Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993
    University graduation at University of Roma Sapienza (degree: cum laude)

  • 1998
    PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology at University of Roma Sapienza

  • 1998 – 2003
    Post Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology, University of Utrecht (Netherlands)

  • 2003 – 2008
    Independent group leader, Professore a contratto at the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology (today: Dpt. of Biology and Biotechnology) at University of Roma Sapienza

  • 2004 – 2007
    Member of the Scientific committee of the Master in “Biotechnological Applications and Controls”, Dpt. of Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Roma Sapienza

  • since 2004
    Member of the examination committee of the course "Molecular Biology" of Prof. Paolo Costantino – Laurea Triennale in Biology, University of Roma Sapienza

  • since 2008
    Ricercatore di ruolo (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the Dpt. of Genetics and Molecular Biology/Biology and Biotechnology, University of Roma Sapienza

  • since 2009
    Member of the supervisors’ committee of the PhD in “Genetics and Molecular Biology”, University of Roma Sapienza

  • since 2010
    Member of the scientific committee of the PhD in “Plant Development”, University of Heidelberg (Germany)

Selected projects

  • Sapienza, Progetto di Ateneo, Investigator, grant value: 40.000 €, 2011

  • Consolidator Grant, European Research Council (ERC), Principal Investigator, grant value: 1.500.000 €, 2010

  • Sapienza, Progetto di Ateneo, Investigator, grant value: 45.000 €, 2010

  • AST, Principal Investigator, grant value: 15.000 €, 2008

  • Grant Istituto Pasteur- Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti, Principal Investigator, grant value: 60.000 €, 2008

  • PRIN, MIUR, Investigator, grant value: 78.492 €, 2008

  • PRIN, MIUR, Investigator, grant value: 115.800 €, 2006

  • “Rientro dei Cervelli”, MIUR, D.M. 13 of 26.1.2001, Principal Investigator, grant value: 90.000 €, 2003

  • Career Development Award of the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation. Principal INvestigater, grant value: 750.000 US$, 2003

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Senior Editor, “Cell Reports”, a new “Cell Press” journal, 2011

  • Member of the “Società Italiana di Genetica Agraria” (SIGA), 2007

  • Member of the “Società Italiana di Biologia Vegetale” (SIBV), 2007

  • Member of the “Società Italiana di Biofisica e Biologia Molecolare” (SIBBM), 2004

  • Reviewer ad hoc of several international Journals, among which: Science, Nature, Current Biology, Development, Plos One, Plant Cell, Plant Journal, New Phitology ect.

Additional qualifications

  • Experience in supervising Laurea Magistrale- and PhD-students


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