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Anna Menini

Anna Menini

Olfactory systemFull Professor

Laura Ballerini

Laura Ballerini

Neurons and nanomaterialsFull Professor

Giuliano Taccola

Giuliano Taccola

Spinal cord neurophysiologyAssociate Professor

Paul Heppenstall

Paul Heppenstall

Physiology of somatosensationCourse Coordinator - Full Professor

Michele Giugliano

Michele Giugliano

From neurons to networksAssociate Professor

Katja Reinhard

Katja Reinhard

Sensory-motor processingAssistant Professor

Associated members

Loredana Casalis

Loredana Casalis

AFM litographyScientist at Elettra Sincrotrone

Dan Cojoc

Dan Cojoc

Optical manipulation and imagingSenior Scientist at IOM-CNR

Latest Publications

Mol Neurobiol. 2021 Aug;58(8):3769-3786.

GABAergic Mechanisms Can Redress the Tilted Balance between Excitation and Inhibition in Damaged Spinal Networks

Mazzone GL, Mohammadshirazi A, Aquino JB, Nistri A, Taccola G.

Front Neurosci. 2021 Jul 29; 15:697731.

A Biomimetic, SoC-Based Neural Stimulator for Novel Arbitrary-Waveform Stimulation Protocols

Culaclii S, Wang PM, Taccola G, Yang W, Bailey B, Chen YP, Lo YK, Liu W


J Neurophysiol. 2021 Nov 1;126(5):1635-1641. doi: 10.1152/jn.00278.2021. Epub 2021 Oct 13. PMID: 34644129.

An epidural stimulating interface unveils the intrinsic modulation of electrically motor evoked potentials in behaving rats

Taccola G, Culaclii S, Zhong H, Gad P, Liu W, Edgerton VR.

Front Cell Neurosci. 2020 Jun 17;14:118.

Homogeneous and Narrow Bandwidth of Spike Initiation in Rat L1 Cortical Interneurons

Borda Bossana S, Verbist C, Giugliano M.

Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2021 Jan;41(1):185-190. | Epub 2020 Mar 24. PMID: 32211996. | doi: 10.1007/s10571-020-00831-4. |

Histamine H3 Receptors Expressed in Ventral Horns Modulate Spinal Motor Output

Coslovich T, Della Mora A, D'Angelo G, Ortolani F, Taccola G.

Front Neurosci. 2020 May 19;14:440. eCollection 2020. | doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00440. | PMID: 32508565 Free PMC article. Review.

Alzheimer's Disease: What Can We Learn From the Peripheral Olfactory System?

Dibattista M, Pifferi S, Menini A, Reisert J.

Pat. n. WO 2020/236946 A1


V Edgerton, G Taccola, E Kreydin

iScience, Volume 23, Issue 10, 23 October 2020.

Plasticity and Adaptation in Neuromorphic Biohybrid Systems

George R, Chiappalone M, Giugliano M, Levi T, Vassanelli S, Partzsch J, Mayr C

Chem Senses. 2020 Oct 9;45(7):609-622. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjaa041. PMID: 32564071 Free PMC article.

More Than Smell-COVID-19 Is Associated With Severe Impairment of Smell, Taste, and Chemesthesis

Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research

Front Neurosci. 2020 May 19;14:405

Low-Impedance 3D PEDOT:PSS Ultramicroelectrodes

Jones PD, Moskalyuk A, Barthold C, Gutöhrlein K, Heusel G, Schröppel B, Samba R, Giugliano M

J Cell Sci., Epub ahead of print

Mechanisms of malignancy in glioblastoma cells are linked to MCU upregulation and higher intracellular calcium level

Li X, Spelat R, Bartolini A, Cesselli D, Ius T, Skrap M, Caponnetto F, Manini I, Yang Y, Torre V
Mol Brain. 2020 May 19;13(1):78

Foetal neural progenitors contribute to postnatal circuits formation ex vivo: an electrophysiological investigation

Manzati M, Sorbo T, Giugliano M, Ballerini L

Cereb Cortex. 2020 Jan 10;30(1):31-46

Single-cell and neuronal network alterations in an in vitro model of Fragile X syndrome

A. Moskalyuk, S. Van De Vijver, P. Verstraelen, W.H. De Dos, R.F. Kooy, and M. Giugliano.

Biomaterials. 2020 Oct;257:120177. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2020.120177. Epub 2020 Jul 3. PMID: 32682149

Textured nanofibrils drive microglial phenotype

Song Q, Pifferi S, Shi L, Chen C, Proietti Zaccaria R, Menini A, Cao J, Zhang Q, Torre V.

