People

 

Alessandro Cosci received his PhD from the Physics Department of the University of Florence/LENS with a study on multidimensional analysis of human tissues. He was a postdoc fellow at IFSC/USP (SP, Brazil) developing photonicdiagnostic instruments in the field of fluorescence imaging, spectroscopy, and lifetime measurments. Currently, he has a postdoc position a "Centro Ricerche e Studi "Enrico Fermi" and IFAC/CNR with a project on optical microresonators for label-free early sepsis diagnosis.  

 Position: Researcher

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Franco Cosi is a graduated Industrial Technician, specialized in optical telecommunication. He is a technician at IFAC since 1969. His research interests are optical fibers, design, fabrication and characterization of fiber based photonic devices for biomedical applications and telecommunications.

 

Position: laboratory technician

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Daniele Farnesi received in 2011 a "Laurea" degree in Physics from the University of Firenze with a thesis on optofluidic sensors entitled “Microbubble resonators in silica capillaries”. From March 2012 to August 2012 he was awarded a fellowship at the Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (CNR-IFAC) where he worked as graduate research assistant. On September 1st, 2012, he was awarded a fellowship from the Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro di Studi e Ricerche “Enrico Fermi”. His research focuses on the development of whispering gallery mode microresonators for optofluidic sensors and RF photonics. Currently he is also a Material Sciences Ph.D. student at Chemistry Department of Parma.

Position:Ph. D. Student

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Office: +39 055 522 6356

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Maria Gianfreda is  a mathematical physicist, specialized in the study of analytical and perturbative methods for the solution to fundamental problems in Quantum Mechanics and in PT-symmetric Quantum and classical systems. She is currently Post-Doctoral fellow at Centro Fermi. Her research project is based on the study of PT-symmetric systems in Photonics and it is supported by the experimental expertise of Dr. Gualtiero Nunzi Conti and his group at IFAC.She earned her PhD in Physics at Salento University (Lecce) with a thesis on Time Dependent Quadratic Systems in Standard and SUSY Quantum Mechanics and the construction of Action-Angle Operators. Next, She started a collaboration with the group of Theoretical Physics at Washington University (St Louis, USA), where she spent several years, also supported by a “Angelo Della Riccia” fellowship in 2014. During that time, she has  been contributing to the mathematical formulation of PT-symmetric Quantum Mechanics in different frameworks. In 2015 she won a JSPS fellowship (Japanese Society for Promotion of Science) at the University of Tokyo, where she worked on PT-symmetric open quantum systems.

 

Position:Postdoc

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Gualtiero Nunzi Conti joined the Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC-CNR) in 2008. He previously worked at the Centro Fermi in Rome, at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona, and at NP Photonics, Inc., in Tucson, USA. He holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering and a “Laurea” degree in Physics. His main interests are in the area of fiber and glass integrated optics for telecommunications and sensing. Presently his research activities are focused on the development of high-Q optical microcavities for lasers, sensors and RF applications. He is responsible for IFAC-CNR of two projects related to the use of WGM resonators for biosensors and for optoelectronic oscillators, respectively. He has published more than 50 papers in ISI journals and 80 in international conference proceedings and he holds one US patent. He is Topical Editor on Lasers, Fiber Optics, and Optoelectronics for Applied Optics.

Position: Researcher

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Stefano Pelli holds a laurea in Physics and a Ph.D in Non Destructive Testing from the University of Firenze. He is a researcher at the "Nello Carrara" Institute of Applied Physics (CNR-IFAC). His interests are focussed in the fields of integrated and fibre optics, glasses for optoelectronics applications, whispering gallery modes optical microresonators and silica nanotips for biosensing applications.
He is co-author of more than 80 papers in ISI Journals and 100 in conference proceedings.
He was the 2009-2010 President and he is now in the board of SIOF, the Italian Society for Optics and Photonics.

Position: Researcher

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Office: +39 055 522 6393

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Giancarlo C. Righini - Physicist, formerly research director at IFAC - CNR and director of the Materials and Devices Department at CNR, he is now director of the research structure at Centro Fermi (www.centrofermi.it) in Rome and associate scientist at IFAC in Florence. His research interests concern in particular optical glasses, integrated optics, and optical microresonators; in these areas he has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers. He is member of the Board of EOS and SIOF, and acting chairman of the TC-20 Committee of ICG. He is member of the Editorial Board of Applied Optics,Optical Materials,Optoelectronic Letters,Photonics Letters of Poland, Advances in Optical Technologies,New Journal of Glass and Ceramics. He is Fellow of EOS, OSA, SIOF andSPIE.

Position: Director of Research Centro Fermi, Associate Scientist IFAC

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Silvia Soria received the M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Physics from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 1994 and 1999 respectively. From 1999 to 2002 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Laser Laboratorium Goettingen e.V., in Germany, and from 2002 to 2004 she was also employed at LLG as external scientific consultant. From 2002 to 2006 she was employed as Ramon y Cajal researcher at ICFO-Institute of Photonics Science in Barcelona, Spain where she was the PI of several projects, and from 2006 to 2009 she was employed at the Centro Studi e Ricerche "E. Fermi", as a junior researcher. Currently she is a permanent researcher at IFAC- N. Carrara Institute of Applied Physics, of the Italian CNR. Her areas of research include lasers, non-linear optics, soft matter and biophotonics. She has authored over 50 papers and presented her results in many international congresses.

Position: Researcher

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Other Group's Collaborators

 

Andrea Barucci received his degree in Physics from the University of Florence in September 2006, and in 2011 he received the PhD in Electronic Engineering Systems. At the moment he is a researcher at the “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC) that is part of the National Research Council (CNR). He is working on applications of biosensors to nanomedicine, focusing on fabrication techniques and computer modeling. In July 2015 he received the title of Medical Physicistfrom the School on Medical Physics at the faculty of Medicine and Surgery (University of Florence). 

He is working on biomolecular functional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRS, DWI, DTI, FMRI, TBSS) in clinical practice, focusing on advance quantitative imaging and the use of imaging biomarkers in clinical trials and clinical practice. 

This involves: 

- collaborating to identify needs, barriers, and solutions to develop and test consistent, reliable, valid, and achievable quantitative imaging results across imaging platforms, clinical sites, and time; 

- accelerating the development and adoption of hardware and software standards needed to achieve accurate and reproducible quantitative results from imaging methods.

 

Position: Researcher

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Simone Berneschi received his MS and PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Bologna (Italy). Recently, he obtained a Grant from Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro di Studi e Ricerche “Enrico Fermi” of Rome. Presently, he works at IFAC – CNR as associated Post – Doc. His research interests include fabrication and characterization technologies of integrated optical components, development of microlasers/sensors based on active/passive microresonators for biological sensing.

Position: Researcher

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