A highly qualified staff with a great experience in the area composes our team:

Dr. Claudia Damiani

 Our group leader Dr. Claudia Damiani, got her master’s degree in 2005 with 110 cum laude.  During her PhD, she worked at “Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme”, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), on the isolation and identification of the Asaia bacterium from field mosquitoes. She also worked at Duquesne University (Pittsburg, USA) (Tutor: Prof. David Lampte), on the genetic manipulation of the Asaia bacterium using a recombinant plasmid. In 2011, she won a fellowship in the FIRB-IDEAS project "Assessment of the potential role of bacteria of the genus Asaia as microbial agent for paratransgenic control of malaria vectors". In 2013, she won a FIRB grant for young researchers, and she is still working at Camerino University with a RTD /a contract on the project   “Yeasts and killer peptides, as experimental models for the control and treatment of diseases transmitted by arthropod vectors”.

Dr. Paolo Rossi

Dr. Paolo Rossi got his master’s degree at the University of Camerino in 2007 with 110 cum laude; in 2011, he got his PhD in environmental sciences and public health at the University of Camerino. In 2008 and 2009, he worked at Westminster University in London with benefits from “COST” fellowships (European cooperation in the field of scientific and technical research) for the implementation of research involving paratransgenesis.

Dr. Aurelio Serrao

Dr. Aurelio Serrao got his master’s degrees in 2008 with 110 cum laude at the University of Perugia and he subsequently obtained two fellowships at Prof. Catteruccia’s lab to study the Anopheles reproductive biology. He got his PhD with a thesis discussing the role of mosquito neurotransmitters on their reproductive cycle. During his PhD in order to complete his project, he worked at Harvard University (Boston) and Imperial College (London).

Dr. Matteo Valzano

Dr. Matteo Valzano got his master’s degree in biomolecular and biofunctional sciences at Camerino University in 2009, with 110 cum laude. During his PhD he reached the finals “ATP” at the 9th edition of the European contest “Innovact Campus Award” with a project entitled  “Symbionts and Malaria vectors: perspectives in a paratransgenic control”.