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Sapienza Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers, to better prepare them for current and future societal challenges. Sapienza University of Rome, as part of its mission to promote a research culture and an international research environment, is delighetd to host every year talented Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows at all stage of their career - be they doctoral candidates or experienced researchers - and encouraging transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

In this page you can find some information about some of Sapienza Fellows

Maria Casacão - Project "CircRTrain". Call reference: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016

Maria Casacão is an ESR Early Stage Researcher (ESR) at the Department of  Biology and Biotechnology and she has been recruited under the "CircRTrain" project. The main objectives of the project are to clarify whether FUS, an RNA binding protein, controls the biogenesis of circRNAs with a relevant function in motoneuron activity and to investigate whether dysregulation of motoneuron (MN) specific circRNAs have an impact on ALS pathogenesis. Specific emphasis will be devoted to study the subcellular localization of MN-specific circRNAs in in vitro differentiated motoneurons through in situ hybridization (ISH) and to analyse whether their localization is affected in FUS mutant cells. The research will be conducted under the supervision of prof. Irene Bozzoni.

Scuderi PictureMarco Scuderi - Project "FEAT - The role of Fluid pressure in EArthquake Triggering". Call reference: H2020-MSCA-IF-2014

Marco Maria Scuderi won a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship with the project FEAT, a comprehensive experimental study of the role of fluid pressure in earthquake triggering . The research is carried out under the supervision of prof. Cristiano Collettini and its aim is to document the evolution of fault friction parameters as a function of fluid overpressure using a world-class rock deformation apparatus. The laboratory experiments will build on the characterization of fault zone structure, fluid flow, and deformation processes, which will be reconstructed from careful field evaluations of ancient faults that represent exhumed analogues of seismically active structures. An important part of this work will be the interaction with the energy industry to investigate the role of fluids in induced seismicity.

Trabuco PictureMatilde Trabuco - Project "X-probe - Advanced XFEL and Synchrotron based Probes of Protein Structure and Dynamics". Call reference: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Matilde Trabuco is an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) at the Department of Biochemical Science and she has been enrolled at the research doctorate in Biochemistry. Her research focuses on synthesis/modification of photosensitive compounds and their screening.  She will be trained in protein engineering, protein crystallography procedures as well as sample preparation for time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy under the supervision of prof. Alessandra Bonamore. The main objective is to develop intellectual properties and pave the way to the commercialization of the end products of the research. This fellowship is part of the X-probe ITN project, coordinated by prof.  Beatrice Vallone,  that builds upon the transformative opportunities created by existing X-ray sources and new sources soon to be operative in Europe.

Foto Cecile ExertierCécile Exertier - Project "X-probe - Advanced XFEL and Synchrotron based Probes of Protein Structure and Dynamics". Call reference: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Cécile Exertier is an ESR at the Department of Biochemical Science. She has been enrolled at the research doctorate in Biochemistry and her fellowship is part of the X-probe ITN project, coordinated by prof.  Beatrice Vallone. Her project focuses upon the structural dynamics of neuroglobin and bacterial P450 using both time-resolved WAXS and Laue diffraction. This research will involve training on protein engineering and crystal structural analysis. Emphasis will be given to the preparation of crystals suitable for time resolved diffraction and for trapping and detection of reaction intermediates in other heme proteins (e.g. Myoglobin, hemoglobin).

Georgiou PictureGeorge Georgiou - Project "SAT STABILIS - Nonlinear Sampled-data Attitude Stabilization of Underactuated Spacecraft". Call reference: H2020-MSCA-IF-2014

George Georgiou was granted a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship with the project SAT STABILIS. The aim of the project is to develop novel control algorithms for three-axis attitude stabilization of an underactuated spacecraft in actuator failure mode without significant performance degradation with the remaining control torques. Theoretical investigations will be conducted for ad-hoc digital solutions based on equivalent discrete models, finite computability and multirate control laws, permitting to impose digital performance objectives and give solutions to the intractable continuous-time problems. The results are exected to be applicable also to general classes of underactuated mechanical systems and other related control problems. The research will be conducted under the supervision of prof. Salvatore Monaco, at the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering.

