Valentina has a Bachelors Degree in Physics from University of Catania with an experimental thesis entitled “Gold Nanorings – Plasmonic Resonances Simulations”. She obtained a Masters Degree in Physics, with majors in materials science and nanotechnology, from the same university. Her master thesis, titled “Electrical Characterization of amorphous silicon layers for photovoltaic applications”, was carried out at IMEC, micro- and nano-electronics research center headquarted in Leuven (Belgium), during a one year internship.
Role in the Project
Valentina joined the University of Dundee as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher on the program PHOtonic tools for the Quantitative imaging in tissUeS. Her project, “High Strength Photonic Tweezers”, aims to improve state-of-art technology, with the creation of a new generation of photonic tweezers able to work in the nanoNewton range. Such a device would be able to fully study and manipulate highly motile cells, as well as access biological forces outside the normal range of optical tweezers, in areas such as cellular adhesion, migration and tissue dynamics.
Journal and Conference Papers and Posters
[August 2016] Improved antireflection coated microspheres for biological applications of optical tweezers. Poster presented at SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, USA, 30th August 2016.
[August 2016] Improved antireflection coated microspheres for biological applications of optical tweezers. Poster presented at the Biophotonic approaches: From molecules to living systems conference, Dundee, Scotland, 23rd August 2016.
[August 2016] Optical manipulation of cells junctions in chick embryos. Poster presented at the Biophotonic approaches: From molecules to living systems conference, Dundee, Scotland, 23rd August 2016.
[November 2015] High Strength Photonics Tweezers. Presentation at the 43rd Scottish Microscopy Group Symposium, Dundee, Scotland.
[October 2016] Optical Tweezers : Methods and Protocols. Chapter 6. Custom-Made Microspheres for Optical Tweezers by Anita Jannasch, Mohammad K. Abdosamadi, Avin Ramaiya, Suman De, Valentina Ferro, Aaron Sonnberger, Erik Schäffer.
Prizes and Awards
[January 2017] Part of the Outer Space Inner Space (OSIS) project that received a commendation in the Stephen Fry awards for Excellence in Public Engagement in the Public Engagement Project of the Year category.