I am Assistant Professor within the division of Biological Physics. My research focuses on understanding how biological nanoparticles interact with the cell surface. To address such questions, my group adopts a multidisciplinary approach based on the use of artificial models of the cell surface and on live-cell microscopy. Current research questions are mostly centered on the interaction between viruses and the cell surface; in particular we study the mechanisms modulating binding and release of herpes simplex viruses from cell-surface carbohydrates. Other activities include the design of new vaccine vectors as well as the development of bioanalytical assays to test antiviral drugs, vaccines, or to detect viruses and exosomes.