ESR 11 – Alessia Pancaro

ESR project: Biosensing platform for lectin detection related to cerebrovascular disease using nanoplasmonics

Supervisor: Dr Inge Nelissen

Institution: VITO, BE

Country of origin: Italy

NanoCarb research: Alessia will focus on the development of a nanoplasmonics-based biosensing platform using gold nanorods (GNRs) for the detection of lectin biomarkers in liquid biopsies for early-stage diagnostics of stroke. She will design and characterize GNRs conjugated with glycopolymers, assess glycopolymer-lectin binding properties and optimize of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)-based method for in vitro diagnostic detection of lectins in human serum samples.

Scientific background: Alessia obtained a M.Sc in Molecular and Industrial biotechnology and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomolecular and Industrial biotechnology at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.