PB is Team Leader at Nanophysics Department, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy. He received is doctoral degree in Material Sciences from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2008 and the master degree in Physics from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2004.
His main research activity aims at the biophysical study of biological molecules and macromolecules both in situ and in vitro utilizing almost not perturbative instrumentation and nanostructured model systems. So far, his research deals with the design, realization and utilization of biophysical instrumentation as conventional, confocal and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, SHG imaging microscopy, FLIM, single molecule imaging, STED nanoscopy. In particular he developed an original setup for SW 2PE-STED (single wavelength two-photon excitation stimulated emission depletion) super-resolution microscopy and another for SHG (second harmonic generation) combined with 2PEF (2-photon excitation fluorescence) microscopy. He recently applied STED nanoscopy technique to the quantitative study of single molecule diffusion in living cells. Moreover he developed a nanotechnological approach for the realization of Nanobiorobot, hybrid nanostructured devices made by living cells and polylelctrolyte layers.
PB is associate Editor of the following international Journals:
- Microscopy Research and Technique, Wiley.
- Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology – Nanobiotechnology , Frontiers.
PB has been selected as reviewer of several international scientific journals: Biophysical Journal, Optics express, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Microscopy Research and Technique, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, Journal of Lightwave Technology, and more.
PB is active member of international scientific societies and
in 2008 has been an elected member for a complete term of the Advisory Committee of the Italian Society of Cytometry (GIC) and the Italian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics (SIBPA).
In 2013 PB was chairman of the international conference MAF2013.
In 2010 PB was scientific coordinator of the course CLXXVII at the International School Of Physics “Enrico Fermi” helded in Varenna, Italy.
In 2007 PB was Visiting Scientist at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (Lucie Kubinova Lab).