Date of Birth:29 August 1971
2003. Ph. D. in Natural Sciences at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland.
1990-1995 Bachelor in Agriculture Sciences, Universita\\' Cattolica Sacro Cuore Piacenza Laurea in Scienze Agrarie 110 e lode (maximal points).
1985-1990 Diploma of Secondary School, Istituto Tecnico Agrario \\" Stanga\\" Cremona Diploma 60/60 (maximal points).
Brief outline of academic history:
2010 Assistant Professor at the Department of Genetics, Biology of Microorganisms, Anthropology and Evolution, University of Parma, Italy
2005-2010 present Non-Tenure track (Professor with contract) at the Department of Genetics, Biology of Microorganisms, Anthropology and Evolution, University of Parma, Italy.
2003-2005 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Cork.
2000-2003. Ph. D. graduate student, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland.
Recognition and Awards:
1997 \\"Agostino Gemelli\\" Award 1995 (as the best graduate in the Agriculture Department).
2005 Italian Reintegration Award for Outstanding Italian Scientists ('Rientro dei Cervelli'.
2000-2003 Swiss National Science Foundation (Research grant 5002). PhD fellowship
2003-2005 European Commission (Marie Curie Fellow Grant). Post-doc fellowship
2005-2007 European Commission (Marie Curie Reintegration Grant) Genome sequencing of the pathogenic bifidobacterial strain Bifidobacterium dentium.
2006-2010 Project leader of 'Isolation and Molecular Characterization of new probiotic bacteria.
Dr. Ventura has been involved in many teaching programmes including both formal lecturing as well as teaching through the supervision and direction of research performed by undergraduate, postgraduate and visiting students.
General Microbiology (2005-2006)
Microbial biotechnology 2006/2007; 2007/2008; 2008/2009
Dr. Ventura has published 53 research/review articles in the field of genomics and functional genomics of probiotic bacteria, biodiversity of the human gut, genetics of bacteriophages and microbial evolution.