Imperial College London

DrLorenzoDi Michele

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Research Fellow (Royal Society URF)



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Biomimetic Soft Matter and DNA Nanotechnology

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Lorenzo Di Michele's group studies the fascinating physics, chemistry, and (occasionally) biology of complex nanoscale systems.

We investigate problems of fundamental relevance as well as develop new technologies and, to do so, we often make use of the tools of DNA nanotechnology.

We like to adopt a multidisciplinary approach, that combines experimental methods, theoretical modelling, and computer simulations.  

Current areas of research include

- Self assembly and crystallisation of amphiphilic DNA nanostructures, with applications to encapsulation/release/delivery technologies.

- Multivalent membrane-membrane and membrane particles interactions, including synthetic lipid membranes and cells.

- Artificial cells and bottom-up synthetic biology.

- Applications of DNA nanotech to super-resolution optical microscopy (DNA-PAINT).

Lorenzo's brief CV

Lorenzo completed his undergraduate and master degree at the University of L'Aquila (Abruzzo, Italy), before moving to the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge where he complete his PhD in physics (2013). He then held, in the same institution, a Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship (2013-2016), a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship (2016-2017) and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2018 - ). In August 2019 Lorenzo joined the Department of Chemistry at Imperial as a RS URF and Lecturer.

Full CV here



Rubio-Sánchez R, Barker SE, Walczak M, et al., 2021, A Modular, Dynamic, DNA-Based Platform for Regulating Cargo Distribution and Transport between Lipid Domains., Nano Lett, Vol:21, Pages:2800-2808

Rubio R, Eizagirre Barker S, Walczak M, et al., 2021, A modular, dynamic, DNA-based platform for regulating cargo distribution and transport between lipid domains, Nano Letters, ISSN:1530-6984

Clowsley AH, Kaufhold WT, Lutz T, et al., 2021, Repeat DNA-PAINT suppresses background and non-specific signals in optical nanoscopy, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723

Lanfranco R, Jana PK, Bruylants G, et al., 2020, Adaptable DNA interactions regulate surface triggered self assembly, Nanoscale, Vol:12, ISSN:2040-3364, Pages:18616-18620

Clowsley AH, Kaufhold WT, Lutz T, et al., 2020, Detecting nanoscale distribution of protein pairs by proximity dependent super-resolution microscopy, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:142, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:12069-12078

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