Full Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology at Padova University. He has been head of the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology (1999-2005), member of Directive Committee of “Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori” (2004-2010) and he is currently head of the PhD School of “Crop Science” at the University of Padova. He partecipated in and leaded several research projects funded by the European Commission as well as Bilateral Projects with Cornell University (USA) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). The research activity focused mainly on applications of microbiology to agri-food and environment, on the evaluation of genetically modified microorganisms for their application in open fields, including studies on multifunctional genes. Key activities are concerning the bioconversion of agri-food wastes into high added value products, such as biopolymers (PHA) and biofuels (ethanol).