Advanced Research on Microbial Biofilms—a Themed Issue in Honor of Professor Gianfranco Donelli

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Biofilm".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 383

Special Issue Editors

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Laboratory for Skin Research, Galilee Medical Center, Nahariya, Israel
Interests: biofilms; antibiofilm agents; medical implant infections; acne

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1. 5D Health Protection Group, Liverpool, UK
2. School of Biological Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Interests: biofilm

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Department of Biochemical Sciences for Health, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Interests: microbiota and probiotics; prosthetic and joint infections; biofilm implant related infections; osteomyelitis; diagnosis for bone-joint infections; antimicrobials and antimicrobial devices
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce a Special Issue of Microorganisms in honor of Professor Gianfranco Donelli, a pioneer in the field of microbial biofilms. Professor Donelli received a master’s degree in biology from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1966. Beginning in 1967, he carried out research at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS—Italian National Institute of Health) in Rome. He began working in the field of molecular biology and ultrastructure of bacteriophages and human intestinal viruses. In 1975 he was appointed Director of the Electron Microscopy Unit and in 1979 he became the Research Director in molecular biology. From 1982–1996 he led the Laboratory of Ultrastructures of ISS. During those years his main research interest was microbiology with an emphasis on the mechanism of action and pathogenesis of toxins and other bacterial virulence factors. Professor Donelli served as Director of the Microbial Biofilm Laboratory at the Fondazione Santa Lucia research hospital in Rome from 2000–2022, during which time his research focused on biofilm-related healthcare-associated infections and strategies to prevent the development of microbial biofilms in the human body.

Professor Donelli is one of the leading biomedical scientists in Italy. He has authored of more than 200 full-length papers which have been cited more than 14,500 times. He has also edited numerous books and arranged numerous meetings and workshops in the field of microbial biofilms.

In recognition of Prof. Donelli’s scientific and educational contributions to the field, this Special Issue welcomes the submission of original research manuscripts or review articles on all aspects of microbial biofilms. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Kaplan
Dr. Steven L. Percival
Dr. Lorenzo Drago
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  • microbial biofilms
  • antibiofilm
  • biofilm development
  • evolution of biofilms

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