Bertacchi Stefano

Assistant Professor in Chemistry of Fermentation and Industrial Biotechnology

Stefano Bertacchi BtBs UNIMIB


lab 4054, building U4, tel. +39 02 6448 3428

Orcid ID 0000-0002-8281-7625, Scopus ID 57006631100, Google Scholar, LinkedIn

The activity is focused on the following research lines

industrial biotechnology research area BtBs UNIMIB
Industrial Biotechnology

Metabolic engineering, Process and product, Synthetic Biology

Enviromental Biodiversity and Ecosystem Reasearch area BtBs UNIMIB

Enviromental Biodiversity and Ecosystem

Microbial Diversity and Bioprospecting


Microbial Biotechnology, Biorefineries, Residual biomasses, Metabolic engineering, Synthetic Biology, Biobased Bioprocess, Bioprospecting, Fine and Bulk Chemicals, Bioeconomy, Science Communication


MS Industrial biotechnologist cum laude and PhD in Converging Technologies in Biomolecular Systems cum laude, at the University of Milano-Bicocca.
From 2022, EU Bioeconomy Youth Ambassador for the European Commission. Experiences in the fields of education, patents and circular bioeconomy. Academic lecturer in the fields of biotechnology, science dissemination and use of social media, and peer-reviewer for international journals. Lecturer for the Master in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics at the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milano-Bicocca. Advisory Board Member of ShapingBio project.
Involved in science dissemination by outreach activities and RRI, together with social media. Articles and books author and event speaker both online and live. Event organizer and social media manager.

Research interest

Development of biorefineries based on the use of microbial cell factories and residual biomasses. Such biorefineries exploit natural microbial metabolism or engineered ones by means of genetic and metabolic engineering or synthetic biology. These microbes are deployed for the synthesis of fine and bulk chemicals, such as biofuels, bioplastics and food-related molecules.

Selected articles

Bertacchi, S., Jayaprakash, P., Morrissey, J. P., & Branduardi, P. (2022). Interdependence between lignocellulosic biomasses, enzymatic hydrolysis and yeast cell factories in biorefineries. Microbial biotechnology, 15(3), 985-995. DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.13886

Bertacchi, S., Bettiga, M., Porro, D., & Branduardi, P. (2020). Camelina sativa meal hydrolysate as sustainable biomass for the production of carotenoids by Rhodosporidium toruloides. Biotechnology for biofuels, 13, 1-10. DOI: 10.1186/s13068-020-01682-3

Bertacchi, S., Pagliari, S., Cantù, C., Bruni, I., Labra, M., & Branduardi, P. (2021). Enzymatic hydrolysate of cinnamon waste material as feedstock for the microbial production of carotenoids. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(3), 1146. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18031146

Magoni, C., Bertacchi, S., Giustra, C. M., Guzzetti, L., Cozza, R., Ferrari, M., ... & Labra, M. (2022). Could microalgae be a strategic choice for responding to the demand for omega-3 fatty acids? A European perspective. Trends in Food Science & Technology.

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last update: June 2023