Filippo Testa

I’m a PhD student in Converging Technologies for Biomolecular System, previously master graduate in Industrial Biotechnology and research intern with a strong background in nanotechnology and particularly in cancer nanomedicine. I spent my master thesis year and the following year, as a research intern, in the lab of Professor Davide Prosperi, Paolo Tortora and Miriam Colombo, university of Milano-Bicocca. The focus of my project was the use of Iron Oxide nanoparticles in cancer therapy.

My main expertise areas are:

Synthesis, bio-functionalization and characterization of different nanoparticles (metallic, lipidic, polymeric…)

Mammalian and bacterial cell cultures with aseptic technique

In vitro cell viability and apoptosis assays, protein synthesis inhibition assays, cell uptake and internalization analysis (flow cytometry, confocal microscopy…)

Bacterial transformation, expression and purification of recombinant proteins

Hyperspectral darkfield microscopy (Cytoviva, Inc.) for the evaluation of nanoparticles endosomal escape capabilities 

Cameron Duncan

Cameron Duncan is a postdoc in the Vanacore group at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Cameron received his PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 2022, where he helped to design, build and commission an ultrafast electron diffraction (UED) apparatus. Cameron’s research focus is to develop novel electron-beam techniques for studying out-of-equilibrium dynamics in exotic materials. For example, his UED
experiments on moiré materials show how interactions between coupled, atomically thin 2D sheets can be controlled with pulsed laser light.
The SMART electron project’s new, state-of-the-art electron microscopy tools will provide even more insight into these fascinating physical

Irene Ostroman

Born in 1995, she lived and studied in Milan, where I graduated in Materials Science with a Master Degree Thesis about the Atomic Force Microscopy characterization of organic thin films. After an important post-degree internship experience in RSE S.p.A., where she studied the application of MAXphases and MXenes as anodic materials for sodium-ion batteries, She is joining the SMART-electron project as a Ph.D. student: her research will be focused on the study of electrochemical systems by means of Transmission Electron Microscope.

Paolo Rosi

Ph.D in Physics and Nanosciences – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Master Degree in Physics – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Bachelor Degree in Physics – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

During my master degree thesis I was employed by the ESRF’s beamline 32 to study the magnetic structure of a family of rare-earth based magnetic materials.
During my PhD I worked in the field of beam shaping in electron microscopy under the supervision of Dr. Vincenzo Grillo. Here I was able to learn how to use a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and a dual-beam (FIB-SEM) to characterize, realize or re-shape phase plates for electrons. In particular, in these years we developed an electrostatic electron Orbital Angular Momentum sorter that allows to analyse the OAM spectrum of an electron beam. The device that we developed is compatible to with existing TEMs and can be employed to study proteins, plasmonic structures and magnetic structures (with atomic-scale EMCD).

Phoebe Tengdin

Phoebe Tengdin is a postdoc in the group of LUMES at EPFL. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2019 studying ultrafast magnetics using extreme ultraviolet light from high harmonic generation. She is excited to use her skills in optics (for both photons and electrons) in this new SMART electron project.

Ron Ruimy
Graduated summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering and Physics double major BSc from at the Technion. Currently during MSc in electrical engineering in the Technion under the supervision of professor Ido Kaminer. During my master, my research focus was theoretical work concerning the quantum aspects of electron-matter interactions with focus towards implementations relevant for quantum information and computation purposes.
Beatrice Matilde Ferrari
I graduated at the University of Milano Bicocca in Solid State physics. I was awarded with the Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship to work on my master thesis in Giordano Scappucci’s group at TUDelft University. My thesis consisted in the magnetotransport characterization of the first germanium double-quantum well field-effect transistor.
I recently joined Vanacore’s group as a research fellow. The aim of my research is to implement an Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscope at the University of Milano Bicocca to study the non equilibrium dynamics of quantum materials.
Shai Tsesses
Shai graduated from the Technion – Israel institute of Technology in 2016, with a double B.Sc in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and is currently finishing his Ph.D Thesis on controlling the topology of light at the nanoscale and transferring it to matter. He is the recipient of the Jacobs Foundation fellowship, the Adams fellowship of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the OSA’s Tingye Li innovation award.