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Dr. Giulia Di Cristina

Research interests

During my university studies I gained a background on ethology and molecular biology. I am currently interested in investigating stick insect behavior using genome editing techniques.


  • Since Jan.2018: Postdoctoral research fellow, Institute for Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany.
  • 2014 – 2017: Ph.D. program in veterinary science, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
  • 2013-2014: Scientific collaborator, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy.
  • 2005 – 2013: Bachelor degree (B.Sc.)  and master degree (M.Sc.) in Biology at Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.


  • Rossano, C., Di Cristina, G., & Scapini, F. (2013). Life cycle and behavioral traits of Dikerogammarus villosus (Sowinsky, 1894)(Amphipoda, Gammaridae) colonizing an artificial fresh water basin in Tuscany (central Italy). Crustaceana, 86(7-8), 908-931.
  • Di Cristina, G., Andrews, P., Ponte, G., Galligioni, V., & Fiorito, G. (2015). The impact of Directive 2010/63/EU on cephalopod research. Invertebrate Neuroscience, 15(4), 8.
  • Baldascino, E., Di Cristina, G., Tedesco, P., Hobbs, C., Shaw, T., Ponte, G., & Andrews, P. L. (2017). The gastric ganglion of Octopus vulgaris: Preliminary characterization of gene-and putative neurochemical-complexity, and the effect of Aggregata octopiana digestive tract infection on gene expression. Frontiers in physiology, 8, 1001.