CHIESA Stefania

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Telefono 041 234 8603
E-mail stefania.chiesa@unive.it
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Struttura Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari e Nanosistemi
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dsmn
Sede: Santa Marta
Research Institute Research Institute for Green and Blue Growth

Professional experience
Academic Year 2018/19. Contracted Professor of "Biotechnologies: Principles and Applications". Dept. Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, University Ca' Foscari Venice

February 1st, 2018-April, 30th 2019 (ongoing)-Post-doctoral fellow- ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), Rome (Italy). INTERREG-MEDITERRANEAN funded project MPA-Adapt.

Academic Year 2017/18. Contracted Professor of "Biotechnologies: Principles and Applications". Dept. Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, University Ca' Foscari Venice.

January 16th, 2017-Jan, 15th, 2018 Post-doctoral fellow- Dept. Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, University Ca' Foscari Venice (Italy).

Nov 1st, 2013- Nov 1st, 2016 Post-Doctoral fellow - Dept. of Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal). Project funded by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), title " Safety and traceability of a valuable seafood product in Northern Adriatic Sea and Portugal: the case of Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarum".

March 1st, 2010- Nov 1st, 2013. PostDoctoral Fellow. Dept. Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, University Ca' Foscari Venice (Italy). Area of Research "Genotyping and use of biochemical and physiological markers to clam market safety and traceability".

Jan 1st, 2009- Dec 31th 2009. Postdoctoral Fellow. Dept. Environmental Sciences,  University Ca' Foscari Venice (Venice, Italy). ESF (European Social Fund) project number 101_006. “Analysis and validation of new tools for seafood safety and traceability with the opportunity to reach a DOP certification”. Specific area of Research “Seafood safety and traceability by molecular markers”.

August 5th, 2005-October 4th, 2005. Temporary collaborator at ICRAM "Istituto Centrale per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica Applicata al Mare- Institute for Scientific and Technologic Sea Research ” now re-named ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale- Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), Rome, Italy. Data collection on alien species in Italian aquaculture.

April 28th, 2005- May 27th, 2005. Temporary collaborator at ICRAM, "Istituto Centrale per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica Applicata al Mare- Institute for Scientific and Technologic Sea Research ” now re-named ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale- Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), Rome, Italy. Data collection on alien species  in Italian aquaculture.

Academic degrees

2009 Ph.D. in Biology, Section "Biodiversity and Analysis of Ecosystems". Dept. of Biology, University of "Roma Tre", Rome (Italy). Title "Assessment of genetic differentiation in italian populations of Austropotamobius pallipes species complex: taxonomic and management implications".

2004: 5 years degree in Biological Sciences. Dept. of Biology, University of "Roma Tre", Rome (Italy). Title "Occurrence of allochthonous freshwater crayfishes in Latium (Central Italy)". Final mark: 110/110 cum laude.

Scientific Areas of Interest: Zoology, Ecology, Applied Biology

1)Molecular zoology: population genetics, biogeography, phylogenetics, hybridization and taxonomy of freshwater and marine taxa of commercial and conservation interest (bivalves, fishes and decapods).
2)Forensic genetics: identification of introduced alien species and seafood products, for preventing wildlife crimes and seafood frauds. Traceability and safety of seafood, especially bivalves. Human genetics: polymorphisms of neurotransmission genes.
3)Environmental safety and biodiversity conservation, particularly related to bivalve production and exploitation, concerning metal and metalloids pollution in estuarine environments and coastal lagoons, bioaccumulation and oxidative stress response. Physiological and biochemical markers were investigated in bivalves- namelytotal protein content,  lipid peroxidation, glycogen content, enzymes activity of CAT (catalase), SOD (superoxide dismutase), GST (Glutathione S- transferase), plus data on reduced Glutathione (GSH) and oxided Glutathione (GSSG) and MTs (metallothioneins). Radon effects on anatomical stractures of amphibians (gonads, skin) were also investigated.
 

Wide expertise about molecular genetics: extraction, purification and conservation of high quality genomic DNAs from animal matrices (muscle, blood, etc..); direct gene sequencing, DNA barcoding, genotyping by microsatellites,  AFLPs, SNPs and RFLPs markers. Based-knowledge on NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) techniques. Population ecology and conservation of marine and freshwater taxa: sampling activities of  bivalves, decapods, fishes, amphibians using different techniques (electrofishing for fishes, traps and nets for crayfish and amphibians, benthos sampling in coastal lagoons environments for bivalves). Population structure (age classes, sex ratio) and dynamics (growth parameters), as in thropic activities and reproduction, using also histological techniques (classic Hematoxylin-Eosin preparations).