2010 Ada Lovelace Day: two Italian scientists

Today, I would like to celebrate the contributions of women in technology and science by recognizing two Italian scientists. Please do follow me in Finding Ada – blog about your favorite woman role model in technology and science and add your post to the list on FindingAda.com.

Elisa Molinari is the Director of the S3 Center for Nanosciences at the University of Modena. Prof. Molinari’s research interests are in theoretical condensed matter physics, particularly in the structural, electronic and optical properties of nanoscale structures. Her main focus is on fundamental properties of low-dimensional quantum systems, and their application to novel nanodevices. She has been especially interested in developing theoretical approaches to account for electron correlation and coherence effects that become crucial in optics and transport at the nanoscale. The physical systems she is currently studying range from semiconductor quantum wires and quantum dots to organic polymersbiomolecules and their interfaces with inorganic structures.

Elena Cattaneo is Director of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, as well as a co-founder and first appointed Director of UniStem, the Centre for Stem Cell Research at the University of Milano. The main research theme of her lab is neural stem cells, and the molecular pathophysiology of Huntington’s Disease. Prof. Cattaneo is a Coalition Investigator of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (H.D.S.A.), and a member of the Board of Directors of several European consortia (including EuroStemCell and NeuroNE). She acts as a reviewer for several journals (including Science, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Genetics, and Journal of Neuroscience) and international funding agencies, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and of the Euro-HD Network.

Profs. Molinari and Cattaneo are two of today’s Adas, role models for women in scientific research. Wishing them all the best!

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