ICFO is setting a rapid pace in the advancement of BioNano research

The BioNanoScience program at ICFO aims at a holistic understanding of biological function and mechanisms of molecular regulation at the nanoscale within the full complexity of living cells.

Through visualization, molecular manipulation and ultra-sensitive bio-sensing we ultimately expect to impact application solutions for the treatment and preventive diagnosis of diseases, including targeted nanomedicine.

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Our research activities are a collaborative effort by multidisciplinary scientists with complementary backgrounds that range from molecular and cell biology, to physics, chemistry and nanotechnology.


  • November 23, 2016

    New Team Leader

    Dr. Stefan Wieser joins ICFO as a PI Staff Scientist within the SLN Program. Dr. Stefan Wieser joins ICFO as a Team Leader with the focus on Structured Illumination Microscopy and its application to imaging of living cells. He will develop lattice light sheet microscopy and super-resolution imaging techniques paired with structured illumination schemes which … Continue reading →

  • September 22, 2016

    Nanoantennas Enable Forbidden Energy Transfer

    NanoVista collaboration between Institut Fresnel and ICFO in NanoLetters. Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is commonly used as a nanoruler in biochemistry to monitor the short (nanometer) distance between donor and acceptor dyes. Yet FRET is equally sensitive to the mutual dipole orientation, which often complicates the distance analysis in biological samples. In the far … Continue reading →

  • July 21, 2016

    Functionalized tailored wettability surfaces and Influenza A Infectivity

    Findings pave the way for the design of new antimicrobial surfaces. Diseases can be spread through contact with materials contaminated with infectious microorganisms, making control of transmission an interesting objective of surface research. In order to develop “active surfaces” that can reduce or eliminate this contamination, a detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms of interactions … Continue reading →