Francesco Valle

Personal Information

Position: Researcher

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Location: Bologna

Valle, Francesco


Fields of Interest and Expertise

Atomic Force Microscopy and Mechanical properties of Biomolecules.

Fabrication of substrates for controlling the cell adhesion and migration.

Curriculum Vitae

1999: Degree in Physics University of Rome “La Sapienza” (final mark 110/110 summa cum laude) Thesis work “Thermodynamics of properties of large biological supramolecular complexes in solution.”

1990: PhD in Physics at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Thesis on Study of protein conformational changes by Atomic Force Microscopy.

2004- 2005: Junior post doc in the Institute of Complex Matter Physics in the group of Living Matter Physics working on Study of the scaling properties of DNA knots. 

2005- 2007: Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bologna working on Single molecule force spectroscopy on proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease. 

2008 until present: Researcher at the CNR (Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials) in the field of nanotechnology applied to cell growth and Scanning Probe Microscopy applied to biomolecules and cells.


2000:  Roche Research Foundation Fellowship.

2006: NanoBio Prize 2006, awarded by the Biomolecular Medicine Consortium,

2008: National Copernic Prize 2008 for physics.



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