ERC Consolidator Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support experienced researchers who want to create a new research team or consolidate their teams and strengthen their scientific career in Europe.

  Michela Mapelli DEMOBLACK: Demography of black hole binaries in the era of gravitational wave astronomy

DEMOBLACK

Michela Mapelli is Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy Galileo Galilei. She obtained her Master in Physics (cum laude) from the University of Milano Bicocca (2003) and her PhD in Astrophysics from SISSA (2006). Before joining the University of Padova, she was postdoctoral fellow (Forschungskredit fellow) at the University of Zurich (2007-2009), senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milano Bicocca (2009-2011), permanent research staff at INFN Padova (2011-2018) and fixed-term full professor at the University of Innsbruck (2017-2018). Her current work focuses on the formation channels of merging compact objects, to understand their contribution to gravitational waves. Her studies on the mass spectrum of stellar black holes have provided an essential clue to interpret the first direct detections of gravitational waves by the Advanced LIGO and Virgo interferometers. Michela Mapelli has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers on high-impact factor journals (more than 40 of which as first author). Her PhD Thesis was awarded both the Gratton and the Tacchini Prizes. In 2015, she has been awarded the MERAC PRIZE for the Best Early Career European Researcher in Theoretical Astrophysics, by the European Astronomical Society. She has obtained several national and international grants, including a Future in Research FIRB grant (2012), a MERAC grant (2015) and an Austrian FWF Stand-Alone grant (2017). In 2017, she has been awarded an ERC consolidator grant about “The demography of black hole binaries in the era of gravitational wave astronomy” (DEMOBLACK).

Website: https://web.oapd.inaf.it/mapelli/

  Gianluca Botter - DyNET: Dynamical river NETworks: climatic controls and biogeochemical function (2018- 2023)

DYNET

Gianluca Botter holds a degree in Environmental Engineering (2001) and a Ph.D in Environmental Modeling (2005) from the University of Padova, where he’s currently associate professor of hydrology and water resources management at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (ICEA). He’s author and co-author of more than 70 papers (as of Aug 2018) in peer-reviewed journals, including PNAS, PlosONE and Geophysical Research Letters (Google scholar h-index = 28, as of Aug 2018). In 2010 he has been awarded the Torricelli prize as leading under-34 researcher in the fields of Hydraulics and Hydrology, and in 2017 he got a 2 Million euros ERC award from the European Research Council for the research project “DyNET: Dynamical river networks”. He is member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Advances in Water Resources” (Elsevier) and Editor of the journal “Hydrological Processes” (Wiley). His scientific interests include: i) the characterization of river flow regimes from landscape and climate; ii) the development of catchment-scale transport models based on the concept of water age and dynamical travel time distributions; iii) the analysis of water quality patterns in space and time; iv) the interaction between anthropogenic activities, flow regimes and in-stream ecological processes.

  Massimo Santoro - rEnDOx: REDOX SIGNALING AND METABOLIC STATES IN ANGIOGENESIS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE (2016- 2021)

rEnDOx 

Massimo Mattia Santoro is Full Professor and Chair of Cell Biology at Department of Biology of the University of Padua. Massimo Santoro obtained his Master Diploma from University of Turin (Italy), and his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Open University, London (UK). He worked as a post-doc fellow at University of California, San Francisco (USA), with Prof. Dr. Didier Stainier, where he became interested in cardiovascular development and endothelial homeostasis. In 2008, he established his first independent laboratory at the University of Torino, opening the Molecular Biotechnology Center. In 2013 he was appointed VIB Group Leader and Full Professor at Vesalius Research Center at the University of Leuven (Belgium). In 2017, he returned to Italy at University of Padua as Chair of Cell Biology at Department of Biology. During his career, he has been granted with the EMBO (2004) and HFSP (2005) long-term fellowships, the HFSP Career Developmental Award (2008), the Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (2010), the Odysseus-FWO Career Grant (2014), and, more recently, the ERC Consolidator Grant (2016). His lab is currently focused on studying how redox signaling, metabolism, and hemodynamic forces regulates endothelial homeostasis in development as well as during cancer progression. To accomplish this goal his lab is taking advantage of innovative genetic and imaging technologies as well as new molecular and biochemical approaches in vertebrate models, such as zebrafish and mouse. Massimo’s goal is to expand the current vision of endothelial biology by identifying unforeseen metabolic and signaling mechanisms and used them to develop novel anti-angiogenesis therapies to treat cancer progression and diabetic conditions. His research is supported by national bodies and private foundations (e.g., Italian Ministry of Education and Research, Telethon, AIRC). He sits on several scientific advisory boards and reviewing panels. He is an Editorial Board member of Cancers, Cardiovasc Res, Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.

