Degree in Physics in 1996 at the University “La Sapienza”– Rome (thesis’ title “Atomic-electronic structures relationship in hemoproteins studied by XANES spectroscopy)
The research activity of dr. Girasole has been exerted in the fields of biophysics and of the nano-sciences, with special emphasis for two major subjects: the application of Scanning Probe Microscopies (SPM) in the nanoscale characterization of various biosystems (from cells to macromolecules) and the study of structure and conformational dynamics of metal-proteins by optical and XANES spectroscopy. Concerning the SPM studies, in particular, the alteration induced by many different stresses (pathologies, drugs, heavy metals, electromagnetic fields, nanoparticles, nanotubes etc.) have been the subject of several investigations, as well as the development of methods to determine functional characteristics of biosystems through a nanoscale morphological analysis of normal and pathological cells. A parallel activity has been focused on the development of novel SPM instrumentation to study the sample’s structure and evolution.
Has been tutor for several MD and PhD students in the fields of nano-bio-sciences and holds regular lectures in physics and biochemistry for undergraduates and PhD students.
Dr. Girasole published over 50 papers on international journals and is author of two patents concerning SPM-based methods and instrumentation. He is responsible, at ISM-CNR of funded scientific projects concerning applications of AFM-SNOM for the characterization of emerging nanostructured pollutants in biosystems and for the study of extraterrestrial samples.
He collaborates, as a referee, with international journals and, as an expert for the application of SPM to biology and tribology problems, with the European Science Foundation.