Flavia Marinelli graduated from Biological Sciences Department, Rome University, Rome, Italy, in the field of industrial microbiology and fermentation chemistry. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and stage at the Freiburg University, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in the biochemistry of secondary metabolism. In the 1990, she joined Lepetit Research of Marion Merrell Dow at Gerenzano, near Varese, Italy, to work on the genetics and physiology of industrially relevant microorganisms (actinomycetes and fungi) producing antibiotics. In this center, first for Marion Merrel Dow and then for Hoechst, she became Director of the Pilot Fermentation Plant and of the Industrial Microbiology Laboratories. In the 1996, she was one of the founders and members of the Board of Directors of the first Italian Biotec company Biosearch Italia, (devoted to the discovery and development of new anti-infectives) quoted at Nasdaq in the 2000. Since December 2004, she has been appointed as Associated Professor of Fermentation Chemistry and Biotechnology at Insubria University, Varese, Italy, where she has installed a Research Unit on Microbial Biotechnology and Fermentation. Main research interests are actinomycetes, resistance and mode of action of antibiotics, strain, and process improvement for production of bioactive peptides and proteins. Till now, she has published 65 papers on international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, she is a coinventor of 4 patents on anti-infective molecules, and she has contributed to national and international congresses and schools with more than 150 oral communications, poster, seminars, and conferences.
Biography Updated on 18 December 2012