Front. Syst. Neurosci., 14 July 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fnsys.2020.00044

Selective Antagonism of A1 Adenosinergic Receptors Strengthens the Neuromodulation of the Sensorimotor Network During Epidural Spinal Stimulation

Taccola G, Salazar BH, Apicella R, Hogan MK, Horner PJ, Sayenko D.

Spinal Cord. 2020 Oct;58(10):1049-1059. | Epub 2020 Jun 23. PMID: 32576946. | doi: 10.1038/s41393-020-0505-8.

Complications of epidural spinal stimulation: lessons from the past and alternatives for the future

Taccola G, Barber S, Horner PJ, Bazo HAC, Sayenko D.

Brain Stimulation, Volume 13, Issue 1, January–February 2020, Pages 20-34 | https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2019.09.013

Using EMG to deliver lumbar dynamic electrical stimulation to facilitate cortico-spinal excitability

Taccola G, Gad P, Culaclii S, Ichiyama RM, Liu W, Edgerton VR.
Experimental Neurology., Volume 327, May 2020, 113246 | https://doi.org/10.1016/j.expneurol.2020.113246

Acute neuromodulation restores spinally-induced motor responses after severe spinal cord injury

Taccola G, Gad P, Culaclii S, Wang PM, Liu W, Edgerton VR.
PNAS October 13, 2020 117 (41) 25212-25218; first published September 30, 2020; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2005708117

Functional rewiring across spinal injuries via biomimetic nanofiber scaffolds

Sadaf Usmani,  Audrey Franceschi Biagioni,  Manuela Medelin,  Denis Scaini, Raffaele Casani,  Emily R. Aurand,  Daniel Padro, Ander Egimendia,  Pedro Ramos Cabrer,  Manuela Scarselli,  Maurizio De Crescenzi,  Maurizio Prato, and  Laura Ballerini

PLoS Comput Biol. 2020 Jul 23;16(7):e1008087

The location of the axon initial segment affects the bandwidth of spike initiation dynamics

Verbist C, Müller MG, Mansvelder HD, Legenstein R, Giugliano M

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019 Mar 1;60(4):933-943.

Electrophysiological Changes During Early Steps of Retinitis Pigmentosa

Bocchero U, Tam BM, Chiu CN, Torre V, Moritz OL.


Experimental Cell Research. | Volume 381, Issue 1, 1 August 2019, Pages 121-128

A "noisy" electrical stimulation protocol favors muscle regeneration in vitro through release of endogenous ATP

Bosutti A, Bernareggi A, Massaria G, D'Andrea P, Taccola G; Lorenzon P, Sciancalepore M.

J Gen Physiol. 2019 May 2. pii: jgp.201812310.

TMEM16A calcium-activated chloride currents in supporting cells of the mouse olfactory epithelium

Henriques T, Agostinelli E, Hernandez-Clavijo A, Maurya DK, Rock JR, Harfe BD, Menini A, Pifferi S.

Nat Protoc. 2019 Nov;14(11):3101-3125.

One-step site-specific antibody fragment auto-conjugation using SNAP-tag technology

Hussain AF, Heppenstall PA, Kampmeier F, Meinhold-Heerlein I, Barth S.
Sci Rep. 2019 Jun 20;9(1):8834.

Bitter tastants and artificial sweeteners activate a subset of epithelial cells in acute tissue slices of the rat trachea

Lasconi C, Pifferi S, Hernandez-Clavijo A, Merigo F, Cecchini MP, Gonzalez-Velandia KY, Agostinelli E, Sbarbati A, Menini A.

Sci Rep.

A ligand-based system for receptor-specific delivery of proteins

Maffei M, Morelli C, Graham E, Patriarca S, Donzelli L, Doleschall B, de Castro Reis F, Nocchi L, Chadick CH, Reymond L, Corrêa IR Jr, Johnsson K, Hackett JA, Heppenstall PA.
Front Syst Neurosci. 2019 Jan 24;13:1.

