PhD student profile, Elisa Garuglieri

PhD Student:  Elisa Garuglieri


Tutor: Prof. Francesca Cappitelli, DeFens

Dean: Prof. Francesco Bonomi

Research area: Agri-Environment

PhD title achieved on: 4th April 2017


Research topic

antibiofilm agents


Project Synopsis

My PhD project explores the response of the gut interactive ecosystem to sub-lethal concentrations of food-related silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The main aim is to investigate interactions and potential toxicity mechanisms in a complex in-vitro gut system model composed by the intestinal epithelial cells, the gut microbiome (considering both sessile and planktonic cells), and a probiotic.

My results can contribute to create the scientific know-how to develop innovative methodologies and perspectives at the heart  of  fundamental  issues in nanotoxicology and nanosafety assessment.


Project keywords

biofilm, food safety, microbiology, nanoparticles



Elisa Garuglieri, DeFENS – Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences Università degli Studi di Milano Via Mangiagalli n°25, 20133, Milano, Italy



University of Insubria



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano

Project sponsor: Cariplo Foundation



Garuglieri E., Cattò C., Villa F., Zanchi R., Francesca C. Effects of silver nanoparticles on planktonic growth and sessile adhesion of Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Submitted to Biointerphases



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