The activity of the group, active since the beginning of the Nineties in the field of  Optoelectronics and Photonics, has been mainly devoted to the design and development of  optical sensors for the detection of chemical and biochemical parameters. In the last ten years, the group focused its attention on biophotonic diagnostics in the biomedical field for both invasive/minimally invasive applications and for Point Of Care Testing (POCT). Some of the running or past activities of the group are: DNA-based detection of NF-kB, development of immunosensors for the detection of sepsis biomarkers  in intensive care unit patients and of immunosuppressant drugs in transplanted patients  and design, realisation and clinical validation of optical devices for the continuous monitoring of gastric carbon dioxide, of bile, and of interstitial pH and development of  both fluorescence-based and label-free optical biochips and platforms for POCT  applications. In recent  years the group dedicated its attention also to the design, development and characterization of intracellular optical nanoprobes for the detection of chemical and  biochemical parameters inside cells and for theranostic applications in cancer.

Key strength is the high multidisciplinary aspect of the group which includes scientists  coming from different disciplines (Physics, Engineer, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical  Chemistry and Technology) which allows to face and solve all the different problematics encountered in biophotonic diagnostics.