December 10th, 2014PhD StudentsMarcella Bonifazi 0 Comments

curriculum2Marcella Bonifazi joined Kaust in Fall 2014 and she ‘s currently a PhD student in PRIMALIGHT group.

She took her MS degree in Physics (biophysical curriculum) from Sapienza University of Rome; she graduated in January 2013 and she got a ten months student grant from the same institution.

The goal of her MS thesis “Aggregation kinetic and mechanical characterization of proteins relevant for neurodegenerative disease: The Amyloid – β specie”, and later of her student grant, was the complete characterization in time of morphology, process of growth and mechanical features of two particular species of Amyloid involved in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis through Atomic Force Microscopy. Her MS course of studies and the thesis experience fed her interest in different methods of characterization of surfaces and materials, from AFM and confocal microscopy to Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) and Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS).

The interest in characterization of matter brought her to focus her attention on Photonics and light as powerful means to manipulate and interact with different materials, as well as useful tools for non-invasive imaging applications.

During her PhD she will focus her attention on complex interactions between light and biological matter, both from a theoretical and experimental point of view; beside she’s now involved on a project about a new generation of solar cell based on chaotic energy harvesting.