We have the honor to collaborate with some of the most experienced and prominent scientist in the field of neurobiology and nanotechnology:


John Nicholls

John Graham Nicholls, FRS, PhD, MD

John Graham Nicholls, FRS, is a british/swiss physiologist. After his studies at King’s College in London, he earned his doctorate at the Department of biophysics, University of London in 1955. Besides University of London, he worked at some of the most prominent universities: Oxford, Harvard, Yale and Stanford. In 1983, he takes on the title of pharmacology professor at the Biozentrum university in Basel. Since the acquiring of the emeritus status in 1998, he took up the role of neurobiology professor at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) named a student scholarship after him.



Nicholls is perhaps best known for his research in the field of neurobiology. He studied the synaptic transmissions in the neurons of invertebrates and mammals, as well as the origins of neuroregeneration, by using original experimental animal models. In the last several years, his main interest was the generation of the breathing rythm by the neural system. He is the author of the famous book “From Neuron to Brain” that became a staple textbook, as well as the “Pioneers of Neurobiology: My Brillint Eccentric Heroes”, where he brings forth his personal vision of the history of neurobiology and its protagonists.

We are honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with professor Nicholls. His enthusiasm, advice and energy are ever present and most cherished.

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Andrea Nistri

Prof. Andrea Nistri


Andrea Nistri is a full time professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) since 1997. His main research interests are integration of signals at the single neuron level, functional mechanisms of neural networks in the spinal cord, and modulation of neurotransmitter receptors related to pain mechanisms.



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Marco Lazzarino

Dr. Marco Lazzarino is researcher at the Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Trieste and head of the Nano-Bio-Mechanical Systems lab, interested in the biological applications of nanoscience, in particular the Cellular Biomechanics and Atomic Force Microscopy, Micro- and Nanoelectromechanical devices and DNA nanotechnology and plasmonics.

Dan Cojoc

Dr. Dan Cojoc is researcher at the Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Trieste and head of the Optical Manipulation Laboratory, developing new optical manipulation instrumentation and techniques for nanotechnology, biophysics and biomedicine and their applications in cell biology experiments.