Vito Foderà

Vito Foderà

Lektor, Professor

I am Professor of Biophysics at the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen, Denmark leading a highly interdisciplinary research team working at the interface between physics, biology and pharmaceutical sciences.

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Key Scientific Interests

  • Protein and peptide self-assembly
  • Stability of protein drug formulations
  • Sustainable smart materials for drug delivery
  • Biophysics of protein-membrane interactions
  • Advanced neutron and X-ray scattering for biomolecules

Aktuel forskning

We use tools derived from physics and chemistry to address the complexity of nano- and micro-scale systems of biological relevance. We love working with proteins and peptides with the aim of understanding the physics laws ruling their stability, self-assembly mechanisms, and interactions with both biological interfaces and other biomolecules. We aim at translating this fundamental knowledge into novel high-impact applications, with a main focus on creating advanced materials for nano-medicine and drug delivery, improving safety of protein drug formulations and understanding the etiology of protein-related neurodegenerative diseases.

To achieve our goals, we use theoretical frameworks in combination with experiments mainly based on UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron scattering and optical and electron microscopies. We work in close connection with both international collaborators in academia, large-scale facilities and national and international industrial entities.

Details on our research projects can be found here.


  • Samuel Lenton
  • Mai Bay Stie
  • Marco Polimeni

PhD students

  • Kleopatra Kalouta
  • Xuedan Sun
  • Inna Brakti
  • Giorgia Puleo
  • Filippo Vitale
  • Xuezhi Zhou
  • Gabriele Lo Buglio

Master students

  • Asmaa Mohamed
  • Haya Munzer Azrak
  • Sama Yalmaz Hassan
  • Ipak Arianpour
  • Ebru Kücükköse 
  • Mathilde Dyberg Skandov
  • Tobias Winckler-Carlsen


Selected Recent Funding

Villum Young Investigator Plus Award, 2023-2026, ~4 M DKK

Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Project, 2024-2025 ~2 M DKK

China Scholarship Council, PhD stipend,2022-2025, ~420,000 DKK

Novo Nordisk A/S  Industrial PhD 2022-2025 ~2 M DKK 

Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Project, 2021-2023 ~2 M DKK

Villum Young Investigator Award, 2018-2025, 8.6 M DKK 






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