Francesca Santoro received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the ‘Federico II’ University of Naples (Italy) with specialization in biomaterials. She received a PhD in 2014 in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in a joint partnership between the RWTH Aachen and the Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany) with a scholarship by the International Helmholtz Research School in Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS BioSoft). In October 2014, she joined the Chemistry Department at Stanford University (USA) and received a research fellowship in 2016 by the Heart Rhythm Society. She joined IIT in July 2017 as Principal Investigator of the 'Tissue Electronics' lab at CABHC-Naples. In 2018 she has been awarded the MIT Technology Review Under 35 Innovator ITALIA and EUROPE. She has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2020. She is among the Inspiring Fifty Italy and is also the winner of the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year in Engineering and Technology in 2021. Since January 2022, she is Professor in Neuroelectronic Interfaces at RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Juelich.
Prof Dr Francesca Santoro
PI, Group leader
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Biological Information Processing (IBI)
Building 02.4v / Room 226
Francesca Santoro is interested in engineering neurohybrid interfaces to bridge biology, medicine, chemistry and electrical engineering. She works on microdevices to emulate neuronal behavior and architecture.