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What we want to know is how to get to know

We are chemists, physicists, mathematicians, engineers, and biologists who mimic biological complexity in the form of design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions.​ We called such an approach: Molecular Bionics.


Prof Giuseppe Battaglia

Group Leader

Beppe (short for Giuseppe) is an ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalunya, part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology.


Laurea in Chemical Engineering (University of Palermo, Italy)

PhD in Physical Chemistry (University of Sheffield, UK)

Prior experience

Professor of Molecular Bionics (2013-2022) University College London, UK

Professor of Synthetic Biology (2011-2013), Associate Professor (2009-2011), and Assistant Professor (2006-2009),  University of Sheffield, UK


Dr Lorena Ruiz Perez

Deputy Group Leader

Lorena is a Senior Research Fellow


Licenciatura in Physics  (UoSeville)

PhD in Soft Matter Physics (UoSheffield)

Prior experience

PDRA UoSheffield

Research Fellow UCL

Facility Manager UCL


Dr Claudia Di Guglielmo

Operation Officer

Claudia manages our labs operations in Barcelona. She's an expert in induced pluripotent stem cells and tissue engineering

Laurea in Medical-Pharmaceutical Biotechnology


PhD in Biomedicine



Dr Matilde Ghibaudi

Biology Labs Manager

Matilde manages our Biology labs operations and working on Polymersomes for targeted drug delivery for in vivo application
She's an expert on with different animal models of disease and pathological condition plus biomaterials and microRNA in vivo delivery.

Master degree in Medical biotechnology and PhD in Neuroscience at University of Turin.



Mr Peter Pfeifer

Chemistry Labs Manager

Peter manages our chemistry labs and is undertaking a part time PhD in
the Design and synthesis of novel block-copolymers for applications in precision medicine

MSc Chemical Engineering 

University of Veszprém, Hungary


Dr Catia Lopes

Biology Lead

Catia is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow working on new gene therapies to control diseased blood-brain barrier)

BSc in  Pathology, Physiology and Thanatology

(School of Health -P.Porto)

PhD in Neuroscience




Dr Silvia Acosta Gutierrez

Physics Lead

Silvia is a Beatriu de Pinós Fellow and computational physicist working on the design od phenotypic medicine

B.Sci iin Physics

M.Sci Physics

(University of La Laguna. Tenerife (Spain))

Ph'D in Physics

(University of Cagliari)



Dr Joe Forth

Physics Lead

Joe is a 2020 Ramsey research fellow and he's developing novel methods for printing soft materials)

MSc. In  Physics

Ph.D. In Physics  

 (University of Edinburgh) 

PDRA Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UCL


Dr Diana Matias

Research Fellow

Diana is a "La Caixa" Junior Leader Fellow working in collaboration with the labs of Helena Florindo in iMed.ULisboa, University of Lisbon,

B.Sc. in Biochemistry


 M.Sc. in Biomedical research

Ph.D. inn in Morphological Sciences 

(UoRio de Janeiro)



Dr Subhadip Ghosh

Research Fellow

Subha is working on the Chemotactic studies of active vesicles for delivery applications
B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemistry from University of Delhi, India
PhD from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, India
PDRA at Pennsylvania State University and University of Michigan, USA


Dr Adetunji Oyawale

Research Fellow

Adetunji (TJ) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at West China Hospital, Sichuan University.
MSc in Medical Physics (OAU) - where he worked on Hematological and Histomorphological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation.
PhD in Nuclear Science and Technology ( National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, USTC) - where he worked on Synchrotron Radiation and Bio-Applications.



Mr Valentino Barbieri

PhD student 

Valentino is working on the Development of Bioinspired Phototactic nanorobots in collaboration with  Dr Giorgio Volpe

Laurea. in Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering  

(Politecnico Milano)


Ms Maryam Al Ghandi

PhD student

Maryam is working on the study of biodegradation of polymersomes and micelles

BSc in Chemistry

(Albaha University}

MSc in Analytical and Forensic chemistry



Ms Barbara Ibarzo Yus

PhD Student

Barbara is working on Polymersomes for cancer immune-therapy applications.

B.Sc. in Biotechnology 


MSc Genetics and Cell Biology

(Coputense Madrid)


Mr Joe Buckley

PhD student 

Joe is working on the Theory and Simulation of Phenotypic Targeting and Super Selectivity .

