Past projects and grants


2016-2020: International project “DRYNET. Setting an interdisciplinary/ sectorial/international research network to explore dry storage as an alternative strategy for cells/germplasm biobanking” granted by EU H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016

2017-2019: “Transcriptomic and epigenetic tools applied to the study of the evolutionary responses of Antarctic panarthropods to global warming” granted by PNRA-MIUR 2016

2017-2019: “Climate warming: epigenetic responses in Antarctic tardigrades” granted by UNIMORE for the University Research Fund 2017

2017-2019: international project “Tardigrades in Norwegian forests” granted by Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC)

2016-2017: "Instructions for the survival to oxidative stress: a journey from genes to the organism for the study of antioxidant molecules involved in anhydrobiosis” granted by UNIMORE as University Research Fund 2015

2014-2017: International project “Using Water Bears to Identify Biological Countermeasures to Stress During Multigenerational Spaceflight” granted by NASA (USA)

2014-2016: “Physiological, biochemical and transcriptomic adaptive responses to harmful UV radiation and temperature increases in Antarctic meiofaunal organisms: a walk from genes to organism” granted by PNRA-MIUR 2013

2014-2016: "Innovative tools and protocols for the monitoring and sustainable control of the alien bug Halyomorpha halys, a new threat to plant health, and other fruit crops Heteroptera harmful to the territory of Modena" granted by the Banking Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio of Modena.

2014-2016: “Evolutionary history and phylogeography of Antarctic organisms and ecosystem responses to climatic and environmental changes” " granted by the Programma Nazionale Ricerche in Antartide PRNA - MIUR (to UNIMORE 7000 euro) (RU)

2013: international project "Occurence and diversity of tardigrades in the biosphere reserve Kristianstad Vattenrike" granted by the "Kungliga Fysiografiska Sällskapet" (Sweden)

2013: international project “The insight into the free radical production in two tardigrade species during the anhydrobiosis and exposure to UV radiation” granted by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)

2012-2015: "Environmental Biology: innovative methodologies for the assessment and restoration of environmental quality" within the project "Environments, food and health" Work Package, granted by UNIMORE

2011: “Evolutionary games with everyday materials - activities for primary and secondary school teachers and students”, granted by the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

2009-2011: internazional project “MoDNA project (morphology and DNA): DNA barcoding and phylogeny of tardigrades, basic research and applications” granted by the Banking Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio of Modena

2009-2011: International project “Adaptive strategies to maintain biodiversity: cryptobiosis and thermotolerance in Antarctic tardigrades” granted by Programma Nazionale Ricerche in Antartide PRNA - MIUR

2009-2011: “TARDIKISS: tardigrade in space” granted by the Italian Space Agency

2007-2009: “Coping with unpredictable environments: first experimental studies on tardigrades” granted by PRIN - MIUR

2006-2008: “TArdigrade Resistance to Space Effects – TARSE” granted by the Italian Space Agency

2004-2006: “Responses of cellules, organisms and ecosystems to stress due to environmental exotoxics, global changes, extreme habitats" granted by the Banking Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio of Modena

2002-2003: “Effects of space environment on survival, reproduction and genome of tardigrades, animal model for experiences on cryptobiotic survival in the space” granted by the Italian Space Agency (ASI)

1999-2001: “Evolutionary ecology of reproductive strategies: environmental and genetic control of dormancy and sexual reproduction” granted by PRIN-MIUR.