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Unibo researchers

Felice Adinolfi

Felice Adinolfi

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences

Full Professor at the University of Bologna since 2019, he carries out his research in the field of economics and agricultural policy. His research interests are aimed at deepening the impact of policies for the agro-food sector, risk management and the study of innovation transfer. He coordinated a Mipaaf project on the implementation of a mutual fund for the fisheries sector and is responsible for a Task in the Horizon2020 PerformFish.

Elena Biagi

Elena Biagi

Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology

Junior Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Unit of Holobiont Microbiome and Microbiome Engineering (HolobioME), Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna. Scientific manager of the EU H2020 project “Controlling mIcRobiomes CircuLations for bEtter food Systems” (CIRCLES), H2020-SFS-2018-1. Most relevant research interest is the study of complex bacterial ecosystems, in terms of composition, dynamics and functionality, in different fields (environmental, human and animals). Scientific consultant and founder of the SpinOff company of the University of Bologna Wellmicro srl.

Alessio Bonaldo

Alessio Bonaldo

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences

I’m Associate Professor at the University of Bologna since 2005, where I carry on my research on nutrition and feeding of aquatic animals with particular reference to new protein sources and the development of sustainable and circular feed formulations for sea bream and sea bass. I am also project coordinator or principal investigator for the University of Bologna of European research projects on aquaculture under the Horizon2020 program.

Marco Candela

Marco Candela

Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology

He is currently Associate Professor in Fermentation Biotechnology at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna, Italy. He is the coordinator of the collaborative EU project Controlling mIcRobiomes CircuLations for bEtter food Systems (CIRCLES), H2020-SFS-2018-1. He is PI of the “Unit of Holobiont Microbiome and Microbiome Engineering (HolobioME)” with research activities focused on microbiomes ecology and evolution and microbiomes biotechnologies. He is vice-coordinator of the international PhD program “Innovative technologies and sustainable use of Mediterranean Sea fishery and biological resources”, University of Bologna. He is scientific founder and member of the SpinOff company Wellmicro S.r.l. His research activity is documented by more than 100 publications on peer-reviewed journals. 

Erik Caroselli

Erik Caroselli

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

I am Senior Assistant Professor at the Marine Science Group, BIGEA UniBo, where I study the effects of seawater warming and acidification on Mediterranean coral morphology, growth, reproduction, population dynamics, skeletal properties and associated microbial communities. My research applies interdisciplinary techniques to study aspects of coral growth and population dynamics.

Silvia Franzellitti

Silvia Franzellitti

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

My research activity focuses on the physiology of marine animals, particularly on molecular mechanisms behind physiological plasticity and stress response in corals and bivalve mollusks. I also work at the evaluation of the physiological effects of emerging contaminants in marine organisms, in particular residues of pharmaceuticals and microplastic.

Fabrizio Ghiselli

Fabrizio Ghiselli

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

I am a Zoologist and I study evolution at the molecular and genomic level using a comparative approach. I am mainly interested in the characterization of genomes and transcriptomes of molluscs focusing on topics such as: genome architecture and organization, gene content (expansion and contraction of gene families, molecular evolution of coding sequences), structure and variability of tRNAs and rRNAs, characterization of transposable elements and repeats.

Stefano Goffredo

Stefano Goffredo

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

I collaborate with leaders in different fields (chemistry, physics, and photobiology), developing multidisciplinary methodologies. I study marine biomineralization in relation to environmental parameters, with special reference to the effects of climate change on corals and coral reefs. With Zvy Dubinsky (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) and Giuseppe Falini (UNIBO), I conceived the ERC project "www.CoralWarm.eu". My traditional interests: population dynamics, reproductive biology, and environmental monitoring (Citizen Science).

Andrea Luchetti

Andrea Luchetti

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Evolutionary biologist and zoologist, my research activity focuses on molecular phylogenetics, comparative genomics and evolution of animal genomes. In particular, the attention is mainly on insects and crustaceans. I got my MSc degree in Biological Sciences,  in 2002, and my PhD in Biodiversity and Evolution, in 2007, at the University of Bologna, where I am currently Associate Professor of Zoology.

Donata Luiselli

Donata Luiselli

Department of Cultural Heritage

I’m the group leader of the Ancient DNA Laboratory (aDNA Lab) of the Department of Cultural Heritage in the Ravenna Campus. My research fields are molecular anthropology, archaeogenetics and paleogenomics. In particular, my latest interests are focused on the analysis of the human biodiversity and the genetic variability of modern human populations in relation to different selective pressures, such as diet and environmental conditions. My research activities also focus on the analysis of ancient human and non-human DNA samples and of the human epigenetic variability in response to environmental stresses.

