I established a new research line on nanostructured electrochemical biosensors at the University of South Australia, transferred in 2017 to Monash University to increase visibility and impact. My research in the multidisciplinary domain of bio-inspired nanotechnologies covers the design, micro- and nanofabrication and surface chemistry of emerging nanostructures, to integrate them in diagnostic devices fit-for-purpose designed. I am conducting research on Si-based nanotechnologies: fabrication of arrays of parallel double-layered nanochannels with site-specifically displayed receptors, and tuneable electrochemical features (reporting for the first time the potential of carbon-stabilised porous silicon as electrochemical transducer).
Since 2015 I have secured as PI over 3M € (A$5M) of competitive funding (mainly from the Australian Research Council and CSIRO) and industry support from various partners. I recently applied for an ERC Consolidator grant.
My publication record in high impact journals and the invited talks I have accepted show I have made significant contribution to biosensors, biomaterials, nano- and biotechnology, electrochemistry, and the crossing over into areas such as medical diagnosis and environmental monitoring.
Important breakthroughs of my research in medical diagnosis (e.g. diagnosis of nosocomial infections, detection of matrix metalloproteinases in wound fluid that led to a patent) and environmental monitoring (e.g. label-free detection of microbiological surrogates) have been recognised by several invitations to display them in journal front covers.
I recently joined the Universitat Rovira i Virgili as Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow. My main focus is to unveil fundamental advances on synergies at the interface of nanostructured materials (multilayered porous structures) and biological processes to lay the foundation to build smart platforms based on principles found in nature, aiming to strengthen their scientific and societal impact.