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Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry

Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche e Ambientali (DiSTeBA)
Universitŕ del Salento
Campus Ecotekne, S. P. 6 Lecce-Monteroni
73100 Lecce, ITALY

Tel.: +39.0832.298709; Fax: +39.0832.298732
e-mail: pasquale.stano @

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Chimica Organica per Biotecnologie (8 CFU)

Chimica Organica per Viticoltura-Enologia (6 CFU)

Chimica Bio-Organica per Biotecnologie (Magistrale) (3CFU)

Short CV

Pasquale Stano studied chemistry at the University of Pisa, Italy. In his thesis, done under the supervision of Prof. Mauro Isola, he worked on the design and synthesis of heterotopic Schiff base ligands and their nickel and copper supramolecular complexes, and studied the kinetics of trans-imination on these compounds.

He joined the Pier Luigi Luisi group in Zürich in February 2002, working on the liposomal drug delivery (of camptothecin derivatives, in collaboration with Sigma-Tau, Pomezia, IT).
In 2004 he moved to the Dept. of Biology of the University of Roma Tre (Rome, Italy), where he has been involved in the Luisi's research dealing with semi-synthetic "minimal cells". This research has included several national and international projects like the "Minimal Cell" project (Junion Grants at the "Enrico Fermi" Centre), the PRIN 2008FY7RJ4, and EU FP6 project "Synthcells", and the HFSP project Nr. RGP0033/2007-C). He currently promotes the bottom-up approach in synthetic biology, origin of life research, and systems chemistry.

Pasquale Stano co-edited the book The Minimal Cell (Springer, 2011), and acted as guest editor for a number of special issues:

He is in the Editorial Board of:

and serves as Review Editor for:

Active Membership: International Liposome Society.

Past Membership: Italian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics (SIBPA), the American Chemical Society, and the Artificial Life Society.

Author of about 150 works - among original papers, book chapters, proceeding papers, he collaborates with several journals as referee, as he has reviewed about 340 manuscripts and several international research projects in his fields of expertise. Pasquale Stano presented his work in 73 conferences.

National Scientific Abilitation (ASN) as "Professore Associato" in Organic Chemistry (03/C1) and Biochemistry (05/E1) in December 2013 and June 2014, respectively.

Previous teaching activities were at the Science Department of RomaTre University (Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Module II: spectroscopy methods in biochemistry), from AA 2004-05 to AA 2010-11); at the Chemistry Department of Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Physical Chemistry of Colloids (Module II: lipid vesicles: preparation, properties and applications); from AA 2008-09 to AA 2010-11); and a Master in Nanotechnology organized by the ICN-Venice in 2009 (Liposomes in Basic and Applied Science)


000. Gasperi, T.; Tortora, C.; Miceli, M.; Steiniger, F.; Walde, P.; Stano, P.
Organocatalytic stereoselective epoxidation of α-alkylidene oxindoles using α,α-diphenylprolinol in liposome membrane.
Accepted article

000. Rampioni, G.; Leoni, L.; Stano, P.
Molecular Communications in the Context of "Synthetic Cells" Research
IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience

000. Dimova, R.; Stano, P.; Marques, C. M.; Walde, P.
Preparation methods for giant unilamellar vesicles (Chapter 1)
In: The Giant Vesicle Book, 2019, CRC Press
Book webpage


153. Rampioni, G.; D'Angelo, F.; Leoni, L.; Stano, P.
Gene-expressing liposomes as synthetic cells for molecular communication studies
Frontiers Bioengineering Biotechnology (Synthetic Biology) 2019, 7, 1

152. Stano, P.
Is research on "synthetic cells" moving to the next level?
MDPI Life 2019, 9, 3

151. Damiano, L.; Stano, P.
Synthetic Biology and Artificial Intelligence. Grounding a cross-disciplinary approach to the synthetic exploration of (embodied) cognition.
Complex Systems 2018, 27, 199-228.

150. Damiano, L.; Kuruma, Y.; Stano, P.
Synthetic Biology and Artificial Intelligence: Towards Cross-Fertilization.
Complex Systems 2018, 27(3), i-vii.

149. L. Damiano, Y. Kuruma, P. Stano (Eds.)
Selected papers from the Satellite Workshop of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2017) on What Can Synthetic Biology Offer to Artificial Intelligence?
Complex Systems 2018, 27, Issue 3. Pp. i-vii, 199-313.

148. Carrara, P.; Altamura, E.; D'Angelo, F.; Mavelli, F.; Stano, P.
Measurement and numerical modeling of cell-free protein synthesis: combinatorial block-variants of the PURE system.
MDPI Data 2018, 3, 41.

147. Di Masi, A.; Leboffe, L.; Polticelli, F.; Tonon, F.; Zennaro, C.; Caterino, M.; Stano, P.; Fischer, S.; Hägele, M.; Müller, M.; Kleger, A.; Papatheodorou, P.; Nocca, G.; Arcovito, A.; Gori, A.; Ruoppolo, M.; Barth, H.; Petrosillo, N.; Ascenzi, P.; Di Bella, S.
Human serum albumin is an essential component of the host defense mechanism against Clostridium difficile intoxication.
Journal of Infectious Diseases 2018, 218, 1424-1435.

146. Altamura, E.; Carrara, P.; D'Angelo, F.; Mavelli, F.; Stano, P.
Extrinsic stochastic factors (solute partition) in gene expression inside lipid vesicles and lipid-stabilized water-in-oil droplets: a review.
Synthetic Biology (OUP) 2018, 3, ysy011.

145. Rampioni, G.; Leoni, L.; Mavelli, F.; Damiano, L.; Stano, P.
Interfacing synthetic cells with biological cells: An application of the synthetic method.
In: Artificial Life 2018. Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2018. A Hybrid of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) and the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALife); Tokyo, July 23-27, 2018; T. Ikegami, N. Virgo, O. Witkowski, M. Oka, R. Suzuki, H. Iizuka (Eds.), MIT Press, 2018, pp. 145-146.

