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As a mycologist, I’m specialized in the study of marine fungi, their taxonomy and physiology. I’m interested in deepening the knowledge of marine fungal enzymes and metabolites focusing on their bioactivity. I have also experience in plant pathology, with a main focus on rice blast disease (Pyricularia oryzae).
Concerning my study on bats, I’m dedicated to their conservation, through research and management of hibernating sites and maternal roosts in NW Italy, in collaboration with Dr. Elena Patriarca and Paolo Debernardi of the Stazione Teriologica Piemontese. I’ve applied my mycologist skills for the study of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a devastating disease caused by Pseudogymnoascus destructans, responsible for the deaths of millions of bats across the world. Together with my colleagues at CNR, I’m researching bat diet through metagenomic, and the threats posed by pesticides on their survival.
I’m also working on invasive/non-native species, with a focus on alien crayfish, trying to define managing strategies for their control, and raising awareness on the issue.
Editorial Board and Affiliations: Associated editor of BioInvasions Records. Member of the Media and Communication group and of the Executive Committee of INVASIVESNET – the International Association for Open Access and Open Knowledge on Invasive Alien Species. Alumna of the BCFN - Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation.
Research Experience: Jul 2020 – present, Permanent Researcher at the CNR-IRSA of Verbania.
Oct 2019 – Jun 2020, Post-doc position at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, in the research group of Prof. Anna Maria Picco
Dec 2017- Dec 2018, coordinator of the BCFN project “YES!BAT Sustainable R ice Fields: say YES! to bats”
Apr 2014 – Sep 2016, Post-doc position at the Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis (MUT), Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, in the research group of Prof. Giovanna Cristina Varese.
Feb 2014, PhD in Experimental Ecology and Geobotany. Thesis entitled: “Marine fungi in the Mediterranean Sea: discovering their diversity and their potential application in biotechnology”.