Imperial College London

DrLorenzoDi Michele

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Senior Lecturer



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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



Fabrini G, Minard A, Brady R, et al., 2022, Cation-responsive and photocleavable hydrogels from non-canonical amphiphilic DNA nanostructures, Nano Letters: a Journal Dedicated to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ISSN:1530-6984

Rubio-Sanchez R, Fabrini G, Cicuta P, et al., 2021, Amphiphilic DNA nanostructures for bottom-up synthetic biology, Chemical Communications, Vol:57, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:12725-12740

Rubio-Sanchez R, O'Flaherty DK, Wang A, et al., 2021, Thermally driven membrane phase transitions enable content reshuffling in primitive cells, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:143, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:16589-16598

Walczak M, Brady RA, Mancini L, et al., 2021, Responsive core-shell DNA particles trigger lipid-membrane disruption and bacteria entrapment, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-11

Morzy D, Rubio-Sanchez R, Joshi H, et al., 2021, Cations regulate membrane attachment and functionality of DNA nanostructures, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:143, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:7358-7367

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