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Nature Symposium on Biomedical Application, Graphene Week 2016


Professor Luisa Torsi - University of Bari “A. Moro”, Italy

Luisa Torsi is professor of Chemistry at the University of Bari “A. Moro” (Italy) and is the President of the European Material Research Society. She received her degree in Physics and the PhD in Chemical Sciences from the same institution. She was post-doctoral fellow at Bell Labs. In 2010 she has been awarded with the Heinrich Emanuel Merck prize for analytical sciences, this marking the first time the prestigious award is given to a woman. Her principal scientific contributions are in the fields of advanced materials and electronic devices mostly employed for sensing applications. Awarded research funding comprises several European contracts as well as national and regional projects. She is presently the coordinator of a “European Industrial Doctorate” Marie Curie project and is principal investigator in a Marie Curie ITN. She has also coordinated a Marie Curie ITN European network, several national projects and was principal investigator in an ICT STREP proposal. The total budget awarded to Torsi and to the consortia she has coordinated is over 5 M€. She is also the scientific coordinator of a Structural Reinforcement PON Project awarded to UNIBA for 2012-2014 with 13 M€.​

Professor Michael Strano - MIT, US

Professor Michael S. Strano is currently the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his B.S from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware both in Chemical Engineering. He was a post doctoral research fellow at Rice University in the departments of Chemistry and Physics under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley. From 2003 to 2007, Michael was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving to MIT. His research focuses on biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work from 2005 to the present.

Professor Owen J Guy - Swansea University, UK

Owen J Guy is Professor and Head of Nanotechnology at the College of Engineering in Swansea University, working in nanotechnology and advanced materials for healthcare applications. His group is developing POC sensor technology based on graphene and silicon nanowire biosensors - for application in ultra-sensitive, non-invasive and early stage diagnostics. The group is based at Swansea's new £21m Centre for Nanohealth (CNH); a new nano-device fabrication facility dedicated to providing nanotechnology solutions for healthcare.

Professor Jose A. Garrido - ICN2, Spain

Jose A. Garrido is an ICREA Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology-ICN2 in Barcelona, and head of the Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices group, which explores novel electronic materials, such as graphene and other 2D materials, and their potential in electronic and bioelectronic applications. He received a master and PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. From 2001 to 2004, he worked as a postdoc at the Walter Schottky Institute, Technische Universität München, where he obtained his habilitation in experimental physics in 2010. From 2011 to 2015, Jose A. Garrido held a lecturer (privatdozent) position at the department of physics of the Technische Universität München. He is PI of the Graphene Flagship Initiative in the workpackage Biomedical Technologies.

Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani - Osaka University, Japan

Tsuyoshi Sekitani received his Bachelor from the School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Japan in 1999, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering, at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 and 2003, respectively.  From 1999 to 2003, he was with the Institute for Solid State Physics, the University of Tokyo. From 2003 to 2010, he was a Research Associate, and in 2011, he was an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 2014, he was made a Professor in The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University. His current research interests include organic transistors, flexible electronics, plastic integrated circuits, large-area sensors, and plastic actuators. He is a member of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) and the Materials Research Society (MRS). In 2014, he was awarded as “Highly Cited Researchers” (The World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind) from THOMSON REUTERS.

Professor Daniel Chew - GlaxoSmithKline, UK

​Daniel Chew is Director and Head of Neural Interfaces within Bioelectronics. Having studied for a PhD in neuroscience at Queen Mary University of London, he moved to the University of Cambridge to undertake research into novel peripheral nerve interfaces for closed-loop control of organ function and disease treatment. His experience lies in neuroanatomy and electrophysiology, pre-clinical development, device design and implantation. Current responsibilities within the Neural Interface Group includes; sourcing, creating and driving academic and industry collaborative projects; developing new designs of interfaces for autonomic neuroanatomy; and early stage pre-clinical in vivo testing for safety and efficacy.

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