Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


I-LAMP Master graduates award: Giada Bianchetti and Nicolò Zenoni

During her Master’s Degree, Giada Bianchetti moved to Rome to join the research group headed by Prof. Marco De Spirito, where she started dealing with the complex world of biophysics. In her Master thesis, titled “Unraveling Lipid Droplets Formation Mechanisms by Confocal Dual-Channel Imaging of Intracellular Polarity”, Giada investigated the mechanisms of formation and growth of lipid droplets (LDs) in human tissues, by the use of confocal fluorescence microscopy. Back in Brescia, she graduated in December 2017.
In January 2018, she moved to IIT Kharagpur, in India, where she spent a four-months internship at the School of Medical Science and Technology, dealing with neural data analysis of retinal ganglion cells response to optical and electrical stimulation.
In October 2018, Giada got a PhD Scholarship at Istituto di Fisica of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Rome), under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Maulucci. Her research activity is focused on metabolic imaging, a discipline that combines molecular biology and in vivo imaging.

Nicolò Zenoni carried out his Master studies in the context of theoretical physics and quantum field theories and he graduated in July 2018, under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Nardelli and Dr. Roberto Auzzi. The main topic of his master thesis, titled “Holographic complexity in Warped AdS: the action conjecture”, is AdS/CFT correspondence, a duality between a gravity theory and a conformal field theory. In particular, the thesis investigates the evolution of a black hole interior.
Since January 2019, Nicolò is a PhD student of an international doctoral program in Science at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore joined with KU Leuven, with a research project concerning quantum field theories, holography and AdS/CFT correspondence.

I-LAMP early career award (academic): Patrizia Borghetti

Graduated at Università Cattolica in 2007 supervised by Prof. Luigi Sangaletti with a thesis on the experimental study of the structural and electronic properties of melanin, Patrizia Borghetti continued with her scientific activity through a Ph.D. fellowship from the University of Milan. Under the supervision of Prof. Sangaletti, she worked between Università Cattolica and Elettra Sincrotrone labs in Trieste, exploring the electronic properties of organic heterocycles-based surfaces. In 2011 she deepened her knowledge on that topic at the center of Materials Physics in San Sebastian (Spain). Thanks to a Marie Skłodowska-Curie european fellowship, she moved to the Nanoscience Institute of Paris in 2014, to develop new methods of analysis of transition metal oxides nanoparticles and of catalytic reactions induced by noble metal nanostructures. She is currently employed in France as manager for the valorization and transferring inventions made from CNRS (France) to industry.

I-LAMP early career award (non academic): Damiano Nardi