Francesco Ricci - University of Rome, Tor Vergata

Francesco Ricci – Full professor
Principal Investigator
Email: francesco.ricci@uniroma2.it

Curriculum Vitae
Francesco Ricci’s publications
Google Scholar profile

Alessandro Porchetta – Assistant professor
Emailalessandro.porchetta@uniroma2.it
I am studying switching based DNA biomolecules (molecular beacons, aptamers) for biosensing and drug release applications. I have recreated in-vitro nature’s tricks to both narrow and broaden the dynamic range of biological receptors that can undergo binding-induced conformational changes employing allosteric control.

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Alessandro Bertucci – post-doc researcher – IF-MSCA fellow
Emailalessandro.bertucci@uniroma2.it
I am working on the possibility to use DNA-based nanodevices for cell imaging and drug-delivery applications. I am currently a MSCA Global fellow with a project entitled “Multifunctional miRNA-targeting nanodevices for pluripotent cancer theranostics” (2017-2020). After a two-year period at UCSD I am now based in the Ricci lab. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement n. 704120.

Simona Ranallo – post-doc researcher – IF-MSCA fellow Email: simona.ranallo@uniroma2.it
My research objective is to develop novel DNA-based nanoswitches regulated by antibodies and to control the assembly and disassembly of DNA nanostructures employing these molecular cues. Papers about these projects have been published in Nature Communications (Nat Comm 2017 and here Nat Comm 2019). I am also studying the possibility to develop electrochemical DNA-based nanodevices for orthogonal multiplex detection of clinically-relevant antibodies. I am currently a MSCA Global fellow. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement n. 843179.

Tania Patiño – post-doc researcher – IF-MSCA fellow
Email: tania.patino@uniroma2.eu
The objective of my MSCA-IF project “DNA-bots” is to combine both enzyme-propulsion and DNA nanotechnology to create a new class of biocompatible and biodegradable nanorobotic devices with advanced functions including motion, sensing and smart cargo loading and release. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement n. 843998.

Erica Del Grosso – post-doc researcher – IF-MSCA fellow
Email: delgrosso.erica@gmail.com
My research objective is to study novel strategies to kinetically control DNA-based nanomachines and nanostructures. Currently I am also trying to adapt naturally occurring mechanisms to control and modulate the affinity of aptamers and DNA-based sensors. I am a MSCA Global fellow. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement n. 896962.

 

Davide Mariottini – Post-doc researcher
Email: mariottinidavide@gmail.com
I am working on recreating in the laboratory different nature-inspired strategies to control the load and release of a cargo from a synthetic receptor. I recently recreated a cooperative strategy in a hemoglobin-mimicking DNA nanodevice and I am currently working on using disorder to control my nanodevices.

Marianna Rossetti – Post-doc researcher
Email: marianna.rossetti@uniroma2.it
My project is aimed at developing novel electrochemical sensors based on DNA for the detection of clinically relevant markers like antibodies. My post-doc fellowship is currently funded by the “Umberto Veronesi Foundation“.

Lorena Baranda Pellejero – PhD student
Email: lorena.baranda.p@gmail.com
My PhD project in the frame of the Marie-Curie ITN project DNA-Robotics is aimed at developing novel DNA-based switches and machines responsive to different inputs that can be integrated into a modular DNA robotic system for possible clinical applications.

Aitor Patiño Díaz – PhD student
Email: aitorpatinodiaz@gmail.com
My PhD project in the frame of the Marie-Curie ITN project DNA-Robotics is aimed at developing novel mechanisms to control the assembly and reconfiguration of DNA-based nanostructures with different inputs and to integrate such responsive modules into a DNA-based robotic system for possible clinical applications.

Daniela Sorrentino– PhD student
Email: daniela.sorrentino.2@uniroma2.it
My PhD project is aimed at developing novel ways to control DNA-based reactions (such as strand displacement) with different biological inputs.