Research Profile

Walter Messina

Biography

Postdoctoral Researcher

January 2015 - Present

Tyndall National Institute, Republic of Ireland

PhD, UCC Chemistry Dept. 

Thesis:  Micro and Nanostructured Impedance Sensors for Biological and Biomedical Applications

01 October 2010 - 24 November 2014

University College Cork / Tyndall National Institute, Cork (Ireland)

Italian State Examination for Industrial Engineers

Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

February 2010

Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering

Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

16 March 2006 - 09 October 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering

Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

September 2002 - 13 March 2006

Research Interests

·         Microfluidic systems design and fabrication for capillary electrophoresis based on C4D (Capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection) technique

·         Detection of human tissues bioimpedance for differentiation between  cancerous and healthy tissues on silicon probes (breast cancer)

·         Fabrication of bioimpedance electrodes on the tip of commercially available needles to distinguish between different types of tissues (muscles, fat, blood vessels) and nerves for peripheral nerve block application

·         Supervision of PhD students (4) and master students (2)

·         Fabrication of electrodes for Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Spectroscopy (cytotoxicity monitoring) and electrochemical detection

·         Work Package 3.8 and 6 coordinator in "GIFT" Generic Integrated Forensic Toolbox for CBRN incidents, FP7-Security European project

·         Chemical Sensors development in "GIFT" Generic Integrated Forensic Toolbox for CBRN incidents, FP7-Security European project

·         Trainee in tissue culture laboratory (development of cell based biosensors)


Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'SEM and ECIS investigation of cells cultured on nanopillar modified interdigitated impedance electrodes for analysis of cell growth and cytotoxicity of potential anticancer drugs'
Walter Messina, Michelle Fitzgerald, Eric Moore (2016) 'SEM and ECIS investigation of cells cultured on nanopillar modified interdigitated impedance electrodes for analysis of cell growth and cytotoxicity of potential anticancer drugs'. Electroanalysis, Volume 28 (Issue 9):2188-2195 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'A novel CE microchip with micro pillars column & double-L injection design for Capacitance Coupled Contactless Conductivity detection technology'
Yineng Wang, Walter Messina, Xi Cao, Anna Hogan, Ed van Zalen, Eric Moore (2016) 'A novel CE microchip with micro pillars column & double-L injection design for Capacitance Coupled Contactless Conductivity detection technology' Journal of Physics: Conference Series, . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2014)8th International Conference on Sensing Technology, Sep. 2-4, 2014, Liverpool, UK
Lisa Helen, Walter Messina, Brian O’Donnell and Eric Moore (2014) Investigation of tissue bioimpedance using a macro-needle with a potential application in determination of needle-to-nerve proximity 8th International Conference on Sensing Technology, Sep. 2-4, 2014, Liverpool, UK [Details]
(2014)8th International Conference on Sensing Technology, Sep. 2-4, 2014, Liverpool, UK
Walter Messina, Michelle Fitzgerald, Una Crowley, Eric Moore (2014) Fabrication of gold nanopillars on gold interdigitated impedance electrodes for biological applications 8th International Conference on Sensing Technology, Sep. 2-4, 2014, Liverpool, UK http://s2is.org/ICST-2014/papers/1569963239.pdf, , pp.163-169 [Details]
(2011)2011 IEEE SENSORS
Moore, E;Paschero, A;Messina, W;McLoughlin, E (2011) Multi-parameter on-line cell health monitoring system 2011 IEEE SENSORS , pp.320-322 [Details]

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

- Microfabrication methods for the development of bioanalytical devices
- Biosensors technology

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