3D Organotypic Spinal Cultures: Exploring Neuron and Neuroglia Responses Upon Prolonged Exposure to Graphene Oxide

Musto M, Rauti R, Rodrigues AF, Bonechi E, Ballerini C, Kostarelos K, Ballerini L.

2019, Nat Biomed Eng. 3(2):114-125.

Interleukin-31-mediated photoablation of pruritogenic epidermal neurons reduces itch-associated behaviours in mice

Nocchi L, Roy N, D'Attilia M, Dhandapani R, Maffei M, Traista A, Castaldi L, Perlas E, Chadick CH, Heppenstall PA. 

Pain. 2019 Oct;160(10):2305-2315.

Nerve growth factor-mediated photoablation of nociceptors reduces pain behavior in mice

Nocchi L, Portulano C, Franciosa F, Doleschall B, Panea M, Roy N, Maffei M, Gargano A, Perlas E, Heppenstall PA.

Front Neurosci. 2019 Jan 15;12:953.

Advances in Nano Neuroscience: From Nanomaterials to Nanotools

Pampaloni NP, Giugliano M, Scaini D, Ballerini L, Rauti R.

Nano Lett. 2019 May 8;19(5):2858-2870.

Graphene Oxide Flakes Tune Excitatory Neurotransmission in Vivo by Targeting Hippocampal Synapses

Rauti R, Medelin M, Newman L, Vranic S, Reina G, Bianco A, Prato M, Kostarelos K, Ballerini L.

2019, Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 18;58(8):2341-2344.

A Chemogenetic Approach for the Optical Monitoring of Voltage in Neurons

Sundukova M, Prifti E, Bucci A, Kirillova K, Serrao J, Reymond L, Umebayashi M, Hovius R, Riezman H, Johnsson K, Heppenstall PA.  

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Jul 9;116(28):14260-14269.

Structure-guided examination of the mechanogating mechanism of PIEZO2

Taberner FJ, Prato V, Schaefer I, Schrenk-Siemens K, Heppenstall PA, Lechner SG.

Journal of Neuroscience

The NGFR100W Mutation Specifically Impairs Nociception without Affecting Cognitive Performance in a Mouse Model of Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy Type V

Giovanna Testa, Marco Mainardi, Chiara Morelli, Francesco Olimpico, Laura Pancrazi, Carla Petrella, Cinzia Severini, Rita Florio, Francesca Malerba, Antonia Stefanov, Enrica Strettoi, Rossella Brandi, Ivan Arisi, Paul Heppenstall, Mario Costa, Simona Capsoni and Antonino Cattaneo.


Neuroethics. 2018;11(3):309-322.

Bottom Up Ethics - Neuroenhancement in Education and Employment

Bard I, Gaskell G, Allansdottir A, da Cunha RV, Eduard P, Hampel J, Hildt E, Hofmaier C, Kronberger N, Laursen S, Meijknecht A, Nordal S, Quintanilha A, Revuelta G, Saladié N, Sándor J, Santos JB, Seyringer S, Singh I, Somsen H, Toonders W, Torgersen H, Torre V, Varju M, Zwart H.


J Neurosci Res., 2018.

Histamine modulates spinal motoneurons and locomotor circuits

Coslovich T, Brumley MR, D’Angelo G, Della Mora A, Swann HE, Ortolani F, and Taccola G.

2018, Nat Commun. 24;9(1):1640.

Control of mechanical pain hypersensitivity in mice through ligand-targeted photoablation of TrkB-positive sensory neurons

Dhandapani R, Arokiaraj CM, Taberner FJ, Pacifico P, Raja S, Nocchi L, Portulano C, Franciosa F, Maffei M, Hussain AF, de Castro Reis F, Reymond L, Perlas E, Garcovich S, Barth S, Johnsson K, Lechner SG, Heppenstall PA.  

ACS Nano. 2018 Nov 27;12(11):10582-10620.

Safety Assessment of Graphene-Based Materials: Focus on Human Health and the Environment

Fadeel B, Bussy C, Merino S, Vázquez E, Flahaut E, Mouchet F, Evariste L, Gauthier L, Koivisto AJ, Vogel U, Martín C, Delogu LG, Buerki-Thurnherr T, Wick P, Beloin-Saint-Pierre D, Hischier R, Pelin M, Candotto Carniel F, Tretiach M, Cesca F, Benfenati F, Scaini D, Ballerini L, Kostarelos K, Prato M, Bianco A.

