National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Clara Conicella

Role: Senior Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39) 081-2539231

Born: Naples (Italy), August 21st 1957

Nationality: Italian

Professional Address:

Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources, UOS Portici

Via Università 133

80055 Portici (Italy)

Job position: Principal Investigator/Senior Researcher


Education, training and position

Jul 1982

Graduated in Agricultural Sciences, magna cum laude, at University of Naples Federico II

Apr 1983

Permanent position as Researcher at CNR-Vegetable Breeding Center in Portici

Jan 1984

Short stage. Laboratory of Dr. B. Pickersgill, Botany Dept., University of Reading (UK). Project: "C-banding in Vicia faba "

Feb 1984

EU Fellowship. Laboratory of Dr. G.P. Chapman, Biological Sciences Dept., Wye College, University of London (UK). Project: "Isolation of Vicia faba chromosomes"

Oct/Dec 1984

EU Fellowship. Laboratory of Dr. G.P. Chapman, Biological Sciences Dept., Wye College, University of London (UK). Project: "Isolation of polytene chromosomes from cotyledons of Pisum spp"

Oct 1989/Sep 1990

NATO-CNR Fellowship. Laboratory of Prof. R.E. Esposito, Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago (USA). Project: "Characterization of Spo14 in yeast”

Oct 1992/May 1993

Stage. Laboratory of Prof. R. Zeyen, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota (USA).Project: "Localization of pathogenesis related transcripts in barley mutants by in situ hybridization".

Dec 2001

Permanent position as Senior Researcher at CNR-Plant Genetics Institute, Division of Portici

Research Interest

Identifying genetic and epigenetic regulation of reproductive pathways is the focus of research aimed at creating new tools for plant breeding. Technologies including forward and reverse genetics, RNA silencing, omics combined with single-cell are used in the current projects dealing with the following topics:

  • Epigenetic control of meiotic recombination in Arabidopsis
  • Histone post-translational modifications and ovule development in Arabidopsis
  • Identification of genes underlying sexual polyploidization in potato
  • Epigenomics of tomato reproduction

Current projects

  • EU- FP7 MeioSys, Systematic Analysis of Factors Controlling Meiotic Recombination in Higher Plants (2009-2014)
  • MiUR-PRIN 2012 Genetic and epigenetic control of ovule number and fertility in Arabidopsis (2014-2016)
  • MiUR-Epigen, Epigenomics Flagship Project (2013-2014). Sub-project 8.2: Histone modifications associated to meiotic recombination regions in Arabidopsis
  • MiUR-GenoPOM.PRO, Potenziamento della filiera pomodoro attraverso l’uso di piattaforme integrate di post-genomica (2012-2015). 1.2.1: EPITOM, Tomato Epigenomics
  • MiUR-GenHORT, Valorizzazione di produzioni ortive campane di eccellenza con strumenti di genomica avanzata (2012-2015). 2.3.2: Identification of genes underlying sexual polyploidization in potato

Recent Publications

Aiese Cigliano R., Cremona G., Paparo R., Termolino P., Perrella G., Gutzat R....

Aiese Cigliano R., Sanseverino W., Cremona G., Ercolano M.R., Conicella C., Consiglio M.F. 2013. Genome-wide analysis of histone modifiers in tomato: gaining an insight into their developmental roles. BMC Genomics14:57 DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-14-57.

Barra L., Aiese Cigliano R., Cremona G., De Luca P., Zoppoli P., Bressan R.A., Consiglio M.F., Conicella C. 2012.Transcription Profiling of Laser Microdissected Microsporocytes in an Arabidopsis Mutant (Atmcc1) with Enhanced Histone Acetylation. J Plant Biol 55 (4): 281-289 DOI: 10.1007/s12374-011-0268-z.

Aiese Cigliano R., Sanseverino W., Cremona G.,Consiglio M.F., Conicella C. 201...

Perrella G., Consiglio M.F., Aiese-Cigliano R., Cremona G., Sanchez-Moran E., Barra L., Errico A., Bressan R.A., Franklin F.C.H., Conicella C. 2010. Histone hyperacetylation affects meiotic recombination and chromosome segregation in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 62: 796-806.

Confalonieri M., Cammareri M., Biazzi E., Pecchia P., Fevereiro M.P.S., Balestrazzi A., Tava A., Conicella C. 2009. Enhanced triterpene saponin biosynthesis and root nodulation in transgenic barrel medic (Medicago truncatula Gaertn.) expressing a novel b-amyrin synthase (AsOXA1) gene. Plant Biotech. J. 7: 172-182.


Selected Publications

(full list available at CNR People)

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