The University of Genoa (UNIGE) was founded in 1933 by means of Regio Decreto n. 1592 but its history can be traced back several centuries (14th century).

The University is nowadays a teaching and research institution organized in 22 departments within 5 schools, 13 interuniversity research centers and 2 centers of excellence. Its educational offer is composed of 124 Bachelor and Master courses, 28 PhD courses divided into 92 curricula, 53 specialization schools, 27 I and II level University Masters, 5 Libraries.
UNIGE is a public institution provided with scientific, educational, organizational and financial autonomy, in which academics, students, administrative and technical staff participate in the construction of a European area for research and advanced professional training.

UNIGE has a synergic collaboration with many national research organizations, innovative SMEs and industries which are located in Liguria and operate worldwide, such as the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), RINA Consulting among others, thus making Genoa very attractive for the brightest researchers in a variety of scientific disciplines.
Discoveries, inventions, advances achieved by research activities are successfully commercialized, with 81 patent applications, 45 spin-off and a strong involvement in startup creation, with a specific business plan competition.
The University of Genoa has a strong participation both in EC Framework and in other important European and international research and cooperation programs. In particular, within FP6 UNIGE was awarded 92 project, in FP7 115 contracts (17 MSCA projects) and, up to now, 54 Horizon 2020 contracts. 
The strong participation in these programs is supported by a well-coordinated administrative network, where different offices (at central and department level) work in synergy in order to support researchers during all phases of a project, from the submission to the financial management other than intellectual property and technology transfer assistance.

Work Package

WP2, WP3 Leader, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8


Giorgia Allaria

PhD student in DISTAV, University of Genoa

The aim of the project is to test the benefical effects of PUFA on epidermis, extracted by fishing waste in a circular economy perspective.
She graduated in molecular and health biology at the University of Genoa in 2019.
Qualification and registration in the professional register of biologist in 2020.

Giulia De Negri Atanasio

PhD, post Doc

In 2021 Giulia completed her PhD in translational biotechnology under the supervisor of Prof. Palombo. Her work was focused on the development of nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery. During her PhD she was hosted at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (I3S) in Portugal.

Raffaella Boggia

DirectorAssociate Professor of Food Chemistry, University of Genoa, Department of Pharmacy

The studies carried out in the last years by Prof. Boggia are focused on green extraction techniques and formulation of nutraceutical ingredients by eco-sustainable techniques starting from agro-industrial by-products and waste.
She is author and co-author of more than 140 scientific publications.
Scopus: H-index 20, 1723 citations.

Laura Canesi

Full Professor of Physiology

Coordinator of the BD and MD courses in Natural and Environmental Sciences.  Long-standing experience in research and teaching in physiology of marine organisms. Member Board of Teachers of the Ph.D. Course in Marine Science.

Lorenzo Dondero

PhD student in DISTAV, University of Genoa

My project is based on a study of substances extracted from animal waste with antioxidant and beneficial effect for the epidermis. In 2020 Lorenzo graduated in molecular and health biology at the University of Genova. He obtained the qualification for the professional register of biologist in November 2020.

Sara Ferrando

Associate professor at the Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Science (DISTAV) University of Genoa)

I teach Histology, Embryology and Comparative Anatomy, Forensic Histology, and Developmental and Evolutionary Neurobiology. My main research interest is fish anatomy, and I focus on sensory systems, nervous system, and gut. I am author or co-author of more than 100 articles on peer-reviewed journal.

Fulvio Garibaldi


He is lecturer of the course “Ecology of the large pelagic species in the Liguran Sea” at University of Genoa. He is author or co-author of more than 100 papers, published on national and international journals.

Elena Grasselli

Associate Professor of Physiology; University of Genoa (UniGe)- Dept. of earth, life environmental sciences

The studies carried out in the last years by Prof. Grasselli contributed to understand the mechanisms underlying the antioxidant action of several nature-derived molecules of cosmetic and nutraceutical interest.
She is author and co-author of more than 48 scientific publications.
Scopus: H-index 19, 935 citations.

