Dr. S. (Sabina) Caneva
Dr. S. (Sabina) Caneva
Sabina Caneva is a tenure track Assistant Professor and Delft Technology Fellow in the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering at TU Delft. She is interested in bridging advances in instrumentation and nanofabrication with insights into biophysical phenomena at the smallest scale. Her group focuses on developing ultrasenstivie nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) to study fundamental questions and tackle challenges in nanobiology, including molecular diagnostics and size-selective biomolecular transport across cell membranes.
She currently leads the interdisciplinary BioNEMS team of 2 Postdocs, 3 PhD students and 3 Master students, with backgrounds in nanoscience, physics, optical engineering, electrical engineering and physical chemistry.
Keywords: 2D materials, single-molecule biophysics, nanodevices, acoustofluidics, fluorescence microscopy, DNA origami, quantum emitters.
Our group's current research is focused on two main themes
- Acousto-photonic nanofluidics - We are building novel single-molecule analysis platforms by combining advances in 2D material nanophotonics, nanopore technologies and acoustofluidics. We are particularly interested in understanding acoustic-structure effects and light-matter interactions at the nanoscale for single-molecule confinement, manipulation and detection.
- DNA origami nanoactuators - Using cutting-edge techniques such as DNA origami self-assembly, acoustic tweezers and fast-scan AFM imaging, we study the mechanics and dynamics of mechanically-adaptable nanopores for on-demand delivery of diagnostically relevant macromolecules in cells.
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Dr Caneva holds an Undergraduate-Masters degree in Materials Science from Oxford University and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. In 2016, she joined the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft as a postdoc between the Departments of Quantum Nanoscience and Bionanoscience, where she worked on molecular electronics and nanopore sensors.
Dr Caneva started her independent research group at the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering, TU Delft, in May 2020.
She acquired prestigious national and international funding, including a Marie Curie individual fellowship (2018, Project BioGraphING), a Delft Technology Fellowship (2020), an ENW-XS grant (2021, Project MechanoPore) and an ERC Starting Grant (2022).
For more information about our work and openings please visit the group website: https://www.canevalab.com/
35 challenges in materials science being tackled by PIs under 35(ish) in 2021
Brian Aguado / Laura J. Bray / Sabina Caneva / Juan Pablo Correa-Baena / Giuliana Di Martino / Chengcheng Fang / Yin Fang / Pascal Gehring / Gabriele Grosso / More Authors
A Mechanically Tunable Quantum Dot in a Graphene Break Junction
Sabina Caneva / Matthijs Hermans / Martin Lee / Amador García-Fuente / Kenji Watanabe / Takashi Taniguchi / Cees Dekker / Jaime Ferrer / Herre S.J. Van Der Zant / Pascal Gehring
Massively parallel fabrication of crack-defined gold break junctions featuring sub-3 nm gaps for molecular devices
Valentin Dubois / Shyamprasad N. Raja / Pascal Gehring / Sabina Caneva / Herre S.J. van der Zant / Frank Niklaus / Göran Stemme
Mechanically controlled quantum interference in graphene break junctions
Sabina Caneva / Pascal Gehring / Víctor M. García-Suárez / Amador García-Fuente / Davide Stefani / Ignacio J. Olavarria-Contreras / Jaime Ferrer / Cees Dekker / Herre S.J. van der Zant
Delft Technology Fellowship
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF)
Prize for best Contributed Talk at the “Solid State to BioPhysics” conference
Second Prize at the ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards for best PhD thesis
EUREC award: European Master’s project prize
2022-12-13 - 2023-12-13