Marco Pisanello



CBN@UniLe Lecce


Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Via Barsanti, SNC - 73010 Arnesano (LE) Italy
+39 0832 1816 249
+39 0832 1816249


Marco Pisanello was born on March 24th, 1988. He obtained the Bachelor's Degree in ICT Engineering in January 2011 at Università del Salento (graduation mark: 110/110 magna cum laude) with a thesis on the characterization of conductive and insulating materials in a high electron mobility transistor based device for neural biosensing, and a Master's Degree in Telecommunication Engineering in April 2013 at Università del Salento (graduation mark: 110/110 magna cum laude) with a thesis on the design and fabrication of tapered and nano-patterned optical fibers for application in optogenetics. He was also a student in the Istituto Superiore Universitario per la Formazione Interdisciplinare (ISUFI) for both the pre-bachelor and pre-master course in which he graduated with the maximum mark. He obtained the Ph.D. in Materials, structures and nanotechnology Engineering in June 2017 at Università del Salento.

Selected Publications

Publications in peer reviewed journal:

E. D. Lemma, B. Spagnolo, F. Rizzi, S. Corvaglia, M. Pisanello, F. Pisanello, M. De Vittorio. Microenvironmental stiffness of 3D polymeric structures to study invasive rates of cancer cells. Advanced Healtcare Materials, accepted for publication (2017).

F. Pisanello, G. Mandelbaum, M. Pisanello, I. A. Oldenburg, L. Sileo, J. E. Markowitz, R. E. Peterson, A. Della Patria, T. M. Haynes, M. S. Emara, B. Spagnolo, S. R. Datta, M. De Vittorio, B. L. Sabatini. Dynamic illumination of spatially restricted or large brain volumes via a single tapered optical fiber. Nature Neuroscience 20, 1180-1188 (2017).

M. Pisanello, A. Della Patria, L. Sileo, B. L. Sabatini, M. De Vittorio, F. Pisanello. Modal demultiplexing properties of tapered and nanostructured optical fibers for in vivo optogenetic control of neural activity. Biomedical Optics Express 6, 4014-4026 (2015).

F. Pisanello, L. Sileo, I. A. Oldenburg, M. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, B. L. Sabatini, J. A. Assad, M. De Vittorio. Multipoint emitting optical fibers for spatially addressable in vivo optogenetics. Neuron 82, 1245-1254 (2014).

IIT Patent:

F. Pisanello, L. Martiradonna, L. Sileo, I. A,. Oldenburg, M. Pisanello, B. Sabatini, J. Assad, M. De Vittorio, "Optogenetic tool for multiple and independently addressing of patterned optical windows” Italian patent application #TO2013A000603, Application July 17th, 2013.


April 2014. Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation; area of focus: disease prevention and treatment.