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Laura Pezzolesi

Ricercatrice a tempo determinato tipo b) (senior)

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Settore scientifico disciplinare: BIO/01 BOTANICA GENERALE

Curriculum vitae

CV aggiornato il 15/05/2020

Fixed term researcher (RTD A) of General Botany at the University of Bologna, Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences, qualified as Assistant Professor in General Botany (ASN2016/V quad).

My research activity mostly concerns the biology and ecology of algae. Studies are aimed to:

i) identify the algal species involved in toxic effects towards human health and ecosystem, focusing mostly on the environmental conditions which promote the growth and the toxin production;

ii) investigate the toxic effects towards several organisms through eco-toxicological assays, and understand the toxic mechanism of algal toxins;

iii) characterize the dynamics of growth and production of the main cellular compounds and toxins, at different growth conditions;

iv) study interactions among microalgae and the production of allelopathic compounds or infochemicals;

v) study the algal toxin biosynthesis, in particular palytoxins/ovatoxins biosynthesis, through the gene expression evaluation of the polyketide synthases (PKS);

vi) characterize microalgal strains for bioremediation and industrial application through growth study in photobioreactors or open ponds;

vii) analyse the distribution and biology of populations of marine coralline algae, in particular Lithophyllum spp., in the Mediterranean Sea, through morphological observations and molecular investigations.

Education

2008-2011: PhD in Environmental Science, University of Bologna.

2004-2006: MSc in Environmental Science, University of Bologna.
2001-2004: BSc in Environmental Science, University of Bologna.

Main research experience

12/2018-today: Fixed term researcher (RTD A) of General Botany at the University of Bologna, Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

02/2017-09/2018: Post-doc fellow at the Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research- Energy and Environment, University of Bologna. Research project: Growth of microalgae with the supply of CO2 obtained by the upgrading of methane produced through anaerobic digestion (POR FESR 14-20)

05/2015-02/2017: Post-doc fellow at the at Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna. Research project: Germination and identification of dinoflagellate cysts (BALMAS project)

10/2014-05/2015: scientific assistant at the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna. Research project: Large-scale cultures of diatoms in photobioreactors

10/2013-09/2014: Post-doc fellow at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (DISVA), Marche Polytechnic University. Research project: Analysis of the distribution and population biology of calcareous marine algae of the Mediterranean (PRIN 2010-2011 project “Coastal bioconstructions: structure, function, and management”)

09/2013: Research assistant at the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna. Research project: Algal biotoxins in the Italian coastal waters

07/2011-09/2013: Post-doc fellow at the Center for Industrial Research- Energy and Environment, University of Bologna. Research project: Development of methods for cultivation, screening and harvesting of algal biomasses (POR FESR 07-13)

06/2007-09/2007: Collaboration contract at the Department of Marine Sciences (DiSMar) - University of Ancona. Research project: Study of the interactions between the effluent of the IGCC central belonging to APIEnergia and the presence, growth and toxicity of the microalgae Fibrocapsa japonica along the Marchigian coasts

01/2007-06/2007: Collaboration contract at the Interdepartmental Center for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRSA) - University of Bologna. Research project: Study of ichthyotoxic compounds in microalgae

International research experience

01/2010-06/2010: Visiting Scientist (Marco Polo project) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Charleston, South Carolina (USA) – Tutor: Dr. Frances Van Dolah. Research project: Study of the role of Polyketide Synthases in the toxins biosynthesis

04/2009-06/2009: Visiting Scientist at the National Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC) – Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) – Tutor: Dr. Michael Quilliam. Research project: Development of LC-MS methods for the toxins analysis

09/2007-01/2008: Fellowship (Leonardo da Vinci Programme) at Plant Research International (PRI) – Wageningen, The Netherlands – Tutor: Dr. Ric de Vos. Research project: Study of melon metabolites (EU project Melon Metabolomics)

Teaching activity

2019-2020: Lecturer of the course "Biologia vegetale", Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science, University of Bologna (3 CFU).

2018-2019: Lecturer of the course "Biotecnologie marine vegetali e tossine algali", Marine Biology Master Degree, University of Bologna (3 CFU).

2011-today: Supervisor of 1 MSc Thesis (course of Marine Biology, University of Bologna) and 1 BSc Thesis (course of Environmental Science, University of Bologna); (Co)-supervisor of 9 MSc Thesis (courses of Environmental Science and course of Marine Biology, University of Bologna); (Co)-supervisor of 5 BSc Thesis (courses of Environmental Science and Biological Sciences, University of Bologna)

Scientific activity

First and Co-author of 33 papers published on international peer-reviewed journals (13 as principal author)

H-index: 15; total number of citations: 827 (source Scopus)

ORCID: 0000-0002-6260-2715

Fellowships and prizes

06/2016: Best poster award for Plancton Group - 47°Congress of the Italian Marine Biology Society (SIBM), Torino.

09/2015: Travel Award of the Italian Botanical Society (SBI) to attend the 110° Congress SBI 2015 - II° International Plant Science Conference (IPSC) “Not only food: sustainable development, agro-biodiversity conservation & human well being”, Pavia.

09/2014: Scientific Prize at the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna for the “Study of toxic microalgae: environmental factors which promote their blooms”

11/2010: Travel Awards of the ISSHA (International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae) to attend the 14° International Conference on Harmful Algae in Crete.

2010: Marco Polo fellowship for a 6-months secondment at the NOAA – Charleston (South Carolina, USA).

2007: Leonardo da Vinci Programme fellowship for a 5-months secondment at Plant Research International (PRI) – Wageningen (The Netherlands).


Ai sensi dell'art. 15 co. 1 lett. c) del Decreto Legislativo 33/2013 ed in ottemperanza delle disposizioni del D.P.R. 445/2000 la sottoscritta LAURA PEZZOLESI nato a LUGO (RA) il 09/10/1982 Dichiara di NON svolgere incarichi, di NON avere titolarità di cariche di diritto privato regolati o finanziati dalla pubblica amministrazione e di NON di svolgere attività professionali.

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