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  • January 25, 2016 Cancer immunotherapy from the nanoscale

    A new mechanism to regulate activation of Natural Killer T cells in PNAS Plus Researchers Juan Torreno-Pina and Carlo Manzo working in the Single Molecule Biophotonics group led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Maria Garcia-Parajo, have recently discovered a novel mechanism that leads to the activation of Natural Killer T (iNKT) cells. After activation, iNKT … Continue reading →

  • November 3, 2015 ICFO in Reports of Progress in Physics

    ICFO publishes review of progress in single particle tracking. Single particle tracking is a powerful optical approach to study a variety of dynamic processes in life sciences. A recent review written by Carlo Manzo and ICREA Professor at ICFO Maria Garcia-Parajo published in Reports of Progress in Physics discusses the principles of single particle tracking … Continue reading →

  • October 1, 2015 Photonics for early diagnosis of IBD

    ICFO and Hospital Sant Joan de Deu team up to detect early stage Invasive Bacterial Diseases.  Invasive bacterial diseases (IBD), responsible for illnesses such as pleuropneumonia, meningitis or bacteremia among others, are a serious threat to global health, especially to children and the elderly. Rapid diagnosis is crucial and vital for the patient because although … Continue reading →

  • August 25, 2015 ICFO & CYTO-WATER

    The project aims at developing a new device to detect microorganisms in industrial and environmental waters. The CYTO-WATER project, funded by the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation Program, has officially been launched with the aim of performing the first market application of a new imaging cytometer platform for the detection of microorganisms in industrial … Continue reading →

  • ACS Photonics Cover

    ICFO\’s \”Strong Modification of Magnetic Dipole Emission through Diabolo Nanoantennas\” highlighted on the cover of August 2015 Issue. Magnetic dipole transitions in matter, eg. complex molecules, are known to be orders of magnitude weaker than their electric dipole counterparts. In order to amplify the absorption and/or emission of these transitions, it is thus interesting to … Continue reading →

  • May 8, 2015 Thousands of nanoantennas to enlighten living cells

    Large-scale arrays of photonic antennas for nanoscale dynamics in living cell membranes. A recent study carried out in collaboration with researchers of the EPFL and Thomas van Zanten, Mathieu Mivelle, and Carlo Manzo in the Single Molecule Biophotonics group led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Maria Garcia-Parajo, has succeeded in fabricating hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading →

  • March 13, 2015 ICFO in Cell

    Super-resolution microscopes reveal the link between Genome Packaging and Cell Pluripotency. Until now it was known that our DNA is packaged by regular repeating units of the nucleosomes throughout the genome which give rise to chromatin. However, due to the lack of suitable techniques and instruments, the chromatin organization inside a cell nucleus could not … Continue reading →

  • February 27, 2015 Role of disorder in cell membranes and connection with function

    Weak ergodicity breaking of receptor motion in living cells stemming from random diffusivity in PRX. Fundamental biological processes, including the capture of pathogens by membrane receptors, are regulated by molecular transport. A joint collaboration between the ICREA Professors at ICFO Maria Garcia-Parajo and Maciej Lewenstein show that receptor functioning is linked to nonergodic dynamics, which … Continue reading →

  • January 29, 2015 Two recent ICFO papers highlighted by the HFSP

    PNAS and J. Cell Science papers highlighted for new findings in Biology by means of super-resolution and single molecules approaches. Two recent studies published in PNAS and J. cell Science by the Single Molecule Biophotonics group led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Maria Garcia-Parajo have been highlighted by the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) for … Continue reading →

  • January 21, 2015 ICFO to coordinate RAIS- H2020 project

    Photonics KET – Biophotonics for screening of diseases. Officially launched on 1 January, 2015 with the formal kick-off meeting taking place at ICFO on 19 January, the Horizon 2020 project RAIS (Scalable, point-of-care and label free microarray platform for rapid detection of Sepsis) is now in motion. The project will be coordinated by ICREA Professor … Continue reading →

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