Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase
Center for Colloid and Surface Science

Personal information

Position: Permanent Staff



Location: CNR - ISMN Bologna

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.




Physical association of low density lipoprotein particles and extracellular vesicles unveiled by single particle analysis

- Lozano-Andrés E. - Enciso-Martinez A. - Gijsbers A. - Andrea Ridolfi - Van Niel G. - Libregts S.F.W.M. - Pinheiro C. - van Herwijnen M.J.C. - Hendrix A. - Marco Brucale - Francesco Valle - Peters P.J. - Otto C. - Arkesteijn G.J.A. - Wauben M.H.M.
Journal of Extracellular Vesicles

Data-Matrix Technology for Multiparameter Monitoring of Cell Cultures (Small Methods, 10.1002/smtd.201700377)

- Barbalinardo M. - Gentili D. - Lazzarotto F. - Francesco Valle - Marco Brucale - Melucci M. - Favaretto L. - Zambianchi M. - Borrachero-Conejo A.I. - Saracino E. - Benfenati V. - Natalini D. - Greco P. - Carlo M.G.D. - Foschi G. - Cavallini M.
Small Methods

Anisotropic Mechanical Response of Bovine Pericardium Membrane Through Bulge Test and In-Situ Confocal-Laser Scanning

- D'Andrea L. - Cardamone M. - Bogoni F. - Forzinetti E. - Enei V. - Francesco Valle - Giordano G. - Gastaldi D. - Vena P.
Journal of biomechanical engineering

Customized biofilm device for antibiofilm and antibacterial screening of newly developed nanostructured silver and zinc coatings

- Ghezzi D. - Boi M. - Sassoni E. - Francesco Valle - Giusto E. - Boanini E. - Baldini N. - Cappelletti M. - Graziani G.
Journal of Biological Engineering

Laser Assisted Bioprinting of laminin on biodegradable PLGA substrates: Effect on neural stem cell adhesion and differentiation

- Tortorella S. - Greco P. - Francesco Valle - Barbalinardo M. - Foschi G. - Lugli F. - Dallavalle M. - Zerbetto F. - Bortolotti C.A. - Biscarini F.

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