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Dr Pietro Cicuta

Primary publications

    1. Alex J. Crick, Michel Theron, Teresa Tiffert, Virgilio L. Lew, Pietro Cicuta, Julian C. Rayner
      Quantitation of Malaria Parasite-Erythrocyte Cell-Cell Interactions Using Optical Tweezers
      Biophysical Journal 107, 846853 (2014)

    2. Luigi Feriani, Luigi Cristofolini and Pietro Cicuta
      Soft pinning of liquid domains on topographical hemispherical caps
      Chem. Phys. Lipids (2014)

    3. Matthew A. A. Grant, Bartlomiej Waclaw, Rosalind J. Allen and Pietro Cicuta
      The role of mechanical forces in the planar-to-bulk transition in growing Escherichia coli microcolonies
      J. Roy. Soc.: Interface 11, 20140400 (2014)

    4. Avelino Javer, Nathan Kuwada, Zhicheng Long, Vincenzo Benza, Kevin Dorfman, Paul Wiggins, Pietro Cicuta and Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino
      Persistent super-diffusive motion of Escherichia coli chromosomal loci
      Nature Communications 5, 3854 (2014)

    5. Si Ming Man, Lee Hopkins, Eileen Nugent, Susan Cox, Ivo Glck, Panagiotis Tourlomousis, John A. Wright, Pietro Cicuta, Tom P Monie and Clare E Bryant
      Inflammasome activation causes dual recruitment of NLRC4 and NLRP3 to the same macro-molecular complex
      Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 111, 7403 (2014)

    6. Vivek V. Thacker, Krystyna Bromek, Benoit Meijer, Jurij Kotar, Bianca Sclavi, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino, Ulrich F. Keyser and Pietro Cicuta
      Bacterial nucleoid structure probed by active drag and resistive pulse sensing
      Integrative Biology 6, 184 (2014)

    7. Matthew A.A. Grant, Elena Kazamia, Pietro Cicuta, Alison G. Smith
      Direct exchange of vitamin B12 is demonstrated by modelling the growth dynamics of algal-bacterial cocultures
      ISME J. 8, 14181427 (2014)

    8. Jurij Kotar, Luke Debono, Nicolas Bruot, Stuart Box, David Phillips, Stephen Simpson, Simon Hanna and Pietro Cicuta
      Optimal hydrodynamic synchronization of colloidal rotors
      Physical Review Letters 111, 228103 (2013)

    9. Sebastian Knoche, Dominic Vella, Elodie Aumaitre, Patrick Degen, Heinz Rehage, Pietro Cicuta and Jan Kierfeld
      Elastometry of Deflated Capsules: Elastic Moduli from Shape and Wrinkle Analysis
      Langmuir 29, 1246312471 (2013)

    10. Debjani Paul *, Sarra Achouri *, Young-Zoon Yoon, Jurgen Herre, Clare E. Bryant and Pietro Cicuta
      Phagocytosis dynamics depends on target shape
      Biophysical Journal 105, 11431150 (2013)

    11. Nicolas Bruot and Pietro Cicuta
      Emergence of polar order and cooperativity in hydrodynamically coupled model cilia
      J. R. Soc.: Interface 10, 20130571 (2013)

    12. Avelino Javer*, Zhicheng Long*, Eileen Nugent, Marco Grisi, Kamin Siriwatwetchakul, Kevin D. Dorfman, Pietro Cicuta, and Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino
      Short-time loci displacement unveils E. coli chromosome organization
      Nature Communications 4, 3003 (2013)
      doi: 10.1038/ncomms3003

    13. Elodie Aumaitre, Sebastian Knoche, Pietro Cicuta, Dominic Vella
      Wrinkling in the deflation of elastic bubbles
      European Physical Journal E 36, 22 (2013)
      doi: 10.1140/epje/i2013-13022-3 (2013)

    14. Alex Crick, Teresa Tiffert, Sheel Shah, Jurij Kotar, Virgilio L. Lew and Pietro Cicuta
      An automated live imaging platform for studying merozoite egress-invasion in malaria cultures
      Biophysical Journal 104, 997-1005 (2013)
    15. This work discussed in CavMag: Link
      and Research Horizons: Link

