Liam John Collard

Post Doc
Post Doc


Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Via Barsanti, SNC - 73010 Arnesano (LE) Italy
+39 0832 1816 275


Liam Collard joined CBN in 2019 as part of the Nanobright project. His research is focused on devloping low invasivity probes to investigate deep brain regions based on adaptive optics and plasmonic structures.

Before joining CBN, he obtained a PhD at the University of Leicester (UK) in 2017 with a thesis titled "Shape transformations in optically trapped particles and minimal surfaces: An experimental and theoretical study". Afterwards, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham (UK) where he worked with Raman tweezers to investigate curvature-mediated lipid sorting in single lipid vesicles.

IIT Publications

  • 2020
  • Faraj B.H.A., Collard L., Cliffe R., Blount L.A., Lonnen R., Wallis R., Andrew P.W., Hudson A.J.

    Formation of pre-pore complexes of pneumolysin is accompanied by a decrease in short-range order of lipid molecules throughout vesicle bilayers

    Scientific Reports, vol. 10, (no. 1)
  • 2019
  • Collard L., Sinjab F., Notingher I.

    Raman Spectroscopy Study of Curvature-Mediated Lipid Packing and Sorting in Single Lipid Vesicles

    Biophysical Journal, vol. 117, (no. 9), pp. 1589-1598
  • Collard L.iit, Pisano F.iit, Balena A.iit, Pisanello M.iit, Grande M., Pisanello F., De Vittorio M.iit

    Toward a spatially resolved plasmonic neural endoscope

    6th International Workshop on Technologies for Optogenetics and Neurophotonics OPTOGEN2019
  • 2017
  • Collard L., Perez-Guaita D., Faraj B.H.A., Wood B.R., Wallis R., Andrew P.W., Hudson A.J.

    Light Scattering by Optically-Trapped Vesicles Affords Unprecedented Temporal Resolution of Lipid-Raft Dynamics

    Scientific Reports, vol. 7, (no. 1)
  • 2016
  • Bzdek B.R., Collard L., Sprittles J.E., Hudson A.J., Reid J.P.

    Dynamic measurements and simulations of airborne picolitre-droplet coalescence in holographic optical tweezers

    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 145, (no. 5)