144. D'Agostino, S.; Della Monica, C.; Palizzi, E.; Di Pietrantonio, F.; Benetti, M.; Cannatŕ, D.; Cavagnaro, M.; Sardari, D.; Stano, P.; Ramundo-Orlando, A.
Extremely high frequency electromagnetic fields facilitate electrical signal propagation by increasing transmembrane potassium efflux in an artificial axon model.
Scientific Reports 2018, 8, 9299.

143. Damiano, L.; Stano, P.
Understanding embodied cognition by building models of minimal life. Preparatory steps and a preliminary autopoietic framework.
In: Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation (12th Italian Workshop, WIVACE 2017, Venice, Italy, September 19-21, 2017, Revised Selected Papers). M. Pelillo, I. Poli, A. Roli, R. Serra, D. Slanzi, M. Villani, I. Poli (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science 2018, 830, 73-87.

142. Stano, P.; Kuruma, Y.; Damiano, L.
Synthetic biology and (embodied) artificial intelligence: opportunities and challenges.
Adaptive Behavior 2018, 27, 41-44.

141. Rampioni, G.; D'Angelo, F.; Messina, M.; Zennaro, A.; Tofani, D.; Kuruma, Y.; Leoni, L.; Stano, P.
Synthetic cells produce a quorum sensing chemical signal perceived by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Chemical Communications 2018, 54, 2090-2093 .

140. Fayolle, D.; Fiore, M.; Stano, P.; Strazewski, P.
Rapid purification of giant lipid vesicles by microfiltration.
Plos ONE 2018, 13, e0192975.

139. Fanti, A.; Gammuto, L.; Mavelli, F.; Stano, P.; Marangoni, R.
Do protocells preferentially retain macromolecular solutes upon division/fragmentation? A study based on the extrusion of POPC giant vesicles.
Integrative Biology 2018, 10, 6-17.

138. Balducci, V.; Incerpi, S.; Stano, P.; Tofani, D.
Antioxidant activity of hydroxytyrosyl esters studied in liposome models.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (Biomembranes) 2018, 1860, 600-610.

137. Fayolle, D.; Altamura, E.; D'Onofrio, A.; Madanamothoo, W.; Fenet, B.; Mavelli, F.; Buchet, R.; Stano, P.; Fiore, M.; Strazewski, P.
Crude phosphorylation mixtures containing racemic lipid amphiphiles self-assemble to give stable primitive compartments.
Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 18106.

136. Leonetti, A.; Cervoni, L.; Polticelli, F.; Kanamori, Y.; Yurtsever, Z. N.; Agostinelli, E.; Mariottini, P.; Stano, P.; Cervelli, M.
Spectroscopic and calorimetric characterization of spermine oxidase and its association forms.
Biochemical Journal 2017, 474, 4253-4268.

135. Stano, P.; Altamura, E.; Mavelli, F.
Novel directions in molecular systems design: the case of light-transducing synthetic cells.
Comunicative & Integrative Biology 2017, 10, e1365993.

134. Damiano, L.; Stano, P.
SB-AI: How the synthetic biology paradigm is impacting AL and AI research.
In: WIVACE 2017, Book of Abstracts, Venice 19-21 September 2017. A. Roli, D. Slanzi, M. Villani (eds.) 2017; ISBN (on-line) 978-88-903581-3-5, pp. 132-144.

133. Stano, P.
Minimal Cellular Models for Origins-of-Life Studies and Biotechnology.
In: The Biophysics of Cell Membranes. R. M. Epand and J.-M. Ruysschaert, (Eds.), Springer Series in Biophysics, Vol. 19; Springer, Singapore, 2017; pp. 177-219.

132. Altamura, E.; Fiorentino, R.; Milano, F.; Trotta, M.; Palazzo, G.; Stano, P.; Mavelli, F.
First moves towards photoautotrophic synthetic cells: In vitro exploration of the combined function of photosynthetic reaction centre and cytochrome bc1 complex.
Biophysical Chemistry 2017, 229, 46-56.

131. Stano, P.; Rampioni, G.; D'Angelo, F.; Altamura, E.; Mavelli, F.; Marangoni, R.; Rossi, F.; Damiano, L.
Current directions in synthetic cell research.
In: "Advances in Bionanomaterials: Selected Papers from the 2nd Workshop in Bionanomaterials, BIONAM 2016, October 4-7, Salerno, Italy". S. Piotto, F. Rossi, S. Concilio, E. Reverchon, G. Cattaneo (Eds.). Lecture Notes in Bioengineering, Springer 2018, pp. 141-154.

130. Altamura, E.; Milano, F.; Trotta, M.; Stano, P.; Mavelli, F.
Modelling giant lipid vesicles designed for light energy transduction.
In: "Advances in Bionanomaterials: Selected Papers from the 2nd Workshop in Bionanomaterials, BIONAM 2016, October 4-7, Salerno, Italy". S. Piotto, F. Rossi, S. Concilio, E. Reverchon, G. Cattaneo (Eds.). Lecture Notes in Bioengineering, Springer 2018, pp. 97-109.

129. Souza, T.; Volpe Bossa, G., Stano, P.; Steiniger, F.; May, S.; Luisi, P. L., Fahr, A.
Vesicle aggregates as a model for primitive cellular assemblies.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2017, 19, 20082-20092.

128. Stano, P.
The birth of liposome-based synthetic biology: a brief account.
In: Liposomes: Historical, Clinical and Molecular Perspectives, B. R. Pearson (Ed.), Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2017, chapter 2 (ISBN 978-1-53612-132-2), pp. 37-52.

