Dr Dario Valter Conca
University College London
Dario graduated in 2019
Research Project: Study of the physical properties of cell-surface receptors in live cells via combined fluorescence microscopy and force sensing to improve our understanding of receptor-mediated virus entry.
Supervisors: Isabel Llorente Garcia (UCL), Andrew Shevchuk (Imperial)
Dario completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan. In 2015, before starting the PhD, he was also a research fellow in the Physics department of the same university, where he concentrated his research on the design and fabrication magnetic nanostructures and microfluidic devices for the study of mechanical properties of cells. Dario’s PhD project involves the development of a combined fluorescence and force-sensing microscope to address the interaction between viruses and membrane receptors during viral entry, using Human Immunodeficiency Virus as a model system.