(2018) Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 12, art. no. 130.

Cell mechanotransduction with piconewton forces applied by optical tweezers

Falleroni, F., Torre, V., Cojoc, D.

Mol Brain. 2018 Jan 15;11(1):3.

Bridging pro-inflammatory signals, synaptic transmission and protection in spinal explants in vitro

Medelin M, Giacco V, Aldinucci A, Castronovo G, Bonechi E, Sibilla A, Tanturli M, Torcia M, Ballerini L, Cozzolino F, Ballerini C. 

Acta Biomater. 2018 Jun;73:285-301.

Exploiting natural polysaccharides to enhance in vitro bio-constructs of primary neurons and progenitor cells

Medelin M, Porrelli D, Aurand ER, Scaini D, Travan A, Borgogna MA, Cok M, Donati I, Marsich E, Scopa C, Scardigli R, Paoletti S, Ballerini L. 

PLoS Comput Biol. 2018 Aug 2;14(8):e1006295.

The permeation mechanism of organic cations through a CNG mimic channel

Napolitano LMR, Marchesi A, Rodriguez A, De March M, Onesti S, Laio A, Torre V.


Nat Nanotechnol. 2018 Aug;13(8):755-764.

Single-layer graphene modulates neuronal communication and augments membrane ion currents

Pampaloni NP, Lottner M, Giugliano M, Matruglio A, D'Amico F, Prato M, Garrido JA, Ballerini L, Scaini D.

(2018) Applied Optics, 57 (1), A242.

Single-shot, dual-mode, water-immersion microscopy platform for biological applications

Picazo-Bueno, J.Á., Cojoc, D., Iseppon, F., Torre, V., Micó, V.

Prog Neurobiol., Volume 160, January 2018, Pages 64-81 | https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pneurobio.2017.10.004

And yet it moves: recovery of volitional control after spinal cord injury

Taccola G, Gerasimenko Y, Gad P, Sayenko D, and Edgerton VR.

Small. 2018 Jul;14(28):e1800863.

Attenuated Glial Reactivity on Topographically Functionalized Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene):P-Toluene Sulfonate (PEDOT:PTS) Neuroelectrodes Fabricated by Microimprint Lithography

Vallejo-Giraldo C, Krukiewicz K, Calaresu I, Zhu J, Palma M, Fernandez-Yague M, McDowell B, Peixoto N, Farid N, O'Connor G, Ballerini L, Pandit A, Biggs MJP.

eNeuro. 2018 Aug 13;5(4). pii: ENEURO.0223-18.2018.

Sensory Adaptation to Chemical Cues by Vomeronasal Sensory Neurons

Wong WM, Nagel M, Hernandez-Clavijo A, Pifferi S, Menini A, Spehr M, Meeks JP.

Adv Mater. 2018 Dec;30(52):e1806132.

A Fully 3D Interconnected Graphene-Carbon Nanotube Web Allows the Study of Glioma Infiltration in Bioengineered 3D Cortex-Like Networks

Xiao M, Li X, Song Q, Zhang Q, Lazzarino M, Cheng G, Ulloa Severino FP, Torre V.


Neuron 93(1):179-193.

Touch Receptor-Derived Sensory Information Alleviates Acute Pain Signaling and Fine-Tunes Nociceptive Reflex Coordination

Arcourt A, Gorham L, Dhandapani R, Prato V, Taberner FJ, Wende H, Gangadharan V, Birchmeier C, Heppenstall PA, Lechner SG. 

Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 1700550. First published: 5 May 2017

Nanostructures to Engineer 3D Neural-Interfaces: Directing Axonal Navigation toward Successful Bridging of Spinal Segments

Aurand ER, Usmani S, Medelin M, Scaini D, Bosi S, Rosselli FB, Donato S, Tromba G, Prato M and Ballerini L.

Invited review to Current Pharmaceutical Design. | Volume 23, Issue 12, 2017

Multilevel analysis of locomotion in immature preparations suggests innovative strategies to reactivate stepping after spinal cord injury

Brumley MR, Guertin PA, Taccola G. 

