Research Index

Eugenio Gaudio, rector of Sapienza University of Rome
We are pleased to present the first 2018 issue of “Sapienza Research Highlights.” It is the second issue of this new magazine dedicated to research, after our December 2017 “Number Zero.”
Anna Borghi, Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology
A team of Sapienza University of Rome and Italian National Research Council has published a study demonstrating the involvement of the motor system linked to speech production during abstract concepts processing
Raffaele Sardella, Department of Earth Sciences
Less agile than the cheetah, but powerful as a panther and with the weight of a lion: the peculiarities of the ancient feline emerged from the skull analysis performed with a particle accelerator
Giorgio Manzi, Department of Environmental Biology
A research performed by a composite team from various italian universities, suggests that the acquisition of the upright posture in our bipedal ancestors would have affected their dental occlusion
Tullio Scopigno, Department of Physics
Patent for a state-of-art microscope for biomedical applications and paper published by Nature Communications by a group of researchers from Sapienza University of Rome
Fabio Sciarrino, Department of Physics
A collective physics experiment has been conducted simultaneously in 11 laboratories all over the world, generating over 90 million bits and choosing unpredictably how to perform measurements in the laboratories
Mary Anne Tafuri, Department of Environmental Biology
Preserved at the Museum of Anthropology "G. Sergi" of Sapienza, the body of the warrior, who lacks the right hand, wrist and part of the forearm, is an important testimony to perfectly healed amputation and modern care practices
Francesco Cardona, Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
A study of Bambino Gesù Children Hospital - Agostino Gemelli University Policlinic - Sapienza University of Rome has established a link between paediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric infantile syndrome and intestinal bacteria (PANS)
Lucia Di Marcotullio, Department of Molecular Medicine
A new italian study has discovered and demonstrated how mutations affecting a protein, which acts as a tumorsuppressor for neuronal cells, can lead to the development of medulloblastoma
Roberto Pani, Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies
The application, which relies on the Sapienza GonioProbe patent, has been ranked in the top 9 short-listed by the Italian Patent Competition, the competition that rewards the best projects in the field of Life Science and Digital
Giuseppe Lupo, Department of Biology and Biotechnology “C. Darwin”
A research team at Sapienza University of Rome and the Babraham Institute in Cambridge has identified around 250 genes involved in brain aging. Among them, the Dbx2 gene may be responsible for the decreased proliferation of aged neural stem
Franco D'Agostino, Department Italian Institute of Oriental Studies
The First Excavation of a Harbor of the 3rd Millennium BC in Iraq by an Archaeological Mission of Sapienza
Fabrizio Frezza, Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications
A research team of Sapienza University of Rome has verified, through an innovative measurement setup, the high performance obtainable employing metamaterials absorbing T-rays
Luciano Iess, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Measurements of Jupiter’s gravity reveal that the winds of the gas giant extend to a depth of 3000 km
Beniamino Trombetta, Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin"
An international research team coordinated by Sapienza University of Rome used a high-throughput technology of DNA sequencing to reconstruct the evolution of the human species in the African continent
Simone Meloni, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
A research conducted by a team of Sapienza University of Rome designed the ideal texturing of superhydrophobic surfaces for innovative technological applications. The research has been recently published in ACS Nano
Margherita Mussi, Department of Ancient World Studies
The research is part of the field activities of Sapienza University of Rome, within the framework of Grandi Scavi di Ateneo, and is co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Fabio Santoni, Department of Astronautics, Electrical and Energetics Engineering
Kenya is ready to send its first satellite into orbit. The satellite Cubesat 1KUNS-PF, completed in less than one year, has been successfully handed over to the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) at the Tsukuba Space Center
Savino Di Lernia, Department of Ancient World Studies
The research published in Nature Plants by an italian team coordinated by Sapienza University of Rome, describes the exceptional discovery of sophisticated forms of cultivation wild cereals practiced about 10,000 years ago in Saharan Africa
Silvia Di Angelantonio, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology "Vittorio Erspamer"
The HoMoLoG project, born from a collaboration between Sapienza University of Rome and the Center for Life Nano Science of the IIT in Rome, was awarded with the Equal Opportunity Prize at the National Innovation Award
Eugenio Del Re, Department of Physics
A study published on Nature Communications led by researchers of Sapienza, ISC-CNR and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has observed a new phase for light propagation characterized by properties typical of the glassy state of matter
Eugenio Gaudio, rector of Sapienza University of Rome
Sapienza University of Rome is pleased to introduce the “number zero” issue of this new magazine dedicated to research, which presents a selection of the most notable results achieved by our university in all areas of inquiry.
