ASSOCIATED RESEARCHER / RAMÓN Y CAJAL CONTRACT
Mattia Bramini is Ramon y Cajal Researcher in the Department of Cell Biology of the University of Granada (UGR), leading a research line focused on the use of innovative nano-biomaterials for neurobiology applications. He obtained a BsC degree in Biotechnology (2007) and a MsC degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (2009) from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). In his predoctoral stage he also participated in the ERASMUS program with an internship at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (University of Nijmegen - Netherlands) (January 2009 - July 2009). He then enrolled and earned a PhD in Bionanointeractions (2014) from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University College Dublin (UCD, Ireland). In Ireland, Mattia has been focused in understanding the behavior of nanoparticles in biological conditions (in particular the translocation through a human in vitro model of blood-brain barrier), by applying advanced light and fluorescence microscopy, cellular and molecular biology approaches. Moreover, he had the chance to learn many nanomaterial characterization techniques. Finally, he has been awarded in 3 occasions with “best oral presentation” awards at international conferences, including the 2011 Young Scientist Award from the European Materials Research Society (EMRS).
As a post-doc researcher, he joined the Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genova, Italy - April 2014 - March 2016). Between 2016-2019 he worked as a Senior Post Doc at the Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy). In these years, he was involved in the European Graphene Flaghship project with the aim of investigating possible biomedical applications of graphene and graphene-related materials for neurodegenerative disorders. During these years Mattia became more confident with the physiology of neuroscience. He moved from being involved in the graphene interaction with the brain, to be active member of many other neuro-nano and smart material related projects. He had intense training to carry out in vivo experiments in both mouse and rat animal model and supervised 1 PhD, 2 Bachelor and 2 Master students. Finally, Mattia established and was coordinator of a yearly PhD-course of 2 CFU titled: “Neuronal-nanotechnology: a systematic review of the bionano interactions in the central nervous system”.
In 2019, Mattia moved to the University of Granada (Department of Applied Physiscs), Spain, as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Athenea3i Fellow (Attracting and Encouraging Triple I Talent Mobility - European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754446 and UGR Research and Knowledge Transfer Fund – Athenea3i) with a project entitled “Magnetic ferrofluid nanosystems as innovative neuro-interfaces to foster regeneration and restore network connectivity in neurodegenerative disorders”.
Currently, since May 2021, Mattia is working at the Department of Cell Biology (UGR) as Ramon y Cajal Researcher, leading a new line based on the development of innovative nanomedicine techniques for both neuronal regeneration and drug-delivery strategies into the central nervous systems. The ultimate goal is to develop a non-invasive treatment to target different neurological disorders ranging from Alzheimer's or Parkinson's to glioblastoma.