Dr. Sergio Mugnai is a (proud) Italian and passionate lecturer. He grew up in Pistoia, a beautiful medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, and then moved to Pisa where he obtained his Master degree cum laude in Agricultural Sciences and received his PhD in Horticulture. He then joined the University of Florence as Senior Researcher in Plant Physiology until 2011, where he conducted several researches in the field of stress physiology and plant-environment interaction. Then he decided to steer his professional life towards a new challenging adventure by moving to the Netherlands with his family.
Here he became Biology Project Scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC) in Noordwijk. His principal role was leading scientific manager for all the experiments related to Biology on the International Space Station (ISS).
After the end of this experience, he eventually joined EUC in 2015 as Senior Lecturer, where he initially developed courses in Plant Biology and Plant Physiology. Having a solid interest in food and in a sustainable environment, he also created a new course in Food and Nutrition, together with a solid curriculum in Sustainability by creating a EUC Minor and a Major in this topic.
Sergio always believed (and still do) that education is one of the main pillars of modern society. For this reason he has been attracted by the possibility to teach in a Liberal Arts and Sciences College such as EUC, which he considers at the forefront in terms of education method. He considers teaching at EUC a honour, a wonderful opportunity to give his contribute for the nourishment of the students. He is eager to let them discover their surrounding environment, our complex world, with enthusiasm, sense of responsibility, curiosity and thirst for knowledge. And, at the end, he is also glad to see that he is succeeding in his job, as they are now looking at plants (his field of expertise) in a different, positive way.
E Masi, D Comparini, E Monetti, C Pandolfi, E Azzarello, Sergio Mugnai, F Baluska & S Mancuso (2015) - The Electrical Network of Maize Root Apex is Gravity Dependent - Scientific Reports, 5 - doi: 10.1038/srep07730
Sergio Mugnai, C Pandolfi, E Masi, E Azzarello, E Monetti, D Comparini, B Voigt, d Volkmann & S Mancuso (2014) - Oxidative Stress and NO Signalling in the Root Apex as an Early Response to Changes in Gravity Conditions - BioMed Research International, 2014 - doi: 10.1155/2014/834134
C Pandolfi, E Masi, B Voigt, Sergio Mugnai, d Volkmann & S Mancuso (2014) - Gravity Affects the Closure of the Traps in Dionaea muscipula - BioMed Research International, 2014 - doi: 10.1155/2014/964203
Sergio Mugnai, E Azzarello, F Baluska & S Mancuso (2012) - Local root apex hypoxia induces NO-mediated hypoxic acclimation of the entire root - Plant and Cell Physiology, 53, 912-920
E Azzarello, C Pandolfi, M Rossi, C Giordano, Sergio Mugnai & S Mancuso (2012) - Ultramorphological and physiological modifications induced by high zinc levels in Paulownia tomentosa - Environmental & Experimental Botany, 81, 11-17
Sergio Mugnai, E Azzarello, E Masi & S Mancuso (2012) - Influence of long-term application of green waste compost on soil characteristics and growth, yield and quality of grape (Vitis vinifera L.): a case study in a Tuscan vineyard - Compost Science & Utilization, 20, 29-33
Sergio Mugnai, AM Marras & S Mancuso (2011) - Effect of hypoxic acclimation on anoxia tolerance in Vitis roots: response of metabolic activity and K+ fluxes. - Plant and Cell Physiology, 52, 1107-1116
E Masi, M Ciszak, G Stefano, L Renna, E Azzarello, C Pandolfi, Sergio Mugnai, F Baluska, T Arecchi & S Mancuso (2009) - Spatio-temporal dynamics of the electrical network activity in the root apex: A multi-electrode array (MEA) study. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of Ame, 106, 4048-4053
E Azzarello, Sergio Mugnai, C Pandolfi, E Masi, E Marone & S Mancuso (2009) - Comparing image (fractal analysis) and electrochemical (impedance spectroscopy and electrolyte leakage) techniques for the assessment of the freezing tolerance in olive. - Trees-Structure and Function, 23, 159-167
G Messina, C Pandolfi, Sergio Mugnai, E Azzarello, K Dixon & S Mancuso (2009) - Identification of eighty-four accessions belonging to Banksia genus by phyllometric parameters and Artificial Neural Networks - Australian Systematic Botany, 22, 31-48
C Pandolfi, G Messina, Sergio Mugnai, E Azzarello, K Dixon & S Mancuso (2009) - Banksia integrifolia (Proteaceae): discrimination and identification of morphotypes by an ANN based on morphological and fractal characterization of leaves and flowers. - Taxon, 58, 925-933
Sergio Mugnai, C Pandolfi, E Azzarello, E Masi & S Mancuso (2008) - Camellia japonica L. genotypes identified by an artificial neural network based on phyllometric and fractal parameters. - Plant Systematics and Evolution, 270, 95-108
Sergio Mugnai, E Azzarello, C Pandolfi, S Salamagne & X Briand (2008) - Enhancement of ammonium and potassium root influxes by the application of marine bioactive substances positively affect Vitis vinifera plant growth - Journal of Applied Phycology, 20, 177-182
C Pandolfi, Sergio Mugnai, S Bergamasco, E Azzarello, E Masi & S Mancuso (2008) - Artificial neural networks as a tool for the assessment of genetic diversity: a case study on vietnamese tea accessions. - Euphytica, 166, 411-422
S Doumett, L Lamperi, L Checchini, E Azzarello, Sergio Mugnai, S Mancuso, G Petruzzelli & M Del Bubba (2008) - Heavy metal distribution between contaminated soil and plant (Paulownia tomentosa) in a pilot-scale assisted phytoremediation study: influence of different complexing agents. - Chemosphere, 72, 1481-1490
E Masi, E Azzarello, C Pandolfi, S Pollastrri, Sergio Mugnai & S Mancuso (2012) - Multi Electrode Arrays (MEAs) and the electrical network of the roots - Springer
C Pandolfi, Sergio Mugnai, E Azzarello, E Masi, S Pollastri & S Mancuso (2012) - The vibrating probe technique in the study of root physiology under stress - Springer
S Pollastri, Sergio Mugnai, E Azzarello, E Masi, S Mancuso & C Pandolfi (2012) - Applications of confocal microscopy in the study of root apparatus - Springer