Biomechanics in health and disease:
advanced physical tools for innovative early diagnosis
H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 n. 812772


Università degli Studi di Milano

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Structure involved

Interdisciplinary Centre for Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces (C.I.Ma.I.Na)

Dipartimento di Fisica "Aldo Pontremoli"


Principal Investigator

Prof. Alessandro Podestà (project coordinator)


Alessandro Podestà (AP) is associate professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Milano, where he obtained a MsC in Physics in 1998 and the PhD in Physics/Materials Science in 2002; his main research interests pertain to the study and characterization of physical and chemical properties of interfaces at the nanometer scale using scanning probe techniques based on Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). In particular, AP studies the interfacial properties of thin nanostructured films and the interaction of biological entities (DNA, DNA-protein complexes, and cells) with relevant biocompatible (nanostructured) surfaces. AP is the scientist in charge of the AFM group of the Molecular Beam and Nanocrystalline Materials Laboratoty and of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces (CIMAINA) of the University of Milano. AP is involved in educational activities, including university courses and classes of general physics and experimental nanotechnology, as well in science communication and dissemination activities; he is tutor of BsC, MsC, PhD students and post-doc fellows.



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Dr. Antonia Samorè (Project Manager of Phys2BioMed)




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Scientific projects within Phys2BioMed

ESR1: The influence of the microenvironment of healthy and tumoural cells.

ESR2: Nano-mechanical fingerprints of extracellular matrices from healthy and tumoural tissues.