Prof.ssa

LOSI Aba

Professore di II fascia
Settore scientifico disciplinare
FISICA APPLICATA (A BENI CULTURALI, AMBIENTALI, BIOLOGIA E MEDICINA) (FIS/07)
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Aba Losi received her PhD in Biophysics in 1997. During her Marie Curie postdoctorate with Silvia Braslavsky (Max Planck Institute for radiation Chemistry), she explored the energy landscape of photosensing proteins by means of pulsed photoacoustics.
She is presently Associate Professor in Biophysics at the University of Parma (Italy), teaching physics and photobiology. Her research is focused on mechanistic aspects of photoreceptors for visible light in bacteria and their applications in biophysics, as well as their evolution and physiological role. 
She has authored/co-authored 78 publications in peer-reviewed international journal and 8 book chapters (H-index 29, from Scopus).
Since 2006 she is member of the editorial board of the journal Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences- RSC. 
Since 2014 she is engaged in the organization of several activities devoted to the divulgation of scientific culture, among which the European Night of the Researchers. 

Date and place of birth: 16.04.1961, Parma, Italy
Associate professor SSD-FIS/07 (UNIPR); at the Dept. of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences http://www.unipr.it/ugov/person/20683;
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0497-2723
H-index = 29 (Scopus)

I. SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

I.1. ACADEMICS
a. Degree in biology: 06.3.1992, UNIPR.
b. Professional qualification in Biology: 1993
c. PhD in Biophysics, UNIPR 31.01.1997
d. National Scientific Qualifications as Associate Professor: 1. 02/B3: Applied Physics; 2. 05/E1 General Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry
e. 1.11.2002-30.9.2014: Assistant professor in Applied Physics, University of Parma, Italy (UNIPR).
f. 01.10.2014-present Associate professor in Applied Physics, University of Parma, Italy (UNIPR)
I.2. POST-DEGREE AND POST-DOC FELLOWSHIPS
a. 01.04.1996 - 30.04.1997 CNR Post-Degree fellowship , Dept. Physics, UNIPR;
b. 12.11.1997-11.11.1998 Post-Doc Marie Curie grant, at MPI for Radiation Chemistry, Mülheim Ruhr, GER; c. 01.01.2000-30.11.2000 NATO-CNR fellowship at MPI for Radiation Chemistry, Mülheim Ruhr, GER; d. 02.07.1999-02.07.2001 Post doc, Dept. Physics, UNIPR

I.3. CONTRACTS
a.13.11.1998-12.06.1999 MPI for Radiation Chemistry, Mülheim Ruhr, GER.
b. 01.09.2001-31.10.2001 University of Regensburg, GER.
c. 01.10.2001-30.06.2002 MPI for Radiation Chemistry, Mülheim Ruhr, GER
d. 01.07.2002-31.12.2002 MPI for Biochemistry, Martinsried, GER.

I.4. AFFILIATIONS
European Society for Photobiology (ESP); Società Italiana di Fotobiologia (SIFB); Società Italiana di Biofisica Pura e Applicata (SIBPA)

I.5. INVITED LECTURES
40 in international meetings

I.6. PUBLICATIONS
78 publications on international peer-reviewed journals; 8 book-chapters.
H-index = 29 (Scopus)
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0497-2723

I.7. RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Novel photosensors for visible-light: structure, function, energetics, evolution and advanced biophysical applications

I.8. OTHER ACTIVITIES
a. Convenor of the workshop ESF-EW03-054: Flavin-based sensorial photoreceptors: from bacteria to plants, Parma, Italia, 25-27.3.04.
b. Member of scientific boards in the following international meetings: i. XI congr. ESP (European Society for Photobiology) Aix-les-Bains 2005; ii. XII congr. ESP Bath 2007; iii. 34th ASP (American Society for Photobiology) meeting, Burlingame, CA, 2008; iv. XIII ESP Wroclaw 2009; v. XIV ESP, Geneve 2011; vi. Gordon Conference on Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction, Lucca, 2010; vii. Gordon Conference on Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction, Lucca, 2014; viii. 16th International Congress on Photobiology, Córdoba, ARG, 2014; ix. Gordon Conference on Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction, Galveston TX, 2016; x: World Congress on Light and Life (17th Congress of the International Union of Photobiology and 18th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology), Barcelona (Spain) 25-30. 08. 2019; 19th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology), Salzburg (Austria) 30.08-03.09.2021
c. Associated editor to Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry, Londra (2006-present)
d. Visiting scientist at MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion, MH,GER (2005-2015)
e. 03.2014-04.2018 responsible for orientation and divulgation for Physics degrees at UNIPR
f. Referee for H2020-FETOPEN-RIA-2014-2015, contract CT-EX2015D244897-101; referee for ANVUR_VQR 2011-2014; referee for the French National Research Agency (ANR), 2018.

