PhD student profile, Alice Melzi

PhD Student: Alice Melzi (ORCID n. 0000-0002-0990-4247)


Supervisor: Prof. Lucia Cavalca, DeFENS

Co-tutor: Prof. Stefania Arioli, DeFENS

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Agri-Environment


Research topic

Contribution of environmental, food and gut microorganisms to heavy metal recovery and sequestration.


Project Synopsis

The project is aimed at exploiting microbial biosorption for removing heavy metals from contaminated environments. In particular, the recovery of heavy metals will be studied in extracellular polymeric substances producing bacteria: this is an eco-friendly biotechnology that converts a waste product into a valuable one, because the metal-organic complexes can be exploited as biocatalysts or as high commercial value salts. This process has a lower water footprint and fits in the concept of circular economy.


Project keywords

Bioremediation, environmental biotechnology, metals, circular economy


DEFENS- Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences

Università degli Studi di Milano

Via Mangiagalli, 25, Milano (MI), 20133




Prof.ssa Alessandra Adessi

Institution: Università degli studi di Firenze

Affiliation: Agricolture food environment and forest (DAGRI)


Prof.ssa Isabella Rimoldi

Institution: Università degli studi di Milano

Affiliation: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DISFARM)


Prof.ssa Jhuma Sadhukhan

Institution: University of Surrey (UK)



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano

Project sponsor: Fondazione Cariplo, project 2020-1069




CINECA (since 2022)



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