Massimo Grattarola

University of Genova, Genova, Liguria, Italy 
bioelectronics, biophysics, arrays of microelectrodes
"Massimo Grattarola"

Massimo Grattarola (1950-2002) graduated in Physics in 1975 at the University of Genova, Italy, with a final dissertation on "Computer simulation of the cerebral linguistic circuit" under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Borsellino, father of Cybernetics in Italy. As witnessed by the argument of his dissertation, since the beginning he showed a great scientific curiosity for an interdisciplinary approach towards the world of biophysics and neurosciences. After a training period at the research centre for Biophysics and Cybernetics in Camogli (near Genova) he spent one year, as a Research Associate, at the Department of Biophysics and Physiology, Temple University, Philadelphia, U.S.A. During this period he focused his research activities on optical cytometry. He worked on a research field that we can now define as "Cellular Engineering", investigating the effects of electromagnetic fields at cellular and molecular level.
In 1978 he returned to Italy as Assistant Professor in Applied Biophysics at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Genova, and in 1982 he was one of the co-founders of the Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering where he worked till the end. In 1986 he became Associate Professor, teaching Bioelectronics for the Electronic Engineering degree and, since 1995, teaching Bioelectronics and Bioelectrochemistry for the Biomedical Engineering degree. During this period he created our Neural and Bioelectronic Technologies Group and was able to attract an always-increasing number of PhD students to work on research activities focused on the coupling between microelectronic devices and excitable cells. He transmitted to his students not only his knowledge but also, and even more, his enthusiasm for research and his creative way of doing science.
During the years he maintained regular contacts with international research groups interested in the cross-fertilization and synergies coming from the mixture of different know-how and disciplines. In 1991 and 1997 he was invited, as Visiting Professor, by Prof. Gregory Kovacs to work at the Centre for Integrated System, Stanford University, where, following pioneering work by Gross, he started a project exploiting the potentialities of MicroElectrode Arrays technique in the field of the in vitro electrophysiological investigation on networks of cultured neurons.
In 2000 he was appointed as full professor of Electronic Bioengineering and became the chairman of the PhD programme in Bioelectronics and Bioengineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Genova, Italy.
His scientific curriculum is well represented by more than 70 papers on international Journals, several contributions to scientific books, and invited talks in workshops and conferences.
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Ricci D, Grattarola M, Tedesco M. (2011) The growth cones of living neurons probed by the atomic force microscope. Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.). 736: 243-57
Ricci D, Grattarola M, Tedesco M. (2004) Growth cones of living neurons probed by atomic force microscopy. Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.). 242: 125-40
Raiteri R, Grattarola M, Berger R. (2002) Micromechanics senses biomolecules Materials Today. 5: 22-29
Martinoia S, Rosso N, Grattarola M, et al. (2001) Development of ISFET array-based microsystems for bioelectrochemical measurements of cell populations. Biosensors & Bioelectronics. 16: 1043-50
Raiteri R, Grattarola M, Butt HJ, et al. (2001) Micromechanical cantilever-based biosensors Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 79: 115-126
Giugliano M, Grattarola M, LeMasson G. (2001) Electrophysiological activity to cell metabolism signal transduction: Possible feedback regulatory biochemical pathway Neurocomputing. 38: 23-30
Giugliano M, Grattarola M. (2001) Networks of real neurons with an artificial body Proceedings of the Atlantic Symposium On Computational Biology and Genome Information Systems and Technolgoy, Cbgist 2001. 111-115
Grattarola M, Chiappalone M, Davide F, et al. (2001) Burst analysis of chemically stimulated spinal cord neuronal networks cultured on microelectrode arrays Annual Reports of the Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University. 1: 729-732
Giugliano M, Bove M, Grattarola M. (2000) Insulin release at the molecular level: metabolic-electrophysiological modeling of the pancreatic beta-cells. Ieee Transactions On Bio-Medical Engineering. 47: 611-23
Raiteri R, Butt HJ, Grattarola M. (2000) Changes in surface stress at the liquid/solid interface measured with a microcantilever Electrochimica Acta. 46: 157-163
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