Visiting Professor Programme

The lab actively participate to the Uniss Visiting Professor Programme

As a young research group, we have proudly hosted at the University of Sassari international scientists from different foreign countries:

Giuseppe Battaglia

Giuseppe Battaglia – London, UK

Prof Giuseppe Battaglia is professor of Molecular Bionics in the department of Chemistry at the University College of London. He is interested in research problems that require a considerable understanding of biology to tackle clinical challenges via the development of new physical tools. Aim of his research activity is to tackle this by studying the specific design rules behind inter/intra molecular interactions and self-assembly of soft matter systems, often taking inspiration from biological systems such as cells and viruses. These rules are subsequently translated into the engineering of nanostructured biomaterials for applications that range from drug and gene delivery, diagnostic, to cell and tissue engineering.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2015 – April

Gianaurelio Cuniberti

Gianaurelio Cuniberti – Dresden, DE

Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti holds since 2007 the Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) and the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials in Dresden, Germany. He is a member of the TU Dresden School of Engineering Sciences (Materials Science) and of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Physics). He studied Physics at the University of Genoa, Italy and obtained his PhD in 1997 in a joint collaboration between the University of Genova and the University of Hamburg, Germany. He was visiting scientist at MIT and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems Dresden. From 2003 to 2007, he was the head of a Volkswagen Foundation Research Group at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Prof. Cuniberti has made lasting contributions to a wide range of areas from quantum dots, nanowires and nanotubes to biosystems, addressing transport phenomena, structural stability with important contributions to the theory and modeling of the electronic and structural properties of bottom up nanoscale materials. His R&D work addresses five main areas: (i) molecular and organic electronics, (ii) bionanotechnology, (iii) nanostructures, (iv) methods development and (v) technology transfer, evaluation and commercialization. His research activity is internationally recognized in 253 scientific journal papers to date.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2015 – October
Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2017 – June

Davide Bedognetti

Davide Bedognetti –  Doha, Qatar

Dr. Bedognetti is Principal investigator at the Division of Translational Medicine of the SIDRA Insitute in Doha, Qatar. His research work  emphasizes on identifying molecular mechanisms of immune-resistance and immune-sensitivity in breast cancer, the most prevalent cancer in women of the MENA region. The ultimate goal is to develop novel immunotherapeutic approaches that can improve the prognosis of women affected by this condition. The team employs high-throughput approaches to de-convolute the molecular network of host-tumor interactions, and to understand its relationship with treatment effectiveness. They use samples from clinical trials as starting point of their analyses. Recently, the team defined the molecular pathways constantly associated with different forms of immune-mediated tissue destruction, such as allograft and tumor rejection. They summarized the molecular similarities of prognostic/predictive signatures with those observed in responding tumors following immunotherapy.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2012 – December
Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2014 – May
Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2017 – June

Alberto Bianco

Alberto Bianco – Strasbourg, France

Dr. Alberto Bianco is a First Class Director of Research at Immunopathology and Therapeutic Chemistry Unit of CNRS in Strasbourg. He has published more than 190 scientific papers in ISI-refereed International Journals, with more than 13.000 citations and an h-factor of 46. He is also co-author of several book chapters on carbon-based materials and he filed 3 patents. Due to a highly interdisciplinary scientific career, today he is widely held as a qualified organic chemist with a strong experience in nanomaterial functionalization for biomedicine purposes. The frontier researches made Bianco’s work highly collaborative, involving international partners such as Prof. M.Prato (University of Trieste) and Prof. K.Kostarelos (University of Manchester). He participated as partner to 4 European program (FP6 and FP7) and several National and International research project, and he is currently involved in the Graphene Flagship initiative as Deputy Leader for Health work package.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2012 – May
Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2014 – October
Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2017 – June

Francesco Marincola

Francesco M. Marincola – Doha, Qatar

Francesco M. Marincola, M.D., FACS, is the inaugural Chief Research Officer of Sidra Medical and Research Center. Dr. Marincola leads the development of Sidra’s research capabilities to help create a center of excellence for research focusing on medical conditions, epidemiology and issues that primarily afflict the people of the Arab world, including diabetes, cancer and fetal-maternal health. Dr. Marincola joined Sidra from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he held the positions of Chief of the Infectious Disease and Immunogenetics Section (IDIS) and Tenured Senior Investigator. Dr. Marincola received his MD summa cum laude from the University of Milan and his surgery training from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 500 peer-reviewed research articles and his work has been cited more than 16,000 times. His research interest is primarily translational and focuses on the development of strategies for the dynamic study of patients’ response to therapies. His approach has deepened understanding of the mechanisms leading to rejection of tumors, allograft, graft versus host disease and leading to the development of autoimmunity.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2016 – March

Mario Pescatori

Mario Pescatori – Rotterdam, The Netherland

Dr. Mario Pescatori is research scientist at the Erasmus Medical centre of Rotterdam and cofounder and CTO at Health E-genomics, a medical IT SME based in the Netherland, supporting genomic research with state of the art data analysis and bioinformatics. As an academic research scientist, he covered different positions in many prestigious international institutions like UCLA, The Catholic University of Rome and The Erasmus Medical Centre of Rotterdam. His main expertise is the analysis and interpretation of gene expression profiling data.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2014 – October
Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2015 – April
Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2016 – May

