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Scientific sector BIO/05 - ZOOLOGY
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Proposals for thesis
- Study of the complement system in colonial tunicates
- Study of the receptors involved in nonself recognition in colonial tunicates
- Stem cells and haemocyte differentiation in colonial tunicates
- Study of immunotoxic effects of xenobiotics in tunicates and bivalves
- Study of immune priming in tunicates and bilalves

Curriculum Vitae
Loriano Ballarin (Venezia, 1959) is associate professor of Zoology at the Department of Biology, University of Padova. He got his master degree in Biological Sciences in 1982 at the University of Pisa and the Licence in Biology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. After some research experiences abroad (University of Zuerich, Switzerland; Glaxo, Ware, UK) and in Italy (Glaxo S.p.A., Verona), he got his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the university of Padova, in 1989. In the period 1991-1999, he was researcher of Comparative Anatomy at the Department of Biology, University of Padova.

His main research interests include: i) the study of allorecognition, leading to fusion of rejection of contacting colonies in the ascidian capacità Botryllus schlosseri; ii) the study, in ascidians and other marine invertebrates, of the role of circulating cells in immune ruolo responses. In addition, the peculiar phylogenetic position of ascidians, as members of tunicates, recognised as the sister group of vertebrates, allows a comparative and evolutionary approach to the study of immune responses. Recently, the research was mainly focussed on the molecular mechanisms allowing the recognition of nonself in ascidians and on signal transduction pathways involved in immune responses: they led to the identification of proteins of interest and the corresponding genes . Using ascidians as model organisms, studies also contributed to the elucidation of the cellular mechanisms of toxicity of various antifouling compounds used in the Lagoon of Venice to prevent the growth of encrusting organisms in submerged structures.
His scientific activity is testified by more than 120 papers on international, peer-reviewed scientific journals and more than 15 contributions, in the form of chapters, to scientific books, as author or co-author. He has been invited to international and national conferences. He has been and is referee for international journals and research institutions; he is member of the editorial board of "Invertebrate Survival Journal" and collaborates with various national and international research institutions. From february 2010 to february 2016 he was president of the Italian Association of Developmental and Comparative (SIICS).

Research areas
- Immunobiology of marine invertebrates (with particular reference to tunicates)
- Allorecognition in marine invertebrates (with particular reference to tunicates)
- Haemocyte differentiation in tunicates
- Xenobiotic immunotoxicity
- Evolution of innate immune responses with particular reference to the invertebrate-vertebrate transition

(ultimi 3 anni)
Ballarin L, Schiavon F, Manni L. 2010. Natural apoptosis during the blastogenetic cycle of the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri: a morphological analysis. Zool. Sci., 27: 96-102.
Mane E, Manente S, Iero A, De Pieri S, Capodaglio G, Cima F, Ballarin L, Bragadin M. 2010. Beef heart mitochondria for the Rotenone monitoring. Anal. Methods, 2, 809–810.
Ballarin L, Del Favero M. 2010. Identification and preliminary characterization of a Ca2+-dependent hemagglutinin in the coelomic fluid of Sipunculus nudus. Invertebr. Survival J., 7: 221-227.
Franchi N; Schiavon F; Carletto M, Gasparini F, Bertoloni G, Tosatto SCE, Ballarin L. 2011.Immune roles of a rhamnose-binding lectin in the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Immunobiology, 216: 725-736.
Franchi N, Boldrin F, Ballarin L, Piccinni E. 2011. CiMT-1, an unusual chordate metallothionein gene in Ciona intestinalis genome: structure and expression studies. J. Exp. Zool., 315A: 90-100.
Ballarin L, Del Favero M, Manni L. 2011. Relationships among hemocytes, tunic cells, germ cells and accessory cells of the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. J. Exp. Zool., 316B: 284-295.
Gallo C, Schiavon F, Ballarin L. 2011. Insight on cellular and humoral components of innate immunity in Squilla mantis (Crustacea, Stomatopoda). Fish Shellfish Immunol. 31: 423-431.
Matozzo V, Ballarin L. 2011. In vitro effects of nonylphenol on functional responses of haemocytes of the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Mar. Pollut. Bull., 62: 2042-2046..
Ballarin L. (2012) - Ascidian cytotoxic cells: state of the art and research perspectives. Invertebr. Survival J., 9: 1-6.
Franchi N, Ferro D, Ballarin L, Santovito G. 2012. Transcription of genes involved in glutathione biosynthesis in the solitary tunicate Ciona intestinalis exposed to metals. Aquatic Toxicol., 114-115: 14-22.
Casellato S, Masiero L, Ballarin L. 2012. Toxicity of fluoride to the freshwater mollusc Dreissena polymorpha: effects on survival, histology, and antioxidant enzyme activity. Fluoride, 45: 35–46.
Cima F, Ballarin L. 2012. Immunotoxicity in ascidians: Antifouling compounds alternative to organotins – III. The case of Copper(I) and Irgarol 1051. Chemosphere, 89: 19-29.
Ballarin L, Franchi N, Schiavon F, Tosatto SC, Mičetić I, Kawamura K. 2012. Looking for putative phenoloxidases of compound ascidians: haemocyanin-like proteins in Polyandrocarpa misakiensis and Botryllus schlosseri. Dev. Comp. Immunol. 38: 232-242.
Franchi N, Schiavon F, Betti M, Canesi L, Ballarin L. 2013. Insight on signal transduction pathways involved in phagocytosis in the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 112: 260-266.
Cima F, Ballarin L. 2013. A proposed integrated bioindex for the macrofouling biocoenosis of hard substrates in the lagoon of Venice. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci.
Franchi N, Ballarin L. 2013. Influence of cadmium on the morphology and functionality of haemocytes in the compound ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Comp. Biochem. Physiol 158C: 29-35.
Ferro D, Franchi N, Ballarin L, Cammarata M, Mangano V, Rigers B, Parrinello N, Santovito G. 2013. Characterization and metal-induced gene transcription of two new copper zinc superoxide dismutases in the solitary ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Aquatic Toxicol.

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
IA1870 COMMON SUP3050891 9 5th Year Second
SC1165 COMMON SC01109615 12 2nd Year First