Annalaura Mancia

Name: Annalaura

Surname: Mancia

Email: mncnlr@unife.it

Position: Assistant Professor

Institution: University of Ferrara, Department of Life Science and Biotechnology

Address: Via L.Borsari, 46, 44121, Ferrara, Italy

Research Projects:


– Transcriptomics, Genomics and Epigenomics response of Marine Mammals to environmental stressors: Biomarker Discovery and Environmental Health Assessment

– Ecotoxicogenomics applications for ecological risk assessment of contaminants of emerging concern.

Possible collaboration interests:


– Immunology, phatophysiology and ecology of marine mammals.

Publications in the last ten years:


  1. Mancia A. New technologies for monitoring marine mammals health in «Marine Mammal Ecotoxicology», Ed. Maria Cristina Fossi and Cristina Panti; Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press; 2018. In press.
  2. Mancia A, Lunardi D, Abelli L. The chronicles of the contaminated Mediterranean seas: a story told by the cetaceans’ skin genes. Mar Poll Bull. 2018 Feb; 127:10–14.
  3. Shoemaker RC, Heyman A, Mancia A and Ryan JC. Inflammation Induced Chronic Fatiguing Illnesses: A steady march towards understanding mechanisms and identifying new biomarkers and therapies. Int Med Rev. 2017 Vol 3;11.
  4. Mancia A. Marine mammal immunity towards environmental challenges in “Lessons in Immunolgy: from Single-Cell Organism to Mammals”, pp. 287-293. Ed. Loriano Ballarin and Matteo Cammarata; Amsterdam: Elsevier; 2016.
  5. Lunardi D, Abelli L, Panti C, Marsili L, Fossi MC, Mancia A. Transcriptomic analysis of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) skin biopsies to assess the effects of emerging contaminants. Mar Environ Res. 2016 Mar;114:74-9.
  6. Foote AD, Liu Y, Thomas GW, Vinař T, Alföldi J, Deng J, Dugan S, van Elk CE, Hunter ME, Joshi V, Khan Z, Kovar C, Lee SL, Lindblad-Toh K, Mancia A, Nielsen R, Qin X, Qu J, Raney BJ, Vijay N, Wolf JB, Hahn MW, Muzny DM, Worley KC, Gilbert MT, Gibbs RA. Convergent evolution of the genomes of marine mammals. Nat Genet. 2015 Mar;47(3):272-5.
  7. Mancia A, Abelli L, Kucklick JR, Rowles TK, Wells RS, Balmer BC, Hohn AA, Baatz JE, Ryan JC. Microarray applications to understand the impact of exposure to environmental contaminants in wild dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Mar Genomics. 2015 Feb;19:47-57.
  8. Mancia A, Ryan JC, Van Dolah FM, Kucklick JR, Rowles TK, Wells RS, Rosel PE, Hohn AA, Schwacke LH. Machine learning approaches to investigate the impact of PCBs on the transcriptome of the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Mar Environ Res. 2014 Sep;100:57-67.
  9. Mancia A, Elliott JT, Halter M, Bhadriraju K, Tona A, Spurlin TA, Middlebrooks BL, Baatz JE, Warr GW, Plant AL. Quantitative methods to characterize morphological properties of cell lines. Biotechnol Prog. 2012 Jul;28(4):1069-78.
  10. Mancia A, Ryan JC, Chapman RW, Wu Q, Warr GW, Gulland FM, Van Dolah FM. Health status, infection and disease in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) studied using a canine microarray platform and machine-learning approaches. Dev Comp Immunol. 2012 Apr;36(4):629-37.
  11. Mancia A, Spyropoulos DD, McFee WE, Newton DA, Baatz JE. Cryopreservation and in vitro culture of primary cell types from lung tissue of a stranded pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps). Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol. (2012) Jan;155(1):136-42.
  12. Chapman RW, Mancia A, Beal M, Veloso A, Rathburn C, Blair A, Holland AF, Warr GW, Didinato G, Sokolova IM, Wirth EF, Duffy E, Sanger D. The transcriptomic responses of the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, to environmental conditions. Mol Ecol. 2011 Apr;20(7):1431-49.
  13. Mancia A, Chapman RW, S. Gattoni-Celli, Baatz JE. 2010. From DNA to RNA to Proteins: Molecular Approaches to Decipher Dolphin’s Genetic Information. In “Dolphins: Anatomy, Behavior, and Threats», pp. 79-105. Ed. Agustin G. Pearce and Lucía M. Correa, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, Hauppauge, NY.
  14. Mancia A, Warr GW, Almeida JS, Veloso A, Wells RS, and Chapman RW. Differentiation of populations of wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) using transcription profiles. Estuar Coasts. 2010 Jul;33(4):919-929.
  15. Macey BM, Jenny MJ, Williams HR, Thibodeaux LK, Beal M, Almeida JS, Cunningham C, Mancia A, Warr GW, Burge EJ, Holland AF, Gross PS, Hikima S, Burnett KG, Burnett L, Chapman RW. Modelling interactions of acid-base balance and respiratory status in the toxicity of metal mixtures in the American oyster Crassostrea virginica. Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2010 Mar;155(3):341-9.
  16. Ciarrocchi A, D’Angelo R, Cordiglieri C, Rispoli A, Santi S, Riccio M, Carone S, Mancia A, Paci S, Cipollini E, Ambrosetti D, Melli M. Tollip is a mediator of protein sumoylation. PLoS One. 2009;4(2):e4404.
  17. Ierardi JL, Mancia A, McMillan J, Lundqvist ML, Romano TA, Wise JP Sr, Warr GW, Chapman RW. Sampling the skin transcriptome of the North Atlantic right whale. Comp Biochem Physiol Part D Genomics Proteomics. 2009 Sep;4(3):154-8.
  18. Ellis BC, Gattoni-Celli S, Mancia A, Kindy MS. The vitamin D3 transcriptomic response in skin cells derived from the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Dev Comp Immunol. 2009 Aug;33(8):901-12.
  19. Chapman RW, Mancia A, Beal M, Veloso A, Rathburn C, Blair A, Sanger D, Holland AF, Warr GW, Didonato G. A transcriptomic analysis of land-use impacts on the oyster, Crassostrea virginica, in the South Atlantic bight. Mol Ecol. 2009 Jun;18(11):2415-25.
  20. Mancia A, Warr GW, Chapman RW. A transcriptomic analysis of the stress induced by capture-release health assessment studies in wild dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Mol Ecol. 2008 Jun;17(11):2581-9.