J. Biomed. Nanotechnol. 2017, Vol. 13, No. 5 1550-7033/2017/13/559/007

Successful Regrowth of Retinal Neurons When Cultured Interfaced to Carbon Nanotube Platforms

Cellot G, La Monica S, Scaini D, Rauti R, Bosi S, Prato M, Gandolfi S and Ballerini L.

Channels (Austin). 2017 Sep 3;11(5):399-414.

The long tale of the calcium activated Cl- channels in olfactory transduction

Dibattista M, Pifferi S, Boccaccio A, Menini A, Reisert J.

Nat Biotechnol. 2017 Nov 9;35(11):1021-1023.

Public views on gene editing and its uses

Gaskell G, Bard I, Allansdottir A, da Cunha RV, Eduard P, Hampel J, Hildt E, Hofmaier C, Kronberger N, Laursen S, Meijknecht A, Nordal S, Quintanilha A, Revuelta G, Saladié N, Sándor J, Santos JB, Seyringer S, Singh I, Somsen H, Toonders W, Torgersen H, Torre V, Varju M, Zwart H.

(2017) J Biol Methods;4(1):e65.

Combining FRET and optical tweezers to study RhoGTPases spatio-temporal dynamics upon local stimulation

Iseppon, F., Napolitano, LM., Torre, V., Cojoc, D. 

Science, 9 JUNE 2017 • VOL 356 ISSUE 6342 pp 1010-1011 (Perspectives on Biomaterials) 10.1126/science.aan1227

Nanomaterials for stimulating nerve growth

Marchesan S, Ballerini L, Prato M.

Front Cell Neurosci. 2017 Dec 18;11:402.

Actin Waves Do Not Boost Neurite Outgrowth in the Early Stages of Neuron Maturation

Mortal S, Iseppon F, Perissinotto A, D'Este E, Cojoc D, Napolitano LMR, Torre V.

Sci Rep 7(1)

ATP release during cell swelling activates a Ca(2+)-dependent Cl(-) current by autocrine mechanism in mouse hippocampal microglia

Murana E, Pagani F, Basilico B, Sundukova M, Batti L, Di Angelantonio S, Cortese B, Grimaldi A, Francioso A, Heppenstall P, Bregestovski P, Limatola C, Ragozzino D.


Cell Rep 21(11):3102-3115.

Functional and Molecular Characterization of Mechanoinsensitive "Silent" Nociceptors

Prato V, Taberner FJ, Hockley JRF, Callejo G, Arcourt A, Tazir B, Hammer L, Schad P, Heppenstall PA, Smith ES, Lechner SG. 


Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2018 Jun;50:50-55.

Nanomaterials at the neural interface

Scaini D, Ballerini L.  

Nat Commun 8(1):1778.

Exosomal cargo including microRNA regulates sensory neuron to macrophage communication after nerve trauma

Simeoli R, Montague K, Jones HR, Castaldi L, Chambers D, Kelleher JH, Vacca V, Pitcher T, Grist J, Al-Ahdal H, Wong LF, Perretti M, Lai J, Mouritzen P, Heppenstall P, Malcangio M. 


Experimental Neurology., 2016

Neuromodulation of the neural circuits controlling the lower urinary tract

Gad P, Roy R, Zhong H, Gerasimenko Y, Taccola G, Edgerton VR.  

ELIFE 5 doi: 10.7554/eLife.20813

Acetylated tubulin is essential for touch sensation in mice

Morley SJ, Qi YM, Iovino L, Andolfi L, Guo D, Kalebic N, Castaldi L, Tischer C, Portulano C, Bolasco G, Shirlekar K, Fusco CM, Asaro A, Fermani F, Sundukova M, Matti U, Reymond L, De Ninno A, Businaro L, Johnsson K, Lazzarino M, Ries J, Schwab Y, Hu J, Heppenstall PA.

J Gen Physiol. 2016 Oct;148(4):293-311.

The Ca2+-activated Cl- channel TMEM16B regulates action potential firing and axonal targeting in olfactory sensory neurons

Pietra G, Dibattista M, Menini A, Reisert J, Boccaccio A.

Science 353(6306):1393-1398.

The TRPM2 channel is a hypothalamic heat sensor that limits fever and can drive hypothermia

Song K, Wang H, Kamm GB, Pohle J, Reis FD, Heppenstall P, Wende H, Siemens J.

