2018 Program

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Thursday 17/5/2018

14.30 Environmental biotechnology

Francesca Mapelli (Milano) The stage of soil development modulates rhizosphere effect along a High Arctic desert chronosequence

Eugenio La Cava (Firenze) CO2 electrobioreduction by pure culture of electroactive model microbe Shewanella oneidensis MR1

Daniela Bencardino (Camerino) Characterization and genetic improvement of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria isolated from wastewater treatment plants

Martina Bertolini (MIlano) Microbial populations involved in the degradation of chloride ethens in contaminated aquifers

Marta Di Pietro (Sapienza) A role for microbial selection in frescoes’ deterioration in Tomba degli Scudi in Tarquinia

Teresa Carusone (IBP-CNR Napoli) Phosphotriesterase-Like Lactonases (PLL) for environment and human health

Barbara Tonanzi (IRSA Monterotondo) Mesophilic anaerobic digestion of food waste: process performances and microbiome dynamics

16.15 Coffee break

16.45 Bacterial adaptation to different environmental hosts

Alice Checcucci (Firenze) Creation and multi-omics characterization of a genomically hybrid strain in the nitrogen-fixing symbiotic bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti

Pasquale Alibrandi (Torino) Isolation and characterization of PGP bacteria from three terrestrial mediterranean orchids

Michele Castelli (Milano) Characterisation and genomic analyses of a novel bacterial ectoparasite of the protist Paramecium primaurelia

Chiara Pasqualetti (Pisa) Red mark syndrome of rainbow trout: could the parasite ciliate Ichthyophthirius multifiliis vectorize the disease?

Luana Presta (Firenze) The Fusobacterium nucleatum and colorectal cancer interplay: a metabolic modeling approach

18,00 Molecular microbiology and structural biology

Antonella Fioravanti (Bruxelles) Stripping away Bacillus anthracis’ protective coats 3

Viviana Izzo (Salerno) OMVs from Novosphingobium sp. PP1Y: isolation, purification and partial characterization of a novel example of Bacterial Outer Membrane Vesicles

Anna La Teana (Ancona) aIF5A: a multifunctional archaeal translation factor? 4

Friday 18/5/2018

9.00 Keynote Lecture 1:

Simonetta Gribaldo (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)

One membrane or two? Using phylogenomics to tackle a key evolutionary transition in the history of Bacteria

10.00 Search for novel antimicrobial activities and targets for antibiotics and vaccines

Valerio Baldelli (Roma3) Identification of FDA-approved antivirulence drugs targeting the pqs quorum sensing system of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Angela Di Somma (Napoli) Toward the comprehension of antimicrobial peptides mechanism of action: studies on the interactions with bacterial membrane proteins

Elena Perrin (Firenze) Kill one to turn off many: cracking gene regulatory networks to avoid Burkholderia cenocepacia antibiotics resistance by means of multi-omics technologies

Beatrice Ricchetti (Bologna) Understanding and exploiting lipoproteins translocation system in Gram-negative pathogens for improved vaccine antigen delivery platforms

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Human microbiota

Monica di Paola (Firenze) Characterization of cervico-vaginal microbiota in women developing persistent high-risk human Papilloma virus infection

Christian Milani (Parma) Novel metagenomics tools for analysis of gut viromes

Francesca Bottacini (Cork) Genotype/Phenotype associations for the investigation of bifidobacteria in the human gut microbiota

Gabriele Lugli (Parma) Compositional assessment of bacterial communities in probiotic supplements by means of metagenomic techniques

Giovanni Bacci (Firenze) Flying to Mars: the human microbiome under isolated conditions

13.00 Lunch break 5

14.30 Human host-bacteria interactions in infectious and non-infectious diseases

Marco Oggioni (Leicester) Intracellular replication of Streptococcus pneumoniae inside splenic macrophages serves as a reservoir for septicaemia

Camilla Ceccarani (Milano) SCFA effects on gut microbiome in Phenylketonuria disorder

Francesca Di Cesare (Firenze) The personalized dynamics of microbiome in airways of cystic fibrosis patients

Camilla Fagorzi (Firenze) Towards microbe-assisted therapy of colon cancer: exploring oral and intestinal human microbiota in patients with CRC

Moira Paroni (MIlano) Phagocytosis and epithelial cell invasion by Crohn’s disease-associated adherent-invasive Escherichia coli (AIEC) are inhibited by the anti-inflammatory drug 6-mercaptopurine.

