• June 26, 2017 DNA origamis show their versatility for super-resolution microscopy

    New methodology based on DNA origami platforms to quantify protein-copy numbers in super-resolution microscopy published in Nature Methods.Single-molecule-based super-resolution microscopy offers researchers with a unique opportunity to quantify protein copy number with nanoscale resolution. However, tools to truly determine the stoichiometry of complexes observed from super-resolution images have been lacking. Francesca Cella Zanacchi from the Advanced … Continue reading →

  • June 21, 2017 2017 “Manuel Rico” – Bruker National Prize

    Prof. María García-Parajo awarded prize for Biophysics. ICREA Prof at ICFO María García-Parajo, leader of the Single Molecule Biophotonics group, has been granted the Bruker-National Prize for senior scientists from the Spanish Biophysical Society (SBE). With this award, the jury recognizes “…her outstanding scientific work on the development of advanced optical techniques to the study … Continue reading →

  • June 6, 2017 BABYLUX: the light that brightens the lives of premature babies

    The Babylux project comes to an end with promosing results on diffuse optics monitoring of oxygenation levels and cerebral blood flow in premature babies.In January 2014 – ICFO and ICFO spin-off Hemophotonics joined together with seven other European partners from Spain, Italy, Germany and Denmark to start the BabyLux project. The goal of this project, … Continue reading →

  • May 31, 2017 Banc Sabadell Foundation Prize for Sciences and Engineering

    Romain Quidant named winner of 1st Banc Sabadell Foundation Prize for Sciences and Engineering.This year, the Banc Sabadell Foundation and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) join together to offer the 1st Banc Sabadell Foundation Prize for Sciences and Engineering. This prize aims to encourage and reward excellent work in scientific areas such … Continue reading →

  • May 16, 2017 Shape matters at the intracellular post-office

    New insights on how lipids control the shape and function of the Golgi complex reported in eLife. The Golgi complex is the central hub inside the cells for the transport of many so-called cargo proteins, very alike to a post-office. The structure and function of the Golgi complex are intimately linked, although the role of … Continue reading →

  • March 3, 2017 Congratulations to New ICFO PhD graduate

    Dr. Alberto Sosa Costa graduated with a thesis in ’Insights on the Spatiotemporal Organization of Integrins and their Ligands Using Quantitative Biophysical Tools’ Dr. Alberto Sosa Costa received his Master degree in Physics from the University of Havana, in Cuba, before joining the Single Molecule Biophotonics group led by ICREA Prof. at ICFO Dr. María … Continue reading →

  • February 20, 2017 Turning nano-antennas on the right side

    In-plane nano-gap antenna-arrays with giant enhancement in NanoLetters. Optical nano-antennas are ideal to enhance light-matter interactions at the nanometer scale. Yet in most designs, the region of maximum field localization and enhancement, the “hotspot”, is not readily accessible since it is buried into the nanostructure. In a recent collaboration between EPFL in Lausanne, Fresnel Institute … Continue reading →

  • February 2, 2017 Proof of Concept grant

    ICFO receives its 7th Proof of Concept (PoC) award in six years The European Research Council, in its efforts to help ERC grant-holders to bridge the gap between their research and the earliest stage of a marketable innovation, created the Proof of Concept (PoC) funding scheme for researchers who have already been awarded an ERC … Continue reading →

  • January 31, 2017 Look at that protein

    Amplified interferometric scattering detection of single proteins in NanoLetters. Label-free detection, analysis, and rapid tracking of nanoparticles, such as proteins, is crucial for future ultrasensitive sensing applications, yet optical techniques to distinguish nanoparticles directly among their background remain challenging. In a recent study Dr. Matz Liebel and Dr. James Hugall, in the Molecular NanoPhotonics group … Continue reading →

  • 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 →

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