Ecogenomics Research Group
Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology Department
Research and Innovation Centre - Fondazione Edmund Mach
Via E. Mach 1, 38010 - S. Michele all’Adige (TN), Italia
Tel +39 0461 615 108
Education and training
Since I was a child I have been running after any kind of bug, and muddy ponds were my primary teaching grounds. The gradual evolution of my passion finally led me to the drier University of Padova (Italy), where I graduated in Biology in 1999. After a couple of scientific excursion as research assistant at the Max-Planck Institute of Seewiesen (Germany) and at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), I obtained a PhD at the LMU University of Munich (Germany) in 2006. During my doctoral studies I used population genetics approaches to investigate the joint effects of demography and natural selection in shaping genetic diversity of Drosophila melanogaster. I then moved on for a three-year long postdoc at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), studying gene expression evolution in fire ants.
I am interested in molecular evolution, and in particular in how variation in DNA sequence and in gene expression translate into adaptive phenotypic changes.
I am currently studying the molecular bases of adaptation in Cardamine resedifolia and C. impatiens, two herbaceous plants characterized by distinct habitat preferences (mainly associated with altitudinal gradients). This project is part of the research program on “Alpine Ecosystems in a changing Environment, biodiversity Sensitivity and Adaptive Potential (ACE-SAP)”.
- Population genetics
- Molecular evolution
- Gene expression evolution
- Adaptation and speciation