Gianmaria Califano

Gianmaria Califano has been appointed to project 11 which is based at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. His research is supervised by Dr Thomas Wichard. With the support of  ALFF partners CNRS and SAMS and insight into the molecular mechanisms of symbiosis or antibiosis between U.mutabilis and associated bacteria, Gianmaria is aiming to develop a defensive symbiosis model as a basis to engineer microbial community for macroalgal aquacultures.

Originally from Italy, Gianmaria began his research at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in gianmaria_pic_profileJuly 2015. He completed an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master degree in Marine Biology and Conservation in September 2011 where he was based at the Universities of Algarve and Oviedo. His thesis focussed on the subject of seagrass and seaweed competition for nitrogen uptake.  Following his Master degree, Gianmaria completed a 3-year fellowship with the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology where he worked on a number of projects including one studying waterborne seaweed matabolites as a green solution for antimicrobial therapy in aquaculture and another on the use of macroalgae secondary metabolites as natural antibiotics for aquaculture. This work supported his strong interest in marine plants and biodiversity.

Here is a short video introduction to Gianmaria’s work as part of the ALFF project:

Gianmaria can be contacted at:


Friedrich Schiller University Jena

07737 Jena

T: + 49 03641 9300

F: + 49 03641 931682