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Marco Pisanello

Post Doc

Research Line

Nanotechnologies for Humans and Biosystems


CBN@UniLe Lecce


Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Via Barsanti, SNC - 73010 Arnesano (LE) Italy
+39 0832 1816 252
+39 0832 181 6252


Marco Pisanello was born on March 24th, 1988. He obtained the Bachelor's Degree in ICT Engineering in January 2011 at Università del Salento (graduation mark: 110/110 magna cum laude), and the Master's Degree in Telecommunication Engineering in April 2013 at Università del Salento (graduation mark: 110/110 magna cum laude). He was also a student in the Istituto Superiore Universitario per la Formazione Interdisciplinare (ISUFI) for both the pre-bachelor and pre-master course in which he graduated with the maximum mark. He obtained the Ph.D. in Materials, structures and nanotechnology Engineering in June 2017 at Università del Salento, with a thesis on the design and fabrication of tapered and nano-patterned optical fibers for application in optogenetics.

Selected Publications

Publications in peer reviewed journal:

F. Pisano, M. Pisanello, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Single-cell micro- and nano-photonic technologies. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 325, 108355 (2019).

M. Pisanello, F. Pisano, M. Hyun, E. Maglie, A. Balena, M. De Vittorio, B. L. Sabatini, F. Pisanello. The three-dimensional signal collection field for fiber photometry in brain tissue. Frontiers in Neuroscience 13, 82 (2019).

M. S. Emara, M. Pisanello, L. Sileo, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. A wireless head-mountable device with tapered optical fiber-coupled laser diode for light delivery in deep brain regions. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 66, 1996 (2019).

Sileo, S. H. Bitzenhofer, B. Spagnolo, J. Pöpplau, T. Holzhammer, M. Pisanello, F. Pisano, E. Bellistri, E. Maglie, P. Ruther, I. L. Hanganu-Opatz, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Tapered fibers combined with a multi-electrode array for optogenetics in mouse medial prefrontal cortex. Frontiers in Neuroscience 12, 771 (2018).

L. Lamanna, F. Rizzi, C. Demitri, M. Pisanello, E. Scarpa, A. Qualtieri, A. Sannino, M. De Vittorio. Determination of absorption and structural properties of cellulose-based hydrogel via ultrasonic pulse-echo time-of-flight approach. Cellulose 25, 4331-4343 (2018).

F. Pisano, M. Pisanello, L. Sileo, A. Qualtieri, B. L. Sabatini, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Focused ion beam nanomachining of tapered optical fibers for patterned light delivery. Microelectronic Engineering 195, 41-49 (2018).

M. Pisanello, F. Pisano, L. Sileo, E. Maglie, E. Bellistri, B. Spagnolo, G. Mandelbaum, B. L. Sabatini, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Tailoring light delivery for optogenetics by modal demultiplexing in tapered optical fibers. Scientific Reports 8, 4467 (2018).

A. Rizzo, E. D. Lemma, F. Pisano, M. Pisanello, L. Sileo, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Laser micromachining of tapered optical fibers for spatially selective control of neural activity. Microelectronic Engineering 192, 88-95 (2018).

E. D. Lemma, S. Sergio, B. Spagnolo, M. Pisanello, L. Algieri, M. A. Coluccia, M. Maffia, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Tunable mechanical properties of stent-like microscaffolds for studying cancer cell recognition of stiffness gradient. Microelectronic Engineering 190, 11-18 (2018).

N. Moscatelli, B. Spagnolo, M. Pisanello, E. D. Lemma, M. De Vittorio, V. Zara, F. Pisanello, A. Ferramosca. Single-cell-based evaluation of sperm progressive motility via fluorescent assessment of mitochondria membrane potential. Scientific Reports 7, 17931 (2017).

E. D. Lemma, B. Spagnolo, F. Rizzi, S. Corvaglia, M. Pisanello, F. Pisanello, M. De Vittorio. Microenvironmental stiffness of 3D polymeric structures to study invasive rates of cancer cells. Advanced Healtcare Materials 6, 1700888 (2017).

F. Pisanello, G. Mandelbaum, M. Pisanello, I. A. Oldenburg, L. Sileo, J. E. Markowitz, R. E. Peterson, A. Della Patria, T. M. Haynes, M. S. Emara, B. Spagnolo, S. R. Datta, M. De Vittorio, B. L. Sabatini. Dynamic illumination of spatially restricted or large brain volumes via a single tapered optical fiber. Nature Neuroscience 20, 1180-1188 (2017).

M. Pisanello, A. Della Patria, L. Sileo, B. L. Sabatini, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Modal demultiplexing properties of tapered and nanostructured optical fibers for in vivo optogenetic control of neural activity. Biomedical Optics Express 6, 4014-4026 (2015).

F. Pisanello, L. Sileo, I. A. Oldenburg, M. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, B. L. Sabatini, J. A. Assad, M. De Vittorio. Multipoint emitting optical fibers for spatially addressable in vivo optogenetics. Neuron 82, 1245-1254 (2014).

IIT Patent:

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, L. Sileo, I. A,. Oldenburg, M. Pisanello, B. L. Sabatini, J. A. Assad, M. De Vittorio, "Optogenetic tool for multiple and independently addressing of patterned optical windows” Italian patent application #TO2013A000603, Application July 17th, 2013.


April 2014. Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation; area of focus: disease prevention and treatment.


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