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Raffaella Magrassi

Affiliated Researcher

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Nanoscopy & NIC@IIT


IIT Central Research Labs Genova



Raffella Magrassi

Her research is focused on localizing and counting channel proteins and the complexes form with their subunits in cellular membrane by mean of live cell super-resolution imaging. Due to her interdisciplinary background she is involved in collaboration relevant to the interaction between new materials an living cells in order to use them as biomedical tool.


1997 Degree in Biology at the University of Genoa2003  PhD in “Cellular Physiology and Neuroimmunophysiology”. University of  Siena and Biophysics Institute of National Research Council (CNR).

Phone: +39 010 6475548

Address: Biophysics institute- National Research Council

 Via De Marini, 6 - 16149 - Genova, Italy



Interests and working knowledge

Raffaella Magrassi is a resercher at Biophysics Institute (IBF) of Italy's National Research Council (CNR). She developed her thesis of degree at the Italian Tumor Institute (IST), Genoa, in the laboratory of Mutagenesis where she carried out experiments of Cellular and Molecular Biology. She practiced her apprenticeship at the Biophysics Institute, National Research Council (CNR), Genoa. Here she apprehended and applied the techniques of Electrophysiology and Molecular Biology on the ionic channels. During her PhD she worked in the laboratories of the Department of General and Human Physiology, at the University of Bologna where she consolidated her education in primary cell culture and Patch Clamp techniques. At the Biophysics Institute, CNR, Genoa she carried out fluorometric determination of the calcium concentration and biochemical methods. At the CNR-INFM’s unit in Genoa (University of Genoa, Physics Department) her research work was focused on the characterization of nanostructured systems, with a range of applications spanning from basic research to advanced bio-medicine. During this period she improved her knowledge in Confocal and Two photon microscopy techniques in order to investigate biological system. From 2006 to February 2009 she worked as researcher on nano-medicine project (NanoMed labs) at Department of Physics, University of Genoa. The main aim of my project was to develop a system able to perform in parallel multiple planar patch clamp recordings, allowing fast screening of the effects of drugs on ion channel functionality.  During these years she got acquainted with technique of soft lithography refined by Focus Ion Beam (FIB). 



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