    16. Zhicheng Long, Eileen Nugent, Avelino Javer, Pietro Cicuta, Bianca Sclavi, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino and Kevin D. Dorfman
      Microfluidic chemostat for measuring single cell dynamics in bacteria
      Lab on a Chip 13, 947-954 (2013)
    17. Simon Wongsuwarn, Yan Ji, Pietro Cicuta and Eugene M. Terentjev
      Fast and reversible microscale formation of columns in carbon nanotube suspensions
      Soft Matter 9, 235-240 (2013)
    18. Nicolas Bruot, Jurij Kotar, Filippo de Lillo, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino and Pietro Cicuta
      Driving potential and noise level determine the synchronization state of hydrodynamically coupled oscillators
      Physical Review Letters 109, 164103 (2012)
    19. Romain Lhermerout, Nicolas Bruot, Giovanni M. Cicuta, Jurij Kotar and Pietro Cicuta
      Collective synchronization states in arrays of driven colloidal oscillators
      New Journal of Physics 14, 105023 (2012)
    20. Loc Damet, Giovanni M. Cicuta, Jurij Kotar, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino and Pietro Cicuta
      Hydrodynamically synchronized states in active colloidal arrays
      Soft Matter 8, 8672-8678 (2012)
    21. Vincenzo G. Benza, Bruno Bassetti, Kevin D. Dorfman, Vittore F. Scolari, Krystyna Bromek, Pietro Cicuta and Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino
      Physical descriptions of the bacterial nucleoid at large scales, and their biological implications
      Rep. Prog. Phys. 75, 076602 (2012)
    22. Julia R. Gog, Alicia Murcia, Natan Osterman, Olivier Restif, Trevelyan J. McKinley, Mark Sheppard, Sarra Achouri, Bin Wei, Pietro Mastroeni, James L. N. Wood, Duncan J. Maskell, Pietro Cicuta and Clare E. Bryant
      Dynamics of Salmonella infection of macrophages at the single cell level
      J. R. Soc.: Interface 9, 2696-707 (2012)
    23. Simon Wongsuwarn, Daniele Vigolo, Roberto Cerbino, Andrew M. Howe, Alberto Vailati, Roberto Piazza and Pietro Cicuta
      Giant thermophoresis of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel particles
      Soft Matter 8, 5857-5863 (2012)
    24. Himantha Cooray, Pietro Cicuta and Dominic Vella
      The capillary interaction between two vertical cylinders
      J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 24, 284104 (2012)
    25. Davide Orsi, Giacomo Baldi, Pietro Cicuta and Luigi Cristofolini
      On the relation between hierarchical morphology and mechanical properties of a colloidal 2D gel system
      Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 413, 7177 (2012)
    26. Elodie Aumaitre, Simon Wongsuwarn, Damiano Rossetti, Nicholas D. Hedges, Andrew R. Cox, Dominic Vella and Pietro Cicuta
      A viscoelastic regime in dilute hydrophobin monolayers
      Soft Matter 8, 1175 (2012)
    27. Giovanni M. Cicuta, Enrico Onofri, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino and Pietro Cicuta
      Patterns of synchronization in the hydrodynamic coupling of active colloids
      Phys. Rev. E 85, 016203 (2012)
    28. Nicolas Bruot, Loc Damet, Jurij Kotar, Pietro Cicuta and Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino
      Noise and Synchronization of a Single Active Colloid
      Physical Review Letters 107, 094101 (2011)
    29. Aidan T. Brown, Jurij Kotar and Pietro Cicuta
      Active rheology of phospholipid vesicles
      Phys. Rev. E 84, 021930 (2011)
    30. Wolfgang-Andreas Bauer, Jurij Kotar, Pietro Cicuta, Robert Woodward, Jonathan Weaver and Wilhelm T. S. Huck
      Microfluidic production of monodisperse functional o/w droplets and study of their reversible pH dependent aggregation behavior
      Soft Matter 7, 4214 (2011)
    31. Elodie Aumaitre, Dominic Vella and Pietro Cicuta