Ariannna Mancuso

Ariannna Mancuso

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Post-doc in the Marine Science Group at the University of Bologna. My researches focus on the ecology and biology of Mediterranean calcifying organisms, such as corals and molluscs. The aims of my studies are to investigate skeletal characteristics, biometry, mechanical properties and calcification in relation to changing environmental conditions and especially in face of ocean warming and acidification.

Chiara Marchini

Chiara Marchini

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

I am a Post-doc at the Marine Science Group, BIGEA UniBo, where I study the reproductive biology (morphological and quantitative aspects of gametogenesis and ontogenesis) of Mediterranean corals in relation to environmental parameters and climate change. I also deal with environmental monitoring in the Mediterranean Sea through Citizen Science and Environmental Education activities in different geographical areas.

Marco Passamonti

Marco Passamonti

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

I am associate professor at the University of Bologna since 2014, and I conduct my researches in Zoology and Evolutionary Biology. My research interests are directed in particular to mitochondria in animal models, their structure, inheritance, biogenesis and role in the evolution of eukaryotic life, but I also worked on other Evolutionary Biology fields. I collaborate with many Universities in the United States, Canada, Japan, etc. I am author of more than 60 scientific publications on international journals.

 

Laura Pezzolesi

Laura Pezzolesi

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

I am a researcher in General Botany at the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences and a member of the Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research of the University of Bologna. My research is focused on microalgae and covers various aspects, such as growth and toxicity, algal bloom dynamics, production of toxins and allelopathic compounds, the use of algal cultures for phytodepuration, the optimization of their cultivation to obtain bioactive compounds for industrial applications.

Rossella Pistocchi

Rossella Pistocchi

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Rossella Pistocchi PhD, is Associate Professor of General Botany at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna where leads the laboratory of Algal Biology (ALGOLAB); she is Coordinator of the Master Degree in Marine Biology and of the Phycological group of the Italian Botany Society. She is involved in research on cultured microalgae with a focus on both environmental problems and biotechnological applications and is active in industrial research operating within the regional Technopole.

Fiorella Prada

Fiorella Prada

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

My research focuses primarily on the ecology and biology of calcifying marine organisms, and in particular on biometry, mechanical properties, skeletal characteristics, isotopic composition, growth rates and population dynamics in temperate and subtropical corals along anthropogenic and natural pH and temperature gradients to predict their response to climate change, in particular to ocean warming and acidification.

Mara Simonazzi

Mara Simonazzi

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Mara Simonazzi is a PhD student at the Dept. of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (UNIBO). She works at the Algal Biology Laboratory, where she carries out her research in the field of toxic cyanobacteria in drinking water. Her PhD project is focused on 1) Distribution and molecular characterization of cyanobacteria in Emilia-Romagna drinking water reservoirs; 2) Efficiency of water treatments for the removal of cyanotoxins; 3) Biotechnological applications of isolated cyanobacteria.

Daniele Scarponi

Daniele Scarponi

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

My research activity lies at the interface between paleontology and sedimentary geology, with particular focus on paleoecology, taphonomy, biodiversity and stratigraphy. Data are mainly collected over Neogene sedimentary successions of the Mediterranean Basin. The key themes include: Paleoenvironmental reconstructions by means of macro-invertebrates (mainly mollusks) of Neogene sedimentary successions. Taphonomy: Research focuses on the quality of the fossil record with emphasis on long-term biases, time-averaging and temporal resolution. Stratigraphic Paleobiology: The joint consideration of stratigraphic and paleontological patterns (“Stratigraphic Paleobiology”) yields diverse biological and geological insights. For example, Quaternary mollusk assemblages archive quantifiable high-resolution environmental signatures (e.g., bathymetry) that can augment stratigraphic interpretations

Giovanni Valdrè

Giovanni Valdrè

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

My research interests are focused in particular to nano-microscopic investigation methodologies, application of minerals, biominerals, derived materials and mineralogical diagnostic methodologies applied to various biological, geological and environmental fields. Currently, I am also addressing my research to the topic of primary and secondary "Raw Materials" and the development of new diagnostic methods in Electron Microscopy and correlated methodologies