22 March, 2017
Silvia Giordani, speaker at AMN8 Queenstown, works on nanoparticles and their medical applications.
For Italian scientist Silvia Giordani, the battle against cancer cells takes place at a scale 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. A guest at February’s AMN8 conference in Queenstown, she talks to Charles Anderson
Onions and tubes. It was almost a decade ago that Silvia Giordani started thinking seriously about the difference between them. Because shape matters when you are working at a scale 50,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair.
For years Giordani had worked on understanding how materials of this proportion could have some practical function for the medical world. She had come to nanoscience through the study of biology as an undergraduate, chemistry as a doctoral student and then physics during a postdoctoral fellowship. It was this grounding in that prepared her well. Nanoscience, which operates at a size that is a billionth of a metre, traverses all these fields of study...