Students and PostDocs

Liviana Mummolo

Liviana Mummolo

Post-Doc

Liviana obtained her MSc in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials at University of Bologna in 2017. During her master thesis project she studied the fluorescent nanoparticles release from biocompatible fibres of PLGA copolymers.

In the same year, she was granted a PhD fellowship in “Nanoscience for medicine and environment”. She obtained her PhD in 2021.

Her research interests focus on dye-labelled hyaluronic acid as sensing tool and on the study of nanosystems for DNA sensing as well, through both photochemical and electrochemical approaches.

Matteo Cingolani

Matteo Cingolani

PhD Student

Matteo received his Bachelor’s degree in Material Sciencesfrom University of Padovain 2016 with final thesis on a biomedical and biocompatible polymer for medical application. 

He got a Master’s degree in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials in 2018 with a final dissertation on the interactions of proteins with a fluorescently labelled bio-probe, investigated with fluorescence microscopy techniques". 

He was then granted a research fellowship in Prof. Luca Prodi's group in 2018.

Matteo is currently Ph.D student in Nanoscience and his research focuses on the design and characterization on light activated nanostructures based on silica doped nanoparticles with fullerene and organic dyes for medical application and the study of interactions of fluorescently labelled probe with different nano- and micro-structures through different microscopy techniques.

Chiara Capolungo

Chiara Capolungo

PhD Student

Chiara got the Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Materials Chemistry at University of Bologna in 2018, with a thesis project based on the study of redox-reactive luminescent silica nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

In 2020 she received the master’s degree in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials at University of Bologna, with a thesis entitled “Luminescent probes for micro- and nanoplastics detection: state of the art and a new approach”.

Since the same year she is a PhD student in Nanoscience for Medicine and Environment; her research focuses on the development of fluorescently labelled probes based on biopolymers and silica nanoparticles for biological, medical and environmental applications, especially for micro- and nanoplastics detection.

Andrea Mangullo

Andrea Mangullo

PhD Student

Andrea obtained his MSc in Nanotechnology Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome (Rome, Italy) in 2019. He carried out his master’s thesis project on Biomimetic Nuclear Pore Complexes at Cees Dekker Lab (https://ceesdekkerlab.nl/), Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands). His research activity focused on the nanofabrication of solid-state nanopores by FIB and their engineering with intrinsically disordered proteins of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Nuclear Pore Complex, followed by TEM and Cryo-EM imaging.

In 2019, he was awarded a scholarship from Istituto Pasteur “Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti” at Vallone Lab (https://vallonelab.it/), Dept. of Biochemical Sciences “A. Rossi Fanelli”, Sapienza University of Rome. Andrea’s research was aimed at designing and fabricating graphene-based support films for the structural characterization of protein complexes by Cryo-EM. During 2020, his project was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic disruption.

In the same year, Andrea was granted a PhD fellowship in “Nanoscience for Medicine and the Environment” at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy), under the supervision of Prof. Luca Prodi, Dept. of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, and Prof. Massimiliano Bonafé, Dept. of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine.

His research interests span across the fields of Live-cell Fluorescence Microscopy and Bioorthogonal Click Chemistry. Andrea’s research is currently focused on the synthesis and characterization of Fluorogenic “Click” probes suitable for real-time imaging of DNA, RNA and RNA:DNA hybrid molecules inside living cells and exosomes.

Eugenio Giovannetti

Eugenio Giovannetti

PhD Student

Eugenio received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Materials Chemistry from University of Bologna in 2019 with final thesis on photoactive metal complex-polymer composite material for medical application. He got a Master's degree in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials in 2021 with a final dissertation on the synthesis and characterization of fluorescent probes based on biopolymer for the detection of microplastics. In the same year, he was granted a PhD fellowship in "Nanoscience for medicine and environment".
Yemataw Addis Alemu

Yemataw Addis Alemu

PhD Student

Yemataw received his joint Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Chemical Innovation and Regulation (Chemistry) in 2017 from University of Algarve and Bologna University with a final thesis entitled “Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Evaluation of Zinc (II) Complexes with Phenanthroline Derivatives and S-Methyl Dithiocarbazate Schiff Bases ".

In 2020, he was granted a PhD scholarship in Chemistry at Bologna University under the supervision of Prof. Luca Prodi and Prof. Giovanni Valenti.

Yemataw’s research work now focused on design, synthesis and characterization of a different family of dye doped-silica nanoparticles and study of their electrochemiluminescence (ECL) proprieties for biomedical applications.