Carlo Doglioni, Department of Earth Sciences
Seismic sequences in extensional areas are characterized, on average, by lower magnitudes, but last longer compared to those in compressional environments. The work has been published on Scientific Reports by Nature
Carlo Massimo Casciola, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
An engineers and materials scientists team worked towards developing new ways of storing energy in compact, reliable, and inexpensive devices using nanoporous materials
Antonio Musarò, Department of Anatomical, Histological, Locomotor and Legal Medicine Sciences
New insights have been added to the complicated puzzle of the pathologic mechanisms associated with neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, and aging
Giorgio Manzi, Department of Environmental Biology
The so-called “Ceprano man” is a single fossil skull cap of an ancient member of the genus Homo discovered in fragments in March 1994 near Ceprano, a town in the province of Frosinone, less than 100 kilometres southeast of Rome, Italy
Margherita Mussi, Department of Ancient World Studies
Archaeological research at Melka Kunture by a team of La Sapienza suggest a new hypothesis on human evolution: a discontinuous rather than continuous development, from the earliest Homo species onwards
Fabio Sciarrino, Department of Physics
The connection between two fundamental aspects of the quantum world, wave-particle duality and correlations at distance, has been observed for the first time in the same physical system
Luciano Iess, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The contribution of Sapienza University of Rome and the scientific results of a 20 years journey in space: from the exploration of the Saturn to the discovery of Titan seas
Raffaella Buzzetti, Department of Experimental Medicine
Researchers from Sapienza and Campus Bio-Medico Universities describe features, risk of complications and therapies of this disease. The paper has been published on the eminent journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology
Guido Valesini, Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Specialities
A research group at Sapienza University of Rome has conducted a study aimed at investigating whether the dietary salt intake may cause a pro-inflammatory phenotype in the cells of immune system from patients with with autoimmune diseases
Salvatore Aglioti, Department of Psychology
Researchers at Department of Psychology of Sapienza University and Santa Lucia Foundation assessed through the analysis of face temperature, the influence of emotional stimuli on the process of social inclusion and exclusion
Paolo Audisio, Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin"
Osmo-dog is the first example of detection dog used for non-invasive monitoring of the conservation status of Osmoderma eremita (the European hermit beetle), a species protected by the EU, and recognized marker of good environmental quality
Alfredo Coppa, Department of Environmental Biology
The exceptional study of an Italian team led by Sapienza University of Rome has been made possible by non-invasive techniques realized with synchrotron light in Trieste
Pierfilippo Cerretti, Department of Biology and Biotechnology 'Charles Darwin'
The discovery of a 17 million year-old fossil fly, which provides new insights into the evolution of true flies, was recently published in PLoS One by an international group led by Pierfilippo Cerretti (Sapienza)
Vittorio Loreto, Department of Physics
The model, developed by Sapienza as part of an international research team, can also be used to artificially create music tracks by avoiding plagiarism. The research is published in Scientific Reports
Sabrina Sabatini, Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin"
A research of the Sapienza University of Rome, developed a computational model that explains the biological mechanism underlying plant stem cell differentiation, applicable also to human cells. Results are published in PNAS
Roberto di Leonardo, Department of Physics
At the University Sapienza of Rome, a team of researchers has shown that genetically modified bacteria, expressing the protein proteorhodhopsin, can be used as tiny propellers in micromachines that are invisible to the human eye
Irene Giardina, Department of Physics
A joint team of Sapienza University of Rome and CNR analyzes the trajectories of swarms of midges and finds out that they obey dynamic scaling laws. Nature Physics has published the work
Ilaria Minio-Paluello, Department of Psychology
A research study led by researchers from Sapienza University of Rome, demonstrates for the first time experimentally that autistic individuals struggle to modulate their behaviour according to their role, in a online motor cooperation task
Giovanni Amelino-Camelia, Department of Physics
This is what physicists have done to reconcile two revolutionary theories of modern physics: general relativity, which explains large-scale gravitation, and quantum theory, which governs the behaviour of fufundamental microscopic particles
