Association/Company: Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Researcher at the Department of Marine Biotechnology of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn since 2018. She graduated in Biotechnology in 2008 and received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of Calabria in 2011. Her research activity is mainly focused on the discovery of bioactive compounds from microalgae and transcriptomic analyses in order to identify enzymes with possible industrial applications.
Natural products and enzymes from marine microalgae
Microalgae have been often considered as eco-friendly and sustainable source of new products. We have used different approaches (e.g. Bioactivity-guided fractionation and -omics technologies) to identify active compounds, e.g. with anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. We are currently investigating their mechanism of action, and analyzing the transcriptomes of the bioactive marine microalgae to identify enzymes of interest involved in the synthesis of active compounds or with possible direct applications. Taken together, the results show promising data for discovery and characterization of microalgal products.