University of Milan (UMIL)

UMIL team has experience in the isolation and culturing of marine microorganisms from polluted sites and  extreme habitats. Biochemical and molecular biology approaches are used to study physiology, ecology and biotechnological potential of novel isolates. The research capacity is based on a fully equipped molecular microbial ecology and a fluorescence and laser scanning confocal microscopy platforms, on expertise in microbial genetics, genomics and physiology and on industrial microbiology facilities including fermenters, reactors and an analytical chemistry platform with liquid and gas chromatographs. DNA sequencers are available as well as a platform for genome assembly, finishing and annotation.
Main tasks in the project

  • Characterization of microorganisms capable of oil degradation under condition of high pressure (WP4)
  • Development of formulations combining nutrients, biosurfactants and oil degrading consortia (WP4)
  • Establishment of microparticles for the slow release of hydrocarbon-degrading cells, biosurfactants, fertilizers, enzymes and e-acceptors (WP6)
  • Testing formulation for the slow release of biodegradation enhancers on polluted waters (WP6)
Daniele Daffonchio - Contact this person by email

Prof. Daniele Daffonchio is full professor of Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Milan. He is scientific coordinator of BIODESERT FP7: biotechnology from desert microbial extremophiles for supporting agriculture research potential in Tunisia and Southern Europe, and ULIXES FP7 project: approaches towards bioremediation of the Mediterranean Sea by exploring its microbial diversity. He is the Italian representative at FEMS.

Francesco Molinari - Contact this person by email

Prof. Francesco Molinari is professor of Fermentation Biotechnology at the University of Milan. His current research is focused on the discovery and development of new microbial enzymes as biocatalyst for industrial application; he is involved in different national and international projects aimed at the set-up of bioprocesses for sustainable green chemistry. He is involved in the FP7 project MACUMBA

Sara Borin - Contact this person by email

Prof. Sara Borin is associated professor of Agriculture Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Milan. Her current research is mainly on the FP7 projects: ULIXES approaches towards bioremediation of the Mediterranean Sea by exploring its microbial diversity; MACUMBA, marine microorganisms: cultivation methods for improving their biotechnological applications; BIODESERT, biotechnology from desert microbial extremophiles for supporting agriculture research potential in Tunisia and Southern Europe

Diego Romano - Contact this person by email

Dr. Diego Romano is researcher of Fermentation Biotechnology at the University of Milan. His current research is focused on the characterization and application of new microbial enzymes in industrially relevant and sustainable bioprocesses. He is involved in the FP7 project MACUMBA

Francesca Mapelli - Contact this person by email

Dr. Francesca Mapelli is post doc researcher at the University of Milan. She has a PhD in Agriculture Ecology from the University of Milan, Italy. Her current research is mainly on the FP7 projects: ULIXES, approaches towards bioremediation of the Mediterranean Sea by exploring its microbial diversity; MACUMBA, marine microorganisms: cultivation methods for improving their biotechnological applications. Other research topics regard the description of bacterial function and diversity in marine environments and extreme, pristine and polluted, environments

Elena Crotti - Contact this person by email

Dr. Elena Crotti is post doc researcher at the University of Milan. She has a PhD in Pesticide Ecology from the University of Milan, Italy. Her current research is mainly on the FP7 projects: MACUMBA, marine microorganisms: cultivation methods for improving their biotechnological applications; BIODESERT, biotechnology from desert microbial extremophiles for supporting agriculture research potential in Tunisia and Southern Europe. Other research topics regard the study and biotechnological applications of microbial associations between bacteria and insects