Investigating the role of mitochondrial proteins in cancer

Carlo Vascotto: Cancer is a complex disease caused by interactions of multiple factors, such as genetic predisposition, environmental and lifestyle influences, infectious agents and ageing. Due to the complexity of this pathology, cancer research includes basic research, strategies for prevention, development of early diagnostic tools, and translational approaches for treatment and cure.

Protein-graphene system for bio-organic photovoltaics

Silvio Osella: The goal of this project was to expand the knowledge of hybrid, protein-graphene systems by assembling a team of computational chemists and physicists. We focused on the theoretical study of a new hybrid protein-graphene system, as a candidate for bio-electronic devices, such as biosensors and bio-organic photovoltaic cells (bio-OPV).

Tackling mitochondrial diseases through in vivo studies of zebrafish

Barbara Uszczyńska-Ratajczaka: Mitochondrial dysfunctions can affect almost any part of our body, including the brain, nerves, muscles, heart, kidneys, eyes and pancreas. Many human diseases are related to their dysfunctions, including muscular dystrophy, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

VIBRANT communication in ants

Luca Pietro Casacci: Efficient communication to coordinate the actions of up to a million specialised nestmates is fundamental to the success of social insects, especially ants, which represent some of the most sophisticated animal societies.

Reproductive practices under state socialism

Agata Ignaciuk: Contraception and abortion are highly contentious topics in contemporary Poland. A close examination of how these issues were dealt with in the recent past sheds new light on the history of Polish state-socialism, the democratic transition and current debates on reproductive rights in Poland.

From wood biomass to sustainable chemicals – how can zeolites help?

Izabela Czekaj: Nowadays, crude oil and natural gas are the main sources for the production of fuels and feedstock chemicals. These resources are limited and mankind urgently needs alternatives for a more sustainable production of chemicals from renewable feedstock (e.g. wood biomass). This is why I decided to join the search for novel porous nano-materials such as zeolites.