 

  Lucia Nicola - FricLess: A seamless multi-scale model for contact, friction, and solid lubrication (2016- 2021)

FricLess

Lucia Nicola was awarded a master degree in materials engineering from the University of Trento, Italy, in 1999. She then moved to the Netherlands where she received a PhD in mathematics and physics, from the University of Groningen. After a two-year postdoctoral experience in the Engineering Division of Brown University, USA, she was appointed assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 2006. She spent more than ten years in Delft, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and to Full Professor and Chair of Computational Material Science in 2016. In 2015 she was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to build a multi-scale model to study metal friction and lubrication by accounting, for the first time, for all relevant phenomena occurring from the atomic to the macro-scale, and their interplay. Currently, she is a Full Professor in Metallurgy in the Department of Industrial Engineering.

  Andrea Longhin - ENUBET: Enhanced NeUtrino BEams from kaon Tagging (2016-2021)

ENUBET

Andrea Longhin is Associate Professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He completed his Master degree (2000) and his PhD (2003) in Physics at the University of Padova and was then a postdoctoral fellow from 2003 to 2011 at Unipd and then at CEA Saclay (France). He started his career at the HERA collider in DESY (Hamburg) being interested in the production of heavy quarks in electron-proton collisions and the muon detector of the ZEUS experiment. After the PhD he started his contribution to the physics of neutrinos by pursuing the search for flavor oscillations of muon to tau-neutrinos over the CERN to Gran Sasso 732 km long baseline with the OPERA experiment. He participated in the construction of the RPC system of the muon spectrometers of the OPERA experiment at the Gran Sasso INFN National laboratories and the analysis of the nucelar emulsion data at the Legnaro and Frascati National INFN laboratories. In 2008 he was involved in the design of future high intensity neutrino beams within the EURONU FP7 program at CEA-Saclay (FR).  In 2009 he started studying the transitions of muon to electron neutrinos over a 295 km distance as he joined the T2K experiment in Japan. In 2010 he participated in the commissioning of the Time Projection Chambers of the ND280 near detector complex in Tokai and he is still involved in this experiment which is a major player in the search for the violation of the CP symmetry with neutrinos. In 2011 he obtained a staff researcher position at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) and  in 2015 he received an ERC consolidator grant with the ENUBET idea to prove the feasibility of a new generation neutrino beam with a control of the intensity at the level of 1 %. The technique is based on a direct monitoring of high angle emitted positrons from three-body decays of a collimated Kaon beam by means of an instrumented decay pipe. In 2018 he obtained funding from the MIUR for the NUTECH (NeUtrino Time-tagged bEams with CHerenkov detectors) project.
ENUBET web site: http://enubet.pd.infn.it


  Stefano Corni – TAME-Plasmons: a Theoretical chemistry Approach to tiME-resolved molecular Plasmonics (2016-2021)

TAME-Plasmons

Stefano Corni is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences. He completed his master degree in Chemistry at the University of Pisa (as a fellow of the Scuola Normale Superiore) and his PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He was then postdoctoral associate (2003-2004) and tenure track research scientist (2004-2009) at INFM (National Institute for Condensed Matter Physics) Center S3 in Modena. From 2009 to 2016 he was tenured research scientist and since May 2016 senior research scientist at CNR Institute of Nanoscience in Modena.

