About

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My name is Donato Giovannelli and I am a Microbial Ecologist working on the microbiology of extreme environments. I currently hold an appointment as a joint EON Research Fellow at the Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo (eon.elsi.jp/) and Rutgers University, USA (marine.rutgers.edu/deep-seamicrobiology/), I am a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, USA, and an Adjunct Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy.  I received my B.Sc. in Marine Biology (2005) and M.Sc. in Marine Ecology (2007) from the Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. From 2007 to 2010 I worked as a graduate assistant at the Polytechnic University of Marche and the Institute of Marine Science of the National Research Council of Italy. I obtained my Ph.D. in Applied Biology, Microbiology and Ecology in 2013 from the University of Naples Federico II. I am also part of a new no-profit institute dedicated to exploring the origins and nature of awareness, YHouse (yhousenyc.org), located in Manhattan, New York, USA.

My current research is focuses on two major theme, linked to each other: 1) the metabolic and taxonomic diversity of prokaryotes in different geothermally influenced marine ecosystems; and 2) the emergence and evolution of early metabolism. I am also involved in several side project, including the analysis of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the deep-sea, the effect of climate-induced glacier melting on the coastal benthic communities of the West Antarctic Peninsula and the isolation, characterization and genome sequencing of new strains of chemolithoautotrophic prokaryotes. To carry out my research I combine of classic microbiology techniques with molecular tools and bioinformatic. For more information on current and past project visit the Project page.

I am a convinced supporter of Open Source software and Open Access publications. I try to be as transparent as possible with my research, and I am (slowly) uploading all my code, my protocols and my data to GitHub, FigShare or other appropriate open access databases.

I am also the co-founder of a nanotechnology company, Nano-Tech S.p.A (italnanotech.com), where I am still involved as member of the board and I recently founded a biotech startup, Cypress Biotechnology (cypressbiotech.com).

On my free time I play Rugby, Sail and I like to spend time outdoor.