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Ferruccio Pisanello

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Multifunctional Neural Interfaces with deep-brain regions
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Dr Pisanello coordinates the research line “Multifunctional Neural Interfaces with deep brain regions”, established in June 2016 at the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies of Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Arnesano (Lecce, IT). Ferruccio Pisanello's research group strives at developing new paradigms to interface with the central nervous system, exploiting physical phenomena in unconventional ways to realize a new generation of devices able to gather multifunctional signals from the brain and to control its physiology.

Short Bio: Ferruccio Pisanello obtained the PhD degree in Physics at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in July 2011. He graduated summa cum laude (master degree) in telecommunication engineering at the University of Salento (Italy) in July 2008 with a thesis in photonic devices concerning the development of a biosensor based on photonic crystals. In January 2009 he obtained the pre-master degree of the Superior Institute for Interdisciplinary Instruction (ISUFI, Istituto Superiore Universitario Formazione Interdisciplinare). After his PhD in October 2011 he moved to Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), where he started to focus his research activity on new optoelectronic devices to study the central nervous system. In 2016 he received the ERC Starting Grant (“MODEM” Multipoint Optical DEvices for Minimally invasive neural circuits interface) for the development of a new class of optical and optoelectronic neural interfaces and started his independent group at the IIT. In 2018 he received from Elsevier the Micro and Nanoelectronic Engineering Young Investigator Award, given in Copenhagen during the 44th International Conference on Microelectronic Engineering. Since 2019 he is coordinator of the H2020 FET-OPEN project “NanoBright”, a European network aiming to exploit light-matter interactions to treat and control pathological states of the brain. Since 2021 his research group is partecipatiinng to the H2020 RIA project DEEPER and in the same year he has been awarded of the Proo-of-concept ERC Grant IN DEPTH.

At moment he is: author of 56 Publications in International peer-reviewed Journals (including Science, Nature Methods, Nature Photonics, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron and Advanced Materials, list at https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1489-7758 ),holder of 4 High-Risk High-Gain competitive grants, author of 4 international patents (one patent pending). He is peer reviewer for major international journals (including Nature Electronics, Nature Communication and Advanced Materials), member of the editorial board of SPIE Neurophotonics, Scientific Reports and PLOS one, and he is serving as project reviewer for national research institutes in Netherland, Austria, Poland, France and Italy.

Top Publications
2022
Spagnolo B., Balena A., Peixoto R. T., Pisanello M., Sileo L., Bianco M., Rizzo A., Pisano F., Qualtieri A., Lofrumento D. D., De Nuccio F., Assad J. A., Sabatini B. L., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Tapered fibertrodes for optoelectrical neural interfacing in small brain volumes with reduced artefacts
Nature Materials
Article in Press Journal
2021
Bianco M., Balena A., Pisanello M., Pisano F., Sileo L., Spagnolo B., Montinaro C., Sabatini B.L., de Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Comparative study of autofluorescence in flat and tapered optical fibers towards application in depth-resolved fluorescence lifetime photometry in brain tissue
Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 12, (no. 2), pp. 993-1009
Article Journal
2021
Montinaro C., Pisanello M., Spagnolo B., Bianco M., Pisano F., Balena A., De Nuccio F., Lofrumento D.D., Verri T., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Influence of anatomical features of different brain regions on the spatial localization of fiber photometry signals
Biomedical Optics Express
Article in Press Journal
2021
Pisano F., Kashif M. F., Balena A., Pisanello M., De Angelis F., de la Prida L. M., Valiente M., D'Orazio A., De Vittorio M., Grande M., Pisanello F.
Plasmonics on a Neural Implant: Engineering Light–Matter Interactions on the Nonplanar Surface of Tapered Optical Fibers
Advanced Optical Materials
Article in Press Journal
2021
Collard L., Pisano F., Pisanello M., Balena A., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Wavefront engineering for controlled structuring of far-field intensity and phase patterns from multimodal optical fibers
APL Photonics, vol. 6, (no. 5)
Article Journal
Awards and Achievements
2022
Pisano F., Kashif M. F., Balena A., Pisanello M., De Angelis F., de la Prida L. M., Valiente M., D'Orazio A., De Vittorio M., Grande M., Pisanello F.
FRONT COVER for paper Plasmonics on a Neural Implant: Engineering Light–Matter Interactions on the Nonplanar Surface of Tapered Optical Fibers
2022
Pisanello F., De Vittorio M.
Spotlight Summary for Optical phased array neural probes for beam-steering in brain tissue
2021
De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Accepted symposium to be Organized at FENS 2022 - Hybrid and multifunctional approaches to study neuralcircuits
2021
Collard L., Pisano F., Pisanello M., Balena A., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Featured article in APL photonics Editor's Piks
2021
Bianco M., Balena A., Pisanello M., Pisano F., Sileo L., Spagnolo B., Montinaro C., Sabatini B. L., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
Featured in Biomedical Optics Express Top Downloads
Editorships
2021
Pisanello F.
Frontiers in Neuroscience
2021
Pisanello F.
Neurophotonics
Organized Events
2021
Pisanello F., Ciracì C., De Angelis F., De Vittorio M.
2nd Review Meeting FET-Open Project Nanobright
2021
Pisanello F.
Chaired session "Hybrid and Multimodal approaches to neuroimaging" BM2B at OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics and the Brain
2021
Pisanello F.
Nanobright Webinars
2020
Pisanello F., De Vittorio M., Ciracì C., De Angelis F.
1st Review Meeting FET-Open Project Nanobright
2019
Fellin T., De Vittorio M., Pisanello F.
6th International Workshop on Technologies for Optogenetics and Neurophotonics - OPTOGEN2019