International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
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Curricum Vitae for Stefano  Piraino

Personal details

Title:Prof. Dr.
Institute:Università del Salento
Phone:+39 0832 298616

Summary of CV:

Associate Professor at the University of Salento, Lecce. Main organizer of an international Master course on experimental developmental biology on marine invertebrates (Station Biologique de Roscoff, Université Paris VI). Past-President of the International Hydrozoan Society. His research activity deals with several aspects of ecological developmental biology and evolution of marine invertebrates, with special reference to Cnidaria. Current interests are focused a) morphogenesis and development biology of basal metazoans, with an evolutionary perspective to highlight ancestral roles of conserved pathways for signal transduction and cell-cell communication, with particular reference to the role of gap junctions; b) ecological and developmental mechanisms boosting jellyfish proliferation in coastal waters.  

Experience Higher education:

University courses on the following topics: Zoology, Animal Biology, General Biology, Biodiversity and biotechnologies, Life cycles and Development. I teach in graduate courses since 2000. Since 2005, main organizer of an international Master course on experimental developmental biology on marine invertebrates (Station Biologique de Roscoff, Université Paris VI). Co-organizer of a course on Hydrozoan Taxonomy for the Partnership for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy of the National Science Foundation. 

Participation in Projects:

Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas ( from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential.
Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern EUropean Seas
Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
EU Network of Excellence
Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors


Piraino S, Zega G, Di Benedetto C, Leone A, Dell'Anna A, Pennati R, Candia Carnevali D, Schmid V, Reichert H.Complex neural architecture in the diploblastic larva of Clava multicornis (Hydrozoa, Cnidaria) J Comp Neurol 519 (10), 1931-1951
Quiquand M, Yanze N, Schmich J, Schmid V, Galliot B, Piraino S. More constraint on ParaHox than Hox gene families in early metazoan evolution Dev. Biol. 328 (2), 173-187
Schmich J, Kraus Y, De Vito D, Graziussi D, Boero F, Piraino S. 2007. Induction of reverse development in two marine Hydrozoans. Int J Dev Biol 51, 45-56.
Boero F., Bouillon J., Gravili C., Miglietta M.P., Parsons T., Piraino S. 2008.
Gelatinous plankton: irregularities rule the world (sometimes). Marine Ecology Progress Series 356: 299-310
Piraino S, Boero F, Aeschbach B, Schmid V 1996. Reversing the life cycle: medusae transforming into polyps and cell transdifferentiation in Turritopsis nutricula (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa). The Biological Bulletin 190 (3), 302-312

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