Federica Grasso

PhD Student in “Pharmaceutical, Food and Cosmetic Sciences”

From November 2021, she is PhD Student in “Sciences and Technologies of Chemistry and Materials”, curriculum “Pharmaceutical, Food and Cosmetic Sciences”, at the University of Genoa (Food Chemistry Group). Her research project focuses on the enhancement of waste and by-products from the food industry through the use of green technologies.

Stefano Iester

Chief administrative

From the 1999 to 2004 he was the administrative secretary at the Department of architectural science (DSA) at the University of Genoa.
In 2010 university master of II level in “Management Of University and research” (Master SUM 4° edition at the Polytecnic of Milan– 60 CFU). He graduated in economics and business at the University of Genoa (in 1993).

Luca Lanteri

PhD / Laboratory technician / Fisheries biologist

He holds a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD degree in Marine Environmental Science at the University of Genoa. His work focuses in particular on fish and fisheries biology; he was involved in National and International research projects on bottom trawl and small-scale fisheries, environmental impact of fishing gears and statistics on landing and discard data. He is author/co-author of more than 60 scientific publications.

Valentina Orlandi

PhD Student in “Pharmaceutical, Food and Cosmetic Sciences”

She is currently a PhD student in “Sciences and Technologies of Chemistry and Materials”, curriculum “Pharmaceutical, Food and Cosmetic Sciences”. Her research field concerns the valorization of food industry by-products and discarded materials through the green formulation of new potential nutraceuticals

Calì Patrizia

Business administation 

Cecilia Pinto

PhD / Postdoc / Fisheries biologist

Her work focuses on the evaluation of fisheries resources applying stock assessment models, integrating them with spatial analysis of fisheries activity. She was involved in National and International research projects on development of models and modelling frameworks to evaluate commercial fisheries. She is author and co-author of 11 scientific publications and of 17 reports from STECF, ICES and GFCM. She presently chair the STECF working group on the “Evaluation of the Western Mediterranean Management Plan”.

Francesca Rispo

PhD student at the University of Genoa

She graduated in Biological Sciences (biosafety) at the University of Naples Federico II. Internship research project at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn of Naples. Master Quality in Business Management Systems: Quality, Safety, Environment. Registration in the professional register of biologists.

Fabio Sardi

Administrative officer in charge of monitoring, managing, and reporting of the DIFAR research funds

Effective member of the conciliation commission at the Territorial Labor Inspectorate of Genoa since 06/11/2017. Secretary in the state examinations for the qualification to practise the profession of pharmacist in the years 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019, 20212010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2021. He has participated or participates in the European Interreg Alcotra projects: Antea, Finnover, Clip-Circuito, Innov and Antes.

Francesca Tardanico

Fellowship at Science and Technology for the Environment and the Territory Department (UNIGE)

In 2021 Francesca graduated in molecular and health biology at the University of Genoa. From 2018 to 2019 she performed an internship at the Ospedale Policlinico San Martino in the cdllular biobank.

Federica Turrini

Assistant Professor-Researcher in Food Chemistry, Department of Pharmacy, University of Genoa

Her research interests are in the field of: eco-compatible extractive technologies for the treatment of different foods, food by-products and production waste; chemical-bromatological characterization and assessment of the authenticity of different food samples; formulation of new potential nutraceutical and/or cosmeceutical ingredients. She is author of many scientific publications on international journals, and she has participated in national and EU research projects.

Stefano Vanin

Associate Professor of Physiology; University of Genoa (UniGe)- Dept. of earth, life environmental sciences

Since 2019 he works as Associated Professor in Zoology at the University of Genoa (Italy). He focus his attention to Forensic Entomology working on national cases. He is the President of the European Association for Forensic Entomology and of the Italian Group of Forensic Entomology. He published more than 100 scientific articles and some book chapters