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Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Ornella Calderini

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Perugia
Tel: (39) 075-5014858
E-mail: ornella.calderini@ibbr.cnr.it


Positions

Present: researcher at CNR IBBR Perugia, Italy since January 2002.

Previous:

March 2001-December 2001 fellowship at IGV-CNR Perugia, project "Apotool: Natural apomixis as a novel tool in plant breeding

1998 - 2001 Ph.D. studies at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna, Austria, laboratory of Prof. E. Heberle-Bors. "The role of MAP kinases in plant mitosis". Phd degree obtained in May the 28th 2003 at the University of Vienna, thesis "Involvement of MAPK signalling in plant cytokinesis"

1996-1998 Italian National Research Council fellowship (10 months) and a European Union fellowship (1 year) at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna, Austria."Cell cycle analysis in plant cells".

1996 Italian Ministry of Agriculture fellowship at IRMGPF, CNR Perugia. "Analysis of female sterile mutants of alfalfa".

1993-1995. Italian National Research Council (CNR) fellowship at IRMGPF CNR Perugia. "2n gametes in alfalfa breeding".

1992 post-graduate work at Istituto di Ricerche sul Miglioramento Genetico delle Piante Foraggere (IRMGPF), CNR Perugia, Italy "2n gametes in alfalfa breeding and cytogenetics".

Research activity as guest scientist

October-November 2011 CNR Short term fellowship at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, OK USA, Chen’s laboratory

September 2009 Screening workshop on Medicago truncatula Tnt1 mutants held at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, OK USA, by Prof. K. Mysore laboratory.

July 2009 collaborative work at Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Aberystwyth (now IBERS), UK (laboratory of Dr. Iain Donnison)

February 2009 screening workshop on Medicago truncatula FND mutants held at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, OK USA, by Prof. R. Chen laboratory

September 2008 Screening workshop on Medicago truncatula Tnt1 mutants held at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, OK USA, by Prof. K. Mysore laboratory

September 2007 collaborative work in the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Aberystwyth, UK (laboratory Iain Donnison)

June-July 2007 CNR-DFG exchange program spent at IPK Gatersleben laboratory of Dr Helmut Baumlein

May 2007 short stay at the Institute of Plant Biology University of Zurich, laboratory of Prof. U. Grossniklaus working on plant promoters of use to engineer apomixis

November 2005 Short term fellowship from CNR spent at the Institute of Plant Biology University of Zurich, laboratory of Prof. U. Grossniklaus working on apomixis candidate genes

January 2002-April 2002 collaborative work in the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Aberystwyth, UK, (laboratory Iain Donnison) in the frame of the EU project Apotool.

November-December 2000: short term EMBO fellowship at the Laboratoire Cycle Cellulaire et Recombinaison, Institut de Biotechnologie des Plantes, Universitè de Paris-Sud, France, laboratory of Dr C. Bergounioux.


Research interest:

Plant cell cycle and meiosis
Plant development and reproduction
Signal transduction via MAPK genes related to development and stress responses
Plant functional genomics in model (Arabidopsis and Medicago truncatula) and crop species
Bioenergy crops
Biodiversity
Heterosis

Experience: molecular biology and biochemistry; cytology: in situ hybridization and immunolocalization; gene cloning by PCR and library screening, BAC library construction, yeast two-hybrid; plant transformation, microarray analysis.

Activities: laboratory work, tutoring phd, fellowship and undergraduate students, grant writing for Italian and EU funding agencies, project responsibility, collaborations with Italian and international scientists, reviewing activity for scientific publications and projects.

I am curating a Medicago truncatula mutant collection hosted at CNR IBBR Perugia, Italy. We have produced several thousands of transposon-tagged and EMS mutants and we are currently characterizing them for agronomically relevant traits (development, senescence/abscission, secondary compounds). One major gene responsible for a key step in saponin biosynthesis was identified (Carelli et al., 2011). Please have a look on this web site under the resources section.

Patents:

ISCRIZIONE AL REGISTRO NAZIONALE DELLE VARIETÀ DI VITI DEL VITIGNO "GRERO" (DECRETO 22 aprile 2011, GU n. 170 del 23-07-2011), Palliotti A, Petoumenou D, Carletto A, Taticchi A, Calderini O, Panara F, Corsetti R.

 

Selected Publications
(full list available at CNR People)

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