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Paola Mattarelli

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/16 Agricultural Microbiology

Curriculum vitae

Institution:                            Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences,  Microbiology unit, Bologna University

Viale Fanin 42, 40127 Bologna, Italy

Place and date of birth:   Forli'  09.04.1961

Telephone:                          +39 051 2096267

Fax:                                       +39 051 2096274


Citizenship:                         Italian


1988-1992: Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology at the “Istituto di Microbiologiaâ€, Bologna University , Italy. Title of the PhD dissertation:: The genus Bifidobacterium: relationships between plasmids and cellular physiology in Bifidobacterium globosum“ Description of three new Bifidobacterium species. Supervisor: Prof. Bruno Biavati

1985-1987: Initiation of Ph.D. study at the “Istituto di Microbiologiaâ€, Bologna University, Italy. Supervisor: Prof. Vittorio Scardovi.

1980-1984: Master of Science in Biological Science, Bologna University. Title of experimental graduation thesis: Plasmids in Leucocostoc oenos. Supervisor: Prof. Barbara Sgorbati


The research focuses on microbial taxonomy and identification, in particular of anaerobic bacteria, by the use of molecular and traditional methods. Some of these results lead to the description of three new Bifidobacterium species. The research activities include also cell-wall proteins and adhesion mechanisms, microbial ecology of gastrointestinal tracts of man and animals, antimicrobial activity of natural and synthetic chemicals, bacteriocins in the gram positive bacteria, in vitro and in vivo probiotic and prebiotic studies and their application in man and animals and in  functional foods. 

International appointments

Coauthor of "The genus Bifidobacterium†in the II Edition of The Prokaryotes (1992)

The family of Bifidobacteriaceae" in the III Edition of "The Prokaryotes" (2001-on line and  2006-paper version)

"Order Bifidobacteriales", “Bifidobacteriaceae familyâ€, â€Bifidobacterium genusâ€, â€Scardovia genusâ€, “Parascardovia genus, “Alloscardovia genusâ€, “Metascardovia genus†in the vol.5 of the II Edition of "Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology" (2012).

Member of International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) - Subcommittee on Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus and related organisms


1995-present                        Senior scientist at Department of Agroenvironmental Science and Technologies, unit of Microbiology, Bologna University, Italy


From 1998  Member of the Italian Society for Agricultural, Food and Environmental Microbiology (Soc. Italiana di Microbiologia Agro-Alimentare e Ambientale (SIMTREA), Italy

From 1998  Member of the Commission of PhD Course in Microbial Ecology and Plant Pathology, Bologna University, Italy

From 2011 Member of SFAM


2000-2002 Practical and lectures for Agroenvironmental Microbiology for Agriculture students, Bologna University, Italy (6CFU)

2002-2006  Practical and lectures for Agroenvironmental microbial biotechnology for Biotechnology students, Bologna University, Italy (3 CFU)

2003-2008 Practical and lectures for General and Environmental Microbiology for Agriculture students, Bologna University, Italy (5 CFU)

2009-2010 Practical for Biotechnology laboratory for Science students, Bologna University, Italy (1 CFU)

2010-2014 Practical and lectures for Applied Animal Microbiology for Agriculture students, Bologna University, Italy (6 CFU)

2014-today Practical and lectures for Environmental Applicatoion of Microbiology for master degree course in Planning and management of agro-territorial, forest and landscape

Referee for internationally recognized scientific journals:

International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, International Journal of Food Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Annals of Microbiology, Microbiology, Research in Microbiology, International Journal of Molecular Sciences  (MDPI Publishing, Basel, Switzerland), Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience, (Cambridge Journals), The Open Conference Proceedings Journal (Bentham), Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins (Springer)

MEMBER of EDITORIAL BOARD of International Journal Systematic Evolutionary Microbiology

She/He is part of the Thematic Group(TG) "Plant Health" [] of DISTAL established in October 2020


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