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Mattia Bramini

joined the Centre for BioNano Interactions as a PhD student in April 2010. His research is focused on establishing and validating the first in-vitro BBB model using immortalized human endothelial cells and determining if engineered nanoparticles present a significant neuro-toxicological risk to humans. He is also studying the interactions of nanoparticles with blood brain barriers models, in order to understand the mechanism of transport of these nanoparticles through these barriers. His investigations are part of the NeuroNano project, a Small Collaborative Project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme (NNP4-SL-2008-214547).

Mattia graduated in 2007 from Universita`degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia in Biotechnology (BSc) and in 2009 from the same university in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (MSc). He spent 1year of internship in 2008 at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University Nijemegen, The Netherlands) working on the epigenetics mechanisms involved in the acute and chronic stress response. He performed his master thesis in the Laboratory of Biomaterials at Universita`degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia investigating the toxicity of metallic-nanoparticles on liver and lung cells.