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Luna Gian Marco

Luna Gian Marco

Laurea (110/110) in Marine Biology and Oceanography (2001), University of Ancona
Scholarship (2004) at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA
PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology (2005), Polytechnic University of Marche
Post-doc in Marine Microbial Ecology (2005-2010), Polytechnic University of Marche
FIRB Junior Researcher (2010-2011)

CNR ISMAR U.O.S. Ancona L.go Fiera della Pesca, 2 60125 Ancona

Phone +39 071 2078860


His researches are focused on the microbial ecology in marine and transitional ecosystems, with primary interests on: i) biodiversity, biogeochemical and ecological role of marine microbes (Bacteria and Archaea) in coastal and deep-sea ecosystems, in relation to the main physical, chemical and biological drivers; ii) development and application of molecular biology and metagenomic approaches to the study of microbial biodiversity, iii) ecology and evolution of bacteria of fecal origin (Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp.) in aquatic ecosystems, including mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.



  • Participated to National and International research projects (MAT, ADIOS, INTERPOL , MEDVEG, REEFRES, HERMES, CORALZOO, VECTOR, HERMIONE, Deep Sea & Sub-Seafloor Frontiers, EXPLODIVE), to PRIN projects and to projects funded by INAIL-exISPESL and ISPRA.

  • Participated to 12 oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean onboard Italian and European research vessels (Dallaporta, Urania, Universitatis, Minerva Uno, Aegaeo, Discovery, Pelagia, L’Europe, Jan Mayen). He has carried out field activities in several aquaculture sites in Italy, Greece, Spain and Israeli.

  • Participated to 24 National and International scientific conferences (15 oral presentations, 17 posters) and >30 scientific workshops.

  • Referee for Environmental Microbiology, Deep–Sea Research, Marine Environmental Research, Water Soil & Air Pollution, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Chemistry & Ecology, Advances in Oceanography & Limnology, Hydrobiologia, Microbial Drug Resistance. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Limnology. Evaluator of scientific proposals for several European countries.

  • Co-founder of the SiteMicro–Microbial Ecology Section within the Italian Society of Ecology (


He wrote 43 papers onto ISI journals with impact factor, 6 book chapters, 2 articles onto non-ISI journals, and several abstracts published within conferences proceedings.

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Luna G.M., Manini E., Danovaro R. (2002) Large fraction of dead and inactive bacteria in coastal marine sediments: comparison of protocols for determination and ecological significance. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68: 3509-3513

Luna G.M., Dell’Anno A., Giuliano L., Danovaro R. (2004) Bacterial diversity in deep Mediterranean sediments: relationship with the active bacterial fraction and substrate availability. Environmental Microbiology 6: 745-753

Danovaro R., Gambi C., Luna G.M., Mirto S. (2004) Sustainable impact of mussel farming in the Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea): evidence from biochemical, microbial and meiofaunal indicators. Marine Pollution Bulletin 49: 325-33

Manini E., Luna G.M., Danovaro R. (2004) Benthic bacterial response to variable estuarine inputs. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 50: 185-194

Danovaro R., Armeni M., Luna G.M., Corinaldesi C., Dell’Anno A., Ferrari C.R., Fiordelmondo C., Gambi C., Gismondi M., Manini E., Mecozzi M., Perrone F.M., Pusceddu A., Giani M. (2005) Exo-enzymatic activities and dissolved organic pools in relation with mucilage development in the Northern Adriatic Sea. The Science of the Total Environment 353: 189-203

Luna G.M., Dell’Anno A., Danovaro R. (2006) DNA extraction procedure: a critical issue for bacterial diversity assessment in marine sediments. Environmental Microbiology 8: 308-320

Danovaro R., Luna G.M., Dell'Anno A., Pietrangeli B. (2006) Comparison of two fingerprinting techniques, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism and automated ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis, for determination of bacterial diversity in aquatic environments. Applied Environmental Microbiology 72:5982-5989

Luna G.M., Biavasco F., Danovaro R. (2007) Bacteria associated with the Rapid Tissue Necrosis (RTN) of stony corals. Environmental Microbiology 9:1851-1857

Manini E., Luna G.M., Corinaldesi C., Zeppilli D., Bortoluzzi G., Caramanna G., Raffa F., Danovaro R. (2008) Prokaryote diversity and virus abundance in shallow hydrothermal vents of the Mediterranean Sea (Panarea Island) and the Pacific Ocean (North Sulawesi-Indonesia). Microbial Ecology 55:626-639

Luna G.M., Stumm K., Pusceddu A., Danovaro R. (2009) Archaeal diversity in deep-sea sediments estimated by means of different Terminal-Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms (T-RFLP) protocols. Current Microbiology 59:356–361

Luna G.M., Dell’Anno A., Corinaldesi C., Armeni M., Danovaro R. (2009) Diversity and spatial distribution of metal reducing bacterial assemblages in groundwaters of different redox conditions. International Microbiology 12:153-159

Luna G.M., Bongiorni L., Gili C., Biavasco F., Danovaro R. (2010) Vibrio harveyi as a causative agent of the White Syndrome in tropical stony corals. Environmental Microbiology Reports 2: 120–127

Luna G.M., Vignaroli C., Rinaldi C., Pusceddu A., Nicoletti L., Gabellini M., Danovaro R., Biavasco F. Extraintestinal Escherichia coli carrying virulence genes in coastal marine sediments. Applied Environmental Microbiology 76:5659-5668

Danovaro R., Company J.B., Corinaldesi C., D'Onghia G., Galil B., Gambi C., Gooday A.J., Lampadariou N., Luna G.M., Morigi C., Olu K., Polymenakou P., Ramirez-Llodra E., Sabbatini A., Sardà F., Sibuet M., Tselepides A. (2010) Deep-Sea biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea: the known, the unknown and the unknowable. Plos One 5: e11832

Corinaldesi C., Barucca M., Luna G.M., Dell’Anno A. (2011) Diagenesis, origin and genetic imprint of extracellular DNA in permanently anoxic deep-sea sediments. Molecular Ecology 20: 642–654

Borrelli C., Sabbatini A., Luna G.M., Nardelli M.P., Sbaffi T., Morigi C., Danovaro R., Negri A. (2011) Determination of the metabolically active fraction of benthic foraminifera by means of Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH). Biogeosciences 8: 2075–2088

Luna G.M., Dell’Anno A., Pietrangeli B., Danovaro R. (2012) A new molecular approach based on qPCR for the quantification of fecal bacteria in contaminated marine sediments. Journal of Biotechnology 157:446–453

Amaro T., Luna G.M., Danovaro R., Billett D.S.M., Cunha M.R. (2012) High prokaryotic biodiversity associated with gut contents of the holothurian Molpadia musculus from the Nazaré Canyon (NE Atlantic). Deep-Sea Research I 63: 82–90

Vignaroli C., Luna G.M., Rinaldi C., Di Cesare A., Danovaro R., Biavasco F. (2012) New sequence types and multidrug resistance among pathogenic Escherichia coli isolates from coastal marine sediments. Applied Environmental Microbiology in press

Di Cesare A., Vignaroli C., Luna G.M., Pasquaroli S., Biavasco F. (2012) Antibiotic-resistant enterococci in seawater and sediments from a coastal fish farm. Microbial Drug Resistance in press

Luna G.M., Bianchelli S., Decembrini F., De Domenico E., Danovaro R., Dell’Anno A. (2012) The dark portion of the Mediterranean Sea is a bioreactor of organic matter cycling. Global Biogeochemical Cycles in press

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