Laura Rago

PhD in Biotechnology


Dr. Laura Rago

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Group of Electrobiotechnology

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Phone +49 341 235-1315




CV / Scientific Career

since October 2018

PostDoc at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ,
Department of Environmental Microbiology, Research Group
Microbial Bioelectrocatalysis & Bioelektrotechnology

Leipzig - Germany


Visiting PostDoc Researcher at ITQB Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Oeiras, Lisboa - Portugal

2016 - 2018

PostDoc at e-Bio Center - Università degli Studi di Milano

Milano - Italy


PhD visiting student at Biodesign Institute in the Arizona State University

Tempe, Phoenix - USA

2011 - 2015

PhD student at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Genocov - Bioelectrochemical group

Cerdanyola del Valles, Barcelona - Spain

Brief CV and Research interests

I am a Ph.D in Biotechnology on the molecular microbiology study of microorganisms that colonize bioelectrochemical systems (BES). My training started from the medical biotechnology and nanotechnology, progressed to environmental microbiological approaches to treat dangerous gases, to arrive finally to the microbiological study of different BES inoculated with anaerobic pure and mixed cultures, which was also the focus of my PhD thesis.

In the last years, I have conducted my research in different countries and different research groups. I worked and collaborated with some of the leading international biotechnology research groups across the world (Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA among others) with diverse Microbial Electrochemical Technology (MET) expertise, resulting in different publications.

Summarizing I have already published 19 peer-reviewed articles ( ̴ 300 citation and h-index 9), one book chapter and one global patent.



