Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Alessandra Rogato

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Naples
Tel: (39) 081-6132410
E-mail: alessandra.rogato@ibbr.cnr.it


2007: PhD in Advanced Biology, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

2002: Degree (Master) in Biotechnological Science, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Synopsis of research activity

March 2016- to today: Associate Research at the Department of Integrative Marine Ecology

Stazione Zoologica “A. Dohrn”, Naples, Italy

June-July 2014: Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory of Dr. Assaf Vardi at Weizmann Institute of Science. Rehovor, Israel. (CNR Short Term Mobilty Fellow)

November 2011- May 2012: Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory of Dr Angela Falciatore, Dep Diatom Functional Genomics Team,Laboratory of Computational and Quantitative Biology (LCQB), UMR 7238 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS-UPMC, Paris, France.

2010-2011: CDD chercheur (chercheur à durée déterminée) at Laboratoire de Génomique des Microorganismes/, Diatom Functional Genomics Team UMR 7238 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS-UPMC, Paris, France.

AXA Research Fund, Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2010: Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hess. Department: Genetics and Experimental Bioinformatics, University of Freiburg, Germany. Two months

2008-2010: Post-Doctoral research, Stazione Zoologica “A. Dohrn”, Naples, Italy

2007-2008: Post-Doctoral research, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, ABT, CNR, Naples, Italy

2003-2006: PhD training, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, ABT, CNR, Naples, Italy.

2002-2003: Post graduated training Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, ABT, CNR, Naples, Italy

2001-2002: Master training at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

1999: Erasmus fellowship for developing a research project conducted at the Department of

Plant Biotechnologies, Institute Supérieur Agricole de Beauvais, France.

Organization of courses and workshop

2014 - 2015- 2017: Workshop “Bringing Maths to Life”. Naples- Italy, Scientific Organiser

Books and Journals edited

Spriger Book 2016: Dynamics of Mathematical Models in Biology, Bringing Mathematics to Life Editors: Alessandra Rogato, Valeria Zazzu and Mario R Guarracino, ISBN 978-3-319-45722-2

BMC Bioinformatics Special Issue, Bringing Mathematics to Life, 2017. Supplement Editors: Alessandra Rogato, Laura Antonelli, Vincenza Colonna (in preparation)


De Tommasi E, Gielis J, Rogato A. *

Diatom Frustule Morphogenesis and Function: a Multidisciplinary Survey.

Mar Genomics. 2017 Jul 19. pii: S1874-7787(17)30126-5. doi: 10.1016

*corresponding author

The nitrate transporter family protein NPF8.6 controls the N-fixing nodule act...

Valkov VT, Rogato A., Alves LM, Sol S, Noguero M, Léran S, Lacombe B, Chiurazzi M.

Plant Physiol. 2017 Sep 20. pii: pp.01187.2017. doi: 10.1104/pp.17.01187.

Lepetit B, Gélin G, Lepetit M, Sturm S, Vugrinec S, Rogato A, Kroth PG, Falciatore A, Lavaud J. The diatom Phaeodactilum tricornutum adjusts nonphotochenical fluorescence quenching capacity in response to dynamic light via fine-tuned Lhcx and xanthophyll cycle pigment synthesis. New Phytol. 2016 Nov 21. doi: 10.1111/nph.14337

Taddei L*, Stella GR*, Rogato A*, Bailleul B, Fortunato AE, Annunziata R, Sanges R, Thaler M, Lepetit B, Lavaud J, Jaubert M, Finazzi G, Bouly JP, Falciatore A

Multi-signal control of expression of LHCX protein family in marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. J. Exp. Bot. 2016, 67 (13), 3939-3951 doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw198

*co-first author in this publication

Rogato A, Valkov Totev V, Alves L M, Apone F, Colucci G, Chiurazzi M.

Down-regulated Lotus japonicus GCR1 plants exhibit nodulation signalling pathways alteration.

Plant Sci. 2016; 247:71-82. doi: 10.1016

A. Rogato*, A. Amato, D. Iudicone, M. Chiurazzi, M. I. Ferrante , M. Ribera d’Alcalà

The diatom molecular toolkit to handle nitrogen uptake.

Marine Genomics 2015; 24(1):95-108 doi: 10.1016 *corresponding author

D’Apuzzo E, Valkov VT, Parlati A, Omrane S, Barbulova A, Sainz MM, Lentini M, Esposito S, Rogato A, Chiurazzi M.

PII Overexpression in Lotus japonicus Affects Nodule Activity in Permissive Lo...

Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2015;28(4):432-42. doi: 10.1094

Rogato A, Richard H, Sarazin A, Voss B, Cheminant Navarro S, Champeimont R, Navarro L, Carbone A, Hess WR, Falciatore A.

