Manola Moretti, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows

Research Interests

​Dr. Moretti's main field of research is the characterization of biolgical samples by means of AFM imaging, Raman spectroscopy, AFM force spectroscopy and TERS spectroscopy, starting from DNA, protein, to living cells. The ultimate objective of her work is to achieve nanometer resolution chemical information by Raman spectroscopy coupled with AFM imaging.

Selected Publications

Confined laminar flow on a super-hydrophobic surface drives the initial stages of tau protein aggregation. Microelectronic engineering 
M. Moretti, M. Allione, M. Marini, A. Giugni, B. Torre, G. Das, and E. Di Fabrizio Proceedings of Micro-Nano Engineering International Conference, 18-22 Sept. 2017, Braga, Portugal

Raman study of lysozyme amyloid fibrils suspended on super-hydrophobic surfaces by shear flow. Microelectronic engineering 
M. Moretti, M. Allione, M. Marini, B. Torre, G. Das, and E. Di Fabrizio 
Proceedings of Micro-Nano Engineering International Conference, 19-23 Sept. 2016, Vienna, Austria, Vol. 178, pp. 194–198

Graphene: A building foundation for efficient plasmonic SERS device 
Das, G., Moretti, M., Torre, B., Allione, M., Giugni, A., Fabrizio, E.D. 
Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry 2017, 06 (01)

Imaging and structural studies of DNA–protein complexes and membrane ion channels 
Marini, M., T. Limongi, A. Falqui, A. Genovese, M. Allione, M. Moretti, S. Lopatin, L. Tirinato, G. Das, B. Torre, A. Giugni, F. Cesca, F. Benfenati, E. Di Fabrizio Nanoscale, (2017), vol. 9(8), pp. 2768-2777

Tip enhanced raman spectroscopy of rhodamine 6G on nanostructured gold substrate 
Moretti, M., G. Das, B. Torre, M. Allione, and E. Di Fabrizio
Optics and Lasers in Engineering, (2016), vol.76, pp. 52-56

The structure of DNA by direct imaging 
M. Marini, A. Falqui, M. Moretti, T. Limongi, M. Allione, A. Genovese, S. Lopatin, L. Tirinato, G. Das, B. Torre, A. Giugni, F. Gentile, P. Candeloro, and E. Di Fabrizio 
Science Advances. Vol. 1, No.7, (2015)

Visualization of single proteins from stripped native cell membranes: a protocol for high- resolution atomic force microscopy
C. Marasini, E. Jacchetti, M. Moretti, C. Canale, O. Moran and M. Vassalli 
Microscopy Research and Technique, (2013), vol. 76, (no.7), pp. 723-732

Reflection-mode TERS on insulin amyloid fibrils with top-visual AFM probes 
M. Moretti, R. Proietti Zaccaria, E. Descrovi, G. Das, M. Leoncini, C. Liberale, F. De Angelis, and E. Di Fabrizio
Plasmonics (2013), vol. 8, (no. 1), pp. 25-33

Direct Imaging of DNA Fibers: The Visage of Double Helix 
F. Gentile, M. Moretti, T. Limongi, A. Falqui, G. Bertoni, A. Scarpellini, S. Santoriello, L. Maragliano, R. Proietti Zaccaria and E. Di Fabrizio
Nano Letters (2012), vol. 12, (no. 12), pp. 6453-8

Breaking the diffusion limit with super-hydrophobic delivery of molecules to plasmonic nanofocusing SERS structures
F. De Angelis, F. Gentile, F. Mecarini, G. Das, M. Moretti, P. Candeloro, M.L. Coluccio, G. Cojoc, A. Accardo, C. Liberale, R. Zaccaria Proietti, G. Perroziello, G. Cuda, R. Cingolani and E. Di Fabrizio
Nature Photonics (2011), vol. 5, pp. 682-687


  • Ph.D., Nanotechnology, University of Trieste, Italy, 2008​​
  • M.Sc., Biotechnology, Udine, Italy, 2002​
  • B.Sc., Agriculture, Udine, Italy, 2000

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-presnt: Postdoctoral Fellow: Laboratory of Nanomedicine, BESE, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014- 2019: Postodoctoral fellow, SMILEs Laboratory, PSE, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2014: Postodoctoral Fellow: IIT, Genova, Italy
  • 2009-2011: Visiting scientist: Molecular Foundry, LBNL, Berkeley, California, USA
  • 2008-2009: Postdoctoral Fellow: CalMed SRL, Catanzaro, Italy​