127. Alabdallah, O.; Ahou, A.; Mancuso, N.; Pompili, V.; Macone, A.; Pashkoulov, D.; Stano, P.; Cona, A.; Angelini, R.; Tavladoraki, P.
The Arabidopsis Polyamine oxidase/dehydrogenase 5 integrates cytokinin and auxin signaling to control xylem differentiation.
Journal of Experimental Botany 2017, 68, 997-1012.

126. Altamura, E.; Milano, F.; Tangorra, R. R.; Trotta, M.; Hassan Omar, O.; Stano, P.; Mavelli, F.
Highly oriented photosynthetic reaction centres generate a proton gradient in synthetic protocells.
PNAS 2017, 114, 3837-3842.

125. Wieczorek, R.; Adamala, K.; Gasperi, T.; Polticelli, F.; Stano, P.
Small and random peptides: an unexplored reservoir of potentially functional primitive organocatalysts. The case of seryl-histidine.
MDPI Life 2017, 7, 19.

124. D'Agostino, S.; Di Pietrantonio, F.; Benetti, M.; Cannata, D.; Cavagnaro, M.; Sardari, D.; Stano, P.; Ramundo-Orlando, A.
Small-size wire phantom to study the effect of MMW on nerve fibre.
In: Proceedings of the IEEE 2016 41st International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz), 2016. IEEE, New York.

123. Sánchez-Lamar, A.; Piloto-Ferrer, J.; Fiore, M.; Stano, P.; Cozzi, R.; Tofani, D.; Cundari, E.; Francisco, M.; Romero, A.; González, M. L.; Degrassi, F.
Xanthium strumarium extract inhibits mammalian cell proliferation through mitotic spindle disruption madiated by xanthatin.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2016, 194, 781-788.

122. Bracciali, A.; Cataldo, E.; Damiano, L.; Felicioli, C.; Marangoni, R.; Stano, P.
From cells as computation to cells as apps.
In: ''History and Philosophy of Computing. Third International Conference, HaPoC 2015, Pisa, Italy, October 8-11, 2015. Revised Selected Papers.''F. Gadducci and M. Tavosanis (Eds.). IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology 2016, 487, 116-130.

121. Damiano, L.; Kuruma, Y.; Stano, P.
What can synthetic biology offer to artificial intelligence (and vice versa)? [Editorial].
Biosystems 2016, 148, 1-3.

120. Damiano, L.; Kuruma, Y.; Stano, P. (Eds.)
SPECIAL ISSUE: What can synthetic biology offer to artificial intelligence (and vice versa)?
Biosystems 2016, Volume 148 (pp. 1-61).

119. Cervelli, M.; Leonetti, A.; Cervoni, L.; Ohkubo, S.; Xhani, M.; Stano, P.; Federico, R.; Polticelli, F.; Mariottini, P.; Agostinelli, E.
Stability of spermine oxidase to thermal and chemical denaturation: comparison with bovine serum amine oxidase.
Amino Acids 2016 48, 2283-2291.

118. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Theory and construction of semi-synthetic minimal cells.
In: ''Synthetic Biology Handbook'' D. N. Nesbeth (Ed.), CRC Press 2016, pages 209-258.

117. Miele, Y.; Bánsági, T. J.; Taylor, A.; Stano, P.; Rossi, F.
Engineering enzyme-driven dynamic behaviour in lipid vesicles.
Communications in Computer and Information Science 2016, 587, 197-208.

116. Mavelli, F.; Altamura, E.; Stano, P.
Giant vesicles as compartmentalized bio-reactors: a 3D modelling approach.
Communications in Computer and Information Science 2016, 587, 184-196.

115. F. Rossi, F. Mavelli, P. Stano, D. Caivano (Eds.)
Advances in Artificial Life, Evolutionary Computation and Systems Chemistry. 10th Italian Workshop, WIVACE 2015, Bari, Italy, September 22-25, 2015, Revised Selected Papers.
Communications in Computer and Information Science, Volume 587, Springer International Publishing AG Switzerland, 2016.

114. Stano, P.; Mavelli. F.
Protocells Models in Origin of Life and Synthetic Biology (Editorial).
MDPI Life 2015, 5, 1700-1702.

113. Mavelli, F.; Stano, P.
Experiments and numerical modelling on the capture and concentration of transcription-translation machinery inside vesicles.
Artificial Life 2015, 21, 445-463.

112. Souza, T. P.; Holzer, M.; Stano, P.; Steiniger, F.; May, S.; Schubert, R.; Fahr, A.; Luisi, P. L.
New insights into the growth and transformation of vesicles: a free-flow electrophoresis study.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2015, 119, 12212–12223

111. Gallo, V.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Protein synthesis in sub-micrometer water-in-oil droplets.
ChemBioChem, 2015, 16, 2073-2079

110. Mavelli, F.; Marangoni, R.; Stano, P.
A simple protein synthesis model for the PURE system operation.
Bulletin Mathematical Biology 2015, 77, 1185-1212.

109. Altamura, E.; Stano, P.; Walde, P.; Mavelli, F.
Giant vesicles as micro-sized enzymatic reactors: perspectives and recent experimental advancements.
International Journal of Unconventional Computing 2015, 11, 5-21.

108. Cervelli, M.; Polticelli, F.; Angelucci, E.; Di Muzio, E.; Stano, P.; Mariottini, P.
Pacific oyster polyamine oxidase: a protein missing link in invertebrate evolution.
Amino Acids 2015, 47, 949-961.

107. Stano, P.; Souza, T.; Carrara, P.; Altamura, E.; D’Aguanno, E.; Caputo, M.; Luisi, P. L.; Mavelli, F.
Recent biophysical issues about the preparation of solute-filled lipid vesicles.
Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures 2015, 22, 748-759.

106. D’Aguanno, E.; Altamura, E.; Mavelli, F.; Fahr, A.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Physical routes to primitive cells: An experimental model based on the spontaneous entrapment of enzymes inside micrometer-sized liposomes.
MDPI Life 2015, 5, 969-996.

