Giuseppe Battaglia | Group Leader / ICREA Research Professor
Iris Cristina Da Luz Batalha | Senior Researcher
Daniel Gonzalez Carter | Senior Researcher
Mohit Kumar | Senior Researcher
Lorena Ruiz Pérez | Senior Researcher
Cátia Daniela Carvalho Ferreira Lopes | Postdoctoral Researcher
José Rui Pereira | Postdoctoral Researcher
Lara Aiassa | PhD Student
Bárbara Borges Fernandes | PhD Student
Gianmarco Tuveri | PhD Student
José María Muñoz López | Research Assistant
Claudia Di Guglielmo | Laboratory Technician
Marco Basile | Masters Student
Claudia Codano | Masters Student
In our labs, we design bionic units that mimic specific biological functions and/or introduce operations that do not exist in nature.
We apply a constructionist approach where we mimic biological complexity in the form of design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions. We call this Molecular Bionics. Such an effort is multidisciplinary and involves inputs from chemistry, physics, material science and Engineering from one side and cell and molecular biology, physiology, immunology, oncology and neuroscience from the other.
We are engaged in several activities involving the synthesis and characterisation of novel hierarchal materials whose properties are the result of the holistic combination of its components:
We combine synthetic and supramolecular chemistry to tune inter/intramolecular interactions and self-assembly processes to form dynamic soft materials whose molecular, supramolecular and mesoscale structures are tuned and fit for the final application (pictured right: molecular engineering of nanoscopic structures starting from molecule passing to polymers and finally to supra molecular structures).
Our materials are designed to interact with living systems and thus its biological activity is studied in high detail. We have developed and established new methodologies to study living systems and how synthetic materials interact with them combining holistically physical and life sciences (Physical Biology).
Both know-hows are applied to study biological organisation and complexity creating synthetic surrogates that act as models, as well as to engineer novel sophisticated ways to interact with living organisms.
In analogy to medical bionics, where engineering and physical science converge to the design of replacement and/or enhancement of malfunctioning body parts, we take inspiration from viruses, trafficking vesicles and exosomes to apply molecular engineering to create nanoscopic carriers that can navigate the human body (Somanautics) with the final aim to improve drug delivery or create new diagnostic tools.
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Liu, M., Apriceno, A., Sipin, M., Scarpa, E., Rodriguez-Arco, L., Poma, A., Marchello, G., Battaglia, G., Angioletti-Uberti, S., (2020). Combinatorial entropy behaviour leads to range selective binding in ligand-receptor interactions Nature Communications 11, (1), 4836
Sola-Barrado, B., M. Leite, D., Scarpa, E., Duro-Castano, A., Battaglia, G., (2020). Combinatorial intracellular delivery screening of anticancer drugs Molecular Pharmaceutics 17, (12), 4709-4714
Tian, X., De Pace, C., Ruiz-Perez, L., Chen, B., Su, R., Zhang, M., Zhang, R., Zhang, Q., Wang, Q., Zhou, H., Wu, J., Zhang, Z., Tian, Y., Battaglia, G., (2020). A Cyclometalated iridium (III) complex as a microtubule probe for correlative super-resolution fluorescence and electron microscopy Advanced Materials 32, (39), 2003901
Duro-Castano, A., Moreira Leite, D., Forth, J., Deng, Y., Matias, D., Noble Jesus, C., Battaglia, G., (2020). Designing peptide nanoparticles for efficient brain delivery Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 160, 52-77
