Morena Casartelli


Associate Professor of Entomology at the Department of Biosciences, University of Milano (IT). From 1994 to 1995 she obtained a fellowship at the August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen (DK) to study water transport in absorbing epithelia. In 1999 she received a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Milano with a project aimed to characterize the membrane transport proteins involved in the absorption of nutrients in lepidopteran larvae.Her research interests focus on the physiology of insect absorbing epithelia, the identification of new bio-inspired strategies for insect pest control, and the bioconversion of byproducts of the agro-food transformation chain by dipteran larvae.

Di Lelio I., Forni G., Magoga G., Brunetti M., Bruno D., Becchimanzi A., De Luca M.G., Sinno M., Barra E., Bonelli M., Frusciante S., Diretto G., Digilio M.C., Woo S.L., Tettamanti G., Rao R., Lorito M., Casartelli M., Montagna M., Pennacchio F. (2023). A soil fungus confers plant resistance against a phytophagous insect by disrupting the symbiotic role of its gut microbiota. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 120, e2216922120.

Bonelli M., Bruno D., Brilli M., Gianfranceschi N., Tian L., Tettamanti G., Caccia S., Casartelli M. (2020). Black soldier fly larvae adapt to different food substrates through morphological and functional responses of the midgut. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21, 4955, doi:10.3390/ijms21144955.

Tettamanti G, Casartelli M. (2019). Cell death during complete metamorphosis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374: 20190065, doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0065.

Berini F., Casartelli M., Montali A., Reguzzoni M., Tettamanti G. and Marinelli F. (2019). Metagenome-sourced microbial chitinases as potential insecticide proteins. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:1358. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01358.

Bonelli M., Bruno D., Caccia S., Sgambetterra G., Cappellozza S., Jucker C., Tettamanti G., Casartelli M. (2019). Structural and functional characterization of Hermetia illucens larval midgut. Frontiers in Physiology 10:204, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00204.