Gentile Francesco

Position: Visiting Associate Professor

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Building: Bioscienze
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Francesco Gentile (FG) was born in Cosenza, Italy, in 1977. FG’s degrees are in Mechanical Engineering (M.S., Cosenza, Italy, 2003) and Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D., Catanzaro, Italy, 2008). FG is currently a post doc fellow at the University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro. He works at the BioNEM laboratories where he runs both experimental and theoretical activities. From September, 2010, to September, 2011, FG has been a post doc at the Nanostructures Department, Italian Institute of Technology (iit), in Genoa (Italy).
From April, 2012, to March, 2013, he has been a visiting scientist at the Nanostructures Department, Italian Institute of Technology (iit), in Genoa (Italy). From November, 2007, to September, 2008, FG has been a researcher at CalMED s.r.l. - Spin off at the University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro. From March, 2007 to September, 2007 FG has been a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Houston, TX (USA). From December, 2004 to July, 2005 he has been a visiting scholar at the multidisciplinary Synchrotron Light Laboratory, Trieste (Italy). From December, 2003 to June, 2004 he has been a visiting scholar at the Biomedical Engineering Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (USA). FG authored or co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed papers, 8 chapters of book, and he is the inventor of 3 patents. He recently awarded the €181300 grant: ‘cancer biomarker detection using micro-structured/super-hydrophobic surfaces and advanced spectroscopy techniques’ (GR-2010-2320665) by the Italian minister of health. FG serves as professor of Bio- Nano- Mechanics at the School of Medicine, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro.
He serves as referee for the following journals: Biomedical Microdevices; ASME 2010 First Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology; Journal of Developmental Biology and Tissue Engineering; Microelectronic Engineering.


The activities of FG comprise the design and fabrication of artificial, super-hydrophobic surfaces for biological applications; the realization of new approaches and nano technologies for the early detection of cancer; the fabrication of surfaces patterned with random, rather than periodic, micro-nano-fabricated themes to guide cells attachment and proliferation; the study of dispersion of nanovectors within blood vessels.


Principal Investigator:
cancer biomarker detection using micro-structured/super-hydrophobic surfaces and advanced spectroscopy techniques, GR-2010-2320665, by the Italian minister of health (€181300). Started on June, 2012.


Department of Translational Imaging, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, Tx, USA.
The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany.
The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany.
Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare, Italian Institute of Technology, Naples, Italy.
Department of Mechanics, University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy.


Best 10 publications in order of appearance

1) Limongi T, Cesca F, Gentile F, Marotta R, Ruffilli R, Barberis A, Dal Maschio M, Petrini E M, Santoriello S, Benfenati F, Di Fabrizio E, Nanostructured Superhydrophobic Substrates Trigger the Development of ThreeDimensional Neuronal Networks, Small 9(3):402–412, 2013.
2) Gentile F, Moretti M, Limongi T, Falqui A, Bertoni G, Scarpellini A, Santoriello S, Maragliano L, Zaccaria R P, Di Fabrizio E, Direct Imaging of DNA Fibers: The Visage of Double Helix, Nano Letters, 2012, 12(12):6453–6458, 2012.
3) Gentile F, Coluccio M L, Coppedè N, Mecarini F, Das G, Liberale C, Tirinato L, Leoncini M, Perozziello G, Candeloro P, De Angelis F, Di Fabrizio E, Superhydrophobic Surfaces as Smart Platforms for the Analysis of Diluted Biological Solutions, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 4(6):3213–3224, 2012,.
4) Gentile F, La Rocca R, Marinaro G, Nicastri A, Toma A, Paonessa F, Cojoc C, Liberale C, Benfenati F, Di Fabrizio E, Decuzzi P, Differential Cell Adhesion on Mesoporous Silicon Substrates, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 4(6):2903–2911, 2012.
5) Babiaczyk WI, Bonella S, Ciccotti G, Coluccio ML, Gentile F, Di Fabrizio E, Silver self aggregation in a nanodevice for enhanced Raman spectroscopy: experiments vs simplified modeling via molecular dynamics, Nanoscale 4(7):2362-71, 2012.
6) De Angelis F, Gentile F, Mecarini F, Das G, Moretti M, Candeloro P, Coluccio ML, Cojoc G, Accardo A, Liberale C, Zaccaria RP, Perozziello G, Tirinato L, Toma A, Cuda G, Cingolani R, Di Fabrizio E, Breaking the diffusion limit with super hydrophobic delivery of few molecules to plasmonic nanofocusing structures, Nature Photonics 5, 682, 2011.
7) Astier Y, Datas L, Carney R, Stellacci F, Gentile F, Di Fabrizio E, Surface Modified Si3N4 Artificial Nanopores for Single Surface Modified Gold Nanoparticle Scanning, Small 7(4):455–459, 2011.
8)  Gentile F, Tirinato L, Battista E, Causa F, Liberale C, Di Fabrizio EM, Decuzzi P, Cells Preferentially Grow on Rough Substrates, BioMaterials 31(28):7205-12, 2010.
9. Gentile F, Chiappini C, Fine D, Bhavane RC, Peluccio MS, Ming-Cheng Cheng M, Liu X, Ferrari M, Decuzzi P, The effect of shape on the margination dynamics of non-neutrally buoyant particles in two-dimensional shear flows, Journal of BioMechanics 41(10):2312-2318, 2008.
10. Gentile F, Ferrari M, Decuzzi P, The Transport of Nanoparticles in Blood Vessels: The Effect of Vessel Permeability and Blood Rheology, Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2(36):254–261, 2008.