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Erik Francesco Ferrara

Erik Francesco Ferrara, Ph.D. student

Marine Holobiomics Lab

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35733
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709

Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Coral-associated microbiome structure and dynamics

  • Coral probiotics

  • Assisted evolution

Scientific career

  • since 2021: Ph.D. student at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.

  • 2017-2018: Postgraduate student (Master 2), Sapienza University, Rome (Italy) and, Geomar, Kiel (Germany). Thesis: "Bioactive secondary metabolites from mussels-associated marine-derived Cyphellophora reptans and Aspergillus sp."

  • 2014-2015: Postgraduate student (M.Sc Biology and Ecology of the Coastal Marine Environment), Messina University (Italy). Thesis:  "Biological effects induced by Benzo(a)pyrene in cell cultures of Mytilus galloprovincialis."

  • 2009-2014: Undergraduate student (BSc Marine Biology and Ecology), Messina University (Italy). Thesis: "DNA barcoding to assist in the resolution of taxonomic problems."2020:


Conference contributions
Ferrara EF, Maisano M, Dallas L. Biological effects induced by Benzo(a)Pyrene on Mytilus galloprovincialis digestive gland cells cultures. ICYMARE 24-27 September 2019, Bremen (Germany).