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Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Sergio Pietro Ferrante

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Palermo
Tel: (39) 091-6574578
E-mail: sergiopietro.ferrante@ibbr.cnr.it


Curriculum Vitae

Date and Place of Birth: 12.01.1965 Palermo, Italy

Address: Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, Division of Palermo, National Research Council, Corso Calatafimi, 414, 90129 Palermo (PA), Italy.

Tel: +39 091 6574578, Fax. +39 091 423424

E-mail: sergiopietro.ferrante@ibbr.cnr.it

Work experience

March 2011- March 2012

Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside, CA 92521

Visiting scientist

The major focus of the research was to complete analysis of microarray experiments (Affymetrix GeneChip) in citrus in fruit rind response to red scale insect feeding, post-harvest storage of fruit, iron deficiency, rind separation (peelability) in mandarins, and the quick decline response to citrus tristeza virus

June 2010 - December 2010; April 2008 - September 2008.

Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside, CA 92521

Visiting scientist

The major focus of the research was analysis of a BAC library to identify clones containing a set of targeted genes that putatively code for enzymes relevant to fruit quality. This project involved first conducting bioinformatic analyses to identify the targeted genes in citrus, then design of specific oligonucleotides (overgoes) that facilitate incorporation a radioactive label and are hybridized to filters spotted with DNA from clones in the BAC library.

July 2005 - January 2006

Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside, CA 92521

Visiting scientist

The major focus of the research was use of microarrays (Affymetrix GeneChip) to measure gene expression patterns in citrus. The final step in this study was data analysis using Bioconductor and other similar programs to identify differentially expressed genes.

October 2003; October 2004

National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) of Poone (India)

Guest Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) of Poone (India), within the Scientific & Technological Co-operation project between the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India, and the National Council of Research (CNR), Italy.

The major focus of the research was to develop peanut plants resistant to late leaf spot by means of somatic hybridization by protoplast fusion.

Since December 2001

Institute of Citrus Genetics (currently “Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, Section of Palermo) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) - Corso Calatafimi 414, 90129 Palermo

Researcher

Research on Citrus genetics and supervise PhD theses of affiliated staff at the University of Palermo

April 2001 - December 2001

Institute of Citrus Genetics (currently “Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, Section of Palermo) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) - Corso Calatafimi 414, 90129 Palermo

Research assistant

collaborating in research regarding the achievement of somatic hybrids by protoplast fusion and their characterisation through biochemical and molecular markers

April 1994 to April 2001

University of Palermo, Italy, Department of Pomology, Viale delle Scienze 11 - 90128 Palermo

Research assistant

Viticultural science with particular attention to the physiological balance of wine grapes and to the study of source/sink ratio in relation to environmental and cultural factors. Preparation and carrying out of lectures, for the ‘Viticulture’ class and for the ‘Fruit Productive Ecosystems’ class on gas exchanges of woody plants and on the main detection systems.

Education:

January 1999

University of Sassari, Italy

PhD degree on the subject ‘Productivity of crop plants’ with a thesis entitled ‘Researches on vegetative-productive balance in viticulture’

July 1993

University of Palermo, Italy

Degree in Agricultural Science (mark 110/110 cum laude)

Main research Interests

Genetic improvement of crop plants through biotechnological approaches; the transient dynamics of the genome size in the evolutionary adaptation of plants; Genome analysis through molecular markers: ISSR, SSR, AFLP; CAPs; Gene expression: Affymetrix GeneChip; Differential gene expression analysis with “R” and Bioconductor packages; Epigenetics; Comparative genomics; Genome editing with engineered nucleases: CRISPR-Cas9 systems.

 

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(full list available at CNR People)

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