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Antonella Amore

Postdoctoral Researcher-Biochemistry | 303-275-4399

Research Interests

  • Second generation bioethanol production

  • Lignocellulose conversion into high-added-value products

  • Development and study of new ligninases, cellulases, and hemicellulases, from both fungi and bacteria

  • Recombinant heterologous expression of wild-type and mutant (random mutants/site-directed mutants) (hemi)cellulolytic enzymes

  • Study of the structure-function relationships in (hemi)cellulolytic enzymes

  • Isolation and characterization of microorganisms for new (hemi)cellulolytic enzymes productions

  • Solid state fermentation of fungi

  • Metagenomics for new enzymes discovery


  • Ph.D., Industrial and Molecular Biotechnology, University of Naples "Federico II," 2010–2013

  • M.S., Industrial and Molecular Biotechnology, University of Naples "Federico II," 2007–2009

  • B.S., Industrial and Molecular Biotechnology, University of Naples "Federico II," 2004–2007

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II," 2013–April 2015

  • Visiting Researcher at NIIST-CSIR Institute, Trivandrum (Kerala, India), Dr. Ashok Pandey group, August 2012–December 2012

  • Visiting Researcher at IMEP-IRD Institute, Marseille (France), Dr. Sevastianos Roussos group, November–December 2010


  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

    • ASM Young Ambassador to Italy (since September 2014)

    • ASM Young Leader's Circle (since July 2015)

  • Societa' Italiana di Microbiologia Generale e Biotecnologie Microbiche (SIMGBM)

Featured Publications

  1. "Recombinant expression and characterization of site-directed mutants of GH51 α-l-arabinofuranosidase from Pleurotus ostreatus for identification of catalytic residue," Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (forthcoming 2015)

  2. "Metagenomics for the development of new biocatalysts to advance lignocellulose saccharification for bio-economic development," Critical Reviews in Biotechnology (2015)

  3. "Exploring the microbiota dynamics related to vegetable biomasses degradation and study of lignocellulose-degrading bacteria for industrial biotechnological application," Sci Rep. (2015)

  4. "Statistical Optimization of Laccase Production and Delignification of Sugarcane Bagasse by Pleurotus ostreatus in Solid-State Fermentation," Biomed. Res. Int. (2015)

  5. "The effect of Pleurotus ostreatus arabinofuranosidase and its evolved variant in lignocellulosic biomasses conversion," Fungal Genet. Biol. (2014)

  6. "The second generation ethanol production," Rendiconti Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL Memorie di Scienze Fisiche e Naturali (2014)

  7. "Application of a new xylanase activity from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens XR44A in brewer's spent grain saccharification," J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol. (2015)

  8. "Analysis of the role of O-glycosylation in GH51 α-L-arabinofuranosidase from Pleurotus ostreatus," Biotechnol. Appl. Biochem. (2014)

  9. "Enzymes for Food and Beverage Industries: Current Situation, Challenges and Perspectives" in Advances in Food Biotechnology (2013)

  10. "Consolidated bioprocessing for improving cellulosic ethanol production," in Lignocellulose Conversion: Enzymatic and Microbial Tools for Bioethanol Production (2013)

  11. "Chemico-physical factors affecting food and beverage processing fermentations," in Fermentation Processes Engineering in the Food Industry for the series Contemporary Food Engineering (2013)

  12. "Regulation of Cellulase and Hemicellulase Gene Expression in Fungi," Curr. Genomics (2013)

  13. "Cellulolytic Bacillus strains from natural habitats - A review," Chemistry TODAY (2013)

  14. "Industrial waste based compost as a source of novel cellulolytic strains and enzymes," FEMS Microbiol. Lett. (2013)

  15. "Waste valorization by biotechnological conversion into added value products," Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. (2013)

  16. "Last advances in synthesis of added value compounds and material," Current Organic Chemistry (2012)

  17. "Cloning and recombinant expression of a cellulase from the cellulolytic strain Streptomyces sp. G12 isolated from compost," Microbial Cell Factories (2012)

  18. "Enhanced green fluorescent protein expression in Pleurotus ostreatus for in vivo analysis of fungal laccase promoters," App. Biochem. Biotechnol. (2012)

  19. "Copper induction of enhanced green fluorescence protein expression in Pleurotus ostreatus driven by laccase poxa1b promoter," FEMS Microbiol. Lett. (2012)

  20. "Potential of fungi as category I Consolidated BioProcessing organisms for cellulosic ethanol production," Renew. Sust. En. Rev. (2012)

  21. "Transcriptional and enzymatic profiles of Pleurotus ostreatus laccase genes in submerged and solid state fermentation cultures," Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2012)

  22. "Characterization of laccase isoforms produced by Pleurotus ostreatus in solid state fermentation of sugarcane bagasse," Bioresource Technology (2012)

  23. A family GH51 α-L-arabinofuranosidase from Pleurotus ostreatus: identification, recombinant expression and characterization," Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. (2011)

  24. "Fungal solid state fermentation on agro-industrial wastes for acid wastewater decolourization in a continuous flow packed-bed bioreactor," Bioresource Technology (2011)