Published: 06-04-2022 12:48 | Updated: 07-04-2022 12:07

Erica Zeglio, new Team Leader at AIMES

Erica Zeglio is a new Team Leader at AIMES since 13 January 2022. She is a researcher in Herland Lab - welcome to the team Erica.

Eica Zeglio
Erica Zeglio, team Herland, AIMES. Photo: Private.

What did you do before starting at AIMES?

"I have a background in chemistry, with a master’s degree from Pavia University (Italy). I moved to Sweden for the first time in 2011 as an exchange student at Lund University focusing on bioinorganic chemistry. After finishing my master’s degree, I joined the group of Prof. Olle Inganäs in Linköping University, where I took the first steps into the world of organic electronics.

In 2016 I finished my Ph.D. and moved to Australia, where I started looking for funding to support myself as a postdoc. From 2017 to 2018, I was an associate research fellow at the University of Wollongong, working with fundamental questions related to the cochlear implant. In 2018 I joined the team of Dr. Mawad at UNSW (Sydney) as an International Postdoc Fellow to work on the biofunctionalization of organic electronic devices. In 2020, I returned to Sweden to join the group of Prof. Herland as a researcher. I am currently leading the “organic bioelectronics” team within Herland Lab at the division of nanobiotechnology at SciLife Lab. From 2021, I am a Marie Curie Fellow and member of Digital Futures at KTH to pursue research on biodegradable electronics", says Erica Zeglio.

What made you want to join AIMES? And what are you looking forward to the most?

"AIMES is a collaborative effort to promote interdisciplinary research across different levels: from basic education to academia and industry. During my career so far, I have crossed the imaginary line between disciplines twice: first from chemistry to applied physics and then to biology. As I acquired elements from different fields and applied them to my own research, I realized that such borders are indeed nothing else than a human invention. I think that every member of AIMES realized just the same as well as the great benefit of learning from each other. So, I am really looking forward to working with such an exceptional group of people towards abating those walls, sharing knowledge, and promoting cross-disciplinary science."

What is your research about?

"My research focuses on organic mixed ionic/electronic conductors for bioelectronics. My vision is to create a new generation of organic electronic materials that bring together device performance and sustainable design. Starting from the chemistry of the core components, my research integrates aspects of chemistry, device engineering, and biology to combine biodegradation with the functionalities needed for sensing or interfacing with biological systems (e.g., living cells). My work is very applied, and the devices are designed according to the final application, such as sensing or improving the recording capability of in vitro models".