Dr. Massimo Ferrara is research scientist at Institute of Sciences of Food Production (National Research Council), 2013; PhD in Crop Protection, 2011, University of Bari; Master degree in Biotechnology applied to Food and Agriculture Sciences, 2007, University of Bari.
Visiting researcher at Department of Crop Protection, IAS-CSIC, Córdoba (Spain) and at Center for Bioinformatics, University of Tübingen (Germany); Expert advisor for Bayer CropScience and BASF Italia Srl; Member of the International Society for Mycotoxicology; Referee for Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, BioControl, Plant and Soil, BMC Research Notes, International Journal of Food Microbiology, Italian Journal of Food Science, PLOS ONE and Frontiers Journals.
Awarded for the best research article published in 2013-2015 by younger researchers of Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Sciences (DISBA-CNR).
Involved in several research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (CISIA, SAFEMEAT, SAFE&SMART and SIMISA) and by the European Commission (Tirsav Plus and MycoKey).
Key areas of research interest: biology, eco-physiology and phylogeny of toxigenic fungi species; Microbiology and molecular biology of fungi and bacteria; Biological detoxification of mycotoxins; NGS sequencing; Genomics; Transcriptomics; Metagenomics; Computer science; Bioinformatics and database management.