Francesco Dondero

Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy 0000-0001-7945-3712

Francesco Dondero was born on January 27, 1972, in Italy. He received his M.S. degree in biological science on September 6, 1996, with full marks, at the University of Genova, Italy. Moreover, he obtained his Ph.D. degree on environmental science on September 07, 2001, at the University of Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Vercelli, Italy, with the defense of the following thesis: “Characterization of stress responses in aquatic organisms”. He worked as a Principal Investigator and Coordinator of the Laboratory of Molecular Ecotoxicology and Microarrays; an Adjunct Professor of ecology and ecotoxicology, Faculty of Science, University of Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli, Italy; author or coauthor of 40 international peer-reviewed articles with more than 50 contributions to international meetings and international activities; Leader of Workpackage V, “Mechanisms of ENPs toxicity”, nanoFATE VII FWP UE Integrated Project; Member of the International Scientific Societies SETAC ( and ESCPB (; Board Member and Cofounder of the International School of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology (ISMEE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro , Brazil;; Cofounder of the International Open Mytilus Consortium ( for the “promotion of molecular studies in marine bivalves of ecological and commercial interest”; Expert Reviewer for several international journals in the field of marine ecology, ecotoxicology, molecular biology, and systems biology; and as an Expert Reviewer for the French ANR and CNRS, the Spanish National Research Council, and FWO (Belgium). In the Postdoctoral period, he worked at the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy, from 2001 to 2010. And, currently, he is a Senior Scientist at the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences (DiSAV), University of Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy. He is interested in systems biology and systems toxicology in ecotoxicological relevant species; effects of pollution and climate changes; biological effects of nanoparticles in aquatic organisms.

Biography Updated on 14 July 2013

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