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Gianni Ciofani

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator - Center Coordinator
Smart Bio-Interfaces
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Gianni Ciofani (born in La Spezia, Italy, on August 14th, 1982), Ph.D., is Senior Researcher Tenured at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia -Italian Institute of Technology, IIT- (Pontedera, Italy; since 2019), where he is Principal Investigator of the Smart Bio-Interfaces Research Unit (since 2017) and Coordinator of the Center for Materials Interfaces (since 2021). He has been Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Torino (Torino, Italy; 2015-2019) and Visiting Professor at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan; 2021).

His main research interests concern smart nanomaterials for nanomedicine, microphysiological systems, and nanomedicine in altered gravity conditions. He is coordinator or unit leader of several projects (about 6.5 MEur granted): in particular, he was awarded with a Starting Grant and three Proof-of-Concept Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). Thanks to grants from the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, he had the opportunity to carry out four experimental campaigns onboard the International Space Station. In 2018, his real-scale model of the blood-brain barrier was highlighted in the Annual Report on the ERC Activities and Achievements.

Gianni Ciofani is author of about 190 papers on international journals (Scopus H-index 48, excluding self-citations), 3 edited books, and 18 book chapters, and delivered about 70 invited talks/lectures in international contexts. He serves as Reviewer for many funding agencies (including ERC, Swiss National Science Foundation, French National Research Agency, National Science Center of Poland), for about 200 international journals, and as Editorial Board Member of Bioactive Materials, International Journal of Nanomedicine, Journal of Physics: Materials, Nanomedicine UK, Nano Trends, and Scientific Reports; he is Specialty Chief Editor (Nanobiotechnology) for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

During his career, he held courses for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students at the Polytechnic University of Torino and at Waseda University, and is currently holding a course for Ph.D. students at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy); he is / has been supervisor of about 50 M.Sc. students and 20 Ph.D. students.

He is co-founder (2022) and Scientific Advisor of “Kidaria Bioscience SRL”, an IIT spin-off company dedicated to the preparation and characterization of cosmetic and nutraceutical products based on natural-derived active ingredients. He is also co-founder (2021) and member of the executive committee of “ERC in Italy APS”, a non-profit association of ERC awardees born to promote fundamental and frontier research in Italy.

Gianni Ciofani is Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, appointed by the President of the Italian Republic on December 27th, 2022.


Complete CV: https://www.iit.it/documents/217267/0/Biography_GianniCiofani.pdf

Education

Title: Ph.D. in Innovative Technologies
Institute: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Location: Pisa
Country: Italy
From: 2007 To: 2010

Certificate

Title: Pre-acceleration program “Bocconi for Innovation (B4I)”, Bocconi University (Milano, Italy)
Description: The Bocconi Pre-Accelerator is a 3-month training program designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who are working on early stage business ideas. It aims at helping in the development of a minimum viable product and in the validatation of a business idea.
Date: 08-06-2021

Title: Full Professorship Qualification
Description: National Scientific Qualification, obtained from the Italian Ministry of University and Research, to the function of Full Professor of Experimental Matter Physics (2018-2028), Applied Physics (2017-2027), and Bioengineering (2017-2027)
Date: 01-01-2017

Experience External

Title: Co-founder & Scientific Advisor
Institute: Kidaria Bioscience SRL
Location: Monterosso al Mare
Country: Italy
From: 2022 To: null

Title: Visiting Professor
Institute: Waseda University
Location: Tokyo
Country: Japan
From: 2021 To: 2021

Title: Associate Professor
Institute: Politecnico di Torino
Location: Torino
Country: Italy
From: 2015 To: 2019