105. Stano, P.
Origin of Life Research.
In: Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology, J. Trefil (Ed.), Farmington Hills: Macmillan, 2015, pp. 823-831.

104. Luisi, P. L.; Stano, P.; Souza, T.
Spontaneous overcrowding in liposomes as possible origin of metabolism.
Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere 2014, 44, 313-317.

103. Souza, T.; Fahr, A.; Luisi, P. L.; Stano, P.
Spontaneous encapsulation and concentration of biological macromolecules in liposomes: an intriguing phenomenon and its relevance in origins of life.
Journal of Molecular Evolution 2014, 79, 179-192.

102. Luisi, P. L.; Chiarabelli, C.; Stano, P.
Editorial overview: Synthetic Biology.
Current Opinion in Chemical Biology 2014, 22, v-vii.

101. Mavelli, F.; Rampioni, G.; Damiano, L.; Messina, M.; Leoni, L.; Stano, P.
Molecular communication technology: general considerations on the use of synthetic cells and some hints from in silico modeling.
In: Advances in Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation, C. Pizzuti, G. Spezzano (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science 2014, 445, 169-189.

100. Stano, P.; Wodlei, F.; Carrara, P.; Ristori, S.; Marchettini, N.; Rossi, F.
Approaches to molecular communication between synthetic compartments based on encapsulated chemical oscillators.
In: Advances in Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation, C. Pizzuti, G. Spezzano (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science 2014, 445, 58-74.

99. Walde, P.; Umakoshi, H.; Stano, P.; Mavelli, F.
Emergent properties arising from the assembly of amphiphiles. Artificial vesicle membranes as reaction promoters and regulators.
Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 10177-10197.

98. Le Chevelier Isaad, A.; Carrara, P.; Stano, P.; Krishnakumar, K. S.; Lafont, D.; Buchet, R.; Bouchu, D.; Albrieux, F.; Strazewski, P.
A hydrophobic disordered peptide spontaneously anchors a covalently bound RNA hairpin to giant lipidic vesicles.
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 2014, 12, 6363-6373.

97. Rampioni, G.; Mavelli, F.; Damiano, L., D’Angelo, F.; Messina, M.; Leoni, L.; Stano, P.
A synthetic biology approach to bio-chem-ICT: first moves towards chemical communication between synthetic and natural cells.
Natural Computing, 2014, 13, 333-349.

96. Cervelli, M.; Angelucci, E.; Stano, P.; Leboffe, L.; Federico, R.; Antonini, G.; Mariottini, P.; Polticelli, F.
The Glu216-Ser218 pocket is a major determinant of spermine oxidase substrate specificity.
Biochemical Journal, 2014, 461, 453-459.

95. Piloto Ferrer, J.; Cozzi, R.; Cornetta, T.; Stano, P.; Fiore, M.; Degrassi, F.; De Salvia, R.; Remigio, A.; Francisco, M.; Quińones, O.; Valdivia, D.; González, M. L.; Sánchez-Lamar, A.; Pérez, C.; Sánchez-Lamar, A.
Xanthium strumarium L. extracts produce DNA damage mediated by cytotoxicity in in vitro assays but does not induce micronucleus in mice.
BioMed Research International 2014, 2014, 575197.

94. Chiarabelli, C.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Chemical Synthetic Biology projects: Never Born Biopolymers and Synthetic Cells.
In: Synthetic Biology (Vol. 1), M. Ryadnov, L. Brunsveld, H. Suga (Eds.), Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014, 1, 292-329.

93. Mavelli, F.; Altamura, E.; Cassidei, L.; Stano, P.
Theoretical approaches to minimal artificial cells.
Entropy 2014, 16, 2488-2511.

92. Ahou, A.; Martignago, D.; Alabdallah, O.; Tavazza, R.; Stano, P.; Macone, A.; Pivato, M.; Masi, A.; Rambla, J. L.; Vera-Sirera, F.; Angelini, R.; Federico, R.; Tavladoraki, P.
A plant spermine oxidase/dehydrogenase regulated by proteasome and polyamines.
Journal of Experimental Botany 2014, 65, 1585-1603.

91. Adamala, K., Anella, F.; Wieczorek, R.; Stano, P.; Chiarabelli, C.; Luisi, P. L.
Open questions in origin of life: experimental studies on the origin of nucleic acids and proteins with specific and functional sequences by a chemical synthetic biology approach.
Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 2014, 9, e201402004.

90. Stano, P.; Rampioni, G.; Damiano, L.; D’Angelo, F.; Carrara, P.; Leoni, L.; Luisi, P. L.
Towards the engineering of chemical communication between semi-synthetic and natural cells.
In “Evolution, Complexity and Artificial Life” (ISBN 978-3-642-37576-7), S. Cagnoni, M. Mirolli, M. Villani (Eds.), Springer, Dordrecht, 2014, pp. 91-104.

89. Stano, P.; D’Aguanno, E.; Bolz, J.; Fahr, A.; Luisi, P. L.
A remarkable self-organization process as the origin of primitive functional cells.
Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. Engl. 2013, 52, 13397-13400.

88. Chiarabelli, C.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Chemical synthetic biology: a mini-review.
Frontiers in Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation 2013, 4, 285.

87. Rampioni, G.; Damiano, L.; Messina, M.; D’Angelo, F.; Leoni, L.; Stano, P.
Chemical communication between synthetic and natural cells: a possible experimental design.
Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Sciences 2013, 130, 14-26.

86. Cabré, E. J.; Sánchez-Gorostiaga, A.; Carrara, P.; Ropero, N.; Casanova, M.; Palacios, P.; Stano, P.; Jiménez, M.; Rivas, G.; Vicente, M.
Bacterial division proteins induce vesicle collapse and cell membrane invagination.
J. Biol. Chem. 2013, 288, 26625-26634.

