I’m Leonardo Pacciani-Mori /leo'nardo pa'tʃːani 'mɔːri/, a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Microbial Ecology in the Hwa lab at the University of California, San Diego.

I am a theoretical physicist by training but I work at the interface of biological physics, microbial ecology and bacterial physiology, both performing experiments and developing models. I am interested in studying how the physiology of bacteria affects the ecology of the communities they inhabit. I am currently working within the PriME collaboration, studying bacterial communities involved in the degradation of complex polymers. In particular, I’m trying to understand the relationship between bacteria’s ability to aggregate and to degrade chitin, the most abundant polymer in marine waters.

Random fact: I have an Erdős number of 3.

My work at a glance

On the map

Here is a map of all the places where I have either given an invited or a contributed talk, presented a poster, attended an event, or spent a significant period (click any marker for full information). In case of an online event, the marker is located in the place where it was organized. Click any cluster to zoom and expand it.

As a network

Below is a network representing my publications and collaborations; the color of each node specifies if it represents co-authors, preprints and publications. Hover and click on each node for more information, or drag them around to change the network's shape: