Curriculum vitae

Present Position

Full Professor of Zoology, Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, University of Ferrara, Italy
Mailing address

Dipartimento di Scienze della vita e Biotecnologie

Università di Ferrara

via L. Borsari, 46 44121 FERRARA (Italy)

Phone & Fax: +39-0532-455485

E-mail address:


1998: Ph.D. in Animal Biology, University of Bologna, Italy.
1993: Degree in Biology, University of Pisa, Italy.
Previous Positions

2014-2019  Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, University of Ferrara, Italy

1999-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Evolution, University of Ferrara, Italy

2008-2012: Invited researcher, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (D)

2004-2006: Invited Researcher, Max Planck Institut for Developmental Biology, Tübingen (D)
2000-2002: Invited Researcher, Research Center for Ornithology of the Max-Planck Society, Andechs (D)
1997: PhD student, Max Planck Institut fuer Verhaltensphysiologie, Andechs (D)
1995-1998: PhD student, Department of Biology, University of Ferrara, Italy
1991-1993:Graduate Student, Department of Ethology, University of Pisa, Italy
2020 H2020-MSCA-ITN-EID-2020 “EASYTRAIN - Eco-Innovative Aquaculture System Training for European Industrial Doctorates” Coordination: Francisco Javier Sanchez-Vasquez, University of Murcia (Spain) (Principal Investigator) (n° 956129)
2018 MIUR Fondo per il finanziamento delle attività̀ base di ricerca anno 2017 (L. 232/2016, c. 295) (Principal Investigator)
2018 MIUR-DAAD Joint Mobility Program Italy-Germany “Life without the day-night cycle: exploring photoreceptors beyond the eye" (Principal Investigator).

2018 Ministerio de Economia, Industria Y Competitividad de Espana. “BLUESOLE: Blue growth and sole aquaculture - Use of new blue LED illumination and cycles of light and temperature to improve the rhythms of reproduction, development and growth” Coordination: Francisco Javier Sanchez-Vasquez, University of Murcia (Spain) (Research Group Member). (AGL2017-82582-C3-3-R).
2017 Italian Antarctic Research Programme "Ontogeny of the circadian clock in the Antarctic krill Euphausia superba" (Head of research unit).
2015 Research in Svalbard (RIS). Chronobiology of polar organisms: Melatonin and polar lighting effects on an arctic “living fossil”. (Project member; Resp. Progetto V. Pasquali – Università “La Sapienza” di Roma). (RIS-ID 10011)

2014-2016: Italian Programma Nazionale Ricerche in Antartide - PNRA
2013-2018: PolarTime -

2013-2015: Miur-Prin 2010-2011
2011-2013: Azione Integrata Italia-Spagna 2010
2010-2012: Miur-Prin 2008
2008-2009: Progetto Vigoni - CRUI and DAAD
2005-2007: Italian Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide – PNRA (grant 2005/1.04)
2004-2006: Miur-Prin
1999-2001: Miur-Prin