June 23rd 24th, 2021 Online Annual Conference Program

Conference Sessions:

Applied Photobiology and Biophysics

Light -responsive materials

Optical and spectroscopic methods applied to biology, medicine and biosafety

Light and human health

Antimicrobial PDT


Wednesday June 23rd

9:00 - 9:15

Official greetings and program presentation (Prof. Valentina Rapozzi)

  Chairs: Dr. Enrico Caruso, Dr. Viviana Orlandi

9:15 - 9:45

INVITED LECTURE “Light-responsive (nano)structures”

Prof. Luisa De Cola

9:45 - 10:05

SHORT LECTURE “Blue LED light photobiomodulation in wound healing”

Dr. Giada Magni

10:05 - 10:25

SHORT LECTURE “Nanoformulations of different photosensitizers in PDT”

Dr. Miryam Chiara Malacarne

  Chair: Dr. Antonino Mazzaglia

10:25 - 10:55

INVITED LECTURE “Organic optoelectronic components in highly integrated systems for optical sensing in food security/quality”

Dr. Stefano Toffanin


SHORT LECTURE “Brillouin and Raman micro-Spectroscopy: a new tool for the chemo-mechanical characterization of human bone and cartilage in physiological and pathological conditions”

Dr. Martina A. Cardinali

11:15 - 11:25

Coffee Break

  Chair: Dr. Greta Varchi

11:25 - 11:55

INVITED LECTURE “Photopharmacology: New tools, considerations and applications”

Prof. Wiktor Szymanski


SHORT LECTURE “Innovative keratin-based bimodal nanoparticles for osteosarcoma treatment: a proof-of-concept study”

Dr. Elisa Martella

12:15 - 12:35

SHORT LECTURE “Keratin nanoparticles and photodynamic therapy enhance the anticancer stem cells activity of salinomycin”

Dr. Francesca Moret

12:35 - 13:30

Lunch Break

  Chair: Dr. Francesco Milano

13:30 - 14:00

INVITED LECTURE “Nanomaterial engineering and bioengineering of living photovoltaics for enhanced performance”

Prof. Ardemis Boghossian

14:00 - 14:20

SHORT LECTURE “Electro-optical interaction of carbon nanotubes with photosynthetic assembles”

Dr. Maya Dimova Lambreva

14:20 - 14:40

SHORT LECTURE “Mussel-inspired purple bacteria biohybrid photoanodes”

Dr. Matteo Grattieri

14:40- 15:00

SHORT LECTURE “Photosynthetic bacteria in the synthesis of dopamine-based polymers”

Dr. Maria Varsalona

15:00 - 15:20

SHORT LECTURE “Electric response of purple non-sulfur bacterial cells coated with polydopamine”

Dr. Rossella Labarile

15:20 - 15:40

SHORT LECTURE “Embedding photosynthetic Reaction Center into polydopamine/ethylenediamine nanoparticles for efficient photocurrent generation”

Dr. Gabriella Buscemi

15:40 – 16:00

SHORT LECTURE “Biohybrids from diatoms microalgae as new tools for photonics and electronics”

Dr. Danilo Vona

16:00- 16:10

Coffee Break

  Chair: Dr. Viviana Orlandi

16:10 - 16:40

INVITED LECTURE “Antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation of microorganisms”

Prof. Tim Maisch

16:40 – 17:00

SHORT LECTURE “Antimicrobial Photodynamic Action of Photosentising Nanoassemblies based on Cyclodextrins”

Dr. Domenico Franco


SHORT LECTURE “Aerosol-based antimicrobial photoinactivation in the lungs: an action spectrum study”

Dr. Alfonso Dell’Accio

17:20 - 17:40

SHORT LECTURE “Novel BODIPY derivatives possessing aliphatic tertiary and quaternary amine groups as efficient anticancer and antibacterial photosensitizers”

Dr. Weronika Porolnik

17:40 – 18:00

SHORT LECTURE “Antimicrobial photodynamic treatment of Candida albicans”

Dr. Viviana T. Orlandi

Thursday June 24th

  Chair: Prof. Marina Venturini

9:00 - 9:30

INVIITED “Photobiology in Medicine 2021: an open ongoing discussion”

Prof. Piergiacomo Calzavara-Pinton

9:30 - 9:50

SHORT LECTURE “UVA1 phototherapy in extracutaneous manifestations of chronic GVHD”

Dr. Mariateresa Rossi

9:50 - 10:10

SHORT LECTURE “A multiphoton intravital microscopy study of skin photodamage induced by femtosecond pulsed laser radiation”

Dr. Viola Donati

  Chair: Prof. Giorgia Miolo

10:10 - 10.40

INVITED “Polymeric TiO2-biomaterials with photocatalytic activities for drug degradation in aqueous environment"”

Prof. Lisa Elviri

10:40 - 10:50

Coffee Break

10:50 - 11:20

INVITED “Novel bioinspired UV-filter for safer sunscreen formulation”

Dr. Monica Sandri

  Chair: Dr. Francesca Moret

11:20 - 11:40

SHORT LECTURE “Squaraines as photosensitizers: a structure-function analysis by means of in vitro cytotoxicity test and Calcium signaling assessment”

Dr. Giorgia Chinigò

11:40 - 12:00

SHORT LECTURE “The Effect of Substitutions on Cyanine dyes on their Photodynamic Activity”

Dr. Carlotta Pontremoli

12:00 - 12:20

SHORT LECTURE “RKIP as a potential target to improve photodynamic therapy in PC3 prostate cancer cells”

Dr. Mariachiara Gani

12:20 - 12:40

SHORT LECTURE “Photodynamic effects of positive-charged diaryl porphyrins on multicellular tumor spheroids"

Prof. Marzia Bruna Gariboldi

12:40 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 -14:40

SIFB AWARD SESSION Prof. Valentina Rapozzi

14:40 - 15:00

AWARD LECTURE “Photodynamic Therapy and ras genes: Effect of Bifunctional Alkyl-Modified Porphyrins on G-quadruplex RNA Structures”

Dr. Annalisa Ferino

15:00 - 15:20

AWARD LECTURE “Folate-decorated amphiphilic cyclodextrins as cell-targeted nanophototherapeutics”

Dr. Roberto Zagami

15:20 - 15:40

SHORT LECTURE “Potentiating connexin hemichannel-mediated bystander effects improves photodynamic therapy outcome in a syngeneic melanoma mouse model”

Dr. Chiara Nardin

15:40 - 16:20

Coffee Break

  Chair: Dr. Enrico Caruso

16.20 - 16:50

INVITED “Chronophotopharmacology: controlling the circadian clock with light”

Dr. Dusan Kolarski

16:50 - 17:20

INVITED “Photodynamic vaccination and photodynamic insecticides”

Prof. Kwang-Poo Chang

17:30 - 18:15


Chair: Dr Massimo Trotta

18.15 - 18.30 POSTER AWARD


Concluding Remarks Dr Enrico Caruso, Dr Viviana Orlandi, Prof. Valentina Rapozzi


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