Laura Fanti, Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin"
A research group reinterpreted one of the most important hypotheses on the apparent inheritability of abnormal morphological characters acquired following environmental stresses
Laura Ottini, Department of Molecular Medicine
A new study by Sapienza Univerisity of Rome and the University of Cambridge, supported by AIRC, identified the factor modulating the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer in men with a particular genetic mutation
Laura Maggi, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology "Vittorio Erspamer"
An international research team coordinated by Sapienza and Istituto Superiore di Sanita’ demonstrates the impact of the environmental context on the effects of depression drug therapy
Paolo Pani, Department of Physics
A collaboration between Sapienza University of Rome and the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon shows that the putative detection of “gravitational-wave echoes” can provide hints of new physics beyond Einstein’s theory of gravity
Rosa Sorrentino, Department of Biology and Biotechnology “Charles Darwin"
A research team in Sapienza University in collaboration with other Institutions, has investigated the expression and the activity of two enzymes acting on RNA molecules (ADARs) in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Cristina Lemorini, Department of Ancient World Studies
A Sapienza Archaeological Research Team in collaboration with TAU, CENIEH and the University of Cambridge, has recently conducted a study on stone tools and animal bones found at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Qesem Cave in Israel
Mattia Crespi, Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering
A team of scientists from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has developed a new approach to assist in the ongoing development of timely tsunami detection systems
Anne Mary Tafuri, Department of Environmental Biology
What did the Fuegians eat to face the Antarctic cold? Despite only wearing simple fur coats, the Fuegians managed to resist and survive the rigid winters of the southern tip of South America with a diet rich in animal fats
Irene Bozzoni, Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin"
Circular RNAs are abundant in all organisms, including humans, but their role in the modulation of physiological processes are still unclear
Elisabetta Ferretti, Department of Experimental Medicine
A research team at the Sapienza University recently identified a new molecular mechanism involved in the control of cancer stem cells in adenocarcinoma of the lung, the most common type of lung cancer
Rita Mancini, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine
The results of a study published on the prestigious "Oncogene" scientific journal shed light on a new mechanism that permits lung cancer stem cells to spread
Paolo Mataloni, Department of Physics
What do a locomotive, a cheetah and Usain Bolt have in common? All three transform calories into movement or - as physicists refer to it - work
Ruocco Giancarlo, Department of Physics
A research team from Sapienza university and Italian Institute of Technology demonstrates that opaque optical fibers support transport of information through exceptionally transparent communication channels
Stefano Puglisi Allegra, Department of Psychology
An Italian study reports that the origins of Alzheimer's disease are not to be found in the area of the brain associated with memory, but are linked to the death of neurons in an area associated with mood disorders
Alessandro Laviano, Department of Clinical Medicine
The Department of Clinical Medicine participated in an international research project called "fast-mimicking diet" that induces positive metabolic effects on the aging process and the longevity of individuals
Michela Pacifici, Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin"
The paper ‘Species traits influenced their response to recent climate change’ has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change
Franco Meddi, Department of Physics
A team of Italian astronomers has observed the first millisecond pulsar able to emit periodic impulses of visible light
Giovanni Destro Bisol, Department of Environmental Biology
The study of isolated groups allows us to understand how environment, society and demographics have shaped the DNA of human groups
Guido Alessandri, Department of Psychology
This study demonstrates that there is absolutely no correlation between our names and personal self-esteem. A name has no special meaning for the individual.
Fabio Sciarrino, Department of Physics
A new study published by Nature Physics demonstrates unexpected quantum effects even in the simplest cause-effect scheme.The research was conducted by Quantum Lab research group from Sapienza and Universities of Natal and Rio de Janeiro
Mauro Majone, Department of Chemistry
The Sapienza Research Centre for Applied Sciences for the Safeguard of Environmental and Cultural Heritage (CIABC) will be coordinating European Project RES URBIS (REsources from URban Bio-Waste)