Valentina Imparato

University of Aarhus
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Aarhus Universitet

ENVS-Department of Environmental Science

Frederiksborgvej 399, room B2.23 DK-4000 Roskilde Denmark

Phone: (+45) 87158465

Brief Biography: 

I have graduated in Biological Science at the Universitá degli Studi di Palermo. With European scholarship, within “Erasmus programme”, I have studied for nine months at Coimbra University (Portugal) and then in 2009 I have got a MSc Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Universitá degli Studi di Palermo. I carried out my master thesis in environmental microbiology studying long hydrocarbons biodegradation performed by a native degrader, Gordonia sp. SoCg. In 2010, with a “Leonardo da Vinci” grant, I worked at the Environmental Biotechnology Department at UFZ center in Leipzig (Germany). I have contributed to EU-project BACSIN project (“Bacterial Abiotic Cellular Stress and Survival Improvement Network”) studying the effect of oxygen oscillation and toluene variations on catabolic gene presence/expression of toluene degraders (including P. putida and T. aromatica) in the rhizosphere of a Planted Fix-Bed Reactor. My current research interest is focused on microbial diversity in terrestrial environments. In particularly, I am studying the links between microbial and protozoan diversity and soil ecosystem function to understand how their interactions can support effect on ecosystem services.