My Team

Prof. ANTONELLA PENNA, Full Professor – Orcid ID: 0000-0002-1880-9401

Actual Position: Associate Professor at Biological Sciences School. Teaching in Ecology. Permanent Researcher of Molecular Ecology at Department of Biomolecular Sciences, Biotechnologu Lab. She authored 93 scientific papers  in ISI Journals. She is reviewer of National Projects for ECOHAB at NOAA Institution (USA). She was already member of Directive Committee of SIBM. She participated in several national (especially in the PRIN framework) and European  research projects FP6-FP7 (ENPI CBCMEDM3-HABs-2013, Adriatic IPABALMAS-2013). Her research activities include the molecular Technologies for monitoring HABs, marine ecosystem quality control and assessment through data analysis and ecological model applications. Current Project: Regione Marche “Monitoring of Coastal Water Quality of North Marche”. See also montly bulletin of coastal water quality at https://www.uniurb.it/it/portale/index.php?mist_id=24010&lang=IT&tipo=R1&page=1170. She is associate member to CNR ISMAR, Italy.

e-mail: antonella.penna@uniurb.it

MY TEAM:

Dr. SILVIA CASABIANCA, Ph. D, Postdoctoral Researcher

She received her Ph. D. degree in Environmental Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Urbino, in 2010 with a thesis on “Use of high polymorphic marker analysis in Alexandrium minutum populations of the Mediterranean Sea”. Currently, she has post doc position at Biomolecular Science Department of University of Urbino working on the quali- and quantittive genetic cheracterization of different toxic dinoflagellate species from different geographical areas with particular interest to the Mediterranean basin. Skills: microalgal isolation and cultures; analysis of growth rate of marine microalgal species using different quantitative methods; qualitative and quantitative qrt-PCR; cloning, sequence alignment analysis, phylogenetic analysis using several software platforms; statistical software application for genetic population analysis. Analysis of gene expression in marine diatoms. Publications: 21  papers in ISI Journals.

e-mail: silvia.casabianca@uniurb.it

Dr. ELEONORA VALBI, Ph.D

Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2013. master Degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology at the Uinversity of Rome Tor Vergata in 2016 with a graduation thesis in Ecology: “Fish fauna of Italian marine protected areas: an analysis based on coastal fishing catches”. to date she is a Ph.D student in Basic Sciences and Application at the Department of Basic Sciences and Fundamental, University of Urbino. Skills: Multivariate Data Analysis, Statistical models, SOM, RF.

e-mail: e.valbi@campus.uniurb.it

Dr. SAMUELA CAPELLACCI, Technician

Actual position: since 2003. Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Urbino. Fellowships from 2000 to 2002 at the Centre for Environmental Biology, University of Urbino. Skills on: research applied to marine biology and coastal water monitoring campaigns to study the occurrence and dynamics of eutrophic and mucilaginous phenomena occurring along the NW Adriatic coast. Analyses of chemical, physical and biological properties of Adriatic mucilaginous aggregates. Use of analytical methods by HPLC-Refractometry and Mass Liquid Spectrometry. Morphological characterization of phytoplankton communities. Metabolism of silicon in marine diatoms by in situ studies. Microalgal isolation and cultures; analysis of growth rate of marine microalgal species using different quantitative methods; optical and epi-fluorescence microscopy techniques; DNA extraction and purification by classical methods or kits; qualitative and qPCR, and nucleotide sequence analysis. Pubblications: Pubblications: 21 papers in ISI journals.

e-mail: samuela.capellacci@uniurb.it

Dr. FABIO RICCI, Technician

Actual position: since 2008. Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Urbino. Fellowships from 2000 to 2007 at the Centre of Environmental Biology, University of Urbino. Skills on: research applied to coastal dynamic in the NW Adriatic Sea with monitoring plans carried out from 1986. Analyses of chemical, physical and biological of mucilage aggregates in the NW Adriatic Sea. Use of analytical methods by HPLC-Refractometry and Mass Liquid Spectrometry for the oligosaccharide composition of the mucilage masses. Pubblications: 10 papers in ISI journals.

e-mail: fabio.ricci@uniurb.it

MY COLLABORATIONS within Lab. at Dep. of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Urbino

  • Dr. Francesca Andreoni, Ph.D, Technician, Lab. of Biotechnology
    Actual position: since 2001. Ph.D., “Biochemical and Pharmacological Methodologies” University of Urbino in 2000. Teaching activity at the University of Urbino, with Biology and Genetic classes. Coordinator of Master and Specialization thesis degree of Biotechnology Course at University of Urbino. Research on: molecular characterization, phylogeny and microalgae systematic of marine toxic species in the Mediterranean Sea; identification of candidate vaccines against the microbe Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida, causative agent of fish disease in aquaculture systems; polymorphism analyses for genotyping of microrganisms and organisms; molecular diagnostic for the identification of pathogen microbes in fishes. Pubblications: 29 papers in ISI journals