I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of the University of Naples “Federico II”, in Italy. My group aims to explore and understand the emergence and evolution of life and the co-evolution of the Geosphere and the Biosphere.
To this end in my lab we combine classic microbiology techniques with data from comparative genomic, phylogenetic, environmental surveys and computational approaches to reconstruct geo-bio interactions. The majority of our work is carried out in extreme environments, ranging from deep-sea and shallow-water hydrothermal vents, hot springs and volcanoes, the subsurface and Antarctica.
Check out our reserach, our latest pubblications or our interactive map showing our field sites. Head to the team section to read more about myself and the rest of the fantastic people I work with. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the picture gallery or our outreach activities and appearance in the media. Take a look at the yearly report I post about my activities in the Year in Numbers section.
We are located at the University of Naples “Federico II”, the oldest public non-sectarian university in the world founded in 1224. We also interact with a number of world leading institutions, including Rutgers University, the Geophisical Laboratory at CIW, the Earth-Life Science Institute and the Italian CNR-IRBIM.
We are always looking for passionate new people to join the team (more info) !
Our latest paper is finally out in Nature! Directly from the 'Biology Meets Subduction' project, we present new data highlighting a previously unrecognised mechanism of CO2 sequestration in the volcanic forearc of Costa Rica. Take a look also at solme of the press coverage on this paper
Our latest review on the limit of life and what we can learn from them while searching for extraterrestral life is finally out on Frontiers in Microbiology
In the field in Iceland to film a Science Documentary and get samples from the shallow-water hydrothermal vents of Strytan