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Lorenzo Ferrara

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About

Lorenzo Ferrara was born in Castel San Giovanni (PC, Italy) on 29 August 1981.
He studied Electronics Engineering at Università degli Studi di Pavia (PV, Italy) where he got the Master in Electronics Engineering with specilization in Optoelectronics.
In 2010 he obtained a Ph.D in Electronic Enginnering with a research topic in Biophotonics focused on Optical Tweezers and Optical Stretcher.
In 2011 he collaborated with Fondazione Mondino in Pavia in the project REALNET analyzing cerebellar network via 2-photon optical stimulation.
In 2012 he became PostDoc at Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (GE, Italy) working in the project FOCUS in the Nanostructures Department, studying and developing plasmonic substrates for single molecule activation.
In 2014 he obtained a PostDoc position in the Neurosciences and Brain Technology Department, researching in the Si elegans Project, designing optoelectronic setup to emulate an entire connectome.

Interests

Engineering Nanostructures Biophotonics Neurosciences

Selected Publications

Papers
F. Bragheri, L. Ferrara, N. Bellini, K. Vishnubhatla, P. Minzioni, R. Ramponi, R. Osellame, I.Cristiani
Optofluidic chip for single cell trapping and stretching fabricated by a femtosecond laser
J. Biophoton. 3, No. 4 (2010)
N. Bellini, , K. Vishnubhatla, F. Bragheri, L. Ferrara, P. Minzioni, R. Ramponi, R. Osellame, I.Cristiani
Femtosecond laser fabricated monolithic chip for optical trapping and stretching of single cells
Optics Express Vol. 18, No. 5 (2010)
L. Ferrara, E. Baldini. P. Minzioni, F. Bragheri, C. Liberale. E. Di Fabrizio, I. Cristiani
Experimental study of the optical forces exerted by a Gaussian beam within the Rayleigh range
J. Opt. 13(2011)
C. Liberale, G. Cojoc, F. Bragheri, P. Minzioni, G. Perozziello, R. La Rocca, L. Ferrara, V.Rajamanickam, E. Di Fabrizio, I. Cristiani
"Integrated microfluidic device for single-cell trapping and spectroscopy."
Scientific Reports v.3, 2013
S. Bianchi, V. Rajamanickam, L. Ferrara, E. di Fabrizio, C. Liberale, R. di Leonardo
"Focusing and imaging with increased numerical apertures through multimode fibers with micro-fabricated optics"
Optics Letters Vol. 8, No 22, 2013
V. P. Rajamanickam, L. Ferrara, A. Toma, R. Proietti Zaccaria, G. Das, F. De Angelis, E. Di Fabrizio and C. Liberale
"Suitable photo-resists fortwo-photon polymerization using femtosecond fiber lasers"
Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 121, 135-138 (2014)
G. Messina, M. Malerba, P. Zilio, E. Miele, M. Dipalo, L. Ferrara, F. De Angelis
"Hollow plasmonic antennas for broadband SERS spectroscopy"
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2015, 6, 492-498
F. Gentile, L. Ferrara, M. Villani, M. Bettelli, S. Iannotta, A. Zappettini, M. Cesarelli, E. Di Fabrizio, and N. Coppedè
"Geometrical Patterning of Super-Hydrophobic Biosensing Transistors Enables Space and Time Resolved Analysis of Biological Mixtures"
Scientific Reports 2016, 6
M.L. Coluccio, M. Francardi, F. Gentile, P. Candeloro, L. Ferrara, G. Perozziello, E. Di Fabrizio
"Plasmonic 3D-structures based on silver decorated nanotips for biological sensing"
Optics and Lasers in Engineering 2016, 76, 45-51
N. Coppedè, L. Ferrara, P. Bifulco, M. Villani, S. Iannotta, A. Zappettini, M. Cesarelli, E. Di Fabrizio, F. Gentile
"Multiscale modification of the conductive PEDOT:PSS polymer for the analysis of biological mixtures in a super-hydrophobic drop"
Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 158, 80-84 (2016)

 

Book Chapters
T. Limongi, L. Ferrara, G. Das, M. Moretti, M. Marini, E. Miele, A. Accardo, R. Raimondo, F. Gentile, E. Di Fabrizio
"Superhydrophobic Devices and Molecular Detection"
Springer book chapter "Novel Approaches for Single Molecule Activation and Detection", Springer 2014
A. Blau, F. Callaly, S. Cawley, A. Coffey, A. De Mauro, G. Epelde, L. Ferrara, F. Krewer, C. Liberale, P. Machado, G. Maclair, M. McGinnity, F. Morgan, A. Mujika, A. Petrushin, G. Robin, J. Wade
"The Si elegans Project – The Challenges and Prospects of Emulating Caenorhabditis elegans"
Springer book chapter "Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 8608, 2014, pp 436-438
C. Liberale, G. Cojoc, V. Rajamanickam, L.Ferrara, F. Bragheri, P. Minzioni, G. Perozziello, P. Candeloro, I. Cristiani, E. di Fabrizio
"Miniaturized Optical Tweezers through Fiber-End Microfabrication"
Springer book chapter "Lab on Fiber Technology"- Springer Series in Surface Sciences, Volume 56, 2015, pp 159-180
L. Ferrara, A. Petrushin, C. Liberale, D. Brannick, B. Connolly, P. Mitchell, A. Blau
"Comparison of Electro-Optical Strategies for Mimicking C. elegans Network Interconnectivity in Hardware"
Springer book chapter "Advances in Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics"- Springer Series in Biosystems & Biorobotics, Volume 12, 2016, pp 79-98