85. Grotzky, A.; Altamura, E.; Adamcik, J.; Carrara, P.; Stano, P.; Mavelli, F.; Nauser, T.; Mezzenga, R.; Schlüter, A. D.; Walde, P.
Structure and enzymatic properties of molecular dendronized polymer-enzyme conjugates and their entrapment inside giant vesicles.
Langmuir 2013, 29, 10831-10840.

84. Stano, P.; D’Aguanno, E.; Carrara, P.; Fahr, A.; Luisi, P. L.
Recent advancements in synthetic cells research.
In: Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2013: Proceedings of the Twelfth European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (2-6 September 2013, Taormina, Italy); P. Liň, O. Miglino, G. Nicosia, S. Nolfi, M. Pavone (Eds.), MIT Press (e-book, ISBN 978-0-262-31709-2) 2013, pp. 1160-1161.

83. Mavelli, F.; Caputo, M.; Altamura, E.; Stano, P.
Stochastic simulations of minimal cell model systems.
In: Proceedings of the 12th Joint European Thermodynamics Conference, JETC 2013, M. Pilotelli and G.P. Beretta (Eds), ISBN 978-88-89252-22-2, Snoopy, Brescia, Italy, 2013, pp. 73-81.

82. Scognamiglio, V.; Stano, P.; Polticelli, F.; Antonacci, A.; Dimova Lambreva, M.; Pochetti, G.; Giardi, M. T.; Rea, G.
Design and biophysical characterization of atrazine-sensing peptides mimicking the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii plastoquinone binding niche.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 13108-13115.

81. Pesiri, V.; La Rosa, P.; Stano, P.; Acconcia, F.
Identification of an estrogen receptor alpha non-covalent ubiquitin binding surface: role in 17beta-estradiol-induced transcriptional activity.
Journal of Cell Science, 2013, 126, 2577-2582.

80. Stano, P.; Souza, T. P.; Kuruma, Y.; Carrara, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Semi-synthetic minimal cells: biochemical, physical and technological aspects.
In: Synthetic Biology: Tools and Applications. H. Zhao (Ed.), Academic Press-Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2013. Pp. 261-276.

79. Calviello, L.; Stano, P.; Mavelli, F.; Luisi, P. L.; Marangoni, R.
Quasi-cellular systems: stochastic simulation analysis at nanoscale range.
BMC Bioinformatics 2013, 14(Suppl. 7), S7.

78. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Construire une cellule de toutes pieces.
Les Dossiers de La Recherche 2013, 2, 54-57.

77. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Semi-synthetic minimal cells: Origin and recent developments.
Curr. Opin. Biotech. 2013, 24, 1-6.

76. Souza, T.; Stano, P.; Steiniger, F.; D'Aguanno, E.; Altamura, E.; Fahr, A.; Luisi, P. L.
Encapsulation of Ferritin, Ribosomes, and Ribo-Peptidic Complexes Inside Liposomes: Insights Into the Origin of Metabolism.
Orig. Life Evol. Biosph. 2012, 42, 421-428.

75. Di Donato, L.; Cataldo, M.; Stano, P.; Massa, R.; Ramundo-Orlando A.
Permeability changes of cationic liposomes loaded with carbonic anhydrase induced by millimeter waves radiation.
Radiation Research 2012, 178, 437-446.

74. Carrara, P.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Giant vesicles 'colonies': a model for primitive cell communities.
ChemBioChem 2012, 13, 1497-1502.

73. Odorisio, T.; De Luca, N.; Vesci, L.; Luisi, P. L.; Stano, P.; Zambruno, G.; Pisano, C.
The atypical retinoid E-3-(3'-Adamantan-1-yl-4'-methoxybiphenyl-4-yl)-2-propenoic acid (ST1898) displays comedolytic activity in the rhino mouse model.
Eur. J. Dermatol. 2012, 22, 505-511.

72. Bersini, H.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.; Bedau, M.
Philosophical and scientific perspectives on emergence.
Synthese 2012, 185, 165-169.

71. Bersini, H.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.; Bedau, M. (Guest Editors)
Philosophical and scientific perspectives on emergence
(Special Issue: International School on Complexity - Emergence in the physical and biological world: a notion in search of clarification). Synthese 2012, Volume 185, Pp. 165-317.

70. Stano, P.; Rampioni, G.; Carrara, P.; Damiano, L.; Leoni, L.; Luisi, P. L.
Semi-synthetic minimal cells as a tool for biochemical ICT.
Biosystems 2012, 109, 24-34.

69. Chiarabelli, C.; Stano, P., Anella, F., Carrara, P., Luisi, P. L.
Approaches to chemical synthetic biology.
FEBS Letters 2012, 586, 2138-2145.

68. Stano, P.; Rampioni, G.; Damiano, F.; D'Angelo, F.; Carrara, P.; Leoni, L.; Luisi, P. L.
Experimental perspectives for a chemical communication between synthetic and natural cells.
Proceedings of the Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation WIVACE (Parma, 20-21 February 2012); ISBN 978-88-903581-2-8 (Published on CD), S. Cagnoni, M. Mirolli, M. Villani (Eds.), 2012, Pp. 1-12.

67. Lazzerini-Ospri, L.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.; Marangoni, R.
Characterization of the emergent properties of a synthetic quasi-cellular system.
BMC Bioinformatics, 2012 13, S9.

66. Stano, P.
Autopoietic self-reproduction as a distinctive feature of structural and dynamic organization in microcompartment systems: From self-assembled micelles to synthetic cells.
In: "Self-Healing at the Nanoscale: Mechanisms and Key Concepts of Natural and Artificial Systems", V. Amendola, M. Meneghetti (Eds.), CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2012. Pp. 333-356.

65. Stano, P.; Kuruma, Y.; Souza, T.; Carrara, P., Luisi, P. L.
Synthetic Biology and the Minimal Cell Project.
In: "4th European Conference on Chemistry for Life Sciences - Budapest, Hungary, August 31 - September 3, 2011", M. Kiss, A. Perczel (Eds.), Medimond, Pianoro (Italy), 2011. Pp. 109-112.