Francesco Vitali (Firenze) Stratification of ulcerative colitis patients according to distinctive tissue cytokine/microbiota profiles

16,00 Bacterial sporulation and differentiation

Teresa Faddetta (Palermo) Extracellular vesicles of Streptomyces coelicolor.

Alberto Vassallo (Palermo) The small protein TrpM is involved in Streptomyces coelicolor differentiation

Rachele Isticato (Napoli) The temperature of sporulation affects structure and function of Bacillus subtilis spores

16.45 Coffee break

17,15 “Insect microbiology”: collaboration and competition between insects and microrganisms

Matteo Callegari (Milano) Drivers of the microbial community associated to the honeybee gut compartments

Francesca Berini (Insubria) Metagenome-sourced bacterial chitinases as potential bioinsecticides

Niccolò Meriggi (Firenze) Saccharomyces cerevisiae-induced resistance from bacterial infection in paper wasp queens

Emanuela Ursino (Pavia) Heterologous expression of Bacillus thuringensis israelensis δ-endotoxin genes in Bacillus subtilis for Asian tiger mosquito control

Giulia Daly (Firenze) A preliminary study of propolis microbiota 6

Saturday 19/5/2018

9.00: Ricordo di Alessandro Galizzi

9.10- Keynote Lecture 2:

Daniela Barillà (University of York, UK)

Borrowing building blocks from bacteria and eukarya: a three-component DNA segregation

machine in archaea

10.00 “Giornata dei Dottorandi” (3rd year Ph.D. students’ reports)- part I

Simona Crognale (IRSA-CNR) Microorganisms in arsenic-contaminated aquatic environments: distribution, metabolic potential and exploitation in bioremediation

Sarah Hijazi (Roma3) Antimicrobial activity of gallium compounds on ESKAPE pathogens

Marta Mangifesta (Parma) Unveiling bifidobacterial biogeography across the mammalian branch of the tree of life

Mariamichela Lanzilli (Napoli) Preventive and therapeutic effects of Bacillus spores in oxidative stress

11.40 Coffee break

11.50 “Giornata dei Dottorandi” (3rd year Ph.D. students’ reports)- part II

Elisangela Miceli (Firenze) Wastewater treatment by endophytes: investigating a new sustainable method at GIDA S.p.A. purifier.

Simona Pepe (Bologna) The Helicobacter pylori Heat-Shock repressor HspR: Definition of its direct regulon and characterization of the cooperative DNA-binding mechanism on its own promoter

Elisa Piampiano (Firenze) Analysis of microbiota in xenic cultures of the green microalga Tetraselmis


Matteo Raneri (Milano) In vivo and in vitro characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa mutants defective in glucose uptake.

13.30 Lunch break 7

14.30 Virulence factors and regulation of bacterial pathogenesis

Martina Pasqua (Sapienza) Characterization of EmrKY, an efflux pump potentially involved in the invasive process of Shigella

Alessandra Fortuna (Roma3) DksA-dependent regulation of quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Stefano Gaiarsa (Pavia) Genome plasticity: the strange case of Acinetobacter baumannii pulsotype SMAL

Marta Mellini (Roma3) Preliminary characterization of the hybrid diguanylate cyclase/phosphodiesterase PA0575 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1

Mattia Pirolo (Roma3) A bioluminescence-based biosensor for the detection of the pyochelin siderophore from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Gabriele Trespidi (Pavia) Molecular investigations on the transcriptional regulation and organization of the dcw operon of Burkholderia cenocepacia

Saluti e fine Convegno: ore 16,30