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Barbara Cavalazzi

Full Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: GEO/01 Paleontology and Paleoecology

Curriculum vitae


Prof. Barbara Cavalazzi obtained her MSc in Geology at the University of Chieti-Pescara in 1999, and her Ph. D. in Paleontology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2005. She continued her research activities at the Università di Bologna, Portland State University, Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire-CNRS, and University of Johannesburg. Since 2012 she is staff member at the University of Bologna and Adjunct Researcher at the University of Johannesburg. She is expert in high resolution technics applied to microbial paleontology, and in field geobiology. Since 2019, she is President of the European Astrobiology Network Association-EANA.


2020-2024, Scientific Coordinator. H2020 INTRA-AFRICA ACADEMIC MOBILITY SCHEME 2020-2024.

2020-2024, WP leader. H2020 INFRAIA-2019-1 RIA/Europlanet Research Infrastructures 2020-2024.

2019-2020, PI. CERIC-ERIC / Testing survival and alteration of molecules and related substrates in Mars simulated condition.

2020-2021 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow.

2017, Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility Fellowship, Ethiopia.

2017, Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility Fellowship, Egypt.

2014-17: PI. FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG//Inorganic Nanoparticles of Archaean Carbonaceous Matter-INACMa.

2011-12: PI. NRF, National Research Foundation grant, Sud Africa/Precambrian African Paleoseeps.

2009-10, LeStudium-Insitute for Advanced Studies Val de Loire Fellowship.

2008: PI. NASA-NAI and Lewis and Clarck Found for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology Award of The American Philosophical Society.

2006: PI. Exploration Fund of the Explorers Club (NY-USA) - Diversa Corporation Award for microbial science.




- President of EANA - European Astrobiology Network Association (since 2019)

- Associate Editor of Precambrian Research (since 2018)

- Italian Representative of EANA - European Astrobiology Network Association (since 2015)

- MC Substitute - COST-TD1308/ORIGINS (2014-2018)

- Editorial board di Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach (US) (2013-2014).

- Editorial board di Astrobiology (US) (since 2012)

Peer review - Scientific Projects:

- ERC- (since 2020)

- Spanish System for Research, National Development and Innovation program (since 2015)

- NSC National Science Centre, Poland (since 2014)

- Council for the Earth and Life sciences-ALW, Netherlands (since 2008)


Ad hoc reviewer for:

Astrobiology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geobiology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Geo-Marine Letters, Geomicrobiology Journal, Ore Geology Reviews, Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, Planetary and Space Science, PlosOne, Precambrian Research, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Sedimentary Geology, Springer Book Series.

Professional affiliations:

- European Astrobiology Network Association, E.A.N.A. (since 2015)

- Marie Curie Alumni Association, M.C.A.A. (since 2014)

- Società Paleontologica Italiana, S.P.I. (since 2012)

- Société Française d'Exobiologie, S.F.E. (since 2009-2013)

- Società Italiana Scienze Microscopiche, S.I.S.M. (since 2004)

- International Federation of Societies for Microscopy, I.F.S.M. (since 2004)

- European Microscopy Society, E.M.S (since 2004)

- European Focused Ion Beam Users Group, E.F.G.U. (since 2004)