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.
Oct 2016 - present Researcher Nanophysics Dept, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa (Italy)
Oct 2016 –Dec 2017 Visiting scientist The Institute of photonics sciences (ICFO), Barcelona (Spain).
May 2015 – Oct 2016 Post doc AFIB Group, The Institute of photonics sciences (ICFO), Barcelona (Spain).
Jul 2014 – May 2015 Researcher Nanophysics Dept., Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa (Italy)
Dec 2013 – Feb 2014 EMBO short term fellowship University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt (Germany)
Jan 2010 – Jul 2014 Post Doc Nanophysics Dept (Nanoscopy Group), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa (Italy)
Aug 2009 – Dec 2009 Visiting research associate University of Maine, Orono, Maine (USA).
Aug 2008 – Dec 2008 Visiting scientist Light Microscopy Group – EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
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:
2018 International travel award - Biophysical society meeting (S.Francisco, USA)
2012 TR35-Young innovators award Ed.2012 (Innovators Under 35) MIT T. Rev.)
2012 NEST Prize per la Nanoscienza Ed. 2012
2013 International travel award - Biophysical society meeting (Phyladelphia, USA)
2011 Best poster award at BIOS 2011 SPIE Photonics West Conference, 2011
2006 Prize for Degree Thesis in Physics: GIC Prize (Italian society of cytometry)
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).
Reference no: EP17382394.9 "Method for quantifying protein copy number"
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