National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Francesco Paolocci

Role: Research Director
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Perugia
Tel: (39) 075-5014816

Curriculum vitae

Ruolo: Dirigente di Ricerca
Comparto: Ricercatori e Tecnologi
Tel: (39) 075-5014816

Address: Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, Division of Perugia, National Research Council, - Via Madonna Alta, 130, 06128 Perugia , Italy,

Tel: ++39 075 5014816, Fax: ++39 075 5014869

Education, Training and Professional experience
(from 2014 back to 1989)

  • 5-2019 - todate Research Director c/o CNR - IBBR Division of Perugia
  • 2007-2019 Senior researcher c/o CNR - IBBR Division of Perugia
  • Oct 2018 Visiting scientist c/o Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de
    Plantas- Departament de Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular, Universitat de Valencia (Spain)
  • Sep 2015 Visiting scientist Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell CNRS, Université Paris Sud _Orsay Paris (France)
  • 2014 Passed the qualifying examination launched by the Italian Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca as I level Professor area 07/E1 (Plant Genetics)
  • Sep 2008 Visiting scientist c/o John Innes Centre (JIC), Norwich (UK)
  • 2006/2010 Professor of Plant Biotechnology c/o Università degli Studi “Carlo Bo” di Urbino, Corso di Laurea in Biotecnologie, Facoltà di Scienze e Tecnologia
  • Oct 2005 Visiting scientist c/o Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research” (IGER) di Aberystwith (Wales, UK)
  • 2001- 2006 Permanent researcher c/o CNR - Plant Genetics Institute Division of Perugia
  • 1999-2001 CNR Researcher (CNR grant ex art 36) c/o CNR Plant Genetics Institute Division of Perugia
  • 1994-1999 CNR fellowship c/o CNR Institute of Plant Genetics - Division of Perugia
  • 1994 Researcher for “Società 3A del Parco Tecnologico Agroalimentare di Todi”- Perugia Italy
  • 1993-1994 Fellowship at CNR International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics (IIGB)- Naples
  • 1991-1992 Fellowship sponsored by Ministry of University of Scientific and Technological Research (MURST) c/o CSIRO Division of Plant Industry, Canberra (Australia)
  • 1990-1991 CNR fellowship c/o “Istituto di Ricerche sul Miglioramento Genetico delle Piante Foraggere (IRMGPF) Perugia, ITALY
  • Nov 1989. Italian National qualification as Agronomist
  • Feb 1989 Graduation in “Scienze Agrarie” , specialization in "Produzioni Vegetali", subspecialization in "Produzioni frutticole e commercializzazione" University of Perugia (score 110/110).

Recent Scientific Activities

  • Scientific responsible of several national and international projects
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals.
  • Invited speakers at international and national congresses.
  • 2020. Member ofCollegio dei Docenti del Dottorato di Ricerca” in Biotecnonologia dell’Università di Perugia
  • 2020."Cultore della Materia" for University of Perugia for Corso di Fisiologia Vegetale (Laurea triennale in Scienze Biologiche) ed Ecofisiologia Vegetale (Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Sciernze e Tecnologie Naturalistiche e Ambientali)
  • 2005-2015 Member of Collegio dei docenti del Dottorato di Ricerca in Biologia Vegetale e Biotecnologie Agroalimentari”, University of Perugia
  • Tutor and advise of Graduate students and PhD students of University of Perugia and University of Urbino
  • Advice of Post doc students c/o CNR- IBBR Division of Perugia

Main Research fields

  • Genetic and environmental control of flavonoid biosynthesis in crops and model species
  • Cloning and functional characterization of regulatory (bHLHs, MYBs) and structural genes involved in anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in forage legumes and ferns
  • Whole transcriptome analysis of genes related to oxidative stress, flavonoid and sugar biosynthesis indifferent plant species
  • Breeding forage legumes by transgenesis, interspecific hybridization and genome editing
  • Genetics and genomics of Tuber spp. and other Pezizomycetes
  • Life cycle, sexual and asexual propagation patterns of Tuber spp.
  • Effects of cocultivation with Azolla spp on rice


  • 28-12-2008 Awarded with “Premio 2008 per il Co-finanziamento di ricerche di eccellenza nel settore Agroalimentare” by CNR Agrofood Department.
  • 2009. Co-author of a study on Lotus spp. awarded by the “Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovacion Productiva Presedencia de la Nacion Argentina, with the price “Innovar 2009” Categoría Innovaciones en el Agro


  • “Molecular method for the identification of mating type genes of truffles species” (EU patent application n°P10 175517.1) role: co-inventor

Publications, Books and Articles

More than 60 publications, among full papers published in International journals with IF and contributions as chapters in international books with ISBN. Holds at present a h index of 27 (source Scopus).

Please find the list of my publications at the following URL:

Editorial activities

Co-Editor of The Open Agriculture Journal

Review Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Fungal Biology, Plants


Selected Publications

(full list available at CNR People)

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