Brescia Francesca


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Curriculum Vitae

I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher since February 2022 at IPSP of Turin. MSc in Experimental and Applied Biology in 2015 at University of Pavia and PhD in Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology in 2020 at University of Udine, in collaboration with Fondazione Edmund Mach of San Michele all’Adige (TN) and with the Technical University of Vienna (Austria). During my PhD I studied the impact of the microbial community of the plant on the inhibitory activity of a biocontrol agent, Lysobacter capsici AZ78. To characterize these microbial interactions I used different imaging approaches: from optical and electronical microscopy to metabolomics with MALDI TOF MSI (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometric Imaging). In addition, I studied the genes involved during bacterial interactions with a transcriptomic approach (RNA-Seq) and gene expression studies (qRT-PCR).
From June 2020 to January 2022, as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Plant Pathology Unit of DISAFA where I studied and monitored the distribution of fungal forest pathogens in Valle d’Aosta region (Interreg MONGEFITOFOR project). In collaboration with the University of Valle d’Aosta (FAR3 project) I evaluated the effects of the forest degradation due to fungal pathogens on the landscape perception.
In particular I contributed to set up a protocol for the molecular quantification of fungal inoculum (qPCR), I applied molecular diagnostic techniques and I dealt with the morphological and molecular identification of fungal isolates and with the molecular characterization and genotyping of fungal strains with SSR markers.
My focus at the moment is on the study of the interactions occurring between plants and soil microorganisms aiming at improving the plant response to environmental stress. My research interests include the transcriptomics of plant and fungal symbionts, molecular diagnostics and the study of soil biodiversity.