Williams, I., Lee, S., Apriceno, A., Sear, R. P., Battaglia, G., (2020). Diffusioosmotic and convective flows induced by a nonelectrolyte concentration gradient Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117, (41), 25263-25271
Donnelly, Joanna L., Offenbartl-Stiegert, Daniel, Marín-Beloqui, José M., Rizzello, Loris, Battaglia, Guiseppe, Clarke, Tracey M., Howorka, Stefan, Wilden, Jonathan D., (2020). Exploring the relationship between BODIPY structure and spectroscopic properties to design fluorophores for bioimaging Chemistry - A European Journal 26, (4), 863-872
Bueno, C. Z., Apolinário, A. C., Duro-Castano, A., Poma, A., Pessoa, A., Jr., Rangel-Yagui, C. O., Battaglia, G., (2020). L-Asparaginase encapsulation into asymmetric permeable polymersomes ACS Macro Letters 9, (10), 1471-1477
Tian, Xiaohe, Angioletti-Uberti, Stefano, Battaglia, Giuseppe, (2020). On the design of precision nanomedicines Science Advances 6, (4), eaat0919
Tian, Xiaohe, Leite, Diana M., Scarpa, Edoardo, Nyberg, Sophie, Fullstone, Gavin, Forth, Joe, Matias, Diana, Apriceno, Azzurra, Poma, Alessandro, Duro-Castano, Aroa, Vuyyuru, Manish, Harker-Kirschneck, Lena, Šarić, Zhang, Zhongping, Xiang, Pan, Fang, Bin, Tian, Yupeng, Luo, Lei, Rizzello, Loris, Battaglia, Giuseppe, (2020). On the shuttling across the blood-brain barrier via tubule formation: Mechanism and cargo avidity bias Science Advances 6, (48), eabc4397
Fenaroli, Federico, Robertson, James D., Scarpa, Edoardo, Gouveia, Virginia M., Di Guglielmo, Claudia, De Pace, Cesare, Elks, Philip M., Poma, Alessandro, Evangelopoulos, Dimitrios, Ortiz, Julio, Prajsnar, Tomasz K., Marriott, Helen M., Dockrell, David H., Foster, Simon J., McHugh, Timothy D., Renshaw, Stephen A., Samitier, Josep, Battaglia, Giuseppe, Rizzello, Loris, (2020). Polymersomes eradicating intracellular bacteria ACS Nano 14, (7), 8287-8298
Kocere, A., Resseguier, J., Wohlmann, J., Skjeldal, F. M., Khan, S., Speth, M., Dal, N. J. K., Ng, M. Y. W., Alonso-Rodriguez, N., Scarpa, E., Rizzello, L., Battaglia, G., Griffiths, G., Fenaroli, F., (2020). Real-time imaging of polymersome nanoparticles in zebrafish embryos engrafted with melanoma cancer cells: Localization, toxicity and treatment analysis EBioMedicine 58, 102902
M Leite, D., Matias, D., Battaglia, G., (2020). The role of BAR proteins and the glycocalyx in brain endothelium transcytosis Cells 9, (12), 2685
Scarpa, E., de Pace, C., Joseph, A. S., de Souza, S. C., Poma, A., Liatsi-Douvitsa, E., Contini, C., de Matteis, V., Samitier, J., Battaglia, G., Rizzello, L., (2020). Tuning cell behavior with nanoparticle shape PLoS ONE 15, (11), e0240197
De Pace, Cesare, Marchello, Gabriele, Perez, Lorena Ruiz, Battaglia, Giuseppe, (2020). Brownian tomography of biomolecules and soft polymer assemblies Microscopy and Microanalysis Microscopy and Microanalysis 2020 , Cambridge University Press (Virtual) 26, (S2), 1024-1025
Gouveia, Virgínia M., Rizzello, Loris, Nunes, Claudia, Poma, Alessandro, Ruiz-Perez, Lorena, Oliveira, António, Reis, Salette, Battaglia, Giuseppe, (2019). Macrophage targeting pH responsive polymersomes for glucocorticoid therapy Pharmaceutics 11, (11), 614
- State-of-the-art facilities for cell culture including 5 class A cell cabinets: one dedicated for LPS and RNAse free cell culture and one dedicated for infected tissues
- Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS)
- Confocal microscope to perform live cell 4D imaging
- Real-time PCR
- Automated Western Blot
- Gel Permeation Chromatography
- High-Performance Liquid Chromatography
- Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography equipped with fluorescence, UV/Vis and Infrared and light scattering detectors
- Dynamic light scattering unit
- Nanoparticle tracking analysis
- UV and Fluorescence spectroscopy
- Automated liquid handling units
- Nanoparticle production units