Alessia Petrelli graduated in Biomedical Engeneering at the University of Genoa in 2007. She took the Master Degree in Bioengineering at the University of Genoa in March 2010 , with a thesis concerning the Carbon Nanotube coated multi-electrode arrays for neuronal recordings and stimulation at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Science department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).
She had a PhD student position at IIT in the Nanophysics department. Her PhD thesis work included the development of a novel bioassay based on nano volume drop patterning to quantify neuron’s connect-ability, and identify connect-ability defects. The developed bioassay was tested on neurons of mice affected by DiGeorge syndrome (a particular disease known for preventing axonal and dendritic growth).
Currently, se has a Post Doc position in the Nanomaterials for Biomedicals Group in Drug Discovery and Development. The project lead to the development of multifunctional nanostructures based on stimuli-responsive polymers (nanogel) able to sense small changes in the environment inducing great changes in their physico-chemical properties and used as pH cargo systems for IONPs and short DNA molecules.
Post-doc Researcher engaged with project CARIPLO 2013.
Biophysical Society Student Poster Award at the 2013 EBSA Conference, Lisbon 13-17 July.