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Structure Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Telephone 0498272800
Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo B
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(updated on 01/10/2019 16:48)

Proposals for thesis
Master theses on the microbial valorization of organic waste streams into valuable products (bioethanol, biohydrogen, biogas, bioplastics) are available.

Curriculum Vitae
Lorenzo Favaro, born on August 27th 1982, in 2006, he graduated cum laude in Agricultural Sciences (Padova University), discussing an experimental thesis on the multifunctional role of nirK, nitrite reductase of Rhizobium sullae. After the graduation, he won a three years Ph.D. grant within a national program for the conversion of cheap agricultural and industrial by-products into bioethanol. In 2010, he obtained the Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology. His current position is researcher at the DAFNAE Dept. of University of Padova, where he acts as lecturer in “General Microbiology”.
In 2008, he spent his first research stage (7 months) at Microbiology Department of Stellenbosch University (Southafrica), supporting the start-up of a bilateral collaboration with Padova University.
Since 2007, he participated in several international, national and regional research projects on the energetic valorization of low-cost agricultural and industrial residues. His main research interests include second generation bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass together with bio-hydrogen and bioplastics production from organic waste streams
In 2009 and 2012, he was awarded by the Italian Society of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Microbiology (SIMTREA) and 2013 and 2015 by FEMS (Federation of European Microbiology Societies).
Since 2012, he contributed to 33 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a PCT patent together with Stellenbosch University on the engineering of yeast strains to hydrolyze raw starch and ferment the resulting sugars to ethanol (Biofuel production. PCT/WO/2011/128712).

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): D22657637EEA4E0A245D3C95D4535672.pdf

Research areas
Development of novel processes to valorize organic waste streams from agricultural and industrial activities into valuable products (such as biogas, bioethanol and biopolymers) through wild type or genetically modified microbes.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
AG0057 COMMON AG01106098 6 2nd Year (2019/20) First