The National Research Council (www.cnr.it) is the major public research body of Italy. Its 115 research institutes, organized in centers and territorial sections, are distributed all over the national territory and form a network of research centers with multidisciplinary competences spanning various fields: from health and biology to computer science, environment and climate, chemistry and physics, economic and social sciences.
The Institute of Chemistry of Molecular Recognition (ICRM) is one of the CNR research Institute and employs 75 scientists and technicians. The unifying theme of Institute activities is the chemistry of molecular recognition, which can be defined as a multidisciplinary area that studies the principles and strengths that regulate and determine bio-specificity and bio-recognition at the molecular level. The research requires expertise in organic, bioorganic and computational chemistry, biochemistry and biotechnology. The advances in understanding the mechanisms of bio-recognition drives the discovery of innovative compounds and materials with application in biotechnology, diagnostics as well as biocatalysis, bioseparation and bioregulation. All these fields are strategic to improve the quality of life. In this project ICRM will be involved through its Analytical Microsystem lab.
The Analytical Microsystem lab carries out research activities aimed at developing micro-analytical techniques for genomics and proteomics: it is a research team with internationally recognized expertise in surface modification of miniaturized analytical systems and innovative bioassays proved by several patents and publications in the field. The strength of this research team is its collocation at the interface between biology and chemistry. It includes macromolecular and organic chemists as well as molecular biologists. The interdisciplinary characteristics of the group ensure an incisive work of development of innovative analytical methodologies in the micro-scale for the study of DNA and proteins, for molecular diagnostics, food safety and security applications.