Our Research Group

Fabrizio Adani

Scientific responsible

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Professor of Biomass and Waste Recycling Promoting the Circular Economy (in English) and Soil and Environment, for the DISAA. His research is focused on soil and environmental chemistry, biomasses recycling, bioeconomy renewable energy production and green chemistry. He has 190 peer reviewed papers on international reviews.

Giuliana D´Imporzano

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Professor since 2019. She is author and co-author of about 60 peer-reviewed international journals relating to different topics of Soil Chemistry, Use and Recycling of Biomass in Agriculture and of Environmental, Analytical and Organic Chemistry, to Renewable Fertilizers. Her research activity refers to soil chemistry, to the use and recycling of biomass in agricultural and energy fields and environmental chemistry.

Salvatore Roberto Pilu

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Energy crops unit. Graduated in Biological Sciences in February 1994 at the University of Milan, since 2002 he has been Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has always studied and taught issues concerning genetics and the genetic improvement of plants that have led him to publish more than 75 articles with IF, and obtained a patent and registrations in the varietal register.

Marta Dell´Orto

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Graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 1994 at Università degli Studi di Milano, Ph.D in 1999 on Agricultural Ecology, since 2001 she is technician at the Di.S.A.A., working mainly on topics regarding crop physiological responses to abiotic stresses (nutritional stress, drought, salinity). She is author of 24 papers on peer reviewed scientific journals.

Patrizia De Nisi

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Graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 2002 at Università degli Studi di Milano, she is technician at the Di.S.A.A and the main themes of her research are: i) detailed characterization of complex matrix samples and flavors and subsequent qualification of primary and secondary metabolites in plants by GC–MS; ii) development of techniques and approaches (GC–MS, HS–SPME) for the monitoring of technological food transformation processes; iii) development of advanced chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques for the anthocyanin, carotenoids and polyphenols in plant and evaluation of bioactives in food matrices; iv) expertise in the field of membrane purification, enzymology and western blot analysis, and physiology and biochemistry of metal–deficient responses in plants. She is author of many papers on peer reviewed scientific journals.



Research fellow. Elisa graduated in Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics at the University of Trieste in 2013. She obtained a PhD in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2018 with a thesis entitled “Nitrogen source, transformation and fate within intensive dairy systems to inform sustainable intensification “. Since 2019, she has worked as a research fellow at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in the Environmental and Agricultural Microbiology Group with projects aimed at studying the effect of nitrogen depositions on soil microbial communities and at the characterisation of microbial populations of doughs and of various types of bioreactors for wastewater treatment. She is currently involved in the project “SAFE BIOREFINERY: Monitoring impacts of new algae-based biorefinery”.

Gabriele Soggia

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PhD student in agriculture, environment and bioenergy with a project dealing with the use of geological natural gas emission by bioelectrochemical approaches for power-to-X. Graduated in Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy in 2022 with a thesis about “Improving the circularity of biodegradable bioplastics by producing biogas: a full-scale assessment” and in Biotechnology in 2020 with a thesis on RNAi for susceptibility gene silencing in Vitis vinifera at the University of Milan. His focus is on sustainability topics such as bioeconomy, circular economy and bioenergy.

Matteo Ceriani

Federico Korner


PhD student in Agriculture, Environment and Bioenergy at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Milan. His doctoral project, which is part of the European project called NutriBudget, is related to the optimization of nutritional supplies from biomass and their environmental impact. In the 2019/2020 academic year you participated in the 1-year Erasmus+ program at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, deepening your knowledge in bioreactor design and microalgal production. In 2022 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences with an experimental thesis “Development of a low-cost monitoring system for the industrial production of microalgae (Chlorella sorokiniana) and cyanobacteria (Arthrospira platensis)”. From 2022 to 2023 he worked as a process researcher with the functions of Plant manager for Algaria Srl, a company that deals with R&D and microalgal production.

Raveena Sajgule


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Ph.D. program at the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences of the University of Milan, specializing in scientific, technological, and social methods that promote the circular economy. Specifically, my curriculum focused on Circular Biomaterials and Biorefinery. For my doctoral project, I delved into characterizing microbial communities responsible for breaking down bioplastics, employing advanced biomolecular techniques.

Before my Ph.D., I obtained a master’s degree in Genetic Engineering from D.Y. Patil University in India in 2017. My master’s thesis centred around the isolation, identification, and extraction of bioactive compounds from Actinomycetes spp. Additionally, I hold a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Mumbai University in India, earned in 2015. This academic background reflects my expertise in various aspects of biology, from molecular techniques to environmental applications.

Tihomir Petrov


Tel: +39 3450488915

Young Biotechnologist at the DISAA department, University of Milan, from September 2023. Currently involved in projects related to the promotion of a circular and more sustainable economy, thus, some of the projects focus on the biostimulation of cultivated species through the addition of organic fertilizers and microbial consortia in order to improve yields, fruit quality and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers. Previously, the research I carried out as a young fellow, at DEFENS department, was focused on the characterization and stabilization of a protein matrix. lastly, I am graduated in “Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy” with a thesis on “Over-expression of Pathogenic activators and identification of possible plant targets using interactomic approaches”.

Stefania Nocella



Stefania holds a research fellowship at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Milan since 2023. Her curriculum as an agro-food technologist is completed with a Master’s degree in Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy at the University of Milan. She has been enrolled to an internship and thesis research program at the BETA Research Technological centre in Vic, Spain, within the European project Horizon 2020 “Fertimanure”.Specifically, it regarded the recovery of mineral nutrients and products of significant agronomic value from animal manure. Remaining in the same context, she is currently involved in some projects related to bio- fertilisers recovery from municipal solids waste and agricultural residues and their rate of stabilisation into the soil.

Maria Francesca Polli



Plant Biotechnologist at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Milan. Within the Ricicla group, she is involved in different projects related to circular economy and “One Health” issues. For instance, she is currently studying the presence of antibiotics in biofertilizers derived from anaerobic digestion, as well as their effects on the occurrence of antibiotic resistance genes in agricultural soils.

With a master’s degree in plant biotechnology at the University of Turin, her academic background rotates around the concepts of circularity and carbon recovery. During her master’s thesis, she worked on the metabolic engineering of cyanobacterial strains optimized to produce aromatic compounds, with the perspective of CO2 valorization and production of high value-added biomolecules.


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