Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)
Beppe's group research focuses on how molecules, macromolecules, viruses, vesicles, and whole cells traffic across our body barriers. Half of his group combines novel microscopic tools with theoretical and computational physics to study biological transport from the single molecules, cell membrane, to the whole organism. The group's other half translates the acquired knowledge to bioengineer novel nanomedicines, combining soft matter physics with synthetic chemistry. Here, the group designs bionic units that mimic specific biological functions and introduce operations that do not exist in nature. Beppe and his group apply a constructionist approach to mimic biological complexity in design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions. They call such an effort, Molecular Bionics, and it involves inputs from physical science and engineering from one side and biomedical science.