      On the measurement of the surface pressure in Langmuir films with finite shear elasticity
      Soft Matter 7, 2530 (2011)
    32. Young Zoon Yoon, Jurij Kotar, Aidan T. Brown and Pietro Cicuta
      Red blood cell dynamics: from spontaneous fluctuations to non-linear response
      Soft Matter 7, 2042 (2011)
    33. Jakob M. A. Mauritz, Alessandro Esposito, Teresa Tiffert, Jeremy N. Skepper, Alice Warley, Young-Zoon Yoon, Pietro Cicuta, Virgilio L. Lew, Jochen R. Guck and Clemens F. Kaminski
      Biophotonic techniques for the study of malaria-infected red blood cells
      Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 48, 1055-1063 (2010)
    34. Natan Osterman, Jurij Kotar, Eugene M. Terentjev and Pietro Cicuta
      Relaxation kinetics of stretched disclination lines in a nematic liquid crystal
      Phys. Rev. E 81, 061701 (2010)
    35. Giovanni M. Cicuta, Jurij Kotar, Aidan T. Brown, Ji-Ho Noh and Pietro Cicuta
      Hydrodynamic coupling in polygonal arrays of colloids: Experimental and analytical results
      Phys. Rev. E 81, 051403 (2010)
    36. Jurij Kotar, Marco Leoni, Bruno Bassetti, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino and Pietro Cicuta
      Hydrodynamic synchronization of colloidal oscillators
      Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 107, 7669-7673 (2010)
      see also Supplementary Material: Link
    37. Anuphon Laohavisit, Aidan T. Brown, Pietro Cicuta and Julia M. Davies
      Annexins: Components of the Calcium and Reactive Oxygen Signaling Network
      Plant Physiology 152, 18241829 (2010)
    38. Young-Zoon Yoon and Pietro Cicuta
      Optical trapping of colloidal particles and cells by focused evanescent fields using conical lenses
      Optics Express 18, 7076 (2010)
    39. Young-Zoon Yoon, John P Hale, Peter G Petrov and Pietro Cicuta
      Mechanical properties of ternary lipid membranes near a liquidliquid phase separation boundary
      J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22, 062101 (2010)
      see also Supplementary Material: Link
      highlighted in IoP labtalk: Link
    40. M. Leoni, B. Bassetti, J. Kotar, P. Cicuta and M. Cosentino Lagomarsino
      Minimal two-sphere model of the generation of fluid flow at low Reynolds numbers
      Phys. Rev. E 81, 036304 (2010)
    41. Young-Zoon Yoon, Ha Hong, Aidan Brown, Dong Chung Kim, Dae Joon Kang, Virgilio L. Lew, and Pietro Cicuta
      Flickering Analysis of Erythrocyte Mechanical Properties: Dependence on Oxygenation Level, Cell Shape, and Hydration Level
      Biophysical Journal 97, 16061615 (2009)
    42. Elisabetta Spigone, Gil-Young Cho, Gerald G. Fuller, and Pietro Cicuta
      Surface Rheology of a Polymer Monolayer: Effects of Polymer Chain Length and Compression Rate
      Langmuir 25, 74577464 (2009)
    43. Dominic Vella and Pietro Cicuta
      Granular character of particle rafts
      Physical Review Letters 102, 138302 (2009)
    44. Marco Leoni, Jurij Kotar, Bruno Bassetti, Pietro Cicuta and Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino
      A basic swimmer at low Reynolds number
      Soft Matter 5, 472 - 476 (2009), DOI: 10.1039/b812393d
    45. Sarah Veatch, Pietro Cicuta, Prabuddha Sengupta, Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, David Holowka and Barbara Baird
      Critical Fluctuations in Plasma Membrane Vesicles
      ACS Chemical Biology 3, 287 (2008)
    46. Young-Zoon Yoon, Jurij Kotar, Gilwon Yoon and Pietro Cicuta
      Non-linear mechanical response of the Red Blood Cell
      Physical Biology 5, 036007 (2008)
    47. Aurelia R. Honerkamp-Smith, Pietro Cicuta, Marcus D. Collins, Sarah L. Veatch, Marcel den Nijs, M. Schick and Sarah L. Keller
