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Dr Viviana Fonti

Dr Viviana Fonti

Research Fellow

 01326 259467

 Environment and Sustainability Institute desk 88, 2.03


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


My research focuses on metal-microbes interactions. I am currently involved in a project that aims at applying extremophiles for recovering metals and other material from e-waste and other secondary sources. I am also interested in the microbial ecology of acidic and metal-rich environments and polluted sites.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences


2014 PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology (Universitá Politecnica delle Marche)

2007 MSc in Marine Biology (Universitá Politecnica delle Marche)

2005 BSc in Biology (Universitá Politecnica delle Marche)


2014-2016 Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)

2013 Research Fellow, CoNISMA (Ancona, Italy)

2012 Visitng Scientits, Montclair State University (NJ, USA)

2008-2009 Marine biologist, Ecotechsystems ltd (Ancona, Italy)

2007-2009 Research Assistant (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila and Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)




Research interests

Fe/S oxidizing microbes and their potential application for finding sustainable solution to environmental problems

Bioleaching and biohydrometallurgy

Metal contaminants in sediment and soils, particularly the effects on microbial populations and bioremediation

Microbial ecology of extremophiles


Supervision / Group

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