Dr. Raffaella Campana holds her first degree in Biology in 1998 and a subsequent degree in Agro-Industrial Biotechnology in 2001; she has a doctorate from Urbino University in 2008. She is an Expert in General Hygiene (University of Urbino) and Visiting lecturer in Hygiene Applied to the Workplace for the Bachelor in Law (University of Urbino). She has over fifteen years of experience in microbiological research. This includes experience of designing, validating and operating a range of microbiological tests. She initially directed the research activity to the study of virulence characteristics (adhesion, invasion and toxin production) of human and of environmental pathogens, in particular way Campylobacter jejuni, to the physiological adaptation of bacteria in aquatic environments by studying the appearance of coccoid forms (VBNC), and changes in the membrane protein component of the mentioned microorganisms. In the recent years, she directed the research to the study of biofilm formation by oral pathogens such as Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus oralis, and anaerobe microorganisms as Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nuclaetum, also applying novel approach such as flow cytometry. Her more recent fields of investigation are the characterization of Lactobacillus spp. as probiotic strains, studying also their interaction with human pathogens (intestinal and oral microorganisms), the antimicrobial activity of natural compounds and molecules of new synthesis against pathogens in planktonic state and organized in biofilm. In addition, she is experienced in applied microbiology and heath risk assessment. She acted as a consultant, expert technical advisor to sterile and non-sterile manufacturing facilities, microbiology laboratories and food industries. She has also undertaken several technical writing and review projects. She has written at least forty peer reviewed papers and technical articles relating to clinical microbiology and applied microbiology. She has also delivered over forty papers and posters to national and international conferences.
Antimicrobial activity, Biofilm formation, Probiotics, Food-borne pathogens, Oral pathogens, Virulence factors, Human health