Back to list

Paolo Decuzzi

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator
Senior Researcher

Research Line

Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


Via Morego 30
+39 010 2896 941
Contact Me


Paolo Decuzzi is a senior researcher and director of the Laboratory of Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova – Italy. Decuzzi’s lab mission is to i. rationally design polymeric nanoconstructs for multi-modal imaging and combination therapy in cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases; ii. fabricate microfluidic chips for the rapid screening of novel molecular and nano-based therapeutic agents; iii. develop multi-scale, hierarchical computational models for predicting the transport and therapeutic efficacy of nanoconstructs; iv. organize dissemination activities at the interface between engineering and biomedical sciences; and v. promote the professional development of lab members in a highly multi-disciplinary environment.

Dr. Decuzzi earned his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari (Italy) in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Naples – Federico II (Italy) in 2000, with a thesis on friction and adhesion at the nanoscale. In 2002, he was nominated Assistant Professor of Machine Design at the Politecnico di Bari and, in 2005, he became Associate Professor in the School of Medicine of the University ‘Magna Graecia’. There, he cofounded BioNEM - the laboratory of BioNanotechnology and Engineering for Medicine - one of the first nanoengineering laboratories built in a School of Medicine. In October 2007, he joined The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston as an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. In October 2010, he moved to the Houston Methodist Hospital where he served as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering till July 2015. There, he founded the Center for the Rational Design of Multifunctional Nanoconstructs, with the financial support of the Cancer Prevention and Research Center of Texas and the US National Cancer Institute; and served first as the co-chair of the Nanomedicine Department and then as the interim chair of the Translational Imaging Department. In July 2014, Dr. Decuzzi was awarded a 5-year European Research Council “Consolidator Grant” to design, synthesize and develop nanoconstructs for imaging and therapy in brain cancer.

Dr. Decuzzi has been visiting scientist at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (1998, 1999 and 2001); and visiting professor at the Princeton Material Institute – Princeton (2003); the Heart and Lung Institute at the Ohio State University  (2003 and 2004); the University of Texas Health Science Center (2006).

Dr. Decuzzi has published over 150 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, international conferences and book chapters. He holds over 5 patents in the field of Nanomedicine. He co-founded NEMB – NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology – committee of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers and is involved in multiple dissemination activities to foster the collaboration between biomedical scientists and engineers. He serves on multiple NIH, NSF, ESF, and Italian Government study sections and his research activity is primarily supported by NIH, DOD, CPRIT in USA; ESF and ERC in EU.


Major Projects:


P. Decuzzi(PI) Engineering Discoidal Polymeric Nanoconstructs for the Multi-Physics Treatment of Brain Tumors. European Research Council Consolidator Grant 07/01/2014 - 06/30/19 (Euro 2,400,000)

2012 P. Decuzzi(co-PI) Circulating tumor microemboli (CTM) interactions with blood cells and plasma in the vascular microenvironment. National Cancer Institute, Trans-network PS-OC project 06/01/2012-05/30/13 ($ 496,000)
2011 P. Decuzzi (PI) Rationally designed magnetic nanoconstructs for the imaging and hyperthermia of tumor cells and neovasculature. Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas 02/01/2011-01/31/2014 (ca $1,500,000)
2008 P. Decuzzi (co-PI and Project Leader) An Integrated Framework for Engineering Bio-Mimetic Adhesive Interface European Science Foundation EUROCORES Programme FANAS 09/01/2008 – 08/31/2011 (1,200,000 Euro)
2007 P. Decuzzi (co-PI) BioGEO-Understanding the Effect of Size and Shape in Biological Systems to Learn Fabricating Biomimetic Artifical Systems with Superior Properties US Department of Defense, 09/18/2007 – 04/17/2008 ($300,000)


IIT's website uses the following types of cookies: browsing/session, analytics, functional and third party cookies. Users can choose whether or not to accept the use of cookies and access the website. By clicking on "Further Information", the full information notice on the types of cookies will be displayed and you will be able to choose whether or not to accept them whilst browsing on the website
Further Information
Accept and close