 

Conference Papers
N. Bellini, F. Bragheri, K. C. Vishnubhatla, L. Ferrara, P. Minzioni, G. Cerullo, R. Ramponi, I. Cristiani, R. Osellame
"Dual-beam optical trapping of cells in an optofluidic device fabricated by femtosecond lasers"
Proc. SPIE 7589, Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications X, 75890D (2010)
N. Bellini, K. Vishnubhatla, R. Ramponi, R. Osellame, F. Bragheri, L. Ferrara, P. Minzioni, I. Cristiani
"Trapping and Stretching of Single Cells in an Optofluidic Chip Fabricated by a Femtosecond Laser"
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics,Optofluidic Trapping, Sorting and Manipulation (CTuJJ) (2010).
C. Liberale, E. di Fabrizio, G. Cojoc, G. Perozziello, P. Candeloro, F. Bragheri, L. Ferrara, P. Minzioni, I. Cristiani
"Optical fiber tweezers fabricated by two photon lithography"
Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO EUROPE/EQEC), 2011 Conference on and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference (2011)
F. Bragheri, L. Ferrara, P. Minzioni, I. Cristiani, K. C. Vishnubhatla, N. Bellini, R. Ramponi, R. Osellame
"Single cell trapping and stretching in an optofluidic chip fabricated by femtosecond laser micromachining"
Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO EUROPE/EQEC), 2011 Conference on and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference (2011)
F. Bragheri, C. Liberale, G. Cojoc, P. Minzioni, G. Peroziello, R. la Rocca, L. Ferrara, V. Rajamanickam, E. di Fabrizio, I. Cristiani
"Biophotonic Device for On-Chip Trapping and Spectroscopic Analysis"
Cleo: Science and Innovations, Optofluidic Particle Manipulation (CM1M), 2013
S. Bianchi, V. P. Rajamanickam, L. Ferrara, E. di Fabrizio, R. di Leonardo, C. Liberale
"High Numerical aperture imaging by using multimode fibers with micro-fabricated optics"
Cleo: Science and Innovations, Mode in Fibers (SM2N), 2014
A. Blau, F. Callaly, S. Cawley, A. Coffey, A. De Mauro, G. Epelde, L. Ferrara, F. Krewer, C. Liberale, P. Machado, G. Maclair, T.M. McGinnity, F. Morgan, A. Mujika, A. Petrushin, G. Robin, J. Wade
"Exploring neural principles with Si elegans, a neuromimetic representation of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans"
Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics (NEUROTECHNIX 2014)
A. Petrushin, L. Ferrara, C. Liberale and A. Blau
"Towards an electro-optical emulation of the C. elegans connectome"
Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics (NEUROTECHNIX 2014)
A. Petrushin, L. Ferrara, A. Blau
"The Si elegans connectome: A neuromimetic emulation of neural signal transfer with DMD-structured light"
Proc. SPIE 9376, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications VII, 93760L (2015)
N. Coppedè, L. Ferrara, P. Bifulco, M. Villani, S. Iannotta, A. Zappettini, M. Cesarelli, E. Di Fabrizio, F. Gentile
"Geometrical Patterning of the Conductive PEDOT:PSS Polymer Enables Resolved Analysis of Biological"
International Conference on Micro- and Nano-Engineering, (2015)
A. Petrushin, L. Ferrara, A. Blau
"Past and recent endeavors to simulate Caenorhabditis elegans"
Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics (NEUROTECHNIX 2015)
L. Ferrara, A. Petrushin, A. Blau
"An electro-optical connectome prototype for eight neuron representations in FPGA technology"
Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics (NEUROTECHNIX 2015)
A. Blau, F. Callaly, G. Epelde, L. Ferrara, F. Krewer, P. Leskovsky, P. Machado, B. Mc Ginley, M. McGinnity, F. Morgan, A. Mujika, A. Petrushin
"Si elegans - A neuromimetic emulation platform for exploring C. elegans’ neurobiology and behavior"
20th International C. elegans Conference (2015)
A. Blau, L. Ferrara, A. Petrushin
"Approaches to establishing hardware-based neural connectivity"
International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN (2015)
A. Blau, K. Appiah, F. Callaly, A. Coffey, G. Epelde, L Ferrara, F. Krewer, P. Leškovský, P. Machado, B. Mc Ginley, M. McGinnity, F. Morgan, A. Mujika, A. Petrushin, J. Wade
"Si elegans - An open access neurocomputational platform for testing behavioral paradigms in C. elegans"
Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting (2015)
F. Gentile, L. Ferrara, M. Villani, S. Iannotta, A. Zappettini, M. Cesarelli, E. Di Fabrizio, V. Trunzo, V. Mollace, N. Coppedè
"Tailoring Superhydrophobic Properties of Organic Electrochemical Biosensor for Cancer Cell Culture Medium Identification"
2016 MRS Spring Meeting
P.Machado, A. Costalago Meruelo, A. Petrushin, L. Ferrara, N. Lama, D. Adama, K. Appiah, A. Blau, T. M. McGinnity
"Si elegans: Evaluation of an innovative optical synaptic connectivity method for C. elegans Phototaxis using FPGAs"
International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN (2016)
A. Petrushin, L. Ferrara and A. Blau
"Optimization of an electro-optical representation of the C. elegans connectome through neural network cluster analysis"
International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN (2016)

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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.