His main research interests include molecular and nonoplasmonics, protein-surface and protein-nanoparticle interactions, and electron transfer in biomolecules, self-standing and on electrodes. He received many research grants and computer time grants, mostly as principal investigator, both at national and international levels. In 2015 he won an ERC Consolidator grant for his project TAME-Plasmons (2016-2021) that has the goal to develop a theoretical chemistry approach to directly simulate the real time evolution of molecules interacting with plasmons and light. He published over 120 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, cited around 3000 times.

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  Piero Giubilato – iMPACT: innovative Medical Protons Achromatic Calorimeter and Tracker (2016-2019)

iMPACT

Piero Giubilato is Assistant Professor of Experimental physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He completed his Master degree (2001) and his PhD (2005) in Physics at the University of Padova, and was then a postdoctoral fellow from 2007 to 2011. His research interests cover the development of innovative pixel detectors for particle imaging and the realization of imaging/tracking system employed in high energy physics experiments as well as in applied sciences apparatus. He is also an associated scientist at ISFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) since 2012 and at CERN since 2007, where he co-holds a patent on innovative monolithic pixel sensor architectures. As a visiting scientist at Berkeley Laboratory (2006-2010), he participated in the realization of the TEAM sub-angstrom electronic microscope, as well as in the development of counting imaging technique. As member of the CMS collaboration, he actively contributed to realization of the pixel tracker for the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC.
Together with the development of new solid states sensors and imaging systems, he has long experience in radiation testing and assessment of integrated micro-electronic circuits, a field where he contributed to the realization of the IEEM nuclear microscope, the first instrument able to micro-map Single Event Effects in microelectronic circuits with unfocused ion beams. In 2014, he won an ERC Consolidator grant for his project iMPACT (2016-2019) that has the goal to realize a proton Computed Tomography (pCT) scanner capable of acquiring a target full 3D image with 1s exposure.

  Sara Richter – HIV LTR G-4: G-quadruplexes in the HIV-1 genome: novel targets for the development of selective antiviral drugs (2014-2019)

HIV LTR G-4

Sara Richter is Associate Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at the Department of Molecular Medicine. She obtained her Master degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (1997) and her PhDs in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2001) and in Virology (2005) at the University of Padova. She was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA (1999-2001) and at the University of Padova (2001-2004). Since 2006 she is Professor at the University of Padova and works as first level manager at the Microbiology and Virology Unit of the Padua Hospital.

Her research interests focus on nucleic acid secondary structures (i.e. G-quadruplex), on antiviral and anti-HIV-1 compounds, and on the development of antitumor drugs. Her research on anticancer therapy was funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research on a project approved as an ERC Starting grant (2007), while her research on HIV-1 was funded by two Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations grants (2011, 2013) and by an ERC Consolidator grant (2014-2019). She also won the Young Investigator Award (2000) at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA and the Best Poster Award (2006) by The Italian Society of Virology.

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  Paola Marigo – STARKEY: Solving the TP-AGB STAR Conundrum: a KEY to Galaxy Evolution (2014-2019)

STARKEY

Paola Marigo is Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She obtained her Master degree (1994) and her PhDs (2005) in Astronomy at the University of Padova. In 1998 she worked as postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik in Munich (Germany), and from 1999 to 2004 as postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Padova, where she became Professor in 2005.
Her research interests include stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, Asymptotic Giant Branch stars, planetary nebulae, primordial stars, stellar populations in galaxies, and equation of state of the gas (molecular formation and opacity). Her activity has been funded by several national grants, including the Italian Space Agency programme, and by an ERC Consolidator grant (2014-2019) on Thermally Pulsing Asymptotic Giant Branch (TP-AGB) stellar evolutionary phase. She also participated in several approved observing proposals. She published more than 100 high impact papers, of which 10 have more than 100 citations each and 2 have more than 500 citations, and her paper (Marigo et al., 2008, A&A, 482, 883) has been selected as New Hot Paper of July 2009 by the ESI (Essential Science Indicators) agency of the Thomson Reuters.

