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


A Bit About The Team

I have established the Marine Symbiomes Research Group at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn – National Institute of Marine Biology, Ecology and Biotechnology in 2017.

We are a hard working group of dynamic personalities doing fun science in a relaxed environment. We are persuaded that every person, regardless of age, career title or experience can contribute greatly to our common research goals. We further adhere to the notion that science has no borders, and thus we 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.

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 project proposals while keeping things light.

luigi gallucci

Maira Maselli

Postdoctoral Fellow

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I got interested in symbiotic interactions by studying mixotrophy in planktonic protists. My experience in research made me acquire a special mind-set: to have big plans but taking care of the little things.

luigi gallucci

Alice Blanckaert

Postdoctoral Fellow

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My research journey began with the symbiosis between corals and dinoflagellates. Now, I eagerly embrace the opportunity to unravel yet another intriguing form of symbiotic relationship!

luis montilla

Germán Zapata Hernández

Postdoctoral fellow

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My focus is on benthic marine food webs and potential impacts of wildfires. Experienced beekeeper involved in climate change impact projects on Chilean beekeeping. I enjoy spending free time with friends, music, and conversations over cold beers.

johanna berlinghof

Johanna Berlinghof

PhD Student

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As a member of the IMPULSE project, I study the impact of changing environmental conditions on benthic nutrient cycling by microbe-host associations. When I’m not working in the lab or at my desk, I enjoy hiking, cycling, or having tea with friends.


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Luis Miguel Montilla

PhD Student

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Luis conducted his PHD working on the INBREATH project. Last time we checked he was working on science communication and living in Spain.

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Luigi Gallucci

Master Student

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Luigi worked with us during his MSc in Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Naples Federico II. Lat time we checked he was doing a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany.

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.

elisa guarcini

Elisa Guarcini

Bachelor Student


Elisa worked with us for her BSc thesis (Federico II University). She participated in the INBREATH project, studying the association between C. nucula and P. oceanica. Last time we checked she was looking for MSc opportunities abroad.

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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