MANNI LUCIA

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Scientific sector BIO/06 - COMPARATIVE ANATOMY AND CITOLOGY
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Office hours
Monday from 11:00 to 13:00 Dipartimento di BIologia, 1° piano Sud
(updated on 05/07/2013 10:57)

Proposals for thesis
Bachelor and master thesis are available on the following subjects:
1) Stem cells, asexual reproduction and regeneration in ascidians
2) Nervous system differentiation in ascidians
3) Mechanoreceptors and evolution of neural placodes in chordates.
During the internship, it is possible to work abroad (Europe, Japan, or USA) with researchers collaborating with the proponent.

Curriculum Vitae
Academic Position
Associate Professor– Department Biology, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Education
1988 Graduated Degree in Biology (summa cum laude), Universita' degli Studi di Padova.
1993 Ph.D. Degree in Evolutionary Biology, Universita' degli Studi di Padova.

Professional Experience
• November 1990 / August 1991 Stage at Laboratory of Biologie Cellulaire - Universitè Paris XI under the supervision of Prof. A. Adoutte
• April 2004 / May 2004 Stage at Friday Harbor Laboratories - University of Washington under the supervision of Prof. G. Mackie
• 21/12/1998 University researcher Università degli Studi di PADOVA
• Since 01/11/2010 Associate professor Università degli Studi di PADOVA
• 2014: Member of the PhD Collegiate of the PhD School in Biosciences, curriculum Cell Biology and Physiology
• 13/01/2015: Qualification for the Position of Full professor in the Subject Area 05/B2 - Comparative anatomy and Cytology
• 1/10/2017 President of the Degree Course (first cycle degree) in Natural Science (Class: L-32 - Sciences and Technologies for Environment and Nature) and of the Degree Course (Second cycle degree) in Science of Nature (LM-60 – Sciences of Nature)

Reviewer activity for journals
Zoomorphology, Zoological Science, Journal of Experimental Zoology part B Molecular and Deveopmental Biology, Invertebrate Biology, European Journal of Histochemistry, Biological Bullettin.

Editorial activity
Co-traslator of the book Evolution by Douglas J. Futuyma, SinauerAss Inc., 2005 (Italian Edition, L’evoluzione, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2008).

Publications and bibliometric record – scholar source
Orcid ID: 0000-0003-4257-8946
Total number of publication with IF: 65
Total No. citations: 1035 (Scopus)
h-index: 19
i10 index: 32

Scientific activities
Principal Investigator of the research group of Developmental Biology and Morphogenesis of the Department of Biology, University of Padova.
Current topics of specific interest:
1) Stem cells, asexual reproduction and regeneration in ascidians
2) Nervous system differentiation in ascidians
3) Mechanoreceptors and evolution of neural placodes in chordates

Teaching activity
Teacher of Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates I (first level degree in Natural Science) and Developmental Biology (second level degree in Natural Science).
Since 2015, organizer of the Teaching Course for PhD students of the University of Padova “Enhancing gender awareness in scientific research and teaching - Seminars on gender equality in academy”

Tutor Activity
Tutors of more than 56 thesis of first level and 20 thesis of second level; co-tutor and tutor of PhD thesis. Since 2014, member of the PhD Collegiate of the Doctorate School in Bioscience, curriculum Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Padova; actually tutor of a PhD Student.
Member of several PhD examining commissions both national and international.

Research areas
Principal Investigator of the research group of Developmental Biology and Morphogenesis of the Department of Biology, University of Padova.
Current topics of specific interest:
1) Stem cells, asexual reproduction and regeneration in ascidians
2) Nervous system differentiation in ascidians
3) Mechanoreceptors and evolution of neural placodes in chordates
In last years, her researches on a novel ascidian mechanoreceptor, the coronal organ, composed of hair cells, supported a revision of theories on hair cell evolution. She revealed the presence in ascidians of structures sharing similarities with vertebrate neural placodes, shedding new light on the main theory on vertebrate evolution, which hypothesizes that neural placodes, together with neural crest, are responsible of main novelties of this group.
In 2013-2014, she coordinated a working group formed of researchers from Stanford University (USA), Keio University (Japan), Laboratoire de Biologie du Developpement de Villefranche-sur-mer (France), and Bioself Communication, Marseille (France) for the publication of the ontology of development and anatomy of the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri (Manni et al., 2014, PLoS One)
In 2013-2017, she coordinated a working group formed of researchers from the Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia, Venezia (Italy), University of Milan (Italy), University of Bari (Italy), University of Oxford, (UK), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), McGill University (Canada), and University of Vienna (Austria) for the taxonomic revision of the model ascidian Ciona intestinalis, evidencing that under this name two criptic species (Ciona robusta and Ciona intestinalis) were hidden (Brunetti et al., 2015 J Zoolog Syst Evol Res ; Pennati et al., 2015 PLos One; Gissi et al., 2017 Zool Scripta). She involved the tunicate community in the discussion and in being aware of the topic, coordinating the Round Table “Taxonomy of Ciona sp” at the 8th International Tunicate Meeting. Aomori (Japan).

