Associate Professor, Professor
Universitetsparken 2, 2100 København Ø
I am Associate Professor in Biophysics at the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen, Denmark leading a highly interdisciplinary research team working at the interface between physics, biology and pharmaceutical sciences.
Team website: http://www.vitofodera.com/
Key Scientific Interests
- Protein and peptide self-assembly
- Stability of protein drug formulations
- Sustainable smart materials for drug delivery
- Biophysics of protein-membrane interactions
- Advanced neutron and X-ray scattering for biomolecules
We use tools derived from physics and chemistry to address the complexity of nano- and micro-scale systems of biological relevance. We love working with proteins and peptides with the aim of understanding the physics laws ruling their stability, self-assembly mechanisms, and interactions with both biological interfaces and other biomolecules. We aim at translating this fundamental knowledge into novel high-impact applications, with a main focus on creating advanced materials for nano-medicine and drug delivery, improving safety of protein drug formulations and understanding the etiology of protein-related neurodegenerative diseases.
To achieve our goals, we use theoretical frameworks in combination with experiments mainly based on UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron scattering and optical and electron microscopies. We work in close connection with both international collaborators in academia, large-scale facilities and national and international industrial entities.
Details on our research projects can be found here.
Selected Recent Funding
Villum Young Investigator Plus Award, 2023-2026, ~4 M DKK
Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Project, 2024-2025 ~2 M DKK
China Scholarship Council, PhD stipend,2022-2025, ~420,000 DKK
Novo Nordisk A/S Industrial PhD 2022-2025 ~2 M DKK
Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Project, 2021-2023 ~2 M DKK
Villum Young Investigator Award, 2018-2025, 8.6 M DKK