All Publications
2024
Ciofani G.
Combining drug delivery and piezoelectric stimulation for an efficient cancer treatment
17th European Symposium on Controlled Drug Delivery, pp. 19-20
Conference Paper Conference
2024
Aparicio-Blanco J., Pucci C., De Pasquale D., Marino A., Debellis D., Ciofani G.
Development and characterization of lipid nanocapsules loaded with iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic targeting to the blood-brain barrier
Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Article Journal
2024
Iturrioz-Rodriguez N., Piccardi F., Bertorelli R., Ciofani G.
Establishment of an orthotopic glioblastoma mouse model for preclinical studies
Methods in Cell Biology
Book Chapter Book Series
2024
Davis T., Tabury K., Zhu S., Angeloni D., Baatout S., Benchoua A., Bereiter-Hahn J., Bottai D., Buchheim J.-I., Calvaruso M., Carnero-Diaz E., Castiglioni S., Cavalieri D., Ceccarelli G., Chouker A., Cialdai F., Ciofani G., Coppola G., Cusella G., Degl'Innocenti A., Desaphy J.-F., Frippiat J.-P., Gelinsky M., Genchi G., Grano M., Grimm D., Guignandon A., Hahn C., Hatton J., Herranz R., Hellweg C.E., Iorio C.S., Karapantsios T., van Loon J.J.W.A., Lulli M., Maier J., Malda J., Mamaca E., Morbidelli L., van Ombergen A., Osterman A., Ovsianikov A., Pampaloni F., Pavezlorie E., Pereda-Campos V., Przybyla C., Puhl C., Rettberg P., Rizzo A.M., Robson-Brown K., Rossi L., Russo G., Salvetti A., Santucci D., Sperl M., Tavella S., Thielemann C., Willaert R., Szewczyk N., Monici M.
How are cell and tissue structure and function influenced by gravity and what are the gravity perception mechanisms?
npj Microgravity, vol. 10, (no. 1)
2024
Willis C.R.G., Calvaruso M., Angeloni D., Baatout S., Benchoua A., Bereiter-Hahn J., Bottai D., Buchheim J.-I., Carnero-Diaz E., Castiglioni S., Cavalieri D., Ceccarelli G., Chouker A., Cialdai F., Ciofani G., Coppola G., Cusella G., Degl'Innocenti A., Desaphy J.-F., Frippiat J.-P., Gelinsky M., Genchi G., Grano M., Grimm D., Guignandon A., Herranz R., Hellweg C., Iorio C.S., Karapantsios T., van Loon J., Lulli M., Maier J., Malda J., Mamaca E., Morbidelli L., Osterman A., Ovsianikov A., Pampaloni F., Pavezlorie E., Pereda-Campos V., Przybyla C., Rettberg P., Rizzo A.M., Robson-Brown K., Rossi L., Russo G., Salvetti A., Risaliti C., Santucci D., Sperl M., Tabury K., Tavella S., Thielemann C., Willaert R., Monici M., Szewczyk N.J.
How to obtain an integrated picture of the molecular networks involved in adaptation to microgravity in different biological systems?
npj Microgravity, vol. 10, (no. 1)
Article Journal
Dissemination
2024
Ciofani G.
Nanotecnologie per medicina spaziale (ma non solo)
Scuola Media “I. Masih”, Bientina (Italy)
Outreach
2023
Ciofani G.
Costa Ligure e ricerca biomedica: Studio ed applicazioni delle molecole antiossidanti dell’uva
SeaTalk, La Spezia (Italy)
Public Event
2023
Ciofani G.
Nanomedicina: Dalla Terra allo Spazio
Bientina Municipality, Bientina (Italy)
Public Event
2023
Ciofani G.
Nanomedicina Spaziale
Istituto Superiore “G. Falcone”, Loano (Italy)
Outreach
2022
Pucci C., De Pasquale D., Ciofani G.
AIRC nelle Scuole: CyberNano
Scuola Media “F. Sacchetti”, San Miniato (Italy)
Outreach
Scientific Talks
2024
Ciofani G.
Biomimetic barriers-on-a-chip for the modeling of the brain cancer microenvironment
European Organ-on-Chip Society - [On line]
Conference
2024
Ciofani G.
Combining drug delivery and piezoelectric stimulation for an efficient cancer treatment
17th European Symposium on Controlled Drug Delivery, Egmont an Zee (The Netherlands)
Workshop/Symposium
2024
Ciofani G.
Lipid-based magnetic nanoparticles for glioma treatment: In vivo validation
International Union of Radio Science Atlantic Meeting, Gran Canaria (Spain)
Conference
2024
Ciofani G.
Piezoelectric stimulation of immune cells: Implications for brain cancer therapy
Global Nanobiotechnology Consortium E-Conference, Tampa (USA) - [On line]
Conference
2024
Ciofani G.
Smart nanoparticles and microphysiological systems: Focus on the central nervous system
Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience, TWIns, Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan)
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Awards and Achievements
2023
De Pasquale D., Pucci C., Desii A., Marino A., Debellis D., Leoncino L., Prato M., Moscato S., Amadio S., Fiaschi P., Prior A., Ciofani G.
Cover image of issue 12(19), July 2023, of Advanced Healthcare Materials
2023
Marino A., Battaglini M., Carmignani A., Pignatelli F., De Pasquale D., Tricinci O., Ciofani G.
Cover image of issue 7(3), September 2023, of APL Bioengineering
2023
Ciofani G.
National Science Center of Poland, Panel Chair
2023
Ciofani G.
“Special recognition” awarded by Bientina Municipality (Pisa, Italy)
2022
Marino A., Tricinci O., Zarovni N., Battaglini M., De Pasquale D., Ciofani G.
2nd place at the StartCup Toscana Contest for the NABIS Start-Up project
Editorships
2022
Ciofani G.
Nano Trends
2020
Ciofani G.
Nanomedicine
2019
Ciofani G.
Bioactive Materials
2019
Ciofani G.
Journal of Physics: Materials
2019
Ciofani G.
Scientific Reports
Organized Events
2024
Raimondi M.T., Pasqualini F., Ciofani G., Biferale L.
ERCinItaly 2024 event
2024
Ceccarelli M.C., Lefevre M.C., Bernardeschi M., di Leo N., Battaglini M., Carmignani A., Ciofani G.
Scienza in Biblioteca - Incontri con i Ricercatori del Laboratorio "Smart Bio-Interfaces" dell'Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
2023
Marino A., Ciofani G.
Advanced in vitro models: From organs-on-chips to advanced 3D architectures
2022
Battaglini M., Ciofani G.
Antioxidant nanomaterials for biomedical applications
2021
Ciofani G., Takeoka S.
Bio-Nano cross-over international workshop