HELLO! I'M Beatriz.

Dr. Beatriz Santiago González is a Marie Curie COFUND Research Fellow at the Department of Nanophotonics, within the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics group. Her research revolves around the synthesis and experimental investigation of the optical properties of fluorescent colloidal nanomaterials for biomedical theranostics.



About Beatriz

Dr. Beatriz Santiago is a Research Fellow at Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics group in the Nanophotonics department. She has built a strong multidisciplinary background at the interface between chemistry, materials science and biomedicine. She obtained her MSc and PhD in Chemistry (2012) at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She then joined the Materials Science Department at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) as a postdoctoral researcher, where she was awarded in 2015 with an MIUR fellowship.

In 2017 she moved to Barcelona as a postdoctoral researcher at Bioengineering Institute of Technology (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain). Her research has resulted in publications in highly-ranked peer-reviewed international journals including Science, ACS Nano, Nano Lett., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Funct. Mater. and Sci. Rep. The goal of Dr. Santiago’s project is to obtain ultrasmall photoluminescent atomic metal quantum clusters as a new generation of advanced optical probes for disruptive innovations in super-resolution microscopy.




My research proposal aims at developing ultrasmall photoluminescent atomic metal quantum clusters as the new generation of advanced optical probes for super-resolution microscopy. To this purpose, I will combine properly-designed nanochemistry routes and surface engineered strategies for producing multicolour atomic metal clusters that will provide novel model systems for single molecule imaging. The strategy will focus at three important levels: synthesis, biocompatibility and preliminary cellular imaging, application in super-resolution microscopy. The research activity here proposed could realistically lead to living, multicolour, three-dimensional images with an even higher resolution – down to the molecular level – with applications in biology and nanotechnology. To this end, this proposal will employ a multidisciplinary approach whose strength resides in the combination of the complementary expertise of the experienced researcher –design of new probes - and the host institution - nanoscopy.