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Research activity

The research activity of my group focuses on the identification of the mechanistic basis of the variation underlying phenotypic and adaptive traits in plant natural populations, species, communities by using genomic techniques, aimed at the understanding, management, conservation and sustainable use of natural biological diversity.

Research interests

Biodiversity. Natural populations. Adaptive traits. Abiotic stresses. Regulatory natural variation. Next generation sequencing. Phylogenetic reconstruction. Molecular evolution. Functional analyses. Conservation genetics. Phenotypic variation. Stress physiology.

Curriculum Vitae

I graduated in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Verona. My Msc thesis project, carried out under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Bassi, focused on the functional analysis of plant photosynthetic antenna complexes. I obtained my PhD from the University of Cologne (Germany) by carrying out my PhD thesis in functional genomics of photosynthesis in Arabidopsis under the supervision of Prof. Dario Leister at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding (MPIZ) of Cologne (Germany). I completed a postdoc at the MPIZ, and then became a researcher at the E. Mach Foundation (FEM). I am the leader of the Ecological Genomics (EcoGenomics) group at FEM.