About Elena Maestri
Elena Maestri is currently a Full Professor of Biology at the University of Parma (Parma, Italy), working in the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. She obtained the Master degree in Biology at the University of Pavia (Italy, 1985). The PhD in Genetics (University of Ferrara, Italy, 1989) concerned plant responses to carbon starvation. Postdoc positions at the University of Parma were focused on studies of abiotic stress response in plants (heat shock, drought). After obtaining a permanent position at the University of Parma in the group led by Prof Nelson Marmiroli, the research activities shifted towards environmental pollution and phytotechnologies, nanotechnologies and toxicity, food safety and authenticity, sustainability in agriculture, capacity building. She is a professor in the Bachelor degrees of “Biotechnology” and of “Sciences for Nature and Environment”, teaching general and animal biology, environmental biology, applications of transgenic organisms. She is the current Coordinator of the "Biotechnology" bachelor degree. She participates in the Italian Consortium for Environmental Sciences (CINSA) and in the National Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials (INSTM). She is Subject Editor for “Phytoremediation and ecosystem restoration” for the journal ESPR – Environmental Science and Pollution Research, and in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Phytoremediation. She has been active in the International Phytotechnology Society since 2007, recently elected as Secretary.