Marta Roldo

Marta Roldo – Portsmouth, UK

Dr Marta Roldo graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Padova, Italy. After a postgraduate research placement funded by the European Oncolgy Institute of Milan working on PEGylation of avidin for tumour pretargeting, carried out in Prof Paolo Caliceti’s laboratory in Padova, she joined the research group of Prof Andreas Bernkop-Schnuerch in Vienna to investigate the mucoadhesive properties of thiolated chitosan. Dr Roldo obtained her PhD from the University of Portsmouth, UK for her work on azopolymers for colonic drug delivery and became a lecturer at the same university in 2005. She is currently a senior lecturer in pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences where she is continuing her research in drug delivery and novel biomaterials.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2016 – April

Maria Lauda Tomasi

Maria Lauda Tomasi – Los Angeles, USA

Maria Lauda Tomasi, PhD, received her doctorate from the University of Turin, Italy. She spent her last two years of graduate study as well as her postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California in the Lu Lab. Tomasi’s research is in the field of altered hepatic methionine metabolism in hepatocellular carcinoma. Her current research focuses on changes of sumoylation, a posttranslational modification implicated in several types of cancer including hepatocellular carcinoma. She is currently funded by K01 from NIAAA to study the role of sumoylation in alcoholic liver disease.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2016 – March

Maurizio Prato – San Sebastian, Spain

Maurizio Prato is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Trieste and Research Professor at CIC BiomaGUNE in San Sebastián.
After receiving his degree in chemistry at the University of Padova, he moved towards USA as post-doctoral fellow at the Yale Universityand Visiting scientist at the University of California. The he came back in 1992 at the University of Trieste, where he is currently full professor. In 2008 he recieved the ERC Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council.
The scientific career of Prof. Prato indicates a remarkable evolution from “pure” physical organic chemistry to bio-nanotechnology/materials, where he is best known for his work on the functionalization of carbon nanostructures, including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene. He has explored new synthetic protocols, new analytical methods, to discover new materials tearing down the traditional barriers between Chemistry and other disciplines such as Physics, Biology and Medicine. In particular, he developed a series of organic reactions that make these materials more biocompatible, less or even non toxic, amenable to further functionalization, and easier to manipulate.
Has published more than 500 papers on international peer reviewed Journals, with a total of around 40,000 citations, and he is currently WP Leader for the Health & Environment Work Package of the Graphene Flagship.
During his carreer he recieved several awards, among which the ACS Nano Lectureship Award from American Chemical Society (2015), the French-Italian Chemical Societies Award (2015), the European Carbon Association Award (2015), the Blaise Pascal Medal from European Academy of Sciences (2013), and he has been nominee for the Descartes Prize for Excellence in Scientific Collaboration (2006).

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2017 – June

Matteo Pasquali – Houston, USA

The unifying research theme of Dr. Pasquali’s scientific activity revolves around understanding the interaction of flow and liquid micro- and nano-structure in complex fluids, with a focus on the processing of multifunctional materials and the manufacturing of soft conductors, particularly based on Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene. The laboratory targets applications in energy transmission and harvesting, biomedicine, petroleum, aerospace and defense.
Dr. Pasquali earned his Master of Sciencies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy), his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
Matteo Pasquali joined Rice in 2000 and is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Dept of Chemistry. During his tenure, he served as Co-Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory in the Richard E. Smalley Institute.
He was awarded the NSF Career Award in 2001, the CIBA-GEIGY prize for best chemical student thesis, the ENICHEM Prize at the University of Bologna, and a scholarship to pursue graduate study abroad. In 2009, he was named the GSA Faculty of the Year. He is a member of AICHE, AAAS, SOR, AIP, APS, and ACS. He has published more then 111 articles and holds 12 US patents. His research articles are cited over 500 times per year. He leads the cf2 group, which is funded (about $1.4M/yr) by government agencies (including Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Institute of Standards & Technology), foundations (Welch Foundation), and companies and industry (Teijin Aramids, Lockheed-Martin, Saudi Aramco, and Nitto).

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2017 – June

Xinliang Feng – Dresden, Germany

Prof. Feng is Chair Professor at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. He received his Bachelor’s degree in analytic chemistry in 2001 and Master’s degree in organic chemistry in 2004. Then he joined Prof. Klaus Müllen’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research for PhD thesis, where he obtained his PhD degree in April 2008. Since December 2007, he was appointed as group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, where in 2012 he became a distinguished group leader.
Since 2011, he became an adjunct distinguished professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was appointed as the director for the Institute of Advanced Organic Materials.
His current scientific interests include graphene, two-dimensional nanomaterials, organic conjugated materials, and carbon-rich molecules and materials for electronic and energy-related applications. He has published more than 330 research articles which have attracted more than 19000 citations with H-index of 68.
He has been awarded several prestigious prizes such as IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists (2009), Finalist of 3rd European Young Chemist Award, European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Award (2012), Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship Award (2013), ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2014), Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters, 2014, 2015 and 2016), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2014). He is an Advisory Board Member for Advanced Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ChemNanoMat, Energy Storage Materials, Small Methods and Chemistry -An Asian Journal. He is also one of the Deputy Leaders for European communitys pilot project Graphene Flagship, Head of ESF Young Research Group “Graphene Center Dresden”, and Working Package Leader of WP Functional Foams & Coatings of GRAPHENE FLAGSHIP.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2017 – June

Martina Rauner – Dresden, Germany

Martina Rauner, PhD is a trained biotechnologist and heads a research group for OsteoImmunology since 2011. Due to her broad expertise in bone biology, she also engages in various projects related to metabolic, hematologic, and malignant bone diseases, and has thus been appointed the Scientific Director of the Bone lab in 2014.

Uniss Visiting Professor Programme 2017 – June