Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Luigi De Masi

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39)
E-mail: luigi.demasi@ibbr.cnr.it

Dr Luigi De Masi is research scientist at National Research Council (CNR) c/o Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR) of Portici (NA).


Plant agrobiodiversity; Biosequences; DNA Polymorphism; Functional Food; Plant Genetic Resources; Human Nutrition and Health; Molecular Markers; Secondary Metabolites.

Main Research Interests

  • Development and application of molecular markers for the detection of DNA polymorphisms in plant genetic resources.
  • Genetic diversity analysis and reliable identification of plant species and varieties by molecular markers.
  • Characterization of plant genetic resources with particular reference to traditional varieties of local relevance.
  • Evaluation of plant bioresources for molecules of potential interest for human nutrition and health.
  • Identification of reservoirs of plant genetic diversity for conservation and exploitation of agrobiodiversity.

Education and Research Experience

In 1998 Dr De Masi obtained the degree in Biological Sciences cum laude at the School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of University of Naples Federico II.

From 1998 to 2001, Dr De Masi was research fellow and consultant, first at the School of Medicine, Second University of Naples (SUN) and after at the CE.IN.GE. Advanced Technologies, Naples.

In 1999, he was at Laboratory of Genetic Diversity of Dr A. Karp, Long Ashton Research Station (LARS), Institute of Arable Crops Research (IACR), Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bristol (UK).

From 2001 to 2006, he was member of the permanent research staff at Experimental Station for Industry in Reggio Calabria (Italy).

Since 2006 Dr De Masi is member of the permanent research staff at CNR-IBBR of Portici (ex CNR-IGV).

Dr De Masi achieved a PhD in Agrobiology and Agrochemistry at University of Naples Federico II. He discussed a PhD thesis dealing with the study of tomato plant response to the interaction with beneficial fungi of Trichoderma genus.

His scientific production consists of 37 papers of international and national interest, one patent for invention, one monograph, five book’s chapters and 34 communications to international and national conventions.

Selected Publications

- Facchiano A, Pignone D, Servillo L, Castaldo D, De Masi L (2019). Structure and ligands interactions of Citrus tryptophan decarboxylase by molecular modeling and docking simulations. Biomolecules, 9(3), 117; DOI: 3390/biom9030117.

- De Masi L, Vella FM, Laratta B, Volpe MG, Tiseo M, La Cara F (2017). Biochemical and genetic characterization of a red fig cultivar (Ficus carica) from Southern Italy. Acta Horticulturae, 1173: 81-86; DOI: 17660/ActaHortic.2017.1173.14.

- De Masi L, Castaldo D, Pignone D, Servillo L, Facchiano A (2017). Experimental evidence and in silico identification of tryptophan decarboxylase in Citrus genus. Molecules, 22(2), 272; DOI: 10.3390/molecules22020272.

- Bontempo P, De Masi L, Carafa V, Rigano D, Scisciola L, Iside C, Grassi R, Molinari AM, Aversano R, Nebbioso A, Carputo D, Altucci L (2015). Anticancer activities of anthocyanin extract from genotyped Solanum tuberosum L. “Vitelotte”. Journal of Functional Foods, 19: 584-593. DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2015.09.063.

- De Masi L, Adelfi MG, Pignone D, Laratta B (2015). Identification of Doris verrucosa mollusc via mitochondrial 16S rDNA. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 58: 21-29. DOI: 10.1016/j.bse.2014.10.009.

- Tucci M., M. Ruocco, L. De Masi, M. De Palma and M. Lorito (2011). The beneficial effect of Trichoderma spp. on tomato is modulated by the plant genotype. Molecular Plant Pathology, 12(4): 341-354.

- Laratta B., L. De Masi, P. Minasi and A. Giovane (2008). Pectin methylesterase in Citrus bergamia R.: purification, biochemical characterization and sequence of the exon related to the enzyme active site. Food Chemistry, 110(4): 829-837.

- De Masi L., P. Siviero, D. Castaldo, D. Cautela, C. Esposito and B. Laratta (2007). Agronomic, chemical and genetic profiles of hot peppers (Capsicum annuum ssp.). Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 51(8): 1053-1062.

- De Masi L., P. Siviero, C. Esposito, D. Castaldo, F. Siano and B. Laratta (2006). Assessment of agronomic, chemical and genetic variability in common basil (Ocimum basilicum L.). European Food Research and Technology, 223: 273-281.

- De Masi L., D. Castaldo, G. Galano, P. Minasi and B. Laratta (2005). Genotyping of fig (Ficus carica L) via RAPD markers. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 85(13): 2235-2242.

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