64. Stano, P.; Carrara, P.; Kuruma, Y.; Souza, T.; Luisi, P. L.
Compartmentalized reactions as a case of soft-matter biotechnology: Synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids inside lipid vesicles.
Journal of Material Chemistry, 2011, 21, 18887-18902.

63. Souza, T.; Steiniger, F.; Stano, P.; Fahr, A., Luisi, P. L.
Spontaneous crowding of ribosomes and proteins inside vesicles: A possible mechanism for the origin of cell metabolism.
ChemBioChem 2011, 12, 2325-2330.

62. Luisi, P. L.; Stano, P.
Minimal cell mimicry.
Nature Chem. 2011, 3, 755-756.

61. Stano, P.;
Advances in minimal cell models: A new approach to synthetic biology and origin of life.
In "Progress in Molecular and Environmental Bioengineering - From Analysis and Modeling to Technology Applications" A. Carpi (Ed.), Intech - Open Access Publisher, Rijeka, Croatia, 2011. Pp. 23-44.

60. Stano, P.; Carrara, P.; Souza, T., Luisi, P. L.
An update on the minimal cell project: From the physics of solute encapsulation to the experimental modeling of cell communities.
In: "Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2011: Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems", T. Lenaerts, M. Giacobini, H. Bersini, P. Bourgine, M. Dorigo and R. Doursat (Eds.), MIT Press, Cambridge (MA), 2011. Pp. 779-780.

59. Stano, P.;
Minimal cells: Relevance and interplay of physical and biochemical factors.
Biotechnology Journal 2011, 6, 850-859.

58. Stano, P., Luisi, P. L
On the construction of minimal cell models in synthetic biology and origins of life studies.
In: "Design and Analysis of Biomolecular Circuits: Engineering Approaches to Systems and Synthetic Biology", H. Koeppl; G. Setti; M. Di Bernardo; D. Densmore (Eds.), Springer, Dordrecht, 2011; pp. 337-368.

57. Stano, P.; Ferri, F.; Luisi, P. L.
Semi-synthetic minimal living cells.
In: "Chemical Synthetic Biology", P. L. Luisi, C. Chiarabelli (Eds.) Wiley, Chichester, 2011. Pp. 247-286.

56. Norris, V.; Zemirline, A.; Amar, P.; Audinot, J. N.; Ballet, P.; Ben-Jacob, E.; Bernot, G.; Beslon, G.; Cabin, a.; Fanchon, E.; Giavitto, J.-L.; Glade, N.; Greussay, P.; Grondin, Y.; Foster, J. A.; Hutzler, G.; Jost, J.; Kepes, F.; Michel, O.; Molina, F.; Signorini, J.; Stano, P.; Thierry, A. R.
Computing with bacterial constituents, cells and populations: From bioputing to bactoputing.
Theory in Biosciences 2011, 130, 211-228.

55. Stano, P.; Souza, T. P.; Allegretti, M.; Kuruma, Y.; Luisi, P. L.
New and unexpected insights on the formation of protocells from a synthetic biology approach: The case of entrapment of biomacromolecules and protein synthesis inside vesicles.
In: "Minimal Cells", P. Stano, P. L. Luisi (Eds.) 2011, Springer, Dordrecht. Pp. 195-216.

54. Luisi, P. L. and Stano, P. (Eds.)
The Minimal Cell.
Springer, 2011. Springer, Dordrecht.

53. Tavladoraki, P.; Cervelli, M.; Antonangeli, F.; Minervini, G.; Stano, P.; Federico, R.; Mariottini, P.; Polticelli, F.
Probing mammalian spermine oxidase enzyme-substrate complex through molecular modeling, site-directed mutagenesis and biochemical characterization.
Amino Acids 2011, 40, 1115-1126.

52. Fabrini, F.; Bocedi, A.; Pallottini, V.; Canuti, L.; De Canio, M.; Urbani, A.; Marzano, V.; Cornetta, T.; Stano, P.; Giovanetti, A.; Stella, L.; Canini, A.; Federici, G.; Ricci, G.
Nuclear shield: A multi-enzyme task-force for nucleus protection.
Plos ONE 2010, 5, e14125.

51. Stano, P. ; Luisi, P. L.
Costruire une cellule de toutes pičces.
La Recherche 2010, 445, 48-51.

50. Luisi, P. L.; Allegretti, M.; Souza, T.; Steineger, F.; Fahr, A.; Stano, P.
Spontaneous protein crowding in liposomes: A new vista for the origin of cellular metabolism.
ChemBiochem 2010, 11, 1989-1992.

49. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Chemical approaches to synthetic biology: From vesicles self-reproduction to semi-synthetic minimal cells.
Artificial Life XII. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. MIT press, Cambridge (MA), 2010. Pp. 147-153.

48. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Reactions in Liposomes.
In "Molecular Encapsulation: Organic Reactions in Constrained Systems" U. H. Brinker and J.-L. Mieusset (eds.) Wiley, 2010. Pp. 455-492.

47. Luisi, P. L., Ferri, F.; Stano, P.
Approaches to semi-synthetic minimal cells: a review. (Reprinted).
In: The Nature of Life: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives, M. Bedau and C. Cleland (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010. Pp. 272-288.

46. Stano, P.
Minimal and primitive cells in origins of life, systems chemistry and synthetic biology.
Orig. Life Evol. Biosphere 2010, 40, 452-457.

45. Bersini, H.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.; Bedau, M. (eds.)
Philosophical and scientific perspectives on emergence.
Synthese 2010, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-010-9718-2.

44. Stano, P.
Synthetic biology of minimal living cells: protocells models and semi-synthetic cells.
Systems and synthetic biology 2010, 4, 149-156.

43. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Achievements and open questions in the self-reproduction of vesicles and synthetic minimal cells.
ChemComm 2010, 46, 3639-3653.

42. Caschera, F.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Reactivity and fusion between cationic vesicles and fatty acid anionic vesicles.
Journal Colloid Interface Science 2010, 345, 561-565.

41. Walde, P.; Cosentino, K.; Hengel, H.; Stano, P.
Giant Vesicles: Preparations and Applications.
ChemBioChem 2010, 11, 848-865.

40. Mavelli, F.; Stano, P.
Kinetic models for autopoietic chemical systems: role of fluctuations in homeostatic regime,
Physical Biology 2010, 7, 016010.

39. Stano, P.; Kuruma, Y.; Souza, T. P., Luisi, P. L.
Biosynthesis of proteins inside liposomes.
Methods in Molecular Biology 2010, 606, 127-145.

38. Stano, P.
Cellule artificiali: dall'attuale quadro teorico-sperimentale al loro uso come robot molecolari.
In: Modelli, sistemi e applicazioni di Vita Artificiale e Computazione Evolutiva – Atti del Convegno WIVACE 2009. O. Miglino, M. Ponticorvo, A. Rega, F. Rubinacci (eds.); Fridericiana Editrice Universitaria, Napoli, 2009. Pp. 193-198.

37. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Semi-synthetic minimal cells.
In: Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation: Proceedings of Wivace 2008; R. Serra, M. Villani, I. Poli (eds); World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd., 2009, #24.

36. Stano, P.
Prove di vita minima.
Sapere 2009, 5, 20-27.

35. Stano, P.; Ruiz-Mirazo, K.
I quesiti di San Sebastián (short commentary in a text box).
Sapere 2009, 5, 14-16.

34. Chiarabelli, C.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Chemical Approaches to Synthetic Biology.
Curr. Opin. Biotech. 2009, 20, 492-497.

33. Stano, P.;
Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology. Edited by Pengcheng Fu and Sven Panke.
ChemBioChem 2009, 10, 2672-2673.

32. Zumbuehl, A.; Stano, P.; Sohrmann, M.; Dietiker, R.; Peter, M.; Carreira, E. M.
Synthesis and Investigation of Tryptophan–Amphotericin B Conjugates.
ChemBioChem. 2009, 10, 1617-1620.

31. Stano, P., Luisi, P. L.
Precellular Evolution: Vesicles and Protocells.
In: Prebiotic Evolution and Astrobiology. A. Lazcano and J. T. Wong (eds.), 2009, Landes Bioscience, Austin, Texas US; pp. 94-105.

30. Souza, T.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
The minimal size of liposome-based model cells brings about a remarkably enhanced entrapment and protein synthesis.
ChemBioChem, 2009, 10, 1056-1063.

29. Stano, P.; Murtas, G.; Luisi, P. L.
Semi-Synthetic Minimal Cells: New Advancements and Perspectives.
In: "Protocells. Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter". S. Ransmussen, M. A. Bedau, L. Chen, D. Deamer, D. C. Krakauer, N. H. Packard and P. F. Stadler (eds.); MIT Press, 2009, Cambridge, Massachusetts; pp. 39-70.

28. Stano P.,
Self-reproduction of vesicles and other compartments: a review.
In CRC Handbook of Surface and Colloid Chemistry – Third Edition – 2009, K. S. Birdi (ed.), CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, Boca Raton, USA; pp. 681-702.

27. Kuruma, Y.; Stano, P.; Ueda, T.; Luisi, P. L.,
A synthetic biology approach to the construction of membrane proteins in semi-synthetic minimal cells.
Biochim. Biophys. Acta 2009, 1788, 567-574.

26. Gorlero, M.; Wieczorek, R.; Adamala, K.; Giorgi, A.; Schininŕ, M. E.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Ser-His catalyses the formation of peptides and PNAs.
FEBS Letters 2008, 583, 153-156.

25. Luisi, P. L.; Souza, T.; Stano, P
Vesicle behaviour: In search of explanations.
J. Phys. Chem. B 2008, 112, 14655-14664.

24. Stano, P.;
Approaches to the Construction of the Minimal Cell.
In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference "Smart Material Structures Systems" (CIMTEC 2008) Acireale 8-13/06/2008; P. Vincenzini and S. Graziani (Eds.). Advances in Science and Technology 2008, 58, 10-19.

23. Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Self-reproduction of micelles, reverse micelles and vesicles. Compartments disclose a general transformation pattern.
In: Advances on Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes, A. Leitmannova Liu (Ed.). 2008, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 221-263.

22. Norris, V.; Zemirline, A.; Amar, P.; Ballet, P.; Ben-Jacob, E.; Bernot G.; Beslon, G.; Danos, V.; Giavitto, J.-L.; Greussay, P.; Hutzler, G.; Kepes, F.; Michel, O.; Misevic, G.; Molina, F.; Signorini, J.; Stano, P.; Thierry, A.
Bactoputing Perspective: Computing with bacteria.
In: "Proceedings of the Lille Spring School on Modelling Complex Biological Systems in the Context of Genomics. Lille, France". Poudret M.; Comet J.-P.; Le Gall P.; Képčs F.; Arnould A.; Meseure P.; Verbavatz J.-M.; Rambourg A. (eds.). EDP Sciences, 2008, Les Ulis (Paris), pp. 133-160.

21. Spedaletti V.; Polticelli, F.; Capodaglio, V.; Schininŕ, M. E.; Stano, P.; Federico, R.; Tavladoraki, P.
Characterization of a lysine-specific histone demethylase from Arabidopsis thaliana.
Biochemistry 2008, 47, 4936-4947.

20. Marcocci, L.; Casadei, M.; Faso, C.; Antoccia, A.; Stano, P.; Leone, S.; Mondově, B.; Federico, R.; Tavladoraki, P
Inducible expression of maize polyamine oxidase in the nucleus of MCF7 human breast cancer cells confers sensitivity to etoposide.
Amino Acids 2008, 34, 403-412.

