PhD student profile, Sara Basiglio

PhD Student: Sara Basiglio (ORCID n. 0009-0002-7132-2624)

Sara Basiglio

Supervisor: Prof. Elena Sara Crotti, DeFENS

Co-tutor: Prof. Francesca Mapelli, DeFENS

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Agri-Environment

Research topic: Environmental microbiomes: characterization and biotechnological exploitation.


Project Synopsis: Insects harbour a complex gut microbiota, which play essential roles for host biology and physiology. They can be exposed to different biotic and abiotic factors that can negatively affect the gut community and ultimately the host functioning. Moreover, some of these factors can enhance the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), one of the most relevant health concerns of this century, involving the transfer of antibiotic resistant genes and bacteria between humans, animals, and the environment. Therefore, the aim of my PhD project is to characterize the impact of different factors on the insect gut microbiota, also considering AMR spread in the agri-food ecosystems through horizontal gene transfer (HGT), under the “One Health” approach. During the three years, different model insects will be considered.


Project keywords: Environmental microbiology, insect microbiome, agrochemicals, antibiotic resistance.



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS), Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Via Mangiagalli 25, 3rd floor, 20133 Milan




Prof. Daniela Lupi, DeFENS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano




Master Degree in “Scienze della produzione e protezione delle piante”, Università degli Studi di Milano – 2023.

Bachelor Degree in “Scienze e tecnologie agrarie”, Università degli Studi di Milano – 2020.


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