Peer-rewieved articles
  1. Schievano, A., Berenguer, R., Goglio, A., Bocchi, S., Marzorati, S., Rago, L., Louro, R.O., Paquete, C.M., Esteve-Núñez, A. (accepted) Electroactive biochar for large-scale environmental applications of microbial electrochemistry - ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  2. Schwab, L., Rago, L., Koch, C., Harnisch, F. (2019) Identification of Clostridium cochlearium as an electroactive microorganism from the mouse gut microbiome - Bioelectrochemistry.130:107334. doi: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2019.107334
  3. Badia, M., Rago, L., Baeza, J.A., Guisasola, A. (2019) Hydrogen production from crude glycerol in an alkaline microbial electrolysis cell - International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 44(32), pp. 17204-17213. doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.03.193
  4. Rago, L.,Zecchin, S.,Villa, F.,Goglio, A.,Corsini, A.,Cavalca, L.,Schievano, A. (2019) Bioelectrochemical Nitrogen fixation (e-BNF): Electro-stimulation of enriched biofilm communities drives autotrophic nitrogen and carbon fixation – Bioelectrochemistry; 125, pp.105. doi: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2018.10.002
  5. Goglio, A., Marzorati, S., Rago, L., Pant, D., Cristiani, P., Schievano, A. (2019) Microbial recycling cells: First steps into a new type of microbial electrochemical technologies, aimed at recovering nutrients from wastewater - Bioresource Technology; 277, pp.117-127. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2019.01.039
  6. Montpart, N., Rago, L., Baeza, J.A., Guisasola, A. (2018) Oxygen barrier and catalytic effect of the cathodic biofilm in single chamber microbial fuel cells - Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology; 93 (8), pp.2199. doi: 10.1002/jctb.5561
  7. Rago, L., Zecchin, S., Marzorati, S.,Goglio, A.,Cavalca, L.,Cristiani, P.,Schievano, A. (2018) A study of microbial communities on terracotta separator and on biocathode of air breathing microbial fuel cells – Bioelectrochemistry; 120, pp.18. doi: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2017.11.005
  8. Schievano, A., Goglio, A., Erckert, C., Marzorati, S., Rago, L., Cristiani, P. (2018) Organic Waste and Bioelectrochemical Systems: a Future Interface between Electricity and Methane Distribution Grids - Detritus; 01, pp.57-63. doi: 10.26403/detritus/2018.6
  9. Rago, L., Cristiani, P.,Villa, F., Zecchin, S., Colombo, A. Cavalca, L.,Schievano, A. (2018) Influences of dissolved oxygen concentration on biocathodic microbial communities in microbial fuel cells – Bioelectrochemistry; 116, pp.39. doi: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2017.04.001
  10. Rago, L., Baeza, J.A., Guisasola, A. (2017) Bioelectrochemical hydrogen production with cheese whey as sole substrate - Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology; 92 (1), pp.173. doi: 10.1002/jctb.4987
  11. Rago, L., Baeza, J.A., Guisasola, A. (2016) Increased performance of hydrogen production in microbial electrolysis cells under alkaline conditions – Bioelectrochemistry; 109, pp.57doi: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2016.01.003
  12. Rago, L., Monpart, N., Cortés, P., Baeza, J.A., Guisasola, A. (2016) Performance of microbial electrolysis cells with bioanodes grown at different external resistances - Water Science and Technology; 73 (5), pp.1129. doi: 10.2166/wst.2015.418
  13. Rago, L., Ruiz, Y., Baeza, J.A., Guisasola, A.,Cortés, P. (2015) Microbial community analysis in a long-term membrane-less microbial electrolysis cell with hydrogen and methane production – Bioelectrochemistry; 106, pp.359. doi:10.1016/j.bioelechem.2015.06.003
  14. Yoho, R.A., Popat, S.C., Rago, L., Guisasola, A.,Torres, C.I. (2015) Anode Biofilms of Geoalkalibacter ferrihydriticus Exhibit Electrochemical Signatures of Multiple Electron Transport Pathways – Langmuir; 31 (45), pp.12552. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02953
  15. Rago, L., Guerrero, J.,Baeza, J.A.,Guisasola, A. (2015) 2-Bromoethanesulfonate degradation in bioelectrochemical systems – Bioelectrochemistry; 105, pp.44. doi:10.1016/j.bioelechem.2015.05.001
  16. Montpart, N., Rago, L., Baeza, J.A.,Guisasola, A. (2015) Hydrogen production in single chamber microbial electrolysis cells with different complex substrates - Water Research; 68, pp.601. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.10.026
  17. Montpart, N., Ribot-Llobet, E., Garlapati, V.K., Rago, L., Baeza, J.A., Guisasola, A. (2014) Methanol opportunities for electricity and hydrogen production in bioelectrochemical - International Journal of Hydrogen Energy; 39 (2), pp.770. doi:
  18. Ribot-Llobet, E.,Montpart, N.,Ruiz-Franco, Y., Rago, L., Lafuente, J.,Baeza, J.A.,Guisasola, A. (2014) Obtaining microbial communities with exoelectrogenic activity from anaerobic sludge using a simplified procedure - Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology; 89 (11), pp.1727. doi: 10.1002/jctb.4252
  19. Montebello, A.M.,Bezerra, T., Rovira, R., Rago, L., Lafuente, J.,Gamisans, X.,Campoy, S.,Baeza, M.,Gabriel, D. (2013) Operational aspects, pH transition and microbial shifts of a H2S desulfurizing biotrickling filter with random packing material – Chemosphere; 93 (11), pp.2675. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.08.052
Book Chapters and Patents
  • Rago, L., Schievano, A., Pant, D. (2019) Electro-Fermentation— Microbial Electrochemistry as New Frontier in Biomass Refineries and Industrial Fermentations, in: Majid Hosseini (Ed.), Adv. Bioprocess. Altern. Fuels, Biobased Chem. Bioprod., 1st edition, Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc, 2019: pp. 265–287. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-817941-3.00014-0.
  • Schievano, A., Marzorati, S., Cristiani, P., Goglio, A., Colombo, A., Rago, L. (2019) published under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. International Publication Number: WO 2019/069222.


  • Best PhD Thesis 2015 - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain