Plenary Lecture 2
Dr. Laura Fumagalli
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester (UK).
Probing electric polarization in biology with scanning probe microscopy: from single bacteria and viruses to DNA.
Dr. Laura Fumagalli did her undergraduate studies at Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) and École Superior d’Electricité (Paris, France). She obtained her PhD in Information Technology (specialization in Electronics) at Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) in 2006. She then joined as a Post-Doc the newly formed Institute for BioEngineering of Catalonia (IBEC, Barcelona) and then in 2009 the University of Barcelona (UB) as a Juan de la Cierva Young Researcher. During her PhD and post-doctoral research, she developed novel instrumentation for Scanning Probe Microscopy that achieved sub-attoFarad capacitance resolution and enabled to quantitatively determine the dielectric constant of nano-objects and macromolecules. Her studies have opened up an exciting sub-field of research dedicated to the measurement of the dielectric properties of matter at the nanoscale. From 2010 to 2014, she was full-time Lecturer Professor of several courses - electronics, informatics, scanning probe microscopy, nanobiotechnology among the others - at the Electronic Department of the University of Barcelona and Senior Researcher at IBEC. Currently, she is Lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manchester (UK) and Researcher of the new National Graphene Institute (UK).