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Mansoureh Mousavi

Research Support Administrative Junior


Technology Transfer Directorate

Business and Financial Analysis


via Morego 30, Genova, Italy
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Mansoureh Zarei Mousavi obtained her M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from Alzahra University in Tehran, Iran in 2006. After working experience in the pharmaceutical industry, in May 2008 she moved to Taiwan to pursue her studies in Nano-Chemistry in a joint program between Academia Sinica (Taiwan) and National Taiwan University under supervision of Prof. Ji-Yen Cheng. In June 2014 she completed her PhD with a thesis on Surface Plasmon Resonance bionsensor. During doctoral work period she developed a novel, portable and robust chip-based nanostructure SPR sensor for label free detection of biomarkers. 

From March 2016 to August 2019, she worked as a post-doc fellow in Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genova, Italy. Her research interests focused on development of low-cost, instrument-free  sensors for medical and environmental analysis.

Currently she is pursuing an MBA to steer the career toward technology transfer and development of innovative technologies and products.



Selected Publications

Multiplex detection of urinary miRNA biomarkers by transmission surface plasmon resonance,  Wing Kiu Yeung,Huai-Yi Chen, Juan-Jie Sun, Tung-Han Hsieh, Mansoureh Z. Mousavi, Hsi-Hsien Chen, Kuang-Li Lee, Heng Lin, Pei-Kuen Wei and Ji-Yen Cheng Analyst, 2018, 143, 4715

Live Intracellular Biorthogonal Imaging by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy using Alkyne-Silver Nanoparticles Clusters, MatteoArdini, Jian-An Huang , Carlos S. Sánchez, MansourehZ. Mousavi, ValeriaCaprettini1,, Nicolò Maccaferri , Giovanni Melle, Giulia Bruno, Lea Pasquale, DenisGaroli & Francesco DeAngelisScientific Reports, 2018, volume 8, 12

High-Quality Surface Micromachining on Polymer Using Visible-LIBWE, Ji-Yen Ch; Wei-Chen Kao; Mousavi, Mansoureh Z.; Hui-Fang Chang; Wen-Chi Hsu; Meng-Hua Yen; Ehrhardt, Martin; Zimmer, Klaus, Journal of Laser Micro / Nanoengineering . 2016, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p117-123. 7p.

Urinary Micro-RNA Biomarker Detection Using Capped Gold Nanoslit SPR in a Microfluidic Chip
Mansoureh Z Mousavi, Huai-Yi Chen, Kuang-Li Lee, Heng Lin,Hsi-Hsien Chen, Yuh-Feng Lin, Chung Shun Wong, Hsiao-Fen Li,Pei-Kuen Wei, Ji-Yen Cheng, The Analyst 04/2015; 140(12).

 Label-Free Detection of Rare Cell in Human Blood Using Gold Nano Slit Surface Plasmon Resonance
Mansoureh Z. Mousavi, Huai-Yi Chen, Hsien-San Hou, Chou-Yuan-Yuan Chang, Steve Roffler, Pei-Kuen Wei, Ji-Yen Cheng, Biosensors 2015, 5(1), 98-117
 Magnetic nanoparticle-enhanced SPR on gold nanoslits for ultra-sensitive, label-free detection of nucleic acid biomarkers, Mansoureh Z Mousavi, Huai-Yi Chen, Shu-Han Wu, Shih-Wei Peng, Kuang-Li Lee, Pei-Kuen Wei, Ji-Yen Cheng, The Analyst 03/2013
 Crack-free Micromachining of Glass Ceramic Using Visible LIBWE
Ji-Yen Cheng, Huai-Yi Chen, Mansoureh Z. Mousavi, Chou Y.Y. Chang, Journal of Laser Micro / Nanoengineering 12/2013; 8(3)
 Blue light emission from a glass/liquid interface for real-time monitoring of a laser-induced etching process
Ji-Yen Cheng, Mansoureh Z Mousavi, Chun-Ying Wu, Hsieh-Fu Tsai, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 06/2011; 21(7):075019
 A C-13 solid-state NMR analysis of vitamin D compounds
Mansoureh Mousavi, Steve S-F Yu, Der-Lii M Tzou, Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 06/2009; 36(1):24-31
 Efficient Electrosynthesis of 1,2,4-Triazino[3,4-b]-1,3,4-thiadiazine Derivatives
L. Fotouhi, M. Mosavi, M. M. Heravi, D. Nematollahi, Tetrahedron Letters 11/2006; 38(12).


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I numeri di IIT

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.

IIT: the numbers

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.