1999–2001: Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Pisa
1998: MSc in Biology, with full marks (University of Pisa, Italy).
1995-1998: PhD student at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSUP), Agricultural Sciences Department, Pisa, Italy).
2003-2004: Lecturer, Plant Biotechnology, Sviluppo Italia
2002-2004: Lecturer, Plant Biotechnology, University of Modena e Reggio Emilia
2001-Present: Researcher National Research Council, Institute of Biology and Agricultural Biotechnology
- Physiological and molecular response of plants to stress. Climate change represents a very current phenomenon: temperatures rise, rainfall regimes change, we will increasingly have to face extreme climates such as floods and droughts. Plants are sessile organisms that necessarily have to adapt to a changing environment. The productivity of plants is therefore limited by biotic and abiotic factors, among the latter the lack of oxygen is of scientific importance.
- Characterization of the molecular and physiological mechanisms of a plant subjected to conditions of limited oxygen availability; study of the role of miRNAs in plants subjected to hypoxic stress.
- Hormonal physiology, perception of sugars and their signal through the use of gene expression techniques: analysis of single genes by q-PC, transcriptomic analysis by microarray, functional analysis of genes using molecular approaches (sense / antisense transgenesis), confocal microscopy.