I am a Researcher (level III) since November 2019 at IPSP of Turin. I obtained a MSc in Plant Biotechnology in 2008 and PhD in Biology and Biotechnology of Fungi in 2012, both at the University of Turin. During my PhD I have been involved in studies aimed at elucidating the molecular mechanisms of mycorrhizal symbiosis and fruiting body production in the black truffle Tuber melanosporum, through innovative molecular biology techniques (glycoarray, RT-qPCR combined with Laser Microdissection technology). I also contributed to research studies aimed at understanding the biology of symbiosis between orchids and associated symbiotic fungi. From 2013 to 2019, with a Post-Doc position at the Plant Pathology Unit of the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (Turin), my work was focused to identify the genomic traits of the invasive pathogen of pines Heterobasidion irregulare, to understand the hybridization processes in Heterobasidion spp., and to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of interactions between plants and fungal pathogens. At the same time, I have been involved in applied research studies in forest pathology, ranging from the development of innovative molecular diagnostic assays (Multiplex PCR and Loop Mediated Isotermal Amplification – LAMP) to epidemiological and population genetic analyses of emerging phytopathogenic fungi. Currently, my research is focused on the study of plant-microbe interactions, and of effects of environmental stresses on crop and forest plants and on their associated microorganisms. My research interests include genomics and transcriptomics in plants and symbiotic fungi, molecular diagnostics, and development of new methods for population genetics in plants and fungi, using omics approaches and bioinformatics.
Project Leader for:
- Mining ectomycorrhizal genomes and transcriptomes: from pan-genome to adaptive evolution in a climate change scenario