19. Ramundo-Orlando, A; Gallerano, G. P.; Stano, P.; Doria, A.; Giovenale, E.; Messina, G.; Cappelli, M.; D'Arienzo, M.; Spassovsky, I.
Permeability changes induced by 130 GHz pulsed radiation on cationic liposomes loaded with carbonic anhydrase.
Bioelectromagnetics, 2007, 28, 587-598.

18. Fiordemondo, D.; Stano, P.
Lecithin-based water-in-oil compartments as dividing bioreactors.
ChemBioChem, 2007, 8, 1965-1973.

17. Luisi, P. L.; Stano, P.; Murtas, G.; Kuruma, Y.; Ueda, T.
En route to semi-synthetic minimal cells.
In: "Proceedings of the Bordeaux Spring School on Modelling Complex Biological Systems in the Context of Genomics. April 3rd - 7th 2006". P. Amar; F. Képčs; V. Norris; M. Beurton-Aimar; J.-P. Mazat. EDP Sciences, 2007, Les Ulis (Paris), pp. 19-30.

16. Stano, P.
Question 7: New aspects of interactions among vesicles.
Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. 2007, 37, 439-444.

15. Stano, P., Luisi, P. L.
Basic Questions About the Origins of Life: Proceedings of the Erice International School of Complexity (Fourth Course).
Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. 2007, 37, 303-307.

14. Zumbuehl, A.; Stano, P.; Sohrmann, M.; Peter, M.; Walde, P.; Carreira, E. M.,
A novel strategy for bioconjugation: Synthesis and preliminary evaluation with amphotericin B.
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 2007, 5, 1339-1342.

13. Luisi, P. L.; Chiarabelli, C.; Stano, P.
From the Never Born Proteins to the Minimal Living Cell: Two Projects in Synthetic Biology.
Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere 2006, 36, 605-616.

12. Chiarabelli, C. ; Vrijbloed, J. W.; De Lucrezia, D. ; Thomas, R. M. ; Stano, P. ; Polticelli, F. ; Ottone, T.; Papa, E., Luisi, P. L.
Investigation of de novo totally random biosequences. Part II. On the folding frequency in a totally random library of de novo proteins obtained by phage display.
Chemistry & Biodiversity 2006, 3, 840-859.

11. Sanna, C.; La Mesa, C.; Mannina, L.; Stano, P.; Viel, S.; Segre, A. L.
A new class of aggregates in aqueous solution: NMR, thermodynamic and light scattering study.
Langmuir 2006, 22, 6031-6041.

10. Stano, P.; Ferri, F.; Luisi, P. L.
From the minimal genome to the minimal cell: theoretical and experimental investigations.
In "Life as we know it (Series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology; vol. 10)", ed. J. Seckbach, Springer, Berlin, 2006, pp. 181-198.

9. Stano, P.; Wehrli, E.; Luisi, P. L.
Insights on the self-reproduction of oleate vesicles.
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 2006, 18, S2231-S2238.

8. Ruiz-Mirazo, K.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Lysozyme effect on oleic acid/oleate vesicles.
Journal of Liposome Research 2006, 16, 143-154.

7. Luisi, P. L.; Ferri, F.; Stano, P.
Approaches to a semi-synthetic minimal cell: a review.
Naturwissenschaften 2006, 93, 1-13.

6. Osfouri, S.; Stano, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Condensed DNA in lipid microcompartments.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2005, 109, 19929-19935.

5. Stano, P.; Bufali, S.; Domazou, A.; Luisi, P. L.
Effect of Trp oligopeptides on the size distribution of POPC liposomes. A dynamic light scattering and turbidimetric Study.
Journal of Liposome Research 2005, 15, 29-47.

4. Zumbuehl, A.; Stano, P.; Herr, D.; Walde, P.; Carreira, E. M.
Amphotericin B as a Potential Probe of the Physical State of Vesicle Membranes.
Organic Letters 2004, 6 (21), 3683-3686.

3. Zumbuehl, A.; Jeannerat, D.; Martin, S. E.; Sohrmann, M.; Stano, P.; Vigassy, T.; Clark, D. D.; Hussey, S. L.; Peter, M.; Peterson, B. R.; Pretsch, E.; Walde, P.; Carreira, E. M.
An Amphotericin B-Fluorescein Conjugate as a Powerful Probe for Biochemical Studies of the Membrane.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2004, 43, 5181-5185.

2. Stano, P.; Bufali, S.; Pisano, C.; Bucci, F.; Barbarino, M.; Santaniello, M.; Carminati, P.; Luisi, P. L.
Novel Camptothecin Analogue (Gimatecan)-containing Liposomes prepared by the Ethanol Injection Method.
Journal of Liposome Research 2004, 14 (1-2), 87-109.

1. Luisi, P. L.; Stano, P.; Rasi, S.; Mavelli, F.
A Possible Route to Prebiotic Vesicle Reproduction.
Artificial Life 2004, 10 (3), 297-308.

0. (UNPUBLISHED M.Sc. Thesis) Stano, P.
Sintesi di leganti bis-bidentati eterotopici contenenti una unitŕ salicilaldimminica ed una fenolo-piridinica, e relativi complessi con nichel(II) e rame (II).
Tesi di Laurea, Universitŕ di Pisa, 2001.

Some Interviews

"A chemist following natural evolution" - interview with Pasquale on Science Careers (2008).

"Young Italian Scientists Take to the Streets", article on Science Careers featuring Pasquale's job perspectives (2008).

"Perché la cellula artificiale con genoma minimo e' importante", comments in an article on on the Venter's synthetic cell (2016).

"Ecco 5 nuovi cromosomi sintetici", comments in an article on on the construction of synthetic yeast chromosomes (2017).