“The diversity of small non-coding RNAs in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum”. BMC Genomics 2014; 15(1):698. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-698

Lepetit B, Sturm S, Rogato A, Gruber A, Sachse M, Falciatore A, Kroth P, Lavaud J

“High light acclimation in the secondary plastids containing diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum is triggered by the redox state of the plastoquinone pool”. Plant Physiol, 2013 3: p. 853-86511

Depauw F, Rogato A, Ribera d’Alcalà M and Falciatore A.

“Exploring the molecular basis of response to light in marine diatoms”. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2012 63(4):1575-91.

Bailleul B *., Rogato A*., de Martino A., Coesel S., Cardol P., Bowler C., Falciatore A. Finazzi G. “LHCX1 an atypical member of the LHCSR protein family, modulates diatoms response to light”

PNAS 2010, 107: 18214-9 *co-first author in this publication

Rogato A*., D’Apuzzo E*., Barbulova A., Omrane S., Parlati A., Carfagna S., Costa A., Lo Schiavo F., Esposito S. and Chiurazzi M.

“Characterization of a developmental root response caused by external ammonium supply in Lotus japonicus ” Plant Physiology 2010, 0: pp.110.160309v1 *co-first author in this publication

13.Rogato A., D’Apuzzo E. and Chiurazzi M.

“The multiple plant response to high ammonium condition: the Lotus japonicus AMT1.3 protein acts as a putative transceptor”. Plant Signal Behav. 2010, Dec 1;5(12)

De Riso V., Raniello R., Maumus F., Rogato A., Bowler C. and Falciatore A.

“Gene silencing in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricotnutum. Nucleic Acids Res. 2009, 37(14):e96

Coesel S., Mangogna M., Ishikawa T., Heijde M., Rogato A., Finazzi G., Takeshi T., Bowler C.and Falciatore A.

“Diatom PtCPF1 is a new cryptochrome/photolyase family member with DNA repair and transcription regulation activity”. EMBO Rep. 2009, 10(6):655-61

Omrane S., Ferrarini A., D’Apuzzo E., Rogato A., Delledonne M. and Chiurazzi M.

“Symbiotic competence in Lotus japonicus is affected by plant nitrogen status: transcriptomic identification of genes affected by a new signalling pathway”.New Phytol. 2009, 183(2):380-94

Rogato A., D’Apuzzo E., Barbulova A., Omrane S., Stedel C., Rosin U. S.,Katinakis P., Flametakis M., Udvardi M., Chiurazzi M.

“Tissue-specific down-regulation of LjAMT1;1 compromises nodule function and enhances nodulation in Lotus japonicus”. Plant Molecular Biology 2008, 68 (6):585-9

Barbulova A., Rogato A., D’Apuzzo E., Omrane S., Chiurazzi M.

“Differential effects of combined N sources on early steps of the Nod Factor-Dependent transduction pathways in Lotus japonicus”. Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction 2007, 20(8):994-1003

Barbulova A., D’Apuzzo E., Rogato A. and Chiurazzi M.

“Improved procedures for in vitro regeneration and for phenotypical analysis in the model legume Lotus japonicus”. Functional Plant Biology 2005, 32: 529-536

Ferraioli S., Tatè R., Rogato A., Chiurazzi M. and Patriarca E. J.

“Development of ectopic roots from abortive nodule primordia”. Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction 2004, 17: 1043-10

D’Apuzzo E. *, Rogato A*., Simon-Rosin U., El Alaoui H., Barbulova A., Betti M., Dimou M., Katinakis P., Marquez A., Marini A.-M., Udvardi K. M. and Chiurazzi M.

“Characterization of three functional high affinity ammonium transporter in Lotus japonicus with differential transcriptional regulation and spatial expression”. Plant Physiology 2004, 134: 1763-1774 *co-first author in this publication

Research interests

Major objective of my research is to identify and characterize the molecular mechanisms underlying the ecological success of photosyntetic organisms and their capacity for handling different adaptative solutions in order to succeed in a variable environment. In this context, examples of environmental adaptations are the ones that take place in the marine diatoms, which display a suite of sophisticated responses (physiological, biochemical, and behavioral) to optimize their photosynthesis and growth under changing conditions. Marine diatoms are prominent microalgae in the contemporary oceans, several evidences indicated that diatoms dispose of a suite of sophisticated responses to optimize their photosynthesis and growth under changing conditions. However, the molecular mechanisms controlling diatom responses are still largely unknown. I’m trying to integrate genomic and genetic resources, with well-established physiological and biophysical approaches, to characterize light and nutrient regulated processes in diatoms.

I’m mainly focusing on the pathways of uptake and assimilation of N sources in diatoms and in plants as well, and, on the role played by ammonium and nitrate transporters as sensors of the external N conditions. In addition, I’m involved in a project aiming at deciphering the biogenesis and function of the diatoms silica cell wall (known as the frustule) and exploring his potential physical, optical and biotechnological applications. This is of fundamental importance in the understanding of the interactions of the living cell with the external environment.


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