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.

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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.

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.

luis montilla

Luis Miguel Montilla

PhD Student

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I’ve been researching invertebrates for some time, 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

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As part of the IMPULSE project, I’m investigating the role of an invertebrate-microbe-plant association in benthic nutrient cycling. When I’m not at my desk or in the lab, you can find me hiking, cycling or having a tea with friends.

luigi gallucci

Luigi Gallucci

Master Student

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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!

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.


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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