2008: PhD in Plant Biology, University of Milan. Research activity: structural and functional analysis of the wild-type and mutant polypeptides of the O2 transcriptional factor, important for the transcription of some storage proteins in maize seed.
1998: Master Degree in Biological Science, University of Milan. Research activity: expression analysis of Myb genes in response to osmotic stress, in Arabidopsis thaliana.
2008-Present: Responsible of a nucleic acids and proteins analysis laboratory with instrumentation dedicated to sequencing, expression analysis and polymorphisms. Expertise on the DNA capillary electrophoresis analysis, applied in various projects and in analysis services requested by various companies
2001-Present: CTER, technical collaborator of research institutes (permanent position) at CNR-IBBA in Milan.
1999-2001: Fellowship at the “Istituto per la Cerealicoltura” (today CREA) – Bergamo. Activity of research: the genetic improvement, by molecular biology techniques, of crop plants, as maize, rice and wheat, for breeding.
The project is aimed at the genotyping, through plastid and nuclear molecular markers (TBP), of the whole collection of small aquatic macrophytes (Lemnaceae) known under the name of Landolt Duckweed Collection and currently managed by Dr Lammler in Zurich. This historical collection, the largest in Europe, includes about 500 clones of the 36 known duckweed species, coming from five continents. Accessions have been mostly characterized on a morphological basis, which may cause a high rate of misclassifications in some species, owing to the simplified structure of these tiny plants and the high similarity between some species.
Since long used as environmental bioindicators, duckweeds and renowned for their phytoremediation capacity. Due to their extraordinary fast growth, duckweeds are one of the most promising new crops, under intensive study for energy production and as a source of high quality proteins for animal and human nutrition, already under evaluation as a novel food by EFSA.
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The FILAGRO project aims to provide solutions to several issues that are emerging in the field of modern agriculture. They concern: production sustainability, biodiversity and environment preservation; improvement in food quality, safety and healthy and nutritional aspects; technology development in favor of industry; new knowledge dissemination. These issues are highlighted as of high importance in the EXPO 2015 and Horizon 2020 programs as well as in the 2013-2015 plan of the Agriculture Directorate of the Lombardy Region.
The project aims to identify unique DNA polymorphisms charactering Citrus × myrtifolia, Savona ecotype (Chinotto di Savona) with particular attention to intronic sequences. The goal is to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms specific for the investigated ecotype, in order to genetically characterize it from other ecotypes spread throughout the country, encouraging cultivation and production.
The project, which involves different departments of the University of Milan (DISAA, DIMEVET, VESPA), researchers from the CNR ISPA and CNR IBBA and the DIANA Department of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Piacenza, aims the primary identification of operative practices for reducing the use of antibiotics in the dairy cow herds. During the study, operative protocols already preliminary tested (administration of Aloe arborescens, use of Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris in pre and post dipping, molecules to inhibit Prototheca spp) will be validated during the entire lactation cycle of the cows.
This project will allow breeders to take advantages of new nutraceutical strategies and alternatives to the use of antibiotics, to enhance the innate defences and reduce the incidence and severity of mastitis. The validation of an effective protocol for the selective drying of animals would lead to a reduction of the preventive use of antibiotics, in line with what is requested at European level.
sPATIALS3 is a technological and research hub involving 12 CNR Institutes belonging to 4 different Departments and 4 companies. Main objectives will be: obtainment of innovative food products improved for their nutritional and functional properties; provision and implementation of precision technologies to guarantee products quality, safety and traceability; development of innovative and eco-sustainable smart– and active-packaging to minimize and reuse wastes, where possible, and to increase food preservability; provision to consumers and producers of tools for results exploitation.
A new platform for the genetic identification and quantification of the single plant species, declared or not, present in animal feed, particularly livestock, had been developed and validated at European level.