The Molecular Microbiology laboratory at University of Urbino Carlo Bo applies molecular techniques to the study of bacterial physiology and pathogenesis. The group investigates three mains research topics:

  • Study of iron metabolism in Staphylococcus aureus and its inhibition as a novel strategy against antibiotic resistance (ERASE project, PRIN2020 –Prot. 2020AE3LTA)
  • Investigating the involvement of Desulfovibrio spp. in Microbiologically Induced Corrosion and the studying of Microbial communities associated with corrosion through metagenomic approaches
  • Assessing the antibiotic resistance spread in animal farms as putative environmental reservoirs
Prof. Emanuela Frangipani

Emanuela Frangipani is Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Urbino.
She is interested in bacterial physiology, genetics, gene regulation and antibiotic resistance. For the past 10 years she has investigated bacterial iron metabolism and applied this knowledge for the development of novel antibacterial strategies.
Within the ERASE project she is responsible for the Microbiology research unit, whose main aim is to investigate the effect of iron depletion in Staphylococcus aureus and to assay the heme/iron-acquisition inhibitors developed within the project.

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ORCID: Emanuela Frangipani (0000-0001-5619-7912) (orcid.org)
Email: emanuela.frangipani@uniurb.it

Prof. Barbara Citterio

Barbara Citterio is Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Urbino.
Her research mainly focuses on antibiotic resistance spread and possible environmental reservoirs.

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ORCID: Barbara Citterio (0000-0003-3346-6379) (orcid.org)
Email: barbara.citterio@uniurb.it

Dott. Gianmarco Mangiaterra

Gianmarco Mangiaterra is an Assistant Professor in General Microbiology at the University of Urbino.
He has experience in the characterization of antibiotic resistance in clinically relevant pathogens and in environmental reservoirs. Moreover, he has matured an expertise in the detection of bacterial persistent cells developed under stressful conditions, through the application of molecular culture-independent techniques. From the beginning of 2022 he joined the group at University of Urbino, investigating the genetic manipulation of Staphylococcus aureus and setting the experimental conditions to grow the pathogen in iron depleted media.

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ORCID: 0000-0001-5035-5879
Email: gianmarco.mangiaterra@uniurb.it

Dott. Sarah Hijazi

Sarah Hijazi is a Post-Doc researcher at the University of Urbino, in Prof. Emanuela Frangipani’s group.
She has a MSc from the University of Geneva and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Technologies from the University of Roma Tre. Her main expertise is related to iron metabolism in multidrug-resistant bacteria. During her career, she has worked on projects aimed at the development of new drugs to combat bacterial infections. In this area, she has contributed to an original project entitled “Hijacking bacterial iron metabolism using the post-transition metal gallium”. Her actual project is related to the expression and regulation of the iron acquisition systems in Staphylococcus aureus and testing of specific inhibitors in iron depleted media.

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ORCID: 0000-0002-0064-4610
Email: sarah.hijazi@uniurb.it

Arianna Scardino

Arianna Scardino is a PhD student at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, under the supervision of Prof. Emanuela Frangipani. She obtained her Master degree in Molecular, Health and Nutrition Biology (LM-6), University of Urbino Carlo Bo, presenting an experimental thesis entitled “Molecular identification of persistence determinance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa “. Her PhD project focuses on finding innovative approaches to counteract bacterial growth and antibiotic resistance and is applied to the environmental problem constituted by Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC).

Email: a.scardino@campus.uniurb.it

Giorgia Piccioni

Giorgia Piccioni is a PhD student at the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo,” under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Citterio. She has a Master degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (LM-13) with a Master degree experimental thesis entitled “Fingerprint and antibiotic resistance phenotype in Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium of porcine derivation”. She began her PhD project focuses on antibiotic resistance spread and possible reservoirs in the environment.

Email: g.piccioni2@campus.uniurb.it


Chiara Giacomozzi

Chiara Giacomozzi is a MSc student at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. She has a BSc in Biological Sciences (L-13) with an experimental thesis entitled «Il metabolismo del ferro in Staphylococcus aureus: ruolo nella virulenza e possibile bersaglio per nuovi farmaci antibatterici». During her MSc she is currently investigating the siderophore-mediated iron acquisition in Staphylococcus aureus.

Email: c.giacomozzi@campus.uniurb.it

Rebecca Martedì

Rebecca Martedì

Rebecca Martedì is a MSc student at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. She graduated in Biological Sciences (L-13) with a thesis entitled «Ruolo dei sistemi di acquisizione del ferro di Staphylococcus aureus in modelli di infezione». During her Master, she is currently studying the acquisition of iron mediated by siderophores in Staphylococcus aureus.

Email: r.martedi@campus.uniurb.it