Research Interests

Dr. Marasco is interested in studying plant-microbe interaction in extreme environments, including hot and cold desert, salty system and coastal-marine areas. The main topic of her research is to understand the ecological role of microbial communities naturally associated to plant under stress conditions (i.e. drought and salt) and to use this knowledge to gain information about the functional role of microbes in plant fitness. 


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D.;  Chemestry, Biochemestry and Ecology of Pesticide, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, 2011
  • M.Sc.;  Plant, food and environmental Biotechnology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, 2008
  • B.Sc.;  Agriculture Biotechnology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, 2007

Professional Profile

  • ​July 2016 - Present: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • April 2014 - June 2016: Postdoctoral fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • October 2013 - April 2014: Postdoctoral fellow in the European ULIXES research project, University of Milan, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS), Milan, Italy
  • January 2012 - August 2013: Postdoctoral fellow in the National BIOGESTECA research project, University of Milan, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS), Milan, Italy

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Italian Society of Microbial Ecology (SIMTREA)
  • Tunisian Society for Microbial Ecology (ATEM)

Awards

  • SIMGBM-NAICONS award for the best PhD thesis in the field of Microbial Biotechnology (September 2012)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)​​​
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE)​​