Mollo Ernesto

Mollo Ernesto

    • Researchers
  • 24 Ottobre 2017
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Profile: Researcher

Office location: Pozzuoli, Naples

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Work phone #: +39 081 8675312

Lab phone #: +39 081 8675176



A primary focus of my work has been the study of bioactive natural products from marine organisms. However, in addition to the biomedical interest of the natural substances, in which both chemical structures and organisms often lose their own importance, my researches also aimed at better understanding the ecological roles of the isolated compounds, and their phyletic and geographic distribution in nature. Another part of my activity has been dedicated in the conduction of diving campaigns for the exploration of marine chemical diversity on a global scale. The researches, carried out in the frame of international reaearch agreements along the coasts of Spain, Greece, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Egypt, Tunisia, Portugal, India, Russia, Australia, Antarctica, and China, led to the selection of several sources of novel bioactive metabolites. My current interests also include the study of chemical factors affecting marine biological invasions, and the use of aquatic animal models for the study of molecular mechanisms underlying the action of marine natural products.

Major publications

  1. E Mollo, MJ Garson, G Polese, P Amodeo, MT Ghiselin. Taste and smell in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Natural Product Reports 2017, 34, 496-513, doi: 10.1039/c7np00008a
  2. G Giordano, M Carbone, ML Ciavatta, E Silvano, M Gavagnin, MJ Garson, KL Cheney, IW Mudianta, GF Russo, G Villani, L Magliozzi, G Polese, C Zidorn, A Cutignano, A Fontana, MT Ghiselin, E Mollo. Volatile secondary metabolites as aposematic olfactory signals and defensive weapons in aquatic environments. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2017, 114, 3451–3456, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1614655114
  3. E Mollo, G Cimino, MT Ghiselin. Alien biomolecules: a new challenge for natural product chemists. Biological Invasions 2015, 17, 941–950, doi: 10.1007/s10530-014-0835-6
  4. E Mollo, A Fontana, V Roussis, G Polese, P Amodeo, MT Ghiselin. Sensing marine biomolecules: smell, taste, and the evolutionary transition from aquatic to terrestrial life. Frontiers in Chemistry 2014, 2, 92, doi: 10.3389/fchem.2014.00092
  5. M Carbone, M Gavagnin, M Haber, Y-W Guo, A Fontana, E Manzo, G Genta-Jouve, M Tsoukatou, WB Rudman, G Cimino, MT Ghiselin, E Mollo. Packaging and delivery of chemical weapons: a defensive trojan horse stratagem in chromodorid nudibranchs. PloS one 2013, 8, e62075, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062075
  6. A Terlizzi, S Felline, MG Lionetto, R Caricato, V Perfetti , A Cutignano, E Mollo. Detrimental physiological effects of the invasive alga Caulerpa racemosa on the mediterranean white seabream Diplodus sargus. Aquatic Biology 2011, 12, 109–117, doi: 10.3354/ab00330
  7. M Haber, S Cerfeda, M Carbone, G Calado, H Gaspar, R Neves, V Maharajan, G Cimino, M Gavagnin, MT Ghiselin, E Mollo. Coloration and defense in the nudibranch gastropod Hypselodoris fontandraui. The Biological Bulletin 2010, 218, 181-188, doi: 10.1086/BBLv218n2p181
  8. E Mollo, M Gavagnin, M Carbone, F Castelluccio, F Pozone, V Roussis, J Templado, MT Ghiselin, G Cimino. Factors promoting marine invasions: a chemoecological approach. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2008, 105, 4582–4586, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0709355105
  9. R Raniello, E Mollo, M Lorenti, M Gavagnin, MC Buia. Phytotoxic activity of caulerpenyne from the Mediterranean invasive variety of Caulerpa racemosa: a potential allelochemical. Biological Invasions 2007, 9, 361-368, doi: 10.1007/s10530-006-9044-2
  10. E Mollo, M Gavagnin, M Carbone, Y Guo, Guido Cimino. Chemical studies on Indopacific Ceratosoma nudibranchs illuminate the protective role of their dorsal horn. Chemoecology 2005, 15, 31-36, doi: 10.1007/s00049-005-0289-5


Chemical diversity, marine chemical ecology, biological invasions, evolutionary biology, bioassays.