His research activity was mainly focusing on molecular and functional characterization of plant defense mechanisms. He contributed to the characterization of the signaling molecule nitric oxide under plant stress conditions. He participated to the genome sequencing projects of grapevine and apple, and to the characterization of resistance genes. He contributed to the functional and molecular characterization of induced resistance mechanisms in grapevine and of microbial dynamics of the phyllosphere microbiota. The aim of his research is the understanding of mechanisms of plant-microbe and micro-microbe interactions to increase plant self-defense of crops and control plant pathogens.
His main research interest is in plant pathology, particularly in the mechanisms of plant-microbe and microbe-microbe communications responsible for resistance induction in crops and for sustainable control methods against plant pathogens.
- Since 2010 Researcher at Fondazione Edmund Mach.
- 2007-2010 Post-doctoral research fellowship at Fondazione Edmund Mach, founded by the Autonomous Province of Trento.2005-2007 Post-doctoral research fellowship at Fondazione Edmund Mach.
- 2002-2005 PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in collaboration with Prof. Massimo Delledonne (University of Verona).
- 1996-2002 MSc Degree in Agro-Industrial Biotechnology, University of Verona.