After a university degree in Natural Sciences, I obtained a PhD in Biology and Biotechnology of Fungi at the University of Torino with a research on the molecular basis of the interaction between the ectomycorrhizal fungus Tuber borchii and its host plant; I also investigated the microbial biodiversity in truffle grounds and in orchids endophyte fungi.
In 2004, I obtained a master’s degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Torino and I collaborated with the bioinformatics group of the Department of Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry of the University of Torino for the development of data-mining methods for functional gene annotation.
Since 2006 I have been a researcher at the IPSP where I integrate bioinformatics and molecular biology approaches. My research activity focuses on three fundamental lines: the study of plant-virus interaction, mainly through transcriptomics approaches (microarray, qRT-PCR, siRNA-seq, RNA-seq), the characterization of viral biodiversity and viral etiological agents through the use of next-generation sequencing techniques (small RNA-seq, tot RNA-seq, RCA + DNA-seq), and the development of innovative approaches for plant protection, mainly based on the use of exogenous dsRNA.
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