Short CV/Education and training

  • 1970
    Born, Rome, Italy

  • 1984 – 1989
    Scientific Lyceum

  • 1990 – 1995
    University of Rome "Tor Vergata": Studied – Life Sciences

  • 1993 – 1995
    Experimental thesis in General and Cell Physiology

  • 1995
    Degree in Biological Sciences (cum laude)

  • 1995 – 2001
    University of Rome "La Sapienza": Studied – Parasitology

  • 1999
    First maternity

  • 2002
    Doctorate in Public Health Sciences

  • 2002 – 2006
    University of Camerino, Italy

  • 2004
    Postdoctoral fellow (1 year) in Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary; studied Parasitology and parasitic diseases of animals

  • 2007 – 2009
    University of Turin, Italy. Postdoctoral fellow (three years) in the frame of Italian network of Malaria Research; studied symbiosis in malaria vectors: perspectives in malaria control.

  • 2008
    Second maternity

  • 2009 – 2011
    Scholarship holder, University of Camerino, Italy

  • 2012 – 2017
    Principal Investigator of ERC-Starting Grant

Selected publications

  • Ricci I, Santolamazza F, Costantini C, Favia G. Molecular characterization and chromosomal mapping of transcripts having tissue-specific expression in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae: possible involvement in visual or olfactory processes. Parasitology Research 2002; 88: 1-8.

  • Ricci I, Cancrini G, Gabrielli S, D?Amelio S, Favia G. Searching for Wolbachia (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) in mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae): large Polymerase Chain Reaction survey and new identifications. Journal of Medical Entomology 2002; 39: 562-567.

  • Favia G, Ricci I, Damiani C, Raddadi N, Crotti E, Marzorati M, Rizzi A, Urso R, Brusetti L, Borin S, Mora D, Scuppa P, Pasqualini L, Clementi E, Genchi M, Corona S, Negri I, Grandi G, Alma A, Kramer L, Esposito F, Bandi C, Sacchi L, Daffonchio D. Bacteria of the genus Asaia stably associate with Anopheles stephensi, an Asian malarial mosquito vector. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 2007; 104: 9047-51.

  • *Damiani C, *Ricci I, Crotti E, Rossi P, Rizzi A, Scuppa P, Esposito F, Bandi C, Daffonchio D, Favia G. Paternal transmission of symbiotic bacteria in malaria vectors. Current Biology 2008; 18: pR1087. *equally contributing authors. 'Faculty of 1000' award.

  • *Damiani C, *Ricci I, Crotti E, Rossi P, Rizzi A, Scuppa P, Capone A, Ulissi U, Epis S, Genchi M, Sagnon N, Faye I, Kang A, Chouaia B, Whitehorn C, Moussa GW, Mandrioli M, Esposito F, Sacchi L, Bandi C, Daffonchio D, Favia G. Mosquito-Bacteria Symbiosis: The Case of Anopheles gambiae and Asaia. Microbial Ecology 2010; 60: 644-54. *equally contributing authors.

  • Ricci I, Mosca M, Valzano M, Damiani C, Scuppa P, Crotti E, Rossi P, Cappelli A, Ulissi U, Capone A, Esposito F, Alma A, Mandrioli M, Sacchi L, Bandi C, Daffonchio D, Favia G. Different mosquito species host Wickerhamomyces anomalus (Pichia anomala): perspectives on vector-borne diseases symbiotic control. Antoine van Leeuwenhoek 2011; 99: 43-50.

  • Ricci I, Damiani C, Scuppa P, Mosca M, Crotti E, Rossi P, Rizzi A, Capone A, Gonella E, Ballarini P, Chouaia B, Sagnon N, Esposito F, Alma A, Mandrioli M, Sacchi L, Bandi C, Daffonchio D, Favia G. The yeast Wickerhamomyces anomalus (Pichia anomala) inhabits the midgut and reproductive system of the Asian malaria vector Anopheles stephensi. Environmental Microbiology 2011; 13: 911-921. Cover page!

  • Ricci I, Damiani C, Rossi P, Capone A, Scuppa P, Cappelli A, Ulissi U, Mosca M, Valzano M, Epis S, Crotti E, Daffonchio D, Alma A, Sacchi L, Mandrioli M, Bandi C, Favia G. Mosquito symbioses: from basic research to the paratransgenic control of mosquito-borne diseases. Journal of Applied Entomology 2011; 135: 487-493.

  • Ricci I, Damiani C, Capone A, DeFreece C, Rossi P and Favia G. Mosquito/microbiota interactions: from complex relationships to biotechnological perspectives. Current opinion in Microbiology 2012; 15: 278-284.

  • Ricci I, Valzano M, ulissi U, Epis S, Cappelli A, Favia G. Symbiotic control of mosquito borne disease. Pathogens and global health 2012; 106(7): 380-385.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2012 – 2017 ERC Starting Grant: Yeast symbionts of malaria vectors: from basic research to the management of malaria control. EU-7th Research Framework Program, Ideas Starting Grant (ERC-StG-2011 n.28122, SymbioVec).

  • Teacher of 'Ecology and Parasitology' for bachelor degree courses in Bioscences and Biotechnology, School of Biosciences and Biotechnology, University of Camerino.

  • Teacher of 'Infectious and parasitic diseases – Diagnostic Techniques and Methodologies in Parasitology' for bachelor degree courses in Safety of Animal Production, School of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Camerino.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Italian Society of Parasitology, since 2000

Invited Speaker:

  • 1st Pichia anomala minisymposium, Uppsala, Sweden, February 10-12, 2010. International Congress

  • Workshop in 'Biotechnology, Drug Discovery & Novel Therapeutic Approaches' Camerino, Italy, 28-30 October, 2010. International Congress

  • Relatrice alla Rappresentanza in Italia della Commissione europea per la 'Presentazione dei bandi 2013 del VII programma quadro per la ricerca e l'innovazione'. Roma, 9 luglio 2012.

  • Relatrice per European Research Area in UNICAM: 'Horizon 2020: il programma europeo della ricerca 2014-2020 – La priorità Excellent Science e l'European Research Council'. Camerino, 29 giugno 2012.

Media coverage

Book chapters:

  • Ricci I, Scuppa P, Damiani C, Rossi P, Capone A, De Freece C, Valzano M, Cappelli A, Mosca M, Ulissi U, Favia G. Facing malaria parasite with mosquito symbionts. In Malaria Parasites. Ed. Intech Open access publisher ISBN 979-953-307-072-7 Book edited by: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Omolade Okwa Lagos State University, Nigeria 2012. Chapter 4, pg. 57-70.

  • Crotti E, Gonella E, Ricci I, Clementi E, Madriolo M, Sacchi L, Favia G, Alma A, Bourtzis K, Cherif A, Bandi C, Daffonchio D. Secondary Symbiont of Insect: Acetic Acid Bacteria. In "Manipulative Tenants/Bacteria Associated with Arthropods" by E. Zchori-Fein and K. bourtzis (CRC Press) 2011. Chapter 3, pg. 45-72.

  • Favia G, Ricci I, Marzorati M, Negri I, Alma A, Sacchi L, Bandi C, Daffonchio D. Bacteria of the genus Asaia: A Potential Paratransgenic Weapon Against Malaria. In 'Transgenesis and the Management of Vector-borne Disease' by Landes bioscience (Eurekan com.) 2008. Chapter 4, pg. 49-59.

Additional qualifications

  • Habilitation to practice the profession of Biologist (2004)


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