I am currently involved in two projects: the first is a study of apple columnar growth habit, using a segregating population derived from a cross between the two apple cultivars Wijcik and Golden. The aim of this work is the isolation and cloning of the major gene responsible of the columnar growth habit by a positional cloning approach. The second project is aimed at isolating and studying genes involved in apple fruit development by an approach combining the Suppression Subtractive Hybridization (SSH) and high-throughput sequencing.
My research interests are focused on physiological and molecular aspects of plant-environment interaction, particularly biotic and abiotic stresses and fruit development. Studying genetic control of traits of agronomic interest is also part of my work.
University of Pavia (IT): Degree in Biology, final mark: 110/110 cum laude. Thesis title: “Studio sull’interazione tra DNA e benzopirene fotoattivato”.
University of Milano (IT): Post graduate specialization in Applied Genetics.
1996-2001: I worked at the Experimental Institute for Cereal Research in Fiorenzuola d’Adda (IT) during my post graduate specialization training, studying genes involved in cold stress tolerance in barley and wheat.
2001-present: I worked as a Researcher at the E. Mach Foundation (IT) on molecular biology of woody plants, particularly apple and cypress.