Simona Carfagna
  • Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D in Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Naples, Italy, 1995

Current position

Permanent Researcher, Department of Biology, University of Naples, Italy


  1. Carfagna, S., Bottone, C., Cataletto, P. R., Petriccione, M., Pinto, G., Salbitani, G., Vona, V., Pollio, A. and Ciniglia, C. (2016). Impact of Sulfur Starvation in Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Cultures of the Extremophilic Microalga Galdieria phlegrea (Cyanidiophyceae). Plant and Cell Physiology 57(9): 1890-1898.
  2. Carfagna, S., Salbitani, G., Bottone, C. and Vona, V. (2016). Galdieria sulphuraria as a possible source of food colorant. Journal of Nutritional Ecology and Food Research 3: 78-81.
  3. Carfagna, S., Salbitani, G., Bottone, C., De Marco, A., Vona, V. (2015). Cross-Effects of Nitrogen and Sulphur Starvation in Chlorella sorokiniana 211/8K. Natural Resources 6(4): 221-229.
  4. Salbitani, G., Vona, V., Bottone, C., Petriccione, M. and Carfagna, S. (2015). Sulfur Deprivation Results in Oxidative Perturbation in Chlorella sorokiniana (211/8k). Plant Cell Physiol 56(5): 897-905.
  5. Carfagna, S., Napolitano, G., Barone, D., Pinto, G., Pollio, A. and Venditti, P. (2015). Dietary supplementation with the microalga Galdieria sulphuraria (Rhodophyta) reduces prolonged exercise-induced oxidative stress in rat tissues. Oxid Med Cell Longev 2015: 732090.
  6. De Castro, O., Di Maio, A., Imparato, G., Véla, E., Barbarito, S., Sibilio, G., Menale, B., Carfagna, S., Salbitani, G., Di Martino, C., Palumbo, G., Bottone, C., Guida, M., Colombo, P., Brullo, S., Salmeri,  C. and Perrone, R. (2014). Aggiornamenti e novità sulle conoscenze di Pancratium maritimum (Amaryllidaceae). Floristica,  Sistematica  ed  Evoluzione,  Edito  da  Società Botanica Italiana (Firenze); p. 39-40.
  7. Salbitani, G., Wirtz, M., Hell, R. and Carfagna, S. (2014). Affinity Purification of O-Acetylserine(thiol)lyase from Chlorella sorokiniana by Recombinant Proteins from Arabidopsis thaliana. Metabolites 4(3): 629-639.
  8. Carfagna, S., Lanza, N., Salbitani, G., Basile, A., Sorbo, S. and Vona, V. (2013). Physiological and morphological responses of Lead or Cadmium exposed Chlorella sorokiniana 211-8K (Chlorophyceae). Springerplus 2(1): 147.
  9. Carfagna, S., Salbitani, G., Vona, V. and Esposito, S. (2011). Changes in cysteine and O-acetyl-L-serine levels in the microalga Chlorella sorokiniana in response to the S-nutritional status. J Plant Physiol 168(18): 2188-2195.
  10. Carfagna, S., Vona, V., Di Martino, V., Esposito, S. and Rigano, C. (2011). Nitrogen assimilation and cysteine biosynthesis in barley: evidence of root sulphur assimilation upon recovery from N deprivation. Environmental and Experimental Botany 71: 18-24.
  11. Carfagna, S., Vona, V., Salbitani, G., Sorbo, S., Lanza, N., Conte, B., Di Martino, V., Castaldo, R., Golia, B. and Basile, A. (2011). Cysteine synthesis in Scorpiurum circinatum as a suitable biomarker in air pollution monitoring. International Journal of Environment and Health 5(1-2).
  12. Rogato, A., D'Apuzzo, E., Barbulova, A., Omrane, S., Parlati, A., Carfagna, S., Costa, A., Lo Schiavo, F., Esposito, S. and Chiurazzi, M. (2010). Characterization of a developmental root response caused by external ammonium supply in Lotus japonicus. Plant Physiol 154(2): 784-795.
  13. Fogliano, V., Andreoli, C., Martello, A., Caiazzo, M., Lobosco, O., Formisano, F., Carlino, P. A., Meca, G., Graziani, G., Di Martino, V., Vona, V., Carfagna, S. and Rigano, C. (2009). Functional ingredients produced by culture of Koliella Antarctica. Aquaculture 299(1-4): 115-120.
  14. Vitale, L., Carfagna, S., Esposito, S. and Arena, C. (2008). Effects of nitrogen and/or sulphur deprivation on the regulation of photosynthesis in barley seedlings. In: Allen, J. F., Gannt, E., Goldbeck, J. H. and Osmond, B. (Eds). Photosynthesis. Energy from the sun. Springer, P1601-1604.
  15. di Rigano, V. M., Vona, V., Lobosco, O., Carillo, P., Lunn, J. E., Carfagna, S., Esposito, S., Caiazzo, M. and Rigano, C. (2006). Temperature dependence of nitrate reductase in the psychrophilic unicellular alga Koliella antarctica and the mesophilic alga Chlorella sorokiniana. Plant Cell Environ 29(7): 1400-1409.
  16. Esposito, S., Guerriero, G., Vona, V., Di Martino Rigano, V., Carfagna, S. and Rigano, C. (2006). Glucose-6P dehydrogenase in Chlorella sorokiniana (211/8k): an enzyme with unusual characteristics. Planta 223(4): 796-804.
  17. Esposito, S., Guerriero, G., Vona, V., Di Martino Rigano V., Carfagna, S. and Rigano, C. (2005). Glutamate synthase activities and protein changes in relation to nitrogen nutrition in barley: the dependence on different plastidic glucose-6P dehydrogenase isoforms. Journal of Experimental Botany 56(409): 55-64.
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