1990: Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, UniPd, Italy.
1985: Degree in Biology with full marks and honours (110/110 cum laude).
2015-up to now: Permanent position at the department of Biology as Full Professor at the University of Padova
2000-2015: Permanent position at the department of Biology as Professor at the University of Padova,
1991-2000: Permanent position as researcher at the University of Padova, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, DeBIO
1986-1989: Ph.D Course in Evolutionary Biology- Laboratory of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, DeBIO, University of Padova (Italy).
1988: One-year stay at the l'Institut J.Monod, Universitè Paris VII, France in the research group of
1989: One-year stay at the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Fondation Edmond de Rothschild, Paris, France in the research group of Prof.F.A.Wollman.
1984-1985: Research activity for graduation thesis- Laboratory of Plant Biology, Botany Institut, University of Padova, Italy.
1991: Zeiss prize for the best work in electronic microscopy field
ACADEMIC DUTIES AND COMMITTEES:
2017-present: member of scientific committee of the Brera Botanical Garden, UniMI
2016-present: member of the National ASN Panel SSD 05/A1- Botany.
2016-present: Rector’s delegate in the Scientific Committee of the Azienda Agraria Sperimentale "L. Toniolo", Legnaro, Padova
2015-present-: Director of Centro di Ateneo Botanical Garden, UniPd.
2015-present : member of the scientific committee of the Biology Department
2013-2015 Vice-director of Centro di Ateneo Botanical Garden, UniPd.
2012-2015: member of the scientific committee of the Botanical Garden
2012-2015: appointed member of School of Sciences committee, UniPd
2009-present: member of PhD committee, Scuola di Dottorato in Bioscienze e Biotecnologie, Evolutionary Biology
2009-2015: Head of the Course in Molecular Biology (3+2 year Degrees)
2009-2015: member of the Committee for didactics of the Department of Biology, UniPd
2009-present: responsible of the Electronic Microscopy Service of the Biology Department, UniPd
Author of 80 publications in international journals with referees and I.F. and of three book chapters. Total citations: 1713; H-index: 25 (Scopus). In the past, the research work has mainly concerned plant cell biology: programmed cell death in plants and plant propagation (micropropagation, in vitro organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis); in the last years, the research has been addressed to the characterization (by molecular, biochemical, physiological approaches) of microbial endophytes, living in grapevine inner tissues, for their potential application to improve crop productivity and plant disease biocontrol. Very recently, linked to the new research activity in the Botanic Garden of Padova, molecular biology studies have been set up: a) molecular identification of fungal specimens from the historical Saccardo’s collection, known at international level and conserved in the Herbarium of the Botanic Garden belonging to Padova University;
b) the study of MADS-box genes that are expressed in the floral buds and in the reproductive structures of basal angiosperms that belong to the Nymphaeales order, with the purpose to better understand the MADS-box genes expression pattern involved in these species, thus contributing to an update of the ‘ABC(D)E’ model in these organisms.