Pani PicturePaolo Pani - Project "AstroGRAphy - NGravity, Fundamental Physics and Astrophysics: The Missing Link". Call reference: FP7-PEOPLE-IEF-2013

Paolo Pani was granted a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship with a project on  the investigation of strong-gravity effects via precision GW phenomenology. The objective of is research, carried out under the supervision of prof. Leonardo Gualtieri at the Department of Physics,  is to develop semianalytical methods to study NS-NS binaries and spinning isolated NSs, and to constrain the behavior of matter at nuclear density using GW observations; to develop a model-independent framework to study GW signatures of accretion onto massive BHs; to investigate the interplay between “BH bomb” instabilities and accretion in the context of puzzling phenomena, such as jet emission or gamma-ray bursts; and to constrain dark matter candidates by studying their interaction with BHs and NSs in realistic scenarios.

Barone PictureEugenio Barone - Project "BVRINSULINAD - Biliverdin Reductase-A in brain insulin signaling and oxidative stress-mediated neurodegeneration". Call reference: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF

Eugenio Barone was granted a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship with the project BVRINSULINAD. His research focuses on an entirely new paradigm in which BVR-A could represent an important link between impairment of the insulin-pathway and cognition observed in Alzheimer disease (AD). He  hypothesize that insulin resistance would accelerate the onset of AD. The research is carried out under the supervision of prof. Marzia Perluigi, at the Department of Biochemical Sciences "A. Rossi-Fanelli". The project is implemented through a multidisciplinary approach since, for its full achievement, it requires a close collaboration between biochemists, chemists, pharmacologists and clinicians.

RAB PictureSyed Adi Rab - Project "PIQUE Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding". Call Reference: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN

Syed Adi Rab is an early stage researcher fellow under the ITN project PICQUE.  His fellowship is part of a European network aiming to establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of integrated quantum photonics.  The research is carried out in synergy with various national and international partners, consisting in researching new physics and developing new techniques in the field of quantum information using the photonic platform. Syed Adi Rab’s research focused on the phenomena of quantum walk and its use in quantum information in state of the art integrated photonic devices. The research will be conducted under the supervision of prof. Fabio Sciarrino at the Department of Physics. Syed Adi Rab has been enrolled at the XXX Cycle of the research doctorate in Physics.

Fernández-Castañón PhotoJavi Fernández-Castañón – Project “COLLDENSE - Hybrid Colloidal Systems with Designed Response”. Call Reference:   H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Javi Fernández-Castañón is an early stage researcher fellow under the ITN project COLLDENSE. He has been enrolled at the XXXI Cycle of the research doctorate in Physics. His research is focused on the experimental realization of a DNA hydrogel that has already been foreseen theoretically by means of simulations. These hydrogels will be able to switch between the fluid and gel phases, and once again change to a fluid by means of an increase in temperature. This will enable significant progress in the field of DNA nanotechnology. Rheology and light scattering techniques will be the main tools used for the development of this research. The research will be conducted under the supervision of prof. Francesco Sciortino at the Department of Physics. 

Sharma PictureMayank Shekhar Sharma – Project “PROMIS - Postgraduate Research on Dilute Metamorphic Nanostructures and Metamaterials in Semiconductor Photonics” Call reference: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Mayank Shekhar Sharma is an early stage researcher fellow under the ITN project "PROMIS". Mayank is working under the supervision of prof. Antonio Polimeni at the Department of Physics on an innovative research topic "Laser writing of nanoscale LEDs based on dilute nitrides". He will create site-controlled nanoscale light emitting spots or ordered LED arrays by laser writing using hydrogenated (InGa)(AsN) p-i-n diodes. The laser-driven diffusion of H to fabricate a nanoscale LED in dilute nitrides has never been reported before. The research is targeted mainly to the advancement of photonics in Information & Communications technology.  Mayank has been enrolled at the XXXI Cycle of the research doctorate in Physics.

Foto YounisSaeed Younis – Project “PROMIS - Postgraduate  Research on Dilute Metamorphic Nanostructures and Metamaterials in Semiconductor Photonics”. Call reference: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014

Saeed Younis is an early stage researcher fellow under the ITN project PROMIS. Saeed is working under the supervision of prof. Antonio Polimeni and his research focuses on “Hydrogenation of dilute nitrides for single photon emitters in photonic crystals”. The aim of the research is the development of a new single photon sources for secure 1.31 and 1.55 telecom applications which will be based on hydrogenated dilute nitride semiconductor nanostructures. The cornerstone of this activity will be represented by a novel method for the fabrication of site-controlled nano-emitters based on the hydrogen-induced passivation of N atoms in (InGa)(AsNP)/GaAs heterostructures. The research is carried out at Sapienza Department of Physics.