Dr. Ciro Chiappini
Principal Investigator


I am Lecturer in Nanomaterials and Biointerfaces at King’s College London since 2016. My research blends nanotechnology, bioengineering and cell biology to develop functional materials that direct cell behaviour. I was Marie Curie Fellow and Newton International Fellow at Imperial College London from 2011 until 2016, and I hold a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018 I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant. I authored more than 30 publications with over 2000 citations and I hold an international patent.

Dr. Valeria Caprettini

Valeria_photoI joined the Chiappini Lab to exploit 3D nanotechnology for addressing cells behaviour and stem cell differentiation by engineering their environment. I did my PhD in Bioengineering and Robotics with focus in bio-nanotechnology at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa, Italy. During the Phd I studied the interface between cultured cells and multifunctional three-dimensional nanostructured surfaces with several applications, such as opto- and electro-poration, drug delivery, recording of action potentials and spectroscopic analysis. I received my BSc in Physics and my MSc in Physics of the biosystems at Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy with the thesis “Synthesis and Characterization of Virus-Like Nanoparticles”.

Dr. Martti Kaasalainen

I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I’m focused on biomaterials fabrication, characterization, and their utilization in biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. I did my PhD in Prof. Jarno Salonen’s group in University of Turku, Finland. I studied the characterization of porous silicon nanoparticles, more specifically, the fabrication of these nanoparticles and light scattering methods for their characterization. During my PhD studies I took actively part in several collaborative projects with Prof. Helder Santos in University of Helsinki, Finland. I have in total 26 publication from which three I have first-authored. After my PhD, I worked a year in a biotech startup company called Medicortex Finland Oy developing a diagnostic device for traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Michael Vanden Oever
michael profileI went to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for my undergraduate degree in Microbiology. Afterwards, I worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Jin-Young Han at the University of Minnesota where I studied the influence of Herpes Simplex Virus on the immune system. I then joined the MICaB Ph.D. program where I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jakub Tolar. My thesis research focused on understanding and treating the rare genetic skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Chiappini Lab, my work focuses on using nano-material based gene delivery strategies for the treatment of genetic skin conditions.

Ms. Mary Okesola
Ph.D. Student

I completed my BSc (Hons) Bioscience degree at University of Suffolk and went on to study the MSc Immunology at King’s College London. Following this, I remained at King’s as a Research Assistant in translational tumour immunology where I worked on a preclinical Cancer Research UK project to establish pharmacodynamic markers for the use of a novel small molecule inhibitor in combination with chemotherapy. I joined the Chiappini lab in October 2017 as a PhD student, my project aims to develop nanoscale approaches to regulate the phenotype of stem cells for the engineering of mini-livers.

Ms. Sarah Aliko
LiDo Student
IMG_1043I completed my BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where I optimised a protocol for generating and purifying fluorescent fission yeast tubulin, for use in studies of in vitro microtubule nucleation. I joined the Chiappini Lab in February as a rotation PhD student. My project aims at creating stable GCamP6-expressing IPSc-derived neural progenitor cells, stimulated with a nano-bionic interface, for the study of neuronal network development

Mr. Davide Martella
Ph.D. Student

fotogiustaI graduated in Physics at University of Milan. In Italy, I approached the study of self-assembled nanostructured surfaces as bioactive materials and for applications in the field of microelectronics.
Currently, I am a PhD student in the Centre for Craniofacial and Regenerative Biology. My activity is focused on the synthesis of nanostructured materials, jointed to the use of spectroscopic methods, for the development of new non-invasive strategies of tissue analysis and imaging.