Group Members

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The Giovannelli Lab team during a field excursion to the hot springs of Mondragone (Campania) in Summer 2021!

Staff

Donato Giovannelli

Full Professor
email: donato.giovannelli@unina.it

  • 2002-2005 - BSc, Biology, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
  • 2005-2007 - MSc, Marine Biology and Ecology, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
  • 2010-2013 - PhD, Applied Biology, Microbiology and Ecology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy
  • 2013-2016 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vetriani laboratory, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
  • 2016-2018 - Research Fellow, Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Angelina Cordone

Research Scientist (RTI)
email: angelina.cordone@unina.it

  • 2003 - BSc, Biology, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • 2003-2006 - PhD, Applied Biology, Microbiology and Ecology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy
  • 2007-2008 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Reyrat laboratory, Necker Institute, Paris, France

Luciano di Iorio

Lab Manager and First Class Master Brewer
email: luciano.diiorio@unina.it

  • Monte Sant'Angelo Beer Accademy

Monica Correggia

Graduate Assistant
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  • MSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy
  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Martina Cascone

ERC STG grant CoEvolve Project Manager
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  • MSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy
  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Postdocs

Marco Giardina

Diversity of microbial communities in geothermal environments
email: <>

  • PhD in Microbial Ecology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • MSc Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Italy
  • BSc Biology, University of Catania, Italy

Alessia Bastianoni

Biometals availability and cycling in geothermal environments
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  • PhD in Ecology, Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Altos de Pipe, Venezuela
  • MSc Environmental Geotechnologies, Geotechnologies Center, Universit√† di Siena, S. Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
  • BSc Geochemistry, Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Caracas, Venezuela

PhDs

Matteo Selci

Diversity of microbial communities in geothermal environments
email: <>

  • MSc Marine Biology and Ecology, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
  • BSc Biology, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy

Bernardo Barosa

ERC CoEvolve project
email: <>

  • MSc Microbiology, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • BSc Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Deborah Bastoni

ERC CoEvolve project
email: <>

  • MSc Natural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • BSc Natural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Graduate Students

Ottavia Iacovino

Master student
project: Isolation and characterization of the etiological agents of seaurchins infections
Co-Advisor: Dr. Francesca Carella

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Michela Piegari

Master student
project: Mapping relationship between different DNA pools in a extremophilic biofilm
Co-Advisor:

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Francesco Montemagno

Master student
project: Diversity of the microbiome associated with different shark species
Co-Advisor:

  • BSc Natural Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Feliciana Oliva

Master student
project: Microbial diversity of the hot springs of the Campania region
Co-Advisor:

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Emanuele Nappo

Master student
project: Microbial diversity of the alkaline shallo water idrothermal vents of Strytan, Iceland
Co-Advisor: Dr. Roy Price (SUNY, USA)

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Nunzia Nappi

Master student
project: Microbial diversity associated with the acidophilic algae of the Galderia genus
Co-Advisor: Prof. Antonino Pollio (UNINA)

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Mariavittoria Brandi

Master student
project: Spore abundance in geothermal environemnts
Co-Advisor: Prof. Ezio Ricca (UNINA)

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Elena Panariello

Master student
project: Isolation of new chemolithoautotrophic strains from geothermal environments
Co-Advisor:

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Alessandro Masi

Master student
project: Caraterization of the PrtC-like protein of Sulfurovum riftiae
Co-Advisor: Prof. Marco Moracci (UNINA)

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Flavia Migliaccio

Master student
project: ERASMUS
Co-Advisor: Prof. Kasper Kjeldsen (Denmark)

  • BSc Biology, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy

Current Visitors

Valentina Marcheselli

Postdoc
visiting from: University of Trento, Italy
Collaborating on: Sociology of science

Jacopo Brusca

Master student
visiting from: Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
Collaborating on: Cambialistic metalloenzymes

Alumni

Carmela Celentano

In the lab from May 2020 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Marine Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Giacomo Fabozzi

In the lab from Mar 2020 - Jul 2021
as a: Master student in Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Antonio Cascone

