Marco Ventura

Affiliation: 
Associate Professor of General Microbiology, Laboratory of Probiogenomics, Department of Life Sciences, University of Parma, Italy


Short Biography:
Marco Ventura is Associate Professor at the University of Parma, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in Natural Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 2003. He did postdoctoral research work at the Dept. of Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Cork (Ireland) before joining the faculty at the University of Parma in 2005


Current Research: 
His research is focused on the molecular analysis of bifidobacteria, as well as the diversity and host significance of the gut microbiota.


Publications:

  1. Lugli, GA, Milani, C., Turroni, F., Tremblay, D., Ferrario, C., Mancabelli, L., Duranti, S., Ward, D.V., Ossiprandi, M.C., Moineau, S., van Sinderen, D., and Ventura, M. 2016. Prophages of the genus Bifidobacterium as modulating agents of the infant gut microbiota. Environ. Microbiol. 18(7):2196-213
  2. Turroni, F., Milani, C., Duranti, S., Mancabelli, L., Mangifesta, M., Viappiani, A., Lugli, G.A., Ferrario, C., Gioiosa, L., Ferrarini, A., Li, J., Palanza, P., Delledonne, M., van Sinderen, D., and Ventura, M. 2016. Deciphering metabolic interactions of bifidobacteria and its impact on gut microbiota by a multi-omics approach. ISME J. 10(7):1656-68.
  3. Duranti, S., Milani, C., Lugli, G.A., Mancabelli, L., Turroni, F., Ferrario, C., Mangifesta, M., Viappiani, A., Sánchez, B., Margolles, A., van Sinderen, D., and Ventura, M. 2016. Evaluation of genetic diversity among strains of the human gut commensal Bifidobacterium adolescentis. Scientific Reports 6:23971.
  4. Duranti, S., Gaiani, F., Mancabelli, L., Milani, C., Grandi, A., Bolchi, A., Santoni, A., Lugli, G., Ferrario, C., Mangifesta, M., Viappiani, A., Bertoni, S., Vivo, V., Serafini, F., Barbaro, M. R., Fugazza, A., Barbara, G., Gioiosa, L., Palanza, P., Cantoni, A. M., de'Angelis, G.L., Barocelli, E., de' Angelis, N., van Sinderen, D., Ventura, M., and Turroni, F. 2016. Elucidating the gut microbiome of ulcerative colitis: bifidobacteria as novel microbial biomarkers. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.
  5. Milani, C., Lugli, G.A., Duranti, S., Turroni, F., Mancabelli, L., Ferrario, C., Mangifesta, M., Hevia, A., Viappiani, A., Scholz, M., Arioli, S., Sanchez, B., Lane, J., Ward, D.W., Hickey, R., Mora, D., Segata, N., Margolles, A., van Sinderen, D., and Ventura, M. 2015. Bifidobacteria exhibit social behavior through carbohydrate resource sharing in the gut. Scientific Reports 5:15782.
  6. Milani, C., Mancabelli, L., Lugli, G.A., Duranti, S., Turroni, F., Ferrario, C., Mangifesta, M., Viappiani, A., Ferretti, P., Gorfer, V., Tett, A., Segata, N., van Sinderen, D., and Ventura, M. 2015. Exploring vertical transmission of bifidobacteria from mother to child. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 81(20):7078-87.
  7. Duranti, S., Milani, C., Lugli, G.A, Turroni, F., Mancabelli, L., Sanchez, B., Ferrario, C., Viappiani, A., Mangifesta, M., Mancino, W., Guiemonde, M., Margolles, A., van Sinderen, D., and Ventura, M. 2015. Insights from genomes of representatives of the human gut commensal Bifidobacterium bifidum. Environ. Microbiol. 17:2515-2531.
  8. Milani, C., Lugli, G.A., Duranti, S., Turroni, F., Bottacini, F., Mangifesta, M., Sanchez, B., Viappiani, A., Mancabelli, L., Taminiau, B., Delcenserie, V., Barrangou, R., Margolles, A., van Sinderen, D., and Ventura, M. 2014. Genome encyclopaedia of type strains of the genus Bifidobacterium. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80(20):6290-302.
  9. Lugli, G.A., Milani, C., Turroni, F., Duranti, S., Ferrario, C., Viappiani, A., Mancabelli, L., Mangifesta, M., Taminiau, B., Delcenserie, V., van Sinderen, D. and Ventura, M. 2014. Investigation of the evolutionary development of the genus Bifidobacterium by comparative genomics. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80(20):6383-94.
  10. Turroni, F., Serafini, F., Foroni, E., Duranti, S., O’Connell Motherway, M., Taverniti, V., Mangifesta, M., Milani, C., Viappiani, A., Roversi, T., Sánchez, B., Santoni, A., Gioiosa, L., Ferrarini, A., Delledonne, M., Margolles, A., Piazza, L., Palanza, P., Bolchi, A., Guglielmetti, S., van Sinderen D., and Ventura, M. 2013. The role of sortase-dependent pili of Bifidobacterium bifidum PRL2010 in modulating bacterium-host interactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). 110(27):11151-6.