Team

Dr. Emanuela Jacchetti graduated in Physics at Università degli Studi di Milano where she completed her PhD in Physics, astrophysics and Applied Physics in 2009 with the thesis “Differentiation and cytoskeletal protein dynamics of PC12 cells cultured on nanostructured titanium dioxide surfaces”. Then she enrolled at the Istituto di BioFisica-CNR and Centro di Biotecnologie Avanzate in Genoa. From 2010 to 2014 she was a post-doc researcher at NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) to design and develop micro/nano-structured substrates for cell differentiation and at Istituto di BioFisica – CNR (Pisa) to study the spectroscopic characterization of photochromic fluorescent protein and their use in high spatial resolution microscopy applied to cell systems. In 2015 she was employed at IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute on the project “Development of high resolution microscopy for imaging and tracking individual transcription factors”. She  joined the Mechanobiology lab in 2015, to contribute her knowledge on high resolution imaging for the project NICHOID.

Bianca Barzaghini obtained her M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2019 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Here, she is currently attending a PhD program in bioengineering linked to the ERC-funded project NICHOIDS and to the MUR-funded project LUNGCHILMSC, in collaboration with Dr. Stephana Carelli’s lab at Università degli Studi of Milano. Her research is focused on the microfabrication of micro engineered stem cell niches by two-photon laser polymerisation and their biological validation.

Alberto Bocconi obtained his M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2019 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Here, he is currently attending a PhD program in bioengineering linked to the NC3Rs-funded project MOAB, in collaboration with Prof. Alessandra Balduini’s lab at Università degli Studi di Pavia. His research focuses on computational modeling and optimization of millifluidic bioreactors, to mimic the human bone marrow niche for testing of gene-edited hematopoietic stem cells and for platelet production ex-vivo.

Claudio Conci obtained his M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2017 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His PhD in Bioengineering was focused on the MUR-funded project BEYOND and he currently works on the ESA-funded project NICHOID-ET, in collaboration with the group of Dr. Gianni Ciofani based at iiT in Pontedera (Italy), Prof. Roberto Osellame’s group at the IFN-CNR in Milano and Prof. Giberto Chirico’s group at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca. His research focuses on nonlinear microscopy techniques applied intravitally and on the development of implantable miniaturised imaging windows fabricated by two photon laser polymerization.

Chiara Martinelli obtained her M.Sc. in Molecular Biology in 2006 at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano and her Ph.D in Medical Nanotechnology in 2011 at the European School of Molecular Medicine in Milano. She works on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 FET Open project IN2SIGHT entitled “An in vivo bioengineered chip as a smart intravital multiphoton imaging window for new validation protocols of biomaterials”. Her project is carried out in collaboration with Prof. Giulio Cerullo’s group at the Dept. of Physics of Politecnico di Milano, with Prof. Roberto Osellame’s group at IFN-CNR in Milano and with Prof. Giberto Chirico’s group at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca.

Alessandra Nardini obtained her M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2020 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is currently attending a PhD program in bioengineering linked to the EU-funded Horizon 2020 FET Open project IN2SIGHT. The project is focused on the microfabrication of implantable imaging windows by two-photon laser polymerisation. Her project is carried out in collaboration with Prof. Giulio Cerullo’s group at the Dept. of Physics of Politecnico di Milano, with Prof. Roberto Osellame’s group at IFN-CNR in Milano and with Prof. Giberto Chirico’s group at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca.

Carolina Testa  obtained her M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2020 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Here, she is currently attending an inter-doctoral PhD program in computer science and bioengineering, linked to the ERC-funded projects NICHOID and GECO, in collaboration with the group of Dr. Stefano Ceri. Her research project is entitled GECOID: Innovative methods for targeting native tumors integrating 3D cell culture with genomic computing.

Alumni

Dr. Lucia Boeri

Dr. Barbara Bonandrini

Dr. Francesca Donnaloja
Dr. Alberto Garcia Gonzalez

Letizia Messa 
Dr. Michele M. Nava

Dr. Valentina Parodi
Dr. Marta Tunesi
Dr. Tommaso Zandrini