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The Unit of Molecular and Cellular Microbiology comprises five research teams with a broad range of expertise spanning gene regulation, at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels, host-bacterial pathogen interactions along with the ensuing innate and adaptive immune responses, essential components of the bacterial cell physiology and structure, and phage biology.

 Paolo Landini

Full Professor in General Microbiology

Email: paolo.landini@unimi.it

Thesis available: >>>

External links: PubMed

Keywords: Bacterial extracellular structures, gene expression regulation, signal molecules, virulence, antimicrobials

Main topics of the group:

  • Gene expression regulation by signal molecules in Gram negative bacteria
  • Identification of novel antimicrobial agents 

 Giovanni Bertoni

Associate Professor in General Microbiology

Email: giovanni.bertoni@unimi.it

Phones: +39 02 503 15027

Address: IV floor / tower B

Thesis available: >>>

External links: ORCID

KeywordsAntimicrobial drug-resistance, Essential and virulence genes, Novel antibacterial targets, Bacterial gene expression regulation, Bacterial small RNAs, Post-transcriptional regulation, Microbial Pathogenesis, Host-pathogen interactions, Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Main topics of the group:

  • Study of the role of small RNAs in the regulatory network of Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity in airway infections
  • Characterization of new essential functions of P. aeruginosa as targets for the development of next-generation antibiotics

Foto docente Federica Briani

Associate Professor in General Microbiology

Email: federica.briani@unimi.it

Phones: +39 02 503 15039

Address: IV floor / tower C

Thesis available: >>>

External links: PubMed - ORCID

Keywordsbacterial and phage molecular genetics, RNA processing and translation control, phage therapy, novel antibacterial targets

Main topics of the group:

  • Phage therapy of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections
  • Polynucleotide phosphorylase and RNA decay
  • Glucose Response in Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

 Moira Paroni

Assistant Professor in General Microbiology
Email: moira.paroni@unimi.it

Phones: +39 02 503 14747

Address: I floor tower B

Thesis available: Ask the teacher

Keywords: Host-pathogen interaction, virulence factors, adaptive immune response to pathogens

Main topics of the group:

  • Study of interaction mechanisms between microorganisms (pathogenic and non-pathogenic) and innate immune system.
  • Characterization of adaptive immune cells activation (CD4+ T-cells) in response to microorganisms (pathogenic and non-pathogenic).

 Foto docente Elio Rossi

Assistant Professor in General Microbiology

Email: elio.rossi@unimi.it

Phones: +39 02 503 15002

Address: Via Celoria 26, 4 PIANO TORRE B

Website: >>>

Thesis available: Ask the teacher 

External linksResearchGate - ResearcherID - GoogleScholar - Scopus - ORCID - Linkedin - Twitter
Keywordsmolecular biology; bacterial virulence and persistence; Acute and chronic infections; novel antimicrobial;
in vivo gene expression; host-pathogen interactions; omics techniques
Main topics of the group:
  • Virulence and persistence mechanisms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli
  • Host-pathogen system biology in chronic microbial infections
  • Development of rationally designed antimicrobial and anti-virulence compounds for treating
  • chronic and acute infections
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