Experimental Neurology, Volume 286, December 2016, Pages 1-11 | https://doi.org/10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.09.008

A new model of nerve injury in the rat reveals a role of regulator of G protein signaling 4 in tactile hypersensitivity

Taccola G, Doyen PJ, Damblon J, Dingu N, Ballarin B, Steyaert A, des Rieux A, Forget P, Hermans E, Bosier B, Deumens R.  

Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 29640 (2016)

The role of dimensionality in neuronal network dynamics

Ulloa Severino FP, Ban J, Song Q, Tang M, Bianconi G, Cheng G, Torre V.

Science Advances 15 Jul 2016: Vol. 2, no. 7, e1600087

3D meshes of carbon nanotubes guide functional reconnection of segregated spinal explants

Usmani S, Aurand ER, Medelin M, Fabbro A, Scaini D, Laishram J, Rosselli FB, Ansuini A, Zoccolan D, Scarselli M, De Crescenzi M, Bosi S, Prato M and Ballerini L.

Sci Rep. 2015 Apr 24;5:9562.

From 2D to 3D: novel nanostructured scaffolds to investigate signalling in reconstructed neuronal networks

Bosi S, Rauti R, Laishram J, Turco A, Lonardoni D, Nieus T, Prato M, Scaini D, Ballerini L.

Biochim Biophys Acta 1848(4):1005-13.

Multiple effects of anthracene-9-carboxylic acid on the TMEM16B/anoctamin2 calcium-activated chloride channel

Cherian OL, Menini A, Boccaccio A.

Front. Cell. Neurosci. 9:333 (2015).

Cdc42 and RhoA reveal different spatio-temporal dynamics upon local stimulation with Semaphorin-3A

Iseppon F, Napolitano LMR, Torre V and Cojoc D.

J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 7;35(1):146-60.

Circuit formation and function in the olfactory bulb of mice with reduced spontaneous afferent activity

Lorenzon P, Redolfi N, Podolsky MJ, Zamparo I, Franchi SA, Pietra G, Boccaccio A, Menini A, Murthy VN, Lodovichi C.

Nat Commun. 2015 May 12;6:7093.

Conformational rearrangements in the transmembrane domain of CNGA1 channels revealed by single-molecule force spectroscopy

Maity S, Mazzolini M, Arcangeletti M, Valbuena A, Fabris P, Lazzarino M, Torre V.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 May 4. pii: 201423162. [Epub ahead of print]

The phototransduction machinery in the rod outer segment has a strong efficacy gradient

Mazzolini M, Facchetti G, Andolfi L, Proietti Zaccaria R, Tuccio S, Treu J, Altafini C, Di Fabrizio EM, Lazzarino M, Rapp G, Torre V.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jul 7;112(27):E3619-28.

A structural, functional, and computational analysis suggests pore flexibility as the base for the poor selectivity of CNG channels

Napolitano LM, Bisha I, De March M, Marchesi A, Arcangeletti M, Demitri N, Mazzolini M, Rodriguez A, Magistrato A, Onesti S, Laio A, Torre V.

Nat Commun. 2015 Oct 7;6:8512.

Membrane stiffening by STOML3 facilitates mechanosensation in sensory neurons

Qi Y, Andolfi L, Frattini F, Mayer F, Lazzarino M, Hu J.

J Muscle Res Cell Motil., 2015

Extracellular stimulation with human “noisy” electromyographic patterns facilitates myotube activity

Sciancalepore M, Coslovich T, Lorenzon P, Ziraldo G, Taccola G.  

PLoS One. 2014 Nov 12;9(11):e112582.

Investigation of Adhesion and Mechanical Properties of Human Glioma Cells by Single Cell Force Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy

Andolfi L, Bourkoula E, Migliorini E, Palma A, Pucer A, Skrap M, Scoles G, Beltrami AP, Cesselli D, Lazzarino M.

Small. 2014 Mar 20.

A DNA Origami Nanorobot Controlled by Nucleic Acid Hybridization

Torelli E, Marini M, Palmano S, Piantanida L, Polano C, Scarpellini A, Lazzarino M, Firrao G.

Nanomedicine and the Nervous System 2010, 183–206.

Carbon Nanotubes and Neuronal Performance

Fabbro A, Toma FM, Cellot G, Prato M and Ballerini L.


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