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Martina Cappelletti

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology

Academic discipline: BIO/19 Microbiology

Curriculum vitae

Research interest:

My research interests include genetics, genomics and physiology of microorganisms involved in biodegradation, biotransformation and biomineralization in natural environments and bioreactors. Recently developed research lines concern the analysis of antimicrobial properties of organic and inorganic compounds for medical and pharmaceutical applications.

Fellowships and awards

2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by G. & V.Rossi Foundation; 2012-2013: Bologna University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship; 2011: Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and Holger & Friederun Jannasch Scholarship in Microbial Diversity, Woods Hole, MA, USA; 2011: Award for Excellent PhD Thesis focusing on ‘Construction of Heterologous expression systems in Gram-positive bacteria', UniBo; 2010-2011: Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MIPAAF) Research Fellowship; 2009-2010: Marco Polo Grant for research abroad, UNIBO; 2007-2010: Italian Ministry of University and Research Graduate Research Fellowship; 2009: G-COE Internship Program Grant, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; 2006: Leonardo da Vinci Programme Grant for internship abroad,UNIBO

Research Experience

2016-2019: Fixed term Researcher (RTDa); UNIBO, Dept. FaBit. Genomic, molecular and functional analyses of microorganisms used in the aerobic bioremediation and bioconversion of hydrocarbon contaminants".

2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow; UNIBO, Dept. FaBit. "Microbial biofilm: molecular and functional aspects of bacteria attached to biological and/or inorganic supports".

2014 Jul -2014 Oct: Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow; Univ. of Calgary (Canada), Dept. of Biosciences. "Biofilm development of gut microbial communities using MBEC system and chemotaxis analysis of Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes KF707"

2011-2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow; UNIBO, Dept. FaBit. "Genomic, molecular and functional analyses of microorganisms performing bioconversion of industrial toxic wastes or residues".

2010-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow; UNIBO, Dept. FaBit. "BIO-HYDRO: Microbiological and molecular characterization of bacteria populations in bioreactors for H2 and CH4 production from agrozootechnical residues".

2009 Jun-2010 Apr : Visiting PhD Student ; Univ. of Calgary (Canada), Dept. of Biosciences. "Protein expression profiles of Rhodococcus sp. BCP1 grown on n-alkanes as sole carbon source"

2009 Jan-2009 Mar: Visiting PhD Student ; Univ. of Osaka (Japan), Dept. of Biotechnology. "Development of molecular tools to characterize the role of AlkB in the metabolism of n-alkanes by Rhodococcus sp. BCP1".

2006: Visiting Graduate Research Fellow ; Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, Oxford (UK). "Utilization of Raman Confocal Microscopy and DGGE technique to characterize microbial communities isolated from soils".

Advanced Courses

2017 Nov: From Primer to Paper: Training in Biodiversity Analysis using NGS Amplicon Data, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen (Germany). Organized by Ribocon GmbH

2012 Jul: Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop, Valencia (Spain); organized by the CSISP Genomics and Health Area and the DoE (U. S. Department of Energy) Joint Genome Institute (JGI)

2011 Jun-Jul: Microbial Diversity Summer Course at Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA (USA).

Scientific Production (Summary)

Peer-reviewed articles Starting from 2008, M.C. he contributed to the writing of 51 articles, 5 book chapters, 4 Conference Proceedings. M.C. it has an H-index of 19 (updated to Jun 2022). ORCID ID:

Conference presentations and Conference Proceedings

M.C. has given >30 oral and poster presentations in the following National and International Conferences: European Bioremediation Conference, Conference on Phenotype MicroArray Analysis of Cells, International Symposium on Soil Metagenomics, International Biotechnology Symposium, International Symposium on Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, National Meeting of Italian Society of General Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnologies, International Conference on Speleology.

M.C. she has been invited speaker by the Bicocca University of Milan (Italy), the University of Sydney (Australia), the University of Calgary (Canada)

Publishing activities and Scientific Outreach

M.C. is Associate Editor of Microbiology Open and a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology and Folia Microbiologica. She is or has been Guest Ediotr of Special Issue in Frontiers in Microbiology, Life, Molecules and Microorganisms.

M.C. gave oral presentations / seminars for scientific dissemination about bacterial genetics, Rhodococcus genetics and metabolic potentials, hydrogen bio-production by hyperthermophilic bacteria, in High-schools, PhD scientific schools at the 'Accademia dei Georgofili in Florence (Mar 2014).

The research activities of M.C. has been the topic of UNIBO Magazine articles, social networks articles and TV news (Scientific TG Leonardo on RAI3; RAI1, SkyTG24):

- UNIBO Magazine: “Il batterio che diventa bio-factory di nano-cristalli ad alta conduzione elettrica (The bacterium that becomes biofactory of nanocristals with high electrical conductivity” (March 2018); Quei minerali che nascono grazie ai microbe e ci fanno guardare verso marte (Those minerals that are born thanks to microbes and make us look towards Mars) (Dec 2018));

- M.C. and her group have carried out microbiological analysis of surgical face masks during the Country's sanitary crisis. This reserach activity has been the subject of articles published on several newspapers and social networks in La Repubblica, UNIBO Magazine and services broadcast on Sky TG24, TG3, TG1 and TG5. (Https://

Social Network

Twitter: @martycap_micro



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