Dr. Barbara Sorce

Barbara SorceShe received her Master’s degree in Biotechnological Science from the University of Bologna (Italy), and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technology- Nanoscience Sector from University of Salento (Italy).

She then joins ETH Zurich, where she is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher. During her research activities, she investigated the bio-interactions among nanomaterials and biological systems. In particular, she made significant advances in several biochemical and biotechnological research activities to analyze the responses of biological systems (neuronal cell and bacteria) upon interaction with nanoscale materials (i.e., nanoparticles, nanostructured substrates, etc.) with different size, shape, composition and structure; development of proteomics analyses for nanotoxicology studies and in the understanding of how mixed ligand nanoparticles lead to a variation in plasma membrane protein profile.

More recently she is involved in the development of a new highly parallel micro-device force sensing system to study the molecular mechanisms that govern cell shape changes during mitosis and perform drugs screening.