      Line tensions, correlation lengths, and critical exponents in lipid membranes near critical points
      Biophysical Journal 95, 236246 (2008)
    48. P. Cicuta and A. M. Donald
      Microrheology: a review of the method and applications
      Soft Matter 3, 14491455 (2007)
    49. P. Cicuta, S.L. Keller and S.L. Veatch
      Diffusion of Liquid Domains in Lipid Bilayer Membranes
      J. Phys. Chem. B 111, 3328-3331 (2007)
    50. P. Cicuta
      Compression and shear surface rheology in spread layers of beta-casein and beta-lactoglobulin
      J. Coll. Interface Sci. 308, 93-99 (2007)
    51. T.A.M. Ferenczi and P. Cicuta
      Shear and compression viscoelasticity in polymer monolayers
      J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 17, 3445-3453 (2005)
    52. P. Cicuta and E. M. Terentjev
      Viscoelasticity of a protein monolayer from anisotropic surface pressure measurements
      European Physical Journal E. 16, 147-158 (2005)
    53. P. Cicuta and I. Hopkinson
      Scaling of dynamics in 2d semi-dilute polymer solutions
      Europhysics Letters 68, 65-71 (2004)
    54. P. Cicuta, A. R. Tajbakhsh and E. M. Terentjev
      Photonic gaps in cholesteric elastomers under deformation
      Phys. Rev. E 70, 011703 (2004)
    55. P. Cicuta and I. Hopkinson
      Recent developments of surface light scattering as a tool for optical-rheology of polymer monolayers
      Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 233, 97107 (2004)
    56. P. Cicuta, E.J.Stancik and G.G.Fuller
      Shearing or Compressing a Soft Glass in 2D: Time-concentration superposition
      Physical Review Letters 90, 236101 (2003)
    57. L. Cristofolini, P. Cicuta and M.P. Fontana
      Looking for the glass transition in a single molecular layer on the water surface
      J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 15, S1031 (2003)
    58. Pietro Cicuta and Ian Hopkinson
      Dynamic light scattering from colloidal fractal monolayers
      Phys. Rev. E 65, 041404 (2002)
    59. Pietro Cicuta, A.R. Tajbakhsh and Eugene M. Terentjev
      Evolution of photonic structure on deformation of cholesteric elastomers
      Phys. Rev. E 65, 051704 (2002)
    60. Pietro Cicuta, Ian Hopkinson and Peter G. Petrov
      Photocontrol of Protein Conformation in a Langmuir Monolayer
      J. Chem. Phys. 115, 9991 (2001)
    61. Pietro Cicuta and Ian Hopkinson
      Studies of a weak polyampholyte at the air-buffer interface: The effect of varying pH and ionic strength
      J. Chem. Phys. 114, 8659 (2001)
    62. Pietro Cicuta, Alberto Vailati and Marzio Giglio
      Capillary to bulk crossover of nonequilibrium fluctuations in the free diffusion of a near--critical binary liquid mixture
      Applied Optics 40, 4140 (2001)
    63. Pietro Cicuta, Alberto Vailati and Marzio Giglio
      Equilibrium and nonequilibrium fluctuations at the interface between two fluid phases
      Phys. Rev. E 62, 4920 (2000)


  • P.Cicuta
    Critical Fluctuations in Lipid Mixtures
    entry in the Encyclopedia of Biophysics, Springer, pp 387-390, 2013
  • P.Cicuta
    Tackling Malaria
    CavMag (Cavendish Laboratory Newsletter), July 2012
  • P.Cicuta
    various lectures at undergraduate level within the
    Institute of Physics' (IoP) project on Biological Physics, (2011)
  • P.Cicuta
    Measuring cells with light
    Physics Review (a Physics journal aimed at high school students), April 2010
  • P.Cicuta
    Rheology of bi-dimensional systems. Part I: Examples of interfacial films and rheometers
    Panta Rei (bulletin of the Italian Society of Rheology), vol. 4 (2005)
  • P.Cicuta
    Rheology of bi-dimensional systems. Part II: Rheology of protein and polymer layers.
    Panta Rei (bulletin of the Italian Society of Rheology), vol. 5 (2006)