Francesca Cella is a post doctoral fellow at Italian Institute of technology. She graduated in Physics at the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2006. In 2010 she accomplished her PhD studies in Physics (University of Genoa). She was a visitor scientist at EMBL (Heidelberg) in 2008 and at University of Maine in 2009. Her research activity is focused on the design, realization and utilization of optical imaging techniques to study biomolecules at the molecular level in thick biological samples and tissues. Her work is mainly addressed to the study of biological molecules to investigate cell functioning using super-resolution microscopy, single molecule localization techniques (PALM, GSDIM), single plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), confocal, multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, nanostructured model systems and advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques (FRAP).
2010-present Post Doc at Nanophysics Dept (Nanoscopy group) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), directed by Prof. A Diaspro, Genova, Italy.
Aug 2009 –Dec 2009 Visitor scientist at University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Aug 2008 –Dec 2008 Visitor scientist at "Light Microscopy Group"- EMBL Heidelberg
2007-2009 Ph.D. Degree in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Genoa, Italy
2006 MSc. Degree in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Genoa, Italy
International/national Prizes and Awards:
2013 International travel award - Biophysical society meeting 2013 (Phyladelphia)
2012 TR35-Giovani Innovatori Ed.2012
2012 NEST Prize per la Nanoscienza Ed. 2012
2011 Best poster award at BIOS 2011 SPIE Photonics West (SF)
2006 Prize for Degree Thesis in Physics: Premio di Studio GIC (Società Italiana Citometria) Menzione Speciale per la tesi di Laurea intitolata “Ruolo dei profili di eccitazione nello studio della diffusione di molecole fluorescenti” .
Activity within European projects:
Working Package leader within the EU project RENVISION (Retina-inspired ENcoding for advanced VISION tasks) awarded within the initiative of Future Emerging Technologies: Neuro-Bio-Inspired Systems (NBIS).