My research activity is aimed at the study of plant-pathogen interactions and plant genetic improvement.
In particular, my studies concern:
- The defence mechanisms activated by plants at morpho-functional, biochemical and gene expression level in response to biotic stresses;
- The study of the Cupressus semperivirens – Seiridium cardinale pathosystem at the molecular and proteomic levels;
- The use of in vitro cultures for genetic improvement and conservation of plant biodiversity.
I graduated in 2009 in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Pisa and in 2014 I obtained a PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, with a thesis concerning the use of plant biotechnology to obtain secondary metabolites in medicinal plants.
During my scientific activity I was hosted in various research institutes (University of Groningen, Hebrew university of Jerusalem, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation of Pulawy) where I deepened my knowledge of molecular biology and plant physiology. I have spent 3 years at CREA (Italian Council for Agricultural Research), working on in vitro culture and medicinal plants.