Something about me

My name is Stefano Benini, I am assistant professor of Organic Chemistry  in the Faculty of Science and Technology.

I have a background education in Agricultural Science with a Master Degree (Laurea) obtained at the University of Bologna. After a period of research in protein crystallography, carried out at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Hamburg Germany from 1996 to 2000, in 2001 I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry at the University of York with a thesis on: Structure and Function Relationships of Urease and Cytochrome c-553 from Bacillus pasteurii. My PhD supervisors were Professor Wojciech Rypniewski and Professor Keith S. Wilson.

Since my arrival (2009) I devoted myself to the development of the Bioorganic Chemistry and Bio-Crystallography laboratory (B2Cl) and introduced for the first time in the region the use of protein crystallography as a research tool.

Something about my research

My research group is engaged in the study of pathogenicity factors of Erwinia amylovora the agent of Fire Blight in apple and pear, and the characterization of enzymes of biotechnological interest either to be used in the food (e.g., levansucrase) or in the pharmaceutical industry. You can search for the protein structures that I and the group solved  in the Protein Data Bank (PDB).

Places where I have been doing research before:

2007-2009 AstraZeneca, United Kingdom

2002-2007 York Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL)

2000-2002 International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) / Elettra synchrotron Trieste, Italy

1996-2000 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Hamburg Germany

1992-1996 Institute of Agricultural Chemistry, University of Bologna



Besides research my hobbies are: take care of my family (including the cats) playing the clarinet, gardening on the balcony, ballet and fencing (unfortunately just watching them!)…


Links about protein crystallography

A lecture about the power of protein X-ray crystallography:

Royal Institution Lecture by Professor Stephen Curry

Two short videos on more practical aspects of protein crystallography:


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