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. I’ve been recently awarded a ERC Starting Grant to look at the co-evolution of biogeochemically-relevant proteins and trace metal availability in the environment called CoEVOLVE. Read more about the CoeVOLVE project here.
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.
Our laboratory logo, an abstract representation of what we call “microbiology in planetary context”. Designed by Patricia Barcala Dominguez
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) !
And I am on Netflix! As part of the Strobiology series Alien Worlds I went to Iceland to shoot a segment. Watch the entire series on Neflix. I'm on Episode 2 - Janus1. Dec 2020
The registration for the 9th ELSI Symposium Science in Society is now open! The symposium has a very innovative structure this year. Check it out and register here https://symposium2021.elsi.jp/23. Nov 2020
Today the First Online Italian Congress on the Evolution of Marine Organisms starts! I'm one of the co-iorganizer. Chek it out at www.evolmar.it25. Nov 2020
Our recent Nature Communication article about deep sources of energy for subsurface microbial communities has been featured in Nature new Subduction collection15. Nov 2020
I was recently invited to participate in a permanent round table about the role of microbiology research in Astrobiology by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. A lot of opportunities to make some good for the future of Astrobiology in Italy!