Francesca Cella Zanacchi is currently a researcher at the IItalian Institute of Technology in Italy in the Nanophysics department. Previously, she worked as a Postdoc at the Institute de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) in Spain and as post-doctoral fellow in the Nanoscopy group at the Italian Institute of Technology. She graduated in Physics at the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2006 and in 2010 she accomplished her PhD studies in Physics (University of Genoa). She was a visitor scientist at EMBL (Heidelberg) in 2008 and at University of Maine (USA) in 2009. In December 2013 she joined the Single Molecule Biophysics group at University of Frankfurt as a short term EMBO fellowship. She works in the bioengineering/biophysics field and her research activity is focused on the design, realization and utilization of optical imaging techniques to study biomolecules at the molecular level in thick biological samples and tissues. Her work is mainly addressed to the study of biological molecules to investigate cell functioning using super-resolution microscopy, single molecule localization techniques (PALM, GSDIM), single molecule tracking, single plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), confocal, multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, nanostructured model systems and advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques (FRAP). She worked as a working package leader for the RENVISION European project (FP7-ICT-2011-9 (NBIS) # 600847) and she is active as member of several scientific societies and as reviewer for several international scientific journals.
October 2016-current Researcher at Nanophysics Dept. of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).
May 2015-October 2016: Post Doc at the Institute of Photonics Sciences, Barcelona, Spain. Tutor Melike Lakadamyali, Project:"DNA origami as versatile calibration standard for quantitative single molecules localization techniques".
July 2014- May2015 Researcher at Nanophysics Dept. of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).
Dec 2013-Feb 2014 EMBO Short term fellowship at University of Frankfurt, Germany. Tutor: Mike Heilemann. Project: "Advanced super-resolution and 3D tracking techniques for transcription studies in bacteria".
2010-July 2014 Post Doc at Nanophysics Dept (Nanoscopy group) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT),Genova, Italy. Tutor: A Diaspro. Project: "Advanced light sheet based fluorescence microscopy techniques".
Aug 2009 –Dec 2009 Visiting research associate at University of Maine, Orono, Maine Tutor: S. Hess. "Development of a fluorescence single molecule localization localization microscope (FPALM) based on inclined illumination"
Aug 2008 –Dec 2008 Visiting scientist at "Light Microscopy Group"- EMBL Heidelberg, Germany Tutor: E.H.K. Stelzer. "Selective plane microscopy in scattering samples"
2007-2009 Ph.D. Degree in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Genoa, Italy
2006 MSc. Degree in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Genoa, Italy
International/national Prizes and Awards:
2013 International travel award - Biophysical society meeting 2013 (Phyladelphia)
2012 TR35-Giovani Innovatori Ed.2012
2012 NEST Prize per la Nanoscienza Ed. 2012
2011 Best poster award at BIOS 2011 SPIE Photonics West (SF)
2006 Prize for Degree Thesis in Physics: Premio di Studio GIC (Società Italiana Citometria) Menzione Speciale per la tesi di Laurea intitolata “Ruolo dei profili di eccitazione nello studio della diffusione di molecole fluorescenti” .
Activity within European projects:
Working Package leader within the EU project RENVISION (Retina-inspired ENcoding for advanced VISION tasks) awarded within the initiative of Future Emerging Technologies: Neuro-Bio-Inspired Systems (NBIS).
Main research projects: