Doc. Fabio VIANELLO, Ph.D.

University of Padova, Padova, Italy, EU

Specialization: Bionanotechnology- biosensors, Dopamine oxidation involvement in Parkinson’s disease, Food Analysis.

Position: Leader of research Group, Department of Chemical Biology, University of Padova, Italy, EU

Fabio Vianello was born in London (GB) in 1962. He graduated in Biological Sciences in 1988 at the University of Padova and in 1993 he obtained the PhD in Biophysics at the University of Genova. In 2002 he became Associate professor in Biophysics in the Medical school, dept. Biological Chemistry, of the University of Padova. During his scientific career he was involved in the study of the purification and the characterization of enzymes. He developed amperometric and potentiometric biosensor with the purified enzymes. Furthermore he studied the application of fluoride ion as nuclear probe in nuclear magnetic resonance in living systems and the generation and decay of free radicals both in vitro and in vivo. He was interested in electron transfer phenomena of low molecular weight metal complexes in biological systems. He focused his attention to the study of the application of nuclear magnetic spectroscopy to the evaluation of the viability of explanted organs and to the interaction between antioxidant molecules and free radicals in foods. Recently he is involved in nanobiotechnology research and in the development of biosensors. At the same time he focused his attention on food analysis and he is the director of the Master Course in Food Quality and Safety and part of his research activity on food quality assessment is spent in Brasil at the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP).

At the NANOCON 2013 conference Fabio Vianello will present a key-note lecture at the Session C - Bionanotechnology
and Materials in Nanomedicine.

Research activity: Research is focussed on three different lines

1 – Bionanotechnology: Starting from novel superparamagnetic nanoparticles, constituted of stoichiometric maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), synthesized in the laboratory by an innovative and simple method in the dimension range of few nanometers, new biotechnological applications are going to be explored. The new material was patented and it now under characterization by different techniques. The aim of future research projects is aimed to develop new simple procedures to isolate an purify nucleic acids and to propose new biosensor based on electrochemical and gravimetric transducers.

2 – Dopamine oxidation involvement in Parkinson’s disease. Dopaminoquinone and dopaminochrome are toxic by-products of oxidative metabolism of dopamine (DA) and a potential role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease has been proposed.

3 – Food analysis. The present research line is focused on the determination of the composition of food products, providing independent, 3rd party, chemical and physical analysis on an array of food, water, cosmetic and pharmaceutical. The laboratory produces credible and accurate testing, maintains officially approved methodologies and generates reliable results that can positively impact business. The research tem offer a broad range of consulting and technical services to assist manufacturers, operators, distributors and retail providers in assuring the quality and safety of their food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.