, in Genoa. He is specializing in plasmon technologies and nanofabrication.
Walter Rocchia graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering on July 1996, with a thesis on Quantum Computing. In February 2000, he got a PhD in Electronic Devices at the University of Trento. He then was a Research Scholar at the Biochemistry Department of the Columbia University, developing models to calculate the electrostatic field generated by biological macromolecules in solution.
As a consultant in the Corporate Technology Centre at Honeywell Int (NJ, USA), and then at the Bioengineering Research Centre "E. Piaggio" of University of Pisa he studied the modeling of the physical properties of actuating polymers and nanotubes in a wet environment. In 2003 he joined the Molecular Biophysics group of National Enterprise for nanoScience and Nanotechnology (NEST-INFM-CNR), at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, working on molecular recognition and targeting. There, he extended his interests from algorithms for speeding up and making more accurate the calculation of the electrostatic interaction energy of biomolecules to Bioinformatic and Biostatistical techniques aimed at identifying targets and engineering molecules involved in biochemical pathways of medical relevance. In 2008, he moved to the Drug Discovery and Development Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), working on computational approaches to ligand-protein binding free energy estimation. In 2010 he was awarded, together with the Clemson University, a NIH 5-years grant entitled: DelPhi: Software for Electrostatic Modeling of Biomolecules and Objects. In late 2014, he created the Computational mOdelling of NanosCalE and bioPhysical sysTems (CONCEPT) Lab. He is author of more than 50 publications including International Journals, book contributions and Proceedings.
Isabel Pastor del Campo is postdoctoral researcher in the Small Biosystems Lab (http://ffn.ub.es/ritort/) at the University of Barcelona (Spain). She graduated in Chemistry from the University of Alcala in 1998 and got her PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Miguel Hernandez University in 2007.
She has an extensive background of fluorescence techniques (steady-state, time resolved fluorescence, FRAP, FRET, FCS), which have been used for the characterization of proteins immobilized in polymeric matrices, the study of diffusion-reaction phenomena of proteins in macromolecular crowding media and in the development of fluorescence biosensors. Nowadays, her fields of research are focused on single-molecule manipulation using Optical Tweezers. Isabel has a huge knowledge of Optical Tweezers and microfluids devices. She is involved in the building of new experimental set-ups and in the study of binding mechanisms of small drugs to DNA or RNA, as well as protein-peptide interactions.
Matteo Adini received his master degree at University of Rome "Sapienza" in Genetic and Molecular Biology (2009).
He has been working on expression and charachterization of antioxidant proteins (2010-2012) before getting
the PhD degree in Bionanotechnology at the University of L'Aquila concerning the synthesis of functional 3D nanobiomaterials (2015).
His main work activities cover aspects of base and applied research in the fields of Biochemistry and Nanobiotechnology including protein expression,
characterization and functionalization, assembly of hybrid nanobiomaterials and biophysical analysis.
He is now involved as a postdoctoral researcher in the Horizon FET - ProseqO project at the IIT in Genova.
Xavier Zambrana-Puyalto earned his PhD at Macquarie University in 2014. Now, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Plasmon Nanotechnologies unit of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova.
He holds a Master degree of Photonics by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, 2014) with specialization in Lasers, Bio-optics, and Optical engineering. At this time, he won the international price SECPhO Photonics Innovation Award by his innovation in the Bio-photonics field.
Since 2014 he is doing his PhD in the Small Biosystems Lab (http://ffn.ub.es/ritort/). Heinvestigates temperature effects in the DNA folding/unfolding process and its relevance in the DNA replications, as well as its physical properties, such as its elastic response and heat capacity. He is also involved in the study of molecular interaction between DNA and different drugs.