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Vincenzo Scarlato

Full Professor

Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology

Academic discipline: BIO/11 Molecular Biology

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Curriculum vitae

Professor Scarlato started his scientific activity at International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics (IIGB) in Naples, carrying out research on computer DNA sequences and gene identification criteria (1978-82). In 1982, he approached molecular genetics and role of anti-sense RNAs in phage T4. He carried out his second post-doctoral fellow (1985-87) in the laboratory of Dr EP Geiduschek (University of California, San Diego) studying transcriptional regulation of Bacillus subtilis phage SPO1 and self-splicing of group I introns. In 1988 Dr Scarlato obtained a position as Researcher Scientist at Sclavo Research Center (Siena, Italy) where he started studies on transcriptional regulation in pathogenic bacteria. The major effort was directed to the understanding of the transcriptional regulation of virulence genes in Bordetella pertussis. His research has been fundamental for the comprehension of this bacterium pathogenesis' and has placed Dr Scarlato among the International experts in the field. Since 1992, he is a group leader studying regulation of virulence genes in Bordetella and Helicobacter pylori. In 1998-2000 he also coordinated a group working on genome sequence analyses of bacterial pathogens, including Neisseria meningitidis. In 1998 he has been appointed associate professor, and in 2002, full professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Bologna. His research is currently focused to the comprehension of the transcriptional regulation in response to environmental changes (such as temperature, iron, nickel) in H. pylori and N. mengintidis.

Professor Scarlato is member of 4 scientific societies: SIBBM (Società Italiana di Biofisica e Biologia Molecolare), ASM (American Society for Microbiology), SIMGBM (Società Italiana di Microbiologia Generale e Biotecnologie Microbiche), and SGM (Society of General Microbiology). He has served as referee to international scientific journals (Mol Microbiol, J. Bacteriol, MGG, NAR, Res Microbiol, Arch Virol, Microbiol, Gene, FEBS Letters, and others), to several funding agencies (UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, USA), in 1998-2006 has been Associate Editor of "Microbiology" (SGM), and in 2008-2011 has been member of "Faculty of 1000 Biology". Since 2018 he is Associate Editor of the journal "Frontiers in Molecular Bacterial Pathogenesis" and of the journal "Microorganisms". Dr Scarlato's research was partially funded by Chiron (now Novartis), by a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization (1993-1996), a grant from the European Union (1998-2002), by MURST (1999-2004; 2012-2015), and by a Strategic project (2006-2008).

During his scientific career, he published 93 papers on international scientific journals, 16 book chapters, and attended several national and international meetings.