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Master-level degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Padova. Recipient of two grants from "A. Gini" Foundation in the field of Plant Physiology, at the Pflanzenphysiologisches Institut in Bern, Switzerland (1990), and at the Department of Plant Biology, University of California at Berkeley (1994-95). As a visiting graduate (doctoral) student of UC Berkeley, he attended courses in plant molecular biology, plant physiology and techniques in microscopy, and carried out a research focused on the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation at photosynthesis level. He received a PhD in Photobiology in 1996. He has been working at the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology from 1996. Teaching: "Plant Biochemistry and Physiology" from 2001 to 2013 (undergraduate level course in Agricultural Biotechnology), "Plant Biology" from 2009 (undergraduate level course in Agricultural Science); "Plant Natural Products" from 2009 master-degree level course in Food Biotechnology); since 2013: "Analytic methods for the quality and safety of agricultural products". In 2004 he was recipient of a Fulbright grant for research in plant proteomics at Cornell University, Ithaca-NY. April through june 2010: visiting professor at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal, for studies on the effects of climate change in medicinal plants of Hymalayan Nepal, within the european programme "Sutrofor" - Sustainable Tropical Forestry.
He has been involved in the following research areas: effects of UV-B radiation in crops; plant sulphur metabolism; plant thiols; oxidative stress and antioxidants in plants; functions of gamma-glutamyl transferase in glutathione transport and degradation; comparative plant proteomics; biological effects of humic substances.
He has carried out out also functional genomics studies on the significance of the enzyme gamma-glutamyltransferase and the gamma-glutamyl cycle in plants, by means of Arabidopsis knockout lines and multiple gene silencing by RNAi.
In recent years he dedicated himself to the application of proteomics in agricultural and food science, for example: allergens in plant food, traceability of fining proteins in wines and beverages by mass spectrometry; proteins expressed by rhyzobia during nodulation of leguminous plants; differentially expressed proteins by humic substances treatment in roots.
Currently, he is involved in studies regarding the factors affecting the uptake and distribution of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in plants.


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