On Monday 8th of May, Natascia Vetura will give a seminar entitled:”C. elegans as screening tool to identify environmentally related nanomaterials targeting mitochondria“.The talk will take place in the Sala d’actes Carles Miravitlles at ICMAB. the seminar is organized by Anna Laromaine from the N&N group.
Natascia’s lab is interested in understanding the role of mitochondria in environmentally induced neuronal aging and diseases. To this end, Ventura’s team exploits C. elegans as a powerful genetic and screening tool to evaluate materials and chemical and unravel molecular mechanisms of mitochondria-associated diseases, with special attention revolved to the crosstalk between genetic and environmental interventions.
Group activity focuses on the controlled and rational synthesis of inorganic and hybrid (inorganic-organic) nanoparticles and nanocomposites and the study of their structural -functional properties. Among others, we are currently interested in the stabilization of metastable phases, the preparation of core-shell nanoparticles, stable colloidal dispersions and porous nanocomposites. Some of the synthetic methods we are using are sol-gel chemistry, supercritical fluids, thermal decompositon or microwaves. We must confess a soft spot for magnetic systems…
We aim at the applicability of our materials in the HEALTH and in the INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES sectors:
Contrast Agents for MRI
Drug Delivery Vehicles
Cell Tracking and Therapy
Nanoparticle Assessment in 3D Environments
Concha Domingo (ICMAB-CSIC) Drug Delivery Vehicles
Anna Rosell/Joan Montaner (Institut de Recerca del Vall d’Hebron) Cell Tracking and Therapy
Adrian Carretero/Clement Sánchez (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) Stabilization of metastables phases