Alberto Diaspro, born in 1959, received his doctoral Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1983. He is a Professor in the applied physics area at the Department of Physics of the University of Genoa. Dr. Diaspro is a Member of the University Advisory Committee for Ph.D. degree courses in biotechnology (University of Genoa) and medical nanotechnology (University of Milan). He is the Director of an IFOM-FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan, Italy, research program. He also joins the Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council (CNR) and the Neuroscience and Brain Technology Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). Moreover, he is the President Elect of the European Biophysical Societies’ Association (EBSA) and a Member of the International Committee of the Biophysical Society. Recently, he was a Coorganizer of the world conference on microscopy, FOM 2003, and of EBSA 2009 (www.ebsa2009.org). His research deals with the understanding of structure-function properties of biological macromolecules by means of different biophysical approaches, namely, confocal and two-photon fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy, single molecule imaging, and optical nanoscopy. Diaspro is also involved in the characterization of the photophysical properties of photoactivatable fluorescent proteins and of visibile fluorescent proteins bound to polyelectrolyte fuzzy matrices. He developed a nanotechnological approach for the realization of nanobiorobots, hybrid nanostructured devices made by living cells, and polyelctrolyte layers.
Biography Updated on 22 January 2009