EDUCATION AND TRAINING
AD graduated with honors in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Bologna (I) in 1996, carrying out research on the molecular characterization and epidemiology of phytopathogenic mollicutes. In 1997 he was selected for the “PhD Programme” of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and joined the lab of Prof. F.C. Kafatos, studying the molecular and cellular biology of mosquito immune-responses and malaria transmission. He was awarded a TMR fellowship for collaborative work between the group of Insect Immunity led by J.A. Hoffmann at the CNRS Institute of Molecular and Cellualr Biology (IMBC) in Strasbourg (F) and the EMBL. In 2002 he obtained the PhD degree in Biology with a thesis on the characterization of ookinete midgut invasion markers in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. In 2001 he joined the lab of Prof. V. Scarlato at the University of Bologna, working as post-doctoral fellow to elucidate metal-dependent transcriptional regulation mechanisms in the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori. From 2005 to 2015 he was serving as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science, University of Bologna. Since 2015 he is Associate Professor in Molecular Biology at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology.
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