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I use big microscopes to look at small objects.

Research profile

Lorenzo Albertazzi is an associate professor at the TU/e department of Biomedical Engineering (research group Molecular Biosensing for Medical Diagnostics). He is also junior group leader at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in Barcelona, where he leads the 'Nanoscopy for Nanomedicine' group. For most of his career he has been jumping between Chemistry and Biophysics; in his research he now aims to combine both to achieve a molecular understanding of synthetic materials in the biological environment, using optical microscopy and nanoscopy.

With his 2017 ERC Starting Grant, Lorenzo aims at the 'Design of Nanomaterials for Targeted Therapies Guided by Super Resolution Imaging'. In the NANOSTORM project he plans to use super resolution microscopy to examine nanomaterials that have potential as cancer therapies, and understand their interactions with their target: the diseased cells. Doing so will help identify the key principles that are needed to rationally design the next generation of targeted, super-efficient cancer treatments

Academic background

Lorenzo Albertazzi obtained a MSc in Chemistry (2007) and a PhD in Biophysics (2011) from Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy). He then joined Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) as postdoctoral researcher. In 2013, he was awarded a fellowship of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) at TU/e, and in 2014 he became a NWO/VENI fellow (2014). In 2015, he moved to Barcelona (Spain) to the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) to start the 'Nanoscopy for Nanomedicine' group that he currently leads. In 2017, he received an ERC starting grant and in 2018 he was appointed Associate Professor at the TU/e department of Biomedical Engineering, with the research group Molecular Biosensing.

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 2425 Citations
  • 61 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Poster
5 Citations (Scopus)
39 Downloads (Pure)

A stochastic view on surface inhomogeneity of nanoparticles

Post, R. A. J., van der Zwaag, D., Bet, G., Wijnands, S. P. W., Albertazzi, L., Meijer, E. W. & van der Hofstad, R. W., 10 Apr 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 11 p., 1663.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Microscopic examination
1 Citation (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Efficient small-scale conjugation of DNA to primary antibodies for multiplexed cellular targeting

Cremers, G., Rosier, B., Riera Brillas, R., Albertazzi, L. & de Greef, T., 18 Sep 2019, In : Bioconjugate Chemistry. 30, 9, p. 2384-2392 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Affinity Labels
2 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Quantifying guest–host dynamics in supramolecular assemblies to analyze their robustness

Bastings, M. M. C., Hermans, T. M., Spiering, A. J. H., Kemps, E. W. L., Albertazzi, L., Kurisinkal, E. E. & Dankers, P. Y. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Macromolecular Bioscience. 19, 1, 11 p., 1800296.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Supramolecular chemistry
Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching
Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
3 Citations (Scopus)
42 Downloads (Pure)

Super-resolution imaging of structure, molecular composition, and stability of single oligonucleotide polyplexes

Feiner-Gracia, N., Olea, R. A., Fitzner, R., El Boujnouni, N., van Asbeck, A. H., Brock, R. & Albertazzi, L., 8 May 2019, In : Nano Letters. 19, 5, p. 2784-2792 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cell-Penetrating Peptides
Molecular structure
10 Citations (Scopus)

Super-resolution microscopy as a powerful tool to study complex synthetic materials

Pujals, S., Feiner-Gracia, N., Delcanale, P., Voets, I. & Albertazzi, L., 1 Feb 2019, In : Nature Reviews Chemistry. 3, 2, p. 68-84 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Microscopic examination
Biocompatible Materials
Materials science


Nanostructured materials
Imaging techniques
Microscopic examination
Drug delivery
Intelligent materials

Personalized attack on cancer cells

Lorenzo Albertazzi (Recipient), 2019

Prize: NWOVidiScientific

Biomedical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Preparations


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Student theses

Binding a BTA fiber to dsDNA via intercalation

Author: Visser, P., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Baker, M. (Supervisor 1), Albertazzi, L. (Supervisor 2) & Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Crosslinking supramolecular polymers : gaining control over dynamics

Author: Hoogland, D., 31 Aug 2014

Supervisor: Albertazzi, L. (Supervisor 1) & Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Enzyme-responsive supramolecular polymers

Author: van der Veeken, N., 31 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Albertazzi, L. (Supervisor 1), Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2), de Greef, T. (Supervisor 2) & Merkx, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Exploring multistep non-covalent synthesis: investigating supramolecular host-guest assemblies

Author: Goor, O., 31 May 2013

Supervisor: Bastings, M. (Supervisor 1), Albertazzi, L. (Supervisor 2) & Dankers, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master