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Dr Pierangelo Gobbo

Development of protocellular materials

Pierangelo’s research aims to open new frontiers in the field of synthetic biology by pioneering new technological advancements towards the spatio-temporal organisation of protocells into interconnected networks that are capable of emulating living tissues and displaying emergent synergistic behaviours.

To achieve this goal he will work at the interface of physical-organic chemistry, biomaterials chemistry, and synthetic biology to develop 1) new adhesive synthetic protocell membranes; 2) unprecedented technologies for the assembly of prototissues with high spatio-temporal resolution; and 3) innovative forms of chemo-mechanical transduction within prototissues.

Overall, this research aims to address important emerging challenges in bottom-up synthetic biology and bioinspired tissue engineering. Most importantly, it is expected to lead to practical applications in biomedical engineering, micro-bioreactor technologies, soft robotics and flexible electronics.

Research keywords

  • Physical organic chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Nanomaterials chemistry
  • Photochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Bottom-up synthetic biology.