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Department of Internal Medicine

Lorenzo Berti, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Lorenzo  Berti

Clinical Interests

My research is in the field of nanoscience and specifically in exploring the interactions between inorganic nanomaterials and biomolecules. By taking advantage of synthetic chemistry, bioconjugation and other biomolecular tools I am attempting to create new bionanomaterials with advanced properties.

My goal is to develop new synthetic strategies for creating multi-functional nanoparticles and to gain a better understanding on how nanomaterials interact with biomolecules. The methods and knowledge acquired through this research will possibly lead to next-generation diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches for cancer and other diseases.


Assistant Research Chemist


Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology


UC Davis Cancer Center

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Ph.D., University of Bologna, Bologna, 2000
B.S., University of Bologna, Bologna, 1995

Professional Memberships:

American Chemical Society

Select Recent Publications:

Berti, L., D'Agostino, P.S., Boeneman, K., Medintz, LL. Improved Peptidyl Linkers for Self-Assembling Semiconductor Quantum Dot Bioconjugates, (2009), Nano Res. , 2, 121-129.

Berti, L., Medintz, LL., Alessandrini, A., Facci, P. A one-pot functionalization strategy for immobilization of proteins onto a linear DNA scaffold, (2009), Nanotechnology, 20, 235101.

Alessandrini, A., Berti, L., Gazzadi, G.C., Facci, P. Imparting chemical specificity to nanometer-spaced electrodes, (2008), Nanotechnology, 19, 355303.

Berti, L., Burley, G.A, Nucleic Acid and Nucleotide-Mediated Synthesis of Inorganic Nanoparticles, (2008), Nature Nanotech., 3, 81-87.

Berti, L., Alessandrini, A., Bellesia, M., Facci, P. Fine-Tuning Nanoparticle Size by Oligo(guanine)n Templated Synthesis of CdS: an AFM study, (2007), Langmuir, 23, 10891-10892.

Medintz, LL., Berti, L., Pons, T., Grimes, A.F., English, D.S., Alessandrini, A., Facci, P., Mattoussi, H. A Reactive Peptidic Linker for Self-Assembling Hybrid Quantum Dot-DNA Bioconjugates, (2007), Nano Lett. , 7, 1741-1748.

Berti, L., Alessandrini, A., Menozzi, C., Facci, P. Controlled DNATemplated Metal Deposition: Towards Ultra-Thin Nanowires (2006), J. Nanosci. Nanotech. , 6, 2382-2385.

Berti, L., Alessandrini, A., Facci, P., DNA-templated photoinduced silver deposition, (2005), J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127, 11216-11217.

Berti, L., Xie, J., Medintz, L.L, Glazer, A.N. and Mathies, R.A., Energy-Transfer Cassettes for Facile Labeling of Sequencing and peR Primers, (2001), Anal. Biochemistry, 292, 188-197.