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) !
Our latest paper is finally out! In collaboration with Alberto Vitale Brovarone (UNITO) we suggest a new mechanism for deep serpentinization in subduction zones potentially support deep subsurface life. Read it in Nature Communication29. Feb 2020
Leaving for a sampling expedition in Chile, to sample the hot springs in the forearc and volcanic arc of the Central and Southern volcanic zone of South America. Follow us on Twitter21. Jan 2020
Just published the yearly report containing my 2019 activities. I think it is important to publish a report on the work carried out since we use taxpayers money