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Lab members

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Davide Cuttini

Research technician

I obtained a Bachelor degree in Forest and Environmental Sciences at the University of Turin. Since 1993, I worked at the Department of Applied Entomology and Zoology for the Environment Carlo Vidano. Since 1998, I am a technician at DI.VA.P.R.A of the Faculty of Agriculture. Currently, I work as a research technician at DISAFA, managing the experimental apiaries. My long-lasting passions are bees and fish, so if I am not in the department, you can find me along some riverbanks.

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Damien Fevre

Postdoctoral researcher

My passion is honeybee conservation and breeding. With a PhD in Nutrition and Genetics of Apis mellifera, I am deeply invested in studying plant-pollinator interactions and biodiversity. With worldwide beekeeping experience and a professional background as a beekeeper and queen breeder, I am now dedicated to conserving native bee populations and advancing honeybee breeding through phenotype assessment and genomics. Beyond academia, I find calm in the harmony of nature while exploring the wild. I also manage a dozen hives, fueled by the joy of multiplying bees and contributing to biodiversity.

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Maria Bortot

Postdoctoral researcher

I am a neuroscientist with a PhD in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. I studied honey bees and bumble bees cognition with a behavioural perspective, investigating their learning, numerical abilities and their sleeping behavior. I currently study the influence of stressors on bee complex behaviors and cognition. My long-lasting passions beyond science are communication, and other living creatures, better if cats or insects. If you don’t see me in the office, I am probably running somewhere.

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Livilla Maggi

Research assistant

I have a degree in Natural Sciences and have been a beekeeper for over ten years. I became interested in social insects fascinated by their ability to collaborate for the survival of the colony. I study social pollinators, particularly Bombus terrestris, and the negative effects of nanomaterials on both individuals and their social organization. My personal drive is fueled by a strong 'curiositas' that has always accompanied me, pushing me to seek the understanding of ever-changing natural dynamics. Mountains, climbing, and yoga lover.

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Amanda Dettori

PhD student

Graduated in Agricultural Science, I grew up in my beekeeping family farm. I have worked  on honey bee colony management, production and honey quality assessment, and queen bee breeding. I have collaborated in biomonitoring surveys using bees, focusing on pesticide contamination and assisting beekeepers affected by colony losses or weakening.

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Valeria Grande

PhD student

Graduated in Agro-Environmental Biology, my fascination for complex interactions drove my passion for ecology and molecular biology. Currently, I investigate bee viruses dynamics, although my insatiable curiosity may lead me to venture into new fields.

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Sabrina Pesarini

PhD student

With a lifelong passion for animal behavior and ecology, I delved into the competitive dynamics between managed and wild bees through a behavioral study (Master's degree in Environmental and Behavioral Biology). I currently investigate the Environmental Risk Assessment of pesticides focusing on managed and wild pollinators. Nature lover, traveler, and sports enthusiast.

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Luis Vélez Trujillo

PhD student

I graduated in Biology, with a Master's degree in Agri-Environmental and Agri-food Sciences. I Investigate the role of biomarkers to describe bee health and the use of bees as environmental bioindicators. Committed to nature and agricultural entomology, I aim at reducing the impact of climate change.

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Manuel Roppo Valente

Early stage researcher

Graduated in Experimental and Applied Biology with a focus on Environmental Biology and Biodiversity. I am interested in multidisciplinary and innovative approaches in ecotoxicological studies and the breeding of Apoidea. Currently, I'm involved in beekeeping and bee health activities with a focus on ecotoxicological aspects. In addition to dedicating my time to scientific research, I enjoy immersing myself in the world of cinema, art, and travel. I believe that inspiration can come from multiple sources, and I am convinced that exploring new cultural horizons can enrich both my work and my life.

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Alberto Ossola

Early stage researcher

I study the influence of agricultural practices on pollinators health, focusing on the identification of wild bees. I am passionate about entomology, with a dream: a healthier environment for all organisms. Traveller and nature lover.

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Claudia Roggero

Early stage researcher

Graduated in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, I now study honey and solitary bee health and behaviour. I contribute to the outreach activities of the Lab writing articles for the general public and through social media. I consider myself as a young beekeeper looking for harmony between beekeeping and agriculture, with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of bees in the role of pollination for the entire ecosystem.

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Emanuele Luigi Zenga

Early stage researcher

Graduated in Natural Sciences, my main interests lie in eco-ethology and taxonomy of apoid hymenopterans. I have experience in monitoring pollinator insects and studying the effects of agricultural environments on their communities. I have worked extensively as a guide in parks and natural history museums. At BeeLab, I am involved in everything related to wild bees. My favorite bees are social halictids.

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Marta Barberis

Visiting scientist

I’m a pollination ecologist and I recently obtained my PhD at the University of Bologna, discussing a thesis on the ecological significance of secondary metabolites of floral nectar. In addition to getting involved in the family business of breeding queen honeybees, in the past I worked in the protection of birds and habitats of conservation concern, and the study of reproductive barriers between sympatric plant species.
I have a passion for the mountains, writing, watercolors, and linocut. Unfortunately, my days are just twenty-four hours long.

Chiara Bonadei

Chiara Bonadei

Master student

I study Natural Sciences. Interested in bees, I am investigating the sublethal effects of pesticides on solitary bees, focusing on their reproductive behaviour.

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Enrico Visca

Master student

Graduated in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, I am now attending the master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences – Sustainable Crop Management. Passionate beekeeper, now I study the behaviour of honeybees and their communication through sounds and vibrations. I am also interested in technological innovations and research in the field of precision beekeeping.

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Alessandro Vizio

Bachelor student

I am an Agricultural production student at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies. I am interested in sound acquisition and processing, and I collaborate with various projects to understand the complex mechanism of sound communication in bees.

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