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  Giulio Di Toro – NOFEAR: New Outlook on seismic faults: From EARthquake nucleation to arrest (2014-2019)

NOFEAR

Giulio Di Toro is Associate Professor of Structural Geology at the Department of Geosciences (in leave) and Associate Researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics e Volcanology (INGV, Rome), and Full Professor at the University of Manchester (UK). He completed his Master degree in Geology (1999) and his PhD in Earth Sciences (2003) at the University of Padova. He was then postdoctoral fellow at the University of Padova (2003-2005), visiting researcher at Kyoto University (in 2005 and in 2006), research consultant at INGV in Rome, associated researcher for the National Research Centre (CNR; 2006-2009), and obtained a permanent position at the University of Padua in 2006. Before studying geology, he played volleyball in professional teams and with Italian junior and senior national team (1987-1995).
His research activity focuses on the study of earthquake mechanics and has been performed in continuous collaboration with colleagues and young students and researchers with different background (geologists, rock experimentalists, engineers, physicists and seismologists). His research activities were supported by several national grants (e.g., the Italian Ministry of Education and Research, INGV, and Cariparo Foundation), as well as European and international grants, including a National Science Foundation project (USA: 2006-2008) and especially by two ERC grants: one Starting grant for the project USEMS: Uncovering the Secrets of an Earthquake: Multidisciplinary Study of Physico-Chemical Processes During the Seismic Cycle (2008-2013) and one Consolidator grant for the project NOFEAR: New Outlook on seismic faults: From EARthquake nucleation to arrest (2014-2019).
He published 84 papers in peer-reviewed journals (total citations 3473, h-index 32 according to Google Scholar) and he has been awarded several international prizes, including the Arne Richter Medal for Outstanding Young Scientists by the European Geosciences Union (2008), the Award for Tectonophysics Most Cited Article 2005 to 2010 by Elsevier (2010), and the International Award Prof. Luigi Tartufari for Geology by the Accademia dei Lincei (2010). He is member of the Academia Europeae (from 2013) and of the Accademia Galileiana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Padova (from 2014) for scientific merits.

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  Scorrano Luca – ERMITO: Molecular Anatomy and Pathophysiology of the endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria interface (2013-2018)

ERMITO

Luca Scorrano is Full Professor of Biochemistry at the Department of Biology. He completed his Medical degree (1996) and his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathology (2000) at the University of Padova. From 2000 to 2003 he was HFSP (Human Frontier Science Program) postdoctoral fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). In 2003 he was awarded an Assistant Scientist position at the Dulbecco-Telethon Institute, in 2006 he was recruited as Full Professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). In 2013 he moved to the University of Padova and since 2014 he serves as Scientific Director of the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine.
His work has changed classical tenets in the field of apoptosis and mitochondrial pathophysiology. He discovered the process of mitochondrial cristae remodeling that allows complete cytochrome c release during apoptosis. Since 2004, his lab discovered a “molecular staple” holding cristae junctions tight and exploited it in vivo to correct mitochondrial diseases and blunt tissue damage; the first molecular bridge between ER and mitochondria; how mitochondrial shape controls the outcome of autophagy; the link between cristae shape and mitochondrial respiration; the essential role of mitochondrial fusion in heart development.  He received several prizes and awards (including the 2006 Eppendorf European Young Investigator, the 2011 Chiara D’Onofrio and the 2013 European Society for Clinical Investigation Award) and was elected EMBO Member in 2011. His research is supported by national bodies and private foundations (e.g., Italian Ministry of Education and Research, Telethon, AIRC), by the ERC with the Starting (Consolidator category) grant ERMITO (2012-2017) on the molecular anatomy and pathophysiology of the endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria connection; by a European Commission reintegration grant (2013-2018). He is the European Coordinator of a Leducq Foundation Transatlantic Network of Excellence on Cardiovascular research grant on modulating autophagy to treat cardiovascular disease (2016-2020). He sits on several scientific advisory boards (e.g. Institut Necker Enfants Malades, Paris; FinMit Consortium, Helsinki), on reviewing panels of the ERC, the Flemish Science Foundation (FWO), the Finnish Academy of Sciences, the EMBO. He is an Editorial Board member of EMBOJ, CDD, Cardiovasc Res, BBA-Mol Cell Res, Biol Open.

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