Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
The State University of New Jersey, USA
Holds a doctoral degree in Protistology from the University of Pisa (Italy) and a PhD in the field of Microbiology from the University of Nebraska. After a postdoc at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University, in 2004 she joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, at Rutgers University.
My work is aimed to understanding how microorganisms interact with metals, and how these interactions lead to the regulation of specific genes and pathways. Specifically, this is accomplished taking advantage of genetics, molecular genetics, and biochemistry tools to identify and characterize genes and enzymes responsible for metal metabolism and resistance. Specific projects include the investigation of copper homeostasis, arsenic detoxification, and respiration of arsenic and selenium oxyanions, in bacterial and archaeal species isolated from a diverse range of environments: hot springs, deep-sea vents, selenium polluted sediments, geothermal environments.