School of Computing

Staff Profiles

Dr Emanuela Torelli

Senior Research Associate

Background

Emanuela Torelli received her PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Udine, Italy. From 2009 to 2015 she was research assistant, scientist, student tutor and exam committee member at the University of Udine, Italy, where she received the onorary fellow in 'Mycology' and 'Food protection against microorganisms'. She has taught laboratory-project courses and seminars in different topics, and she received the national academic qualification as associate professor from the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.


Having collaborated extensively with academics of different Departments, she believe in the importance of thinking beyond narrow academic disciplines and she is drawn to the multidisciplinary approach to research. She is an experienced researcher in the field of biotechnology and synthetic biology, and her recent research is mainly focused on DNA/RNA assembly and nanobiology.


In October 2014 she was visiting scientist at SMILEs Lab, Kaust, Saudi Arabia. In 2015 she obtained a research fellowship at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where she received the Research Annual Perfomarce Award.


Currently she is a member of the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems group (ICOS2) and a senior research associate at the Synthetic Biology wet lab, Newcastle University, UK.

Publications

  • Torelli E, Manzano M, Srivastava SK, Marks RS. DNA origami nanorobot fiber optic genosensor to TMV. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 2018, 99, 209-215.
  • Firrao G, Torelli E, Polano C, Ferrante P, Ferrini F, Martini M, Marcelletti S, Scortichini M, Ermacora P. Genomic structural variations affecting virulence during clonal expansion of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae Biovar 3 in Europe. Frontiers in Microbiology 2018, 9.
  • Torelli E, Kozyra JW, Gu J-Y, Stimming U, Piantanida L, Voitchovsky K, Krasnogor N. Isothermal folding of a light-up bio-orthogonal RNA origami nanoribbon. Scientific Reports 2018, 8, 6989.
  • Kozyra J, Ceccarelli A, Torelli E, Lopiccolo A, Gu JY, Fellermann H, Stimming U, Krasnogor N. Designing uniquely addressable Bio-orthogonal Synthetic Scaffolds for DNA and RNA Origami. ACS Synthetic Biology 2017, 6(7), 1140-1149.
  • Torelli E, Manzano M, Marks RS. Chemiluminescent optical fibre genosensor for porcine meat detection. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 2017, 247, 868-874.
  • Torelli E, Krasnogor N. DNA origami as device at the nanoscale. In: Bio-X Conference. 2017, Netanya, Israel.
  • Torelli E, Polano C, Piantanida L, Lazzarino M, Firrao G. DNA origami Nanorobot for Biosensing and Delivery. In: Negev Global Issues. 2015, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel.
  • Torelli E, Aiello D, Polizzi G, Firrao G, Cirvilleri G. Draft genome of a Xanthomonas perforansstrain associated with pith necrosis. FEMS Microbiology Letters 2015, 362(4), 1-3.
  • Piantanida L, Naumenko D, Torelli E, Marini M, Bauer DM, Fruk L, Firrao G, Lazzarino M. Plasmon resonance tuning using DNA origami actuation. Chemical Communications 2015, 51(23), 4789-4792.
  • Torelli E, Marini M, Palmano S, Piantanida L, Polano C, Scarpellini A, Lazzarino M, Firrao G. A DNA origami nanorobot controlled by nucleic acid hybridization. Small 2014, 10(14), 2918-2926.
  • Moretti C, Cortese C, da Silva DP, Venturi V, Torelli E, Firrao G, Buonaurio R. Draft genome sequence of a HR-inducing Pantoea agglomeransstrain isolated from olive knots caused by Pseudomonas savastanoipv. savastanoi. Genome Announcements 2014, 2(4), e00774-14.
  • Scortichini M, Marcelletti S, Ferrante P, Petriccione M, Torelli E, Firrao G. Genome Plasticity and Dynamic Evolution of phytopathogenic Pseudomonads and Related Bacteria. In: Katsy,EI, ed. Plasticity in Plant-Growth-Promoting and Phytopathogenic Bacteria. Springer, 2014, pp.99-129.
