Meet our Fellows

  • Firas Awaja - Incoming: Australian, from Australia

I successfully obtained (in April 2012) a Marie Curie COFUND fellowship and joined the PAM-SE Research Unit at FBK. The title of my project is “Ultra thin nano films for active medical implants applications”.   

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  • Clara Bertolissi: Incoming: Italian, from France 
I am a RESTATE fellow in the Security and Trust Research Unit of FBK. I'm involved in the project "Security Analysis of Complex Access Control Policies".
My research interests include rewrite-based computational models, semantics of declarative programming languages, applications to formal verification and analysis of complex security policies. 

  • José Manuel Paredes-Martínez - Incoming: Spanish, from Spain
Currently, I am working in Biophysics Institute in Trento joined to the research group Molecular Imaging, developing new fluorescence biosensors, in a project named: “Molecular imaging of intracellular chloride concentration”.
The project aims the use of fluorescent proteins like pH and chloride biosensor using fluorescence imaging, a non-invasive technique, in live cells. The improvement of the spectral characteristics of these biosensor will permits extend them to other techniques like two photon microscopy as well as obtain an easier methodology of use.
It is expected the use of these new biosensors in the study of the evolution and progress, in different conditions, of process and diseases where chloride is involved.

  • Alessia Mortari - Reintegration: Italian, from Australia
Since September 2012, I have been working at the Bio-MEMS Research Unit of FBK as researcher (Marie Curie Fellow), where I am leading the project IM-Milk, which aims to the realisation of a system for microbiological analysis of raw milk.

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  • Sandro Vega Pons - Incoming: Cuban, from Cuba
Since October 2012, I have been working at NeuroInformatics Laboratory (NILab), a joint research unit between FBK and CIMeC. As a Marie Curie RESTATE fellow, I am leading the project “Brain Decoding via Clustering Ensemble and Graph Representation” which aims at developing new brain decoding methods based on recent machine learning tools such as clustering ensembles and graph kernels. 
My research interests cover many aspects of machine learning and pattern recognition, including: kernel methods for structured data, unsupervised classification, classifier ensembles, as well as the application of these techniques to different research fields such as cognitive neuroscience.


  • Bogdan Marian Tofanica - Incoming: Romanian, from Romania

Tofanica Bogdan Marian graduated from Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania, with B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering - Pulp and Paper Engineering and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering - Pulp and Paper Science. In November 2011, he obtained PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania for the thesis “Research on obtaining and characterization of cellulosic fibers from nonwoods plants”, under kind encouragement, guidance and supervision from Professor Dan Gavrilescu. 

Currently, he is a Marie Curie fellow at the Renewable Energies and Environmental Technologies Research Unit (REET unit), at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy, leading the project BIANCA, which aims for the exploitation of energy conversion processes applied on biomass from the local territory of the Province of Trento, for the best valorization of the raw material in terms of energy efficiency, costs and environmental impact. 

His research interest includes:
- wood and biomass structure, chemistry, technology and engineering;
- natural fibers and lignocellulosics application in pulp and paper, composites and biofuels;
- renewable energy, sustainable and environmental technologies;
- climate change mitigation, interactions, impact and adaptation of terrestrial biomass;
- green chemistry for the production of sustainable chemical feedstocks and lignocellulosic biofuels.

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  • Andrea Vinante - Incoming: Italian, from The Netherlands

I'm currently working in Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie of Trento, a joint research center between FBK and CNR.
My research interests include the development and application of mechanical-nanomechanical force sensors, superconducting devices (SQUID) and microwave techniques for various types of application: ultrasensitive force detection, force-detected MRI microscopes, precision measurements for fundamental physics experiments and radiation detectors.
Within the Marie Curie program RESTATE I'm carrying on the project MRFM-SQUID, aiming at (i) demonstrating a novel scheme for high-sensitivity detection of nanomechanical motion at cryogenic temperature, and (ii) demonstrating that this scheme can be employed in a force-detected MRI scanner for imaging nanoscale structures like biomolecules.

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