I.9 FINANCED PROJECTS
a. (DFG)- Forschergruppe FOR 526: Blue-light Sensitive Photoreceptors, 2004-2010. Role: Guest Scientist
b. Vigoni programme 2011, running: 2012-2013, project: "Fine-tuning of the photobiophysics of photoreceptor proteins for applications in high resolution fluorescence microscopy and optogenetics". Role: Coordinator
c. PRIN 2010-2011: L'equilibrio tra eccitazione ed inibizione nel sistema nervoso centrale: trasmissione sinaptica, plasticità e sinaptopatie running: 01.02.2013-01.02.2016; Role: Participant

I.10. COLLABORATIONS
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr, GER
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, GER
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, ITA
Università degli Studi di Genova, ITA
University of Würzburg, GER
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, GER
Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, GER
Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario, ARG
Huazhong Agricultural University, WUHAN CHN
Aarhus University, Denmark
University of Leipzig, Germany
I.11. AWARDS
2014: Photocite-B award for the most cited review on Photochemistry and Photobiology during 2010-2013; conferred for: A. Losi, A. and W. Gaertner, Old chromophores, new photoactivation paradigms, trendy applications: flavins in LOV and BLUF Photoreceptors, Photochem. Photobiol., 2011, 87, 491-510.

II. TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY

II. 1 COURSE ASSIGNMENTS at UNIPR (Università di Parma, Italy)
AY. 2004/2005: Photobiology (4 credits); Master degree in Physics of Biosystems
AY. 2007/2008: Physics (7 credits); Bachelor degree in Biology
AY. 2008/2009: Physics (7 credits); Bachelor degree in Biology
AY. 2009/2010: a. Physics (9 credits); Bachelor degree in Biology
b. Introduction to Biophysics (9 credits); Master degree in Physics
AY 2011/2012: Introduction to Biophysics (9 credits); Master degree in Physics
AY 2012/2013: Biophysics (6 credits) Master degree in Physics
AY 2013/2014: Biophysics (6 credits) Master degree in Physics
AY 2014/2015-present:
a. Photobiophysics and Photobiology (6 credits) Master degree in Physics
b. Physics (5 credits); Bachelor degree in Zootechnical sciences and technologies in animal productions (UNIPR);
c. Applied Physics (3 credits); Master Degree in Veterinary medicine

II.2. OTHER EDUCATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS at UNIPR
a. 2014-Coordinator of the modular course: 1005246 - FISICA APPLICATA, MATEMATICA DI BASE APPLICATA ALLE SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE, INFORMATICS - APPLIED PHYSICS, BASIC MATHEMATICS FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, INFORMATICS, Master degree 5029 - MEDICINA VETERINARIA
b. 2014-Coordinator of the modular course: 06493 - FISICA, STATISTICA E INFORMATICA - PHYSICS
Bachelor degree: 3020 - SCIENZE ZOOTECNICHE E TECNOLOGIE DELLE PRODUZIONI ANIMALI
c. 2010-Responsible for: 1005155 - IDONEITA' DI LINGUA INGLESE B1 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE QUALIFYING EXAM B1, Bachelor degree: 3026 - FISICA
c. 2013-Responsible for: 1005267 - IDONEITA' DI LINGUA INGLESE B2 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE QUALIFYING EXAM B2, Master degree: 5036 – FISICA

II.3. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY OUTSIDE ITALY
a. DFG graduate college (GRK 640) ''Sensory photoreceptors in natural and artificial systems'', University of Regensburg (GER). Lezione: Photoacoustics of Photoreceptors, July 20 – 23 , 2001, Nové Hrady, Czech Republic.
b. AA2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-2014: Experimental course “Advanced protein biochemistry”, Prof. Wolfgang Gärtner, for the Master in Biochemistry, at the University of Düsseldorf, GER. Personal engagement: steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence; lessons of photobiophysics.
c. 16th-30th April 2016: 12 h lessons within the "Photobiology" Course at the Huazhong Agricultural University, WUHAN CHN

II.4. SUPERVISING AND TUTORING
a. Supervision of 3 PhD thesis
b. Supervision or co-supervision of 15 bachelor and master degree thesis
c. Supervision of 1 Master Thesis in Chemistry for ERASMUS PLUS SMT 2016/2017, LA with Heinrich Heine Universitaet-Duesseldorf (GER)

II.5. ORIENTATION AND DIFFUSION OF SCIENTIFIC CULTURE
March 2013-2018: Delegate to of the Physics course at UNIPR for: a. coordination of orientation activities for ingoing students; b. diffusion of scientific culture. c. local organization of The European Researchers' Night; d. Curator of the related web pages
http://smfi.unipr.it/it/Fisica_orientamento_divulgazione
April 2018-: local organization of The European Researchers' Night and other science divulgation activities

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014

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43124 PARMA