  • Torelli E, Marini M, Palmano S, Piantanida L, Polano C, Scarpellini A, Lazzarino M, Firrao G. Switchable 3D DNA Origami Nanorobot . In: Functional DNA Nanotechnology. 2014, Rome, Italy.
  • Torelli E, Yassin M. Capacity building to mitigate mycotoxins impact on children health in East Africa (CapAfrica). In: Science Forum 2013 (ISCP-FAO). 2013, Bonn, Germany.
  • Firrao G, Martini M, Ermacora P, Loi N, Torelli E, Foissac X, Carle P, Kirkpatrick B, Liefting L, Schneider B, Marzachì C, Palmano S. Genome wide sequence analysis grants unbiased definition of species boundaries in Candidatus Phytoplasma. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 2013, 36, 539-548.
  • Gaspardo B, Del Zotto S, Torelli E, Cividino S, Firrao G, Della Riccia G, Stefanon B. A rapid method for detection of fumonisins B1 and B2 in corn meal using Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy (FT-NIR) implemented with integrating sphere. Food Chemistry 2012, 135, 1608-1612.
  • Firrao G, Bianchi G, Saccardo F, Locci R, Torelli E. The influence of local factors on the prediction of fumonisin contamination in maize. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2012, 92, 1808-1814.
  • Gobbi E, Falasconi M, Torelli E, Sberveglieri G. Electronic nose predicts high and low fumonisin contamination in maize cultures. Food Research International 2011, 44, 992-999.
  • Torelli E, Gubiani R, Firrao G, Cividino S, Locci R, Gobbi E. Air analysis in the assessment of fumonisin contamination risk in maize. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2010, 90, 641-649.
  • Torelli E, Firrao G, Gobbi E. Development of methods for the prediction of mycotoxins contamination. In: 13th Congress of the Mediterrean Phytopathological Union (MPU). 2010, Rome, Italy: Petria.
  • Firrao G, Torelli E, Gobbi E, Raranciuc S, Bianchi G. Prediction of milled maize fumonisin contamination by multispectral image analysis. Journal of Cereal Science 2010, 52, 327-330.
  • Firrao G, Torelli E, Gobbi E, Locci R. Image analysis for the rapid estimation of fumonisin content of maize. In: XV Congress SIPaV. 2009, Bari, Italy: J Plant Pathol.
  • Torelli E, Kozyra JW, Gu JY, Stimming U, Piantanida L, Voïtchovsky K, Krasnogor N. Isothermal folding of a light-up bio-orthogonal RNA origami nanoribbon. In: Functional DNA Nanotechnology. 2018, Rome, Italy.
  • Kozyra J, Ceccarelli A, Torelli E, Lopiccolo A, Fellermann H, Shirt-Ediss B, Krasnogor N. Toward in vivo nanostructures: synthetic origami scaffolds on De Bruijn sequence. In: BioOrigami Workshop. 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Moretti C, Cortese C, da Silva DP, Devescovi G, Torelli E, Venturi V, Firrao G, Buonaurio R. Draft genome sequence of a hypersensitive reaction-inducing Pantoea agglomeransstrain isolated from olive knots caused by Pseudomonas savastanoi pv.Savastanoi. In: 13th International Conference on Plant Pathogenic Bacteria. 2014, Shangai, China.
  • Piantanida L, Naumenko D, Torelli E, Marini M, Firrao G, Lazzarino M. Plasmonic ruler via DNA functionalization of gold nanoparticles for the application to DNA origami. In: NFO13, 13thInternational Conference on Near-Field Optics, Nanophotonics, and Related Techniques. 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • Torelli E, Firrao G, Gobbi E, Locci R. New method for rapid detection of fumonisins in maize using image analysis. In: ISTISAN Congress 09/C6. 2009, Rome, Italy.
  • Torelli E, Gobbi E, Bianchi G, Gubiani R, Saccardo F, Cividino S, Locci R, Firrao G. Early evaluation of mycotoxin contamination risk in maize. In: ICPP 2008 9th International Congress of Plant Pathology. Healthy and Safe Food for Everybody. 2008, Turin, Italy: J Plant Pathol.
  • Torelli E, Bianchi G, Saccardo F, Locci R, Firrao G. Mycotoxin contamination in maize: occurrence, risk factors and proximal imaging analysis. In: X International Fusarium Workshop and Fusarium Genomics Workshop. 2008, Alghero, Italy: J Plant Pathol.