May 2015 University of Naples Federico II, Department of Agricultural Sciences
PhD in Sciences and Technologies of the Agro-food Productions. Tutor prof. Danilo Ercolini.
October 2011 University of Naples Federico II, Department of Agricultural Sciences
MSc in Food Sciences and Technologies (Final mark: 110/110 cum laude). Tutor prof. Danilo Ercolini.
October 2009 University of Naples Federico II, Department of Agricultural Sciences
Bachelor in Food Technologies (Final mark: 110/110 cum laude). Tutor prof. Alberto Ritieni.
December 2016 – now University of Naples Federico II, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Portici (NA) - Italy
Lecturer of Microbiology
March 2015 – November 2016 University of Naples Federico II, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Portici (NA) - Italy
Post-Doctoral Researcher. Supervisor: prof. Danilo Ercolini
July 2014 – January 2015 University College of Cork, Department of Microbiology, Cork - Ireland
Visiting researcher. Supervisor: prof. Paul W. O’Toole
July 2013 – October 2013 Argonne National Laboratory, Center for Environmental Life Sciences, Lemont - USA
Visiting researcher. Supervisor: prof. Jack A. Gilbert
The research interests of Dr. Francesca De Filippis span from food microbiology to the inter-connections among diet-human microbiome-health. She is expert in the study of microbial ecology in complex environments through the application of metagenomics and metatranscriptomics techniques and in bioinformatics and biostatistics applied to high-throughput sequencing data. She participates/participated as member of OU in several National and European projects aiming at investigating human microbiome composition and functionality and the effect of different dietary patterns (project PRIN2010-2011 Diet4MicroGut “Microorganisms in food and in human: study of the microbiota and related metabolome in omnivore, vegetarian and vegan diets” (www.diet4microgut.it), granted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR); project DINAMIC “Diet-induced Arrangement of the gut Microbiome for improvement of Cardiometabolic health”, granted by EU within the Joint Transnational Call “Intestinal Microbiomics”). She is the Principal Investigator of the project “Linking environmental pollution and gut microbiota in individuals living in contaminated settlements” (starting in 2018), granted by the Italian Ministry of Health (Ricerca Finalizzata 2016 – Section Young Researchers) and aiming to explore the effect of environmental pollution on human gut microbiome.
She is member of the Task Force on Microbiome Studies of the University of Naples Federico II since its foundation in 2017, a collective and interdisciplinary initiative that combines facilities and expertise of 110 staff scientists supporting research activities involving microbiome studies
Honors & Awards
December 2017 – December 2017 - Winner of the Annual Individual Grant for Research Activity (FFABR) of 2016, granted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research.
March 2016 - Winner of a prize for the best publication on the theme of food microbiology of the year 2015, granted by the National Union of the Academies for the Sciences Applied to the Development of Agriculture, to Food Security and to Environmental Protection (UNASA) for the publication: De Filippis F. et al. Scientific Reports 2016; 6:21871.
February 2015 - Winner of a prize for the best publication on the theme of food microbiology of the year 2014, granted by the Italian Society of Agro-Food and Environmental Microbiology (SIMTREA) for the publication: De Filippis F. et al. PLoS One 2014; 9(2):e89680.
October 2013 - Winner of a prize for a scientific contribution presented at the 2nd International Conference on Microbial Diversity 2013 (Torino, IT), granted by the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH) of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS).
De Filippis, F., Vitaglione, P., Cuomo, R., Berni Canani, R., Ercolini, D. 2018. Dietary Interventions to Modulate the Gut Microbiome—How Far Away Are We From Precision Medicine. Inflamm. Bowel Dis. in press, doi: 10.1093/ibd/izy080.
De Filippis, F., Pellegrini, N., Vannini, L., Jeffery, I.B., La Storia, A., Laghi, L., Serrazanetti, D.I., Di Cagno, R., Ferrocino, I., Lazzi, C., Turroni, S., Cocolin, L., Brigidi, P., Neviani, E., Gobbetti, M., O’Toole, P.W., Ercolini, D. 2016. High-level adherence to a Mediterranean diet beneficially impacts the gut microbiota and associated metabolome. Gut, 65:1812–1821.
De Filippis, F., Pellegrini, N., Laghi, L., Gobbetti, M., Ercolini, D. 2016. Unusual sub-genus associations of faecal Prevotella and Bacteroides with specific dietary patterns. Microbiome 4:57.
Ercolini, D., Francavilla, R., Vannini, L., De Filippis, F., Capriati, T., Di Cagno, R., Iacono, G., De Angelis, M., Gobbetti, M. 2015. From an imbalance to a new imbalance: Italian-style gluten-free diet alters the salivary microbiota and metabolome of African celiac children. Sci. Rep., 5:18571.
De Filippis, F., Vannini, L., La Storia, A., Laghi, L., Piombino, P., Stellato, G., Serrazanetti, D.I., Gozzi, G., Turroni, S., Ferrocino, I., Lazzi, C., Di Cagno, R., Gobbetti, M., Ercolini, D. 2014. The same microbiota and a potentially discriminant metabolome in the saliva of omnivore, ovo-lacto-vegetarian and vegan individuals. PLoS One 9(11):e112373.