Past and active scientific collaborations:
- N.J. Lane (University of Cambridge, UK)
- M.C. Thorndyke (Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden)
- J.S. Joly (CNRS Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
- G.O. Mackie (University of Victoria, Canada)
- S. Shimeld (University of Oxford, UK)
- T. Stach (University of Berlin, Germany)
- K. Hotta (Keio University, Japan)
- A. Voskoboynik (Stanford University, USA)
- P. Lemaire (CNRS, France)
- D. Dauga (CNRS, France)

Publications
PUBLICATIONS 2015-18
62. Campagna D., Gasparini F., Franchi F., Manni L., Telatin A., Vitulo N., Ballarin L., Valle G. 2015. SATRAP: SOLiD Assembler TRAnslation Program. PLoS One 10(9):e0137436. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137436.
63. Gasparini F., Skoba T., Benato F., Gioacchini G., Voskoboynikc A., Carnevali O., Manni L., Dalla Valle L. 2016. Characterization of Ambra1 in asexual cycle of a non-vertebrate chordate, the colonial tunicate Botryllus schlosseri, and phylogenetic analysis of the protein group in Bilateria. Mol Phyl Evol 95:46-57. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.11.00
64. Manni L., Pennati R. 2016. Tunicata. In Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems Edited by Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Steffen Harzsch, and Gunter Purschke, Oxford University Press 2016. Published 2016 by Oxford University Press.
65. Campagna D., Gasparini F., Franchi N., Vitulo N., Ballin F., Manni L., Valle G., Ballarin L. 20016 Transcriptome dynamics in the asexual cycle of the basal chordate Botryllus schlosseri. BMC Genomics 17:275 DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-2598-1
66. Franchi N., Ballin F., Manni L.*, Schiavon F., Basso G., Ballarin L. 2016 Recurrent phagocytosis-induced apoptosis in the cyclical generation change of the compound ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 62:8-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dci.2016.04.011
67. Franchi N., Ballin F., Manni L.*, Schiavon F., Ballarin L. 2016 Data on four apoptosis-related genes in the colonial tunicate Botryllus schlosseri. Data in Brief 8:142-152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2016.05.017
68. Ballarin, L., Burighel, P., Cima, F., Manni, L. and Zaniolo, G. 2016. Armando Sabbadin 1920-2016 (in memoriam). ISJ 13: 66-67.
69. Ballarin, Loriano; Burighel, Paolo; Cima, Francesca; Manni, Lucia; Zaniolo, Giovanna. 2016. Obituary: Professor Armando Sabbadin. DCI 60: 228-228. DOI:10.1016/j.dci.2016.03.022.
70. Gissi C., Hastings K.E.M., Gasparini F., Stach T., Pennati R., Manni L. 2017. An unprecedented taxonomic revision of a model organism: the paradigmatic case of Ciona robusta and Ciona intestinalis. Zool Scripta 46: 521-522. DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12233
71. Brunetti R., Manni L., Mastrototaro F., Gissi C., Gasparini F. 2017. Fixation, description and DNA barcode of a neotype for Botryllus schlosseri (Pallas, 1766) (Tunicata, Ascidiacea). Zootaxa. 4353: 029–050. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4353.1.2
72. Rigon F., Gasparini F., Shimeld S., Candiani S., Manni L. 2017 Developmental signature, synaptic connectivity and neurotransmission are conserved between vertebrate hair cells and tunicate coronal cells. J Comp Neurol 526: 957-971. DOI: 10.1002/cne.24382
73. Calzia D., Degan P., Caicci F., Bruschi M., Manni L., Ramenghi L.A., Candiano G., Traverso C.E., Panfoli I. 2018 Modulation of the rod outer segment aerobic metabolism diminishes the production of radicals due to light absorption. Free Radical Biology and Medicine 117: 110–118.
74. Bruschi M., Petretto A., Caicci F., Calzia D., Bartolucci M., Santucci L., Manni L., Ramenghi L.A., Ghiggeri G.M., Traverso C.E., Candiano G., Panfoli I. 2017 Mitochondria and rod outer segment disk proteome: commonalities and differences. Journal of Proteomic Research 17: 918—925. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.7b00741
75. Ravera S., Signorello M.G., Bartolucci M., Ferrando S., L. Manni, F. Caicci, Calzia D., Panfoli I., Morelli A., Leoncini G. 2018 Extramitochondrial energy production in platelets. Biology of the Cell 110: 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/boc.201700025

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List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
SC1161 COMMON SC03100241 8 2nd Year First
semester
ITA LUCIA MANNI
SC1178 COMMON SCO2045691 9 2nd Year First
semester
ITA LUCIA MANNI