MSci in Chemistry with Mathematics 

(University College London)

MRes in Fluid Dynamics Across Scales

(Imperial College London)


Mr Gabriel Ing

PhD student

Gabriel is working on Liquid phase transmission electron microscopy of RNA polymerase collaboration with the Prof Finn Werner labs

BSc in Biochemistry

 Imperial College London


Mr Junyang Chen (陈君洋) 

PhD Student

Junyang is working on the Development of novel nanomedicine for Alzheimer’s disease in collaboration with Xiaohe Tian from the West China Hospital Sichuan University

B.Sci Biology

Anhui University

MSci Cell Biology

The University of Manchester 

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Dr Mohit Kumar

Chemistry Lead

Mohit is a Caixa Junior Leader Fellow and is developing out-of-equilibrium nanomaterials for targeted therapy.

​B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry, (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning) 

Ph.D. in Nanomaterials (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research)

PDRA City University of New York

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Dr Iris Batalha

Chemistry Lead

Iris is a 'La Caixa' Postdoctoral Junior Leader working on the development of targeted nanotherapeutics for drug delivery with a focus on infectious diseases and cancer. 

BSc in Applied Chemistry, MSc in Biotechnology, and PhD in Bioengineering (MIT-Portugal Program) at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal.

PDRA University of Cambridge 


Dr Daniel Gonzalez Carter

Biology Lead

Daniel is a Caixa Junior leader postdoctoral fellow working on new strategies to cross the blood-brain barrier 

B.Sci Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry, (UoNottingham)

MSc. Pharmacology (King's College London)

Ph'D in Neuroscience (Imperial College London)

PDRA Imperial College and University of Tokyo


Ms Jiangqi Feng (冯江琪)

PhD student 

Jangqi is working on the mechanism and therapy of BBB inflammation 


B.Eng. Biopharmaceutics 

(Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine)

MSc in Pharmaceutics

(University College London)


Ms Melis Pisiren

PhD student

Melis is working on the study of macromolecular transport across the blood-brain barrier in collaboration with Astrazeneca 


BSci. in Genetics


MRes. Neuromuscular Diseases

(University College London)


Ms Lara Aiassa

PhD Student

Lara is working on the study of the pathophysiology of Tuberculosis in order to decipher the host-pathogens interactions d in collaboration with Prof. Loris Rizzello.

B.Eng Biomedical Engineering

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba 
M.Sci in Bionanotechnology

(Politecnico di Torino)


Ms Barbara Borges

PhD student 

Barbara is working on the study of active transport in reactive vesicles

BEng Chemical Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering (Federal University of Minas Gerais - UFMG)
MSci Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

(KU Leuven & University of Barcelona)


Mr Jose Muñoz López

PhD student

Jose is working on the design of novel antiviral nanoparticles.

BSc in Chemistry (Universidad Autonoma Barcelona) MSc in Organic Chemistry (Universidade Federal de Minas Gera)


Mr Gian Marco Tuveri

PhD Student

Gian is working on on the optimisaiton of computational and experimental methods for studying LRP1 structure 

Laura in Physics  
(Università di Cagliari)


Mr Zhendong Xie (谢振东)

PhD student 

Xie is working on the development of novel pharmacokinetic models for phenotypic targeting

MEng  in  Instrument Science and Opto-electronics Engineering, (Hefei University of Technology)


Mr Akhil Venugopal

PhD student

Akhil is working on the synthesis and self-assembly of novel out-of-equilbrium delivery systems under the co-supervision of Mohit Kumar

BSci and MSci  in  Chemistry IISER Mohali, India

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Mr Victor Mejias Perez

PhD Student

Victor is developing polymer-drug nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery and combination therapies for TB treatment

BSc in Biochemistry  

(Autónoma University of Madrid)

MSc in Research in Translational Medicine

(Complutense University of Madrid)

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Mr Marco Basile

PhD student 

Marco is a Caixa Incoming PhD Fellow and he's elucidating the transport of misfolded proteins across the blood brain barrier

Master: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of Naples Federico II.



Ms Claudia Codano

PhD student

Clau is working on the  Design and characterisation of Phenotypic Anti-inflammatory Nanomedicines

Laurea Triennale in Nutraceutical Sciences and Laurea Magistrale in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies at University of Naples Federico II (UNINA)

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Mr Alessandro Ronzoni

PhD Student

Alessandro is working on the structure and function of LRPs receptors and their role in the transport across the blood-brain barrier

Bachelor degree in Biology at Università degli Studi di Milano
Master degree in Molecular Biology of the Cell at Università degli Studi di Milano.

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