How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.


A Bit About The Team

I recently established the Marine Symbiomes Research Group at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Napoli, Italy.

I aim to build a hard working group of dynamic personalities to do exciting science in a relaxed environment. I am persuaded that every person, regardless of age, career title or experience can contribute greatly to our common research goals. I further adhere to the notion that science has no borders, and thus I work to establish collaborations with investigators from institutions in Europe and elsewhere.

I am always looking for motivated students or postdocs to join the group. However, funding is limited. Please stay tuned here and on the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn website for any job posting. Potential candidates are encouraged to contact me prior to submitting their application. Also, I will be happy to work with you if you want to write and apply for your own grant.

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Meet The People

ulisse cardini

Ulisse Cardini

Principal Investigator

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I love symbioses and the marine environment. I’m the guy that does his best to write good manuscripts and project proposals while keeping things light.

luis montilla

Luis Miguel Montilla

PhD Student

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I’ve been researching invertebrates for some time. With corals during my Masters in Venezuela and now, as part of the INBREATH project, with invertebrate-bacterial associations and the role of their microbiome in nutrient cycling. I also like science communication and I’m always ready for coffee and movies.

johanna berlinghof

Johanna Berlinghof

PhD Student


My enthusiasm for marine ecosystems made me move from the mountains close to the sea. As part of the eMBraCE project, I’m investigating the role of microbe-host associations in benthic nutrient cycling, and how it is affected by changing environmental conditions. When I’m not at my desk or in the lab, you can find me hiking, cycling or having a tea with friends.

grazia quero

Grazia Marina Quero

Adjunct Scientist

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I am interested in understanding how prokaryotic communities are shaped by the environment in marine and lagoon ecosystems, and their ecological and biogeochemical role from the coast to the deep-sea. Also, I am deeply in love with good music, good food and good friends.

luigi gallucci

Luigi Gallucci

Master Student


Master student in Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Naples Federico II. Fan of microbiology and symbiosis, I always look for a simple way to disseminate these topics to the general public!

elisa guarcini

Elisa Guarcini

Bachelor Student


I study Natural Sciences at the Federico II University, and I am passionate about marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. I am participating in the INBREATH project, studying the ecological distribution of the association between the sponge Chondrilla nucula and Posidonia oceanica.


ugo marzocchi

Ugo Marzocchi

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ugo worked with us from 2019 to 2020 contributing to several research projects but mainly focusing on the activities within INBALANCE. He is now Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of the Aarhus University, Denmark.

laura dennis

Laura Dennis


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Laura joined us for an internship in September-October 2020. She contributed to field and lab work in the frame of the group’s activities and projects. Last time we checked she was completing her studies within the IMBRSea Master Program.

friederike peiffer

Friederike Peiffer

Graduate Student

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After a MSc at the University of Bremen (DE), Fredi worked with us focusing on microbe-host associations within the eMBraCE project. Last time we checked she was Research fellow at CIIMAR in Portugal.

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