Grapevine Applied Genomics Research Group
Genomics and Biology of Fruit Crop Department
Research and Innovation Centre - Fondazione Edmund Mach
Via E. Mach 1, 38010 - S. Michele all’Adige (TN), Italia
phone +39 0461 615 573
Education and training
2010-present-Post Doctoral Fellowship, Italian project SERRES, University of Milan – collaboration with FEM-IASMA, studying the genetic basis of drought tolerance in grape rootstocks.
2007-2010- PhD: “A candidate gene association study on muscat flavor in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) “University of Milan and FEM-IASMA.
2004-2006 MSc Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnology: “Characterization of QTLs for Muscat flavor determination in grapevine by using a candidate gene approach”, University of Verona.
I am currently working on the genetics of drought tolerance in grape rootstocks within the Italian project SERRES. Both a GWAS and a candidate gene approach are being used to identify the genetic determinants of plant response to water deficit.
Genetics approaches to investigate the genetic determination of fruit quality traits such as berry flavor and to unraveling the complex mechanisms of plant response to abiotic stress. In addition to GWAS and candidate gene association studies I am also interested in functional validation of candidate genes and in the analysis of the genetic structure and domestication history of grapevine.