Giulio Zanaroli graduated cum laude in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2001, and got his PhD in Applied Biocatalysis and Industrial Microbiology at the same University in 2005. From January 2005 to November 2008 he has been post-doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Applied Chemistry and Material Science of the University of Bologna in the group of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology coordinated by Prof. Fabio Fava, both as winner of post-doctoral fellowships and as contract researcher. He has been visiting researcher for two six-month periods (from October 2002 to March 2003 and from March 2005 to August 2005) at the Biotech Center for Agricolture and the Environment, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ, USA) in the laboratory of Prof. Lily Y. Young, with a “Marco Polo” fellowship of the University of Bologna for the training of young researchers, and then with a EU fellowship “EU-US exchange fellowship in environmental biotechnology” (EC Accompanying Measure QLK3-CT-2002-30292). From December 2008 to September 2017 he was Assistant Professor of Fermentation Chemistry and Biotechnology (sector CHIM/11) at the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, of the University of Bologna, where is he Associate processor since October 2017. Since October 2018, he holds the national scientific habilitation as full professor in the sector "medicinal, toxicological and nutritional chemistry and applied technologies" (03/D1) (valid from 31/10/2018 to 31/10/2024).
His main research interests are in the Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, with specific reference to the study of the aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation of aromatic, aliphatic, chlorinated and non chlorinated xenobiotics and the microbial communities in charge of the degradation process. He is also involved in research activities related to Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, in particular as regards the valorization of agroindustry wastes and effluents for the production of fine chemicals, biopolymers and biofuels. In these ambits, he is involved in 7 european research projects funded in the H2020 program (MADFORWATER – of which he is co-coordinator, NoAW, Agrimax, INMARE, BIOWAYS, ELECTRA, TERMINUS) and 1 JPI-Ocean project (PLASTOX), and he participated in 7 european research projects funded in the 7th framework program (KILLSPILL, BIOCLEAN, ROUTES, ECOBIOCAP, ULIXES, MINOTAURUS, NAMASTE). His research activity is documented by the publication of 42 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals, 1 on national journals, 1 international patent, 7 book chapters, 35 extended abstracts in proceedings of national and international conferences (1 of which presented as keynote lecture) and more than 50 oral or poster presentations at national and international conferences.
He is Review Editor of Frontiers in Environmental Science (ISSN: 2296-665X), sections “Wastewater Management” and “Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation”, “Frontiers in Microbiology ” (ISSN: 1664-302X, IF 4,165), section “Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation” and “Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology ” (ISSN: 2296-4185), section “Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation”, and serves as reviewer for the following international journals: Applied Materials and Interfaces (ACS Publications), Annals of Microbiology (Springer), Biochemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier), Bioresource Technology (Elsevier), Journal of Environmental Monitoring (RCS Publishing), Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier), Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (Wiley), Marine Pollution Bulletin (Elsevier), Microbiology (Society for General Microbiology), New Biotechnology (Elsevier), Process Biochemistry (Elsevier).
He has been member of the Organizing Committee of the following international Conferences and Summer Schools:
a) 9th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management - Circular Economy and Environmental Sustainability (ICEEM09), 6-9 September 2017, Bologna, Italy.
b) International Conference “Microbial resource management for polluted marine environments and bioremediation” (MedRem-2014), Hammamet (Tunisia), 16-18 January 2014.
c) International Conference "Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the frame of the Knowledge-Based Bio and Green Economy" (EMB2012), Bologna (Italy), 10-12 April 2012.
d) VIII Congresso INCA: “Chimica sostenibile & Tecnologie ambientali: stato dell'arte e prospettive”, Bologna (Italy), 23-24 March 2006.
e) International Summer School "Biomonitoring, bioavailability and microbial tranformation of pollutants in sediments and approaches to stimulate their biodegradation", Genova (Italy), 12-14 September 2005.
f) International Summer School "Innovative approaches to the management and physical & chemical remediation of contaminated sediments", Genova (Italy), 8-10 September 2005.
g) European Summer School "Innovative Approaches to the bioremediation of contaminated sites", Bologna (Italy), 7-11 September 2004.
He was invited to give lectures and seminars to the following national and international conferences and summer schools:
a) DehaloCon - A Conference on Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation, 23-26 March 2014, Jena (Germany): Identification of PCB-dechlorinating bacteria in marine sediments and strategies for their biostimulation under in situ conditions (Keynote Lecture in the section Applied aspects).
b) 30th SIMGBM Meeting, 18-21 September 2013, Ischia (Italy): Anaerobic biodegradation of polychlorinated biphenyls in marine sediments (Plenary Session: Soil communities and Bioremediation).
c) Convegno Attività portuale e gestione dei fanghi di dragaggio - problematiche e soluzioni nella realtà dell'Adriatico, 22-26 April 2009, Marina dei Cesari, Fano (Italy): Attenuazione naturale nella bonifica in situ dei sedimenti contaminati da policlorobifenili: rilevazione, quantificazione e caratterizzazione del processo.
d) 4th European Bioremediation Conference, 3-6 September 2008, Chania (Crete, Greece): Enrichment of PCB dechlorinating bacteria from marine sediments of Venice lagoon under geochemical conditions that mime those occurring in situ (Keynote Lecture in the section Biomonitoring and Bioremediation of Contaminated Sediments).
e) International Summer School “(Bio)monitoring and (Bio)remediation of Contaminated Soils”, 24-27 June 2007, Parco Tecnologico Padano di Lodi, Lodi (Italy): Sediments contaminated by chlorinated compounds and native microbial processes associated to their remediation.
f) International Summer School “WASTE RECOVERY, Reclycling and Waste to Energy”, 25-30 June 2007, Rimini (Italy): Biological natural attenuation of PCB-contaminated sediments.
His teaching activity concerns the courses of Biotechnology for the Chemical Industry, Bioremediation and Exploitation of Marine Bioresources, and Laboratory of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, of the 1st and 2nd level degree programs in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering of the School of Engineering of the University of Bologna.