In the lab from Mar 2020 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Raffaella Postiglione

In the lab from Mar 2020 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Deborah Bastoni

In the lab from MAr 2020 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Natural Sciences @ Unina (Italy)
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Rosanna Bossa

In the lab from Oct 2019 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Angelica Severino

In the lab from Oct 2019 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Alessandro Coppola

In the lab from Oct 2019 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Sonia De Rosa

In the lab from Oct 2019 - Apr 2021
as a: Master student in Biology @ Unina (Italy)
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Martina Cascone

In the lab from Apr 2019 - Dec 2020
as a: MSc student in Biology @ UNINA (Italy)
Last we checked was a: Project Manager in our Lab!

Michele Intoccia

In the lab from Apr 2019 - Dec 2020
as a: MSc student in Biology @ UNINA (Italy)
Last we checked was a: Graduate Assistant at the CNR-ISA

Alessandra Ferrillo

In the lab from May 2019 - Nov 2020
as a: MSc student in Marine Biology @ UNINA (Italy)
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Rosaria Capuozzo

In the lab from May 2019 - Nov 2020
as a: MSc student in Biology @ UNINA (Italy)
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Matteo Selci

In the lab from Jan 2018 - Feb 2019
as a: MSc student in Marine Biology @ UNIVPM (Italy)
Last we checked was a: PhD Student @ UNINA (Italy)

Marco Basili

In the lab from Feb 2018 - Feb 2019
as a: MSc student in Marine Biology @ UNIVPM (Italy)
Last we checked was a: Graduate Assistant @ CNR-IRBIM (Italy)

Maria Magliulo

In the lab from Jun 2017 - Sept 2018
as a: MSc student in Marine Biology @ UNINA (Italy)
Last we checked was a: PhD student @ Essex University (UK)

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Natalia Russo, UNINA, 2020
  • Emanuela Mastromo, UNINA, 2020
  • Teresa Femiano, UNINA, 2020
  • Martina Tirelli, UNINA, 2020
  • Valentina Morgera, UNINA, 2020
  • Rosa Mesidoro, UNINA, 2020
  • Teresa Iovino, UNINA, 2020
  • Carmen Arpaia, UNINA, 2020
  • Emanuela Peluso, UNINA, 2020
  • Emanuele Galatola, UNINA, 2020
  • Benedetta Sasso, UNINA, 2020
  • Enza Canonico, UNINA, 2020
  • Vincenzo Abbagnale, UNINA, 2020
  • Ilaria di Biase, UNINA, 2020
  • Elena Panariello, UNINA, 2020
  • Alessandra Palazzi, UNINA, 2020
  • Mariacarmen Del Mondo, UNINA, 2020
  • Mattia Acunzo, UNINA, 2020
  • Simona Piccolo, UNINA, 2020
  • Maria Vittoria Brandi, UNINA, 2020
  • Andrea Campanile, UNINA, 2020
  • Lucia Di peso, UNINA, 2020
  • Simone De Meo, UNINA, 2019
  • Raffaele Nocera, UNINA, 2019
  • Antonio Nappo, UNINA, 2019
  • Andrea Campanile, UNINA, 2019
  • Mariavittoria Brandi, UNINA, 2019
  • Nunzia Nappi, UNINA, 2019
  • Alessia Masella, UNINA, 2019
  • Angelica De Rosa, UNINA, 2019

High School Alumni

  • Francesca Cafiero, Liceo Statale "Fonseca", Napoli, Summer 2019
  • Domenico Mazza, Istituto Istruzione Superiore "Giancarlo Siani", Napoli, summer 2019

Past Visitors

  • Marina Viggiani, visiting graduate assistant, CNR ISMAR Venezia, Summer 2021
  • Costantino Vetriani, visiting professor, Rutgers University, Fall 2019
  • Matteo Selci, visiting student, Politechnic University of Marche, Spring 2019
  • Joy Buongiorno, visiting postdoc, Carnegie Institution of Washington (USA), Jan-Feb 2019