PhD student of the week: Filippo Begarani

I am a Biophysical Science Ph.D. student at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy). I achieved an international master degree in Nanotechnologies for ICTs released by Politecnico di Torino (Italy), INPG of Grenoble (France) and EPFL of Lausanne (Switzerland). My master thesis dealt with pig lung regeneration at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Houston (Texas).
My Ph.D project involves the application of Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) techniques in order to obtain a good spatial and temporal resolution to study different mechanisms of molecular transportation inside and between cells with a particular emphasis on intracellular vesicles. This technique will also allow a deeper understanding of drug delivery system operative modes and the development of a more efficient cellular drug uptake.
In the following figures some preliminary results from my research activity:
Figure 1. Simulation of a labeled lipid molecule diffusing on the surface of a vesicle.
Figure 2. Fluorescence carpet obtained from Figure 1.
Figure 3. Typical Experimental correlation curve.