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Stefano Pagliara

  • PhD
  • Senior Lecturer
  • University of Exeter, Living Systems Institute
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Research interests

viable but non culturable cellspersistersantibiotic resistancebiophysicsmicrofluidics


My research is currently focused on understanding how microbial cells interact with their environment both as a community and as individual cells. I use microfluidics-microscopy and develop bespoke microfluidic devices that enable to accurately control the microenvironment surrounding the cells and perform a series of functional assays on the very same individual cells. This allows me to shed light on the physiology of rare subpopulations of cells that are generally hidden in ensemble measurements on clonal populations. In this respect I am particularly interested in antibiotic tolerant cells such as bacterial persisters and viable but not culturable cells that are able to survive the antibiotic challenge posing a serious threat to human health. I am currently using microfluidic-microscopy, colony forming unit assays, flow cytometry, real-time PCR and RNA sequencing to unravel the effect of the nutritional status on the formation of antibiotic tolerant cells in the model organism Escherichia coli.

Co-authors (99)

Publications (5)

  • Real-time deformability cytometry: On-the-fly cell mechanical phenotyping

    • Otto O
    • Rosendahl P
    • Mietke A
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  • Auxetic nuclei in embryonic stem cells exiting pluripotency

    • Pagliara S
    • Franze K
    • McClain C
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  • Viscoelastic Properties of Differentiating Blood Cells Are Fate- and Function-Dependent

    • Ekpenyong A
    • Whyte G
    • Chalut K
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  • Collagen-functionalised electrospun polymer fibers for bioengineering applications

    • Polini A
    • Pagliara S
    • Stabile R
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  • Patterning of light-emitting conjugated polymer nanofibres

    • Di Benedetto F
    • Camposeo A
    • Pagliara S
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Professional experience

Senior Lecturer

University of Exeter, Living Systems Institute

October 2016 - Present

Education history

National Nanotechnology Lboratory

University of Salento

March 2007 - March 2010(3 years)


University of salento

October 2004 - July 2006(2 years)


University of salento

September 2001 - July 2004(3 years)