National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Giorgia Batelli

Role: Senior Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39) 081-2539480

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists


Researcher at IBBR/CNR

Work experience

2003-2007: PhD Student at the University of Naples, Federico II

2005-2006: Exchange student at the University of California, Riverside laboratories of Prof. Jian-Kang Zhu

2008 - 2009: Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Turin, laboratory of Prof. Andrea Schubert and Claudio Lovisolo

2009-2011: Post-doctoral fellow at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and University of California, Riverside (UCR), laboratories of Prof. Jian-Kang Zhu

2011- : Researcher at IGV (renamed IBBR from 2013), Research Division of Portici, CNR.


Graduate Degree: University of Naples, Federico II, 2003

PhD: University of Naples, Federico II, 2007

Research Interests

The stress group at CNR-IBBR in Portici is interested in understanding the molecular and genetic aspects of plant abiotic stress responses, with a focus on post-transcriptional and post-translational mechanisms leading to stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana and Solanaceous species. 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:

  • Isolation and functional analysis of genes involved in drought and salt stress responses in arabidopsis and tomato
  • Ecotype-specific drought stress responses in tolerant/sensitive genotypes of tomato


D’Amelia V, Aversano R, Ruggiero A, Batelli G, Appelhagen I, Dinacci C, Hill L, Martin C, Carputo D. (2017)Subfunctionalization of duplicate MYB genes in Solanum commersonii generated the cold-induced ScAN2 and the anthocyanin regulator ScAN1. Plant Cell Environ. doi: 10.1111/pce.12966.

Tamburino R, Vitale M, Ruggiero A, Sassi M, Sannino L, Arena S, Costa A, Batelli G, Zambrano N, Scaloni A, Grillo S, Scotti N (2017) Chloroplast proteome response to Drought Stress and Recovery in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.). BMC Plant Biology 17: 40 DOI 10.1186/s12870-017-0971-0

Ambrosone A, Batelli G, Bostan H, D’agostino N, Chiusano Ml, Perrotta G, Leone A, Grillo S, Costa A (2017) Distinct Gene Networks Drive Differential Response To Abrupt Or Gradual Water Deficit In Potato. Gene. Volume 597, Pages 30-39. DOI: 10.1016/J.GEN E.2016.10.024

Iovieno P, Punzo P, Guida G, Mistretta C, Van Oosten Mj, Nurcato R, Bostan H, Colantuono C, Costa A, Bagnaresi P, Chiusano Ml, Albrizio R, Giorio P, Batelli G and Grillo S (2016) Transcriptomic changes drive physiological responses to progressive drought stress and rehydration in tomato. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:371. DOI: 10.3389/FPLS.2016.00371

Hou Y-J, Zhu Y, Wang P, Zhao Y, Xie S, Batelli G, Wang B, Duan C-G, Wang X, Xing L, Lei M, Yan J, Zhu X, Zhu J-K. (2016) Type One Protein Phosphatase 1 (TOPP1) and its regulatory protein Inhibitor 2 (AtI-2) negatively regulate ABA signaling. Plos Genetics 12:E1005835. DOI: 10.1371/JOURNAL.PGEN.1005835.

Docimo T, Francese G, Ruggiero A, Batelli G, De Palma M, Bassolino L, Toppino L, Rotino GL, Mennella G, Tucci M (2016) Phenylpropanoids Accumulation In Eggplant Fruit: Characterization Of Biosynthetic Genes And Regulation By A Myb Transcription Factor. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:1233. DOI: 10.3389/FPLS.2015.01233

Ambrosone A*, Batelli G*, Nurcato R, Aurilia V, Punzo P, Bangarusamy DK, Ruberti I, Sassi M, Leone A, Costa A, Grillo S. (2015) The Arabidopsis AtRGGA RNA binding protein regulates tolerance to salt and drought stress. Plant Physiology doi: http:/​/​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1104/​pp.​114.​255802 *joint 1st authorship.

D’Amelia V, Aversano R, Batelli G, Caruso I, Castellano MM, Castro-Sanz AB, Chiaiese P, Fasano C, Palomba F, Carputo D. (2014) High AN1 variability and interaction with basic helix-loop-helix co-factors related to anthocyanin biosynthesis in potato leaves. Plant Journal. Volume 80, Pages: 527-540 doi: 10.1111/tpj.12653.

Khan A,Garbelli A, Grossi S, Florentin A, Batelli G, Acuna T, Zolla G, Kaye Y, Paul Lk, Zhu J-K, Maga G, Grafi G, Barak S. (2014) The Arabidopsis STRESS RESPONSE SUPPRESSOR DEAD-box RNA helicases are nucleolar- and chromocenter-localized proteins that undergo stress-mediated relocalization and are involved in epigenetic gene silencing. Plant Journal. Volume 79, pages 28-43. doi: 10.1111/tpj.12533.

Van Oosten MJ, Sharkhuu A, Batelli G, Bressan RA, Maggio A. (2013) The Arabidopsis thaliana mutant air1 implicates SOS3 in the regulation of anthocyanins under salt stress. Plant Molecular Biology. Volume 83, Pages 405-415. Doi: 10.1007/s11103-013-0099-z

Wang P, Xue L, Batelli G, Lee S, Hou YJ, Van Oosten MJ, Zhang H, Tao WA, Zhu J-K.(2013) Quantitative phosphoproteomics identifies SnRK2 protein kinase substrates and reveals the effectors of abscisic acid action. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. Volume 110, Pages 11205-11210 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1308974110.

Ji H, Pardo JM, Batelli G, Van Oosten MJ, Bressan RA, Li X. (2013)The Salt Overly Sensitive (SOS) pathway: established and emerging roles. Molecular Plant. 2013 Mar;6(2):275-86. DOI: 10.1093/mp/sst017.

Batelli G, Massarelli I, Van Oosten M, Nurcato R, Vannini C, Raimondi G, Leone A,Zhu J-K, Maggio A, Grillo S. (2012) Asg1 is a stress-inducible gene which increases stomatal resistance in salt stressed potato. Journal of Plant Physiology DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2012.07.004.

Klingler JP, Batelli G, Zhu Jـ-K (2010)ABA receptors: the START of a new paradigm in phytohormone signaling. Journal of Epxerimental Botany, Volume 61 Pages 3199-3210. DOI:

Hugueney P, Provenzano S, Verries C, Ferrandino A, Meudec E, Batelli G, Merdinoglu D, Cheynier V, Schubert A, Ageorges A (2009) A novel cation-dependent O-methyltransferase involved in anthocyanin methylation in grapevine. Plant Physiology. vol 150, Pages 2057-2070. doi: http:/​/​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1104/​pp.​109.​140376.

Batelli G, Verslues PE, Agius F, Qiu QS, Fujii H, Pan S, Schumaker KS, Grillo S, Zhu J-K (2007) SOS2 Promotes Salt Tolerance in Part by Interacting with the Vacuolar H+-ATPase and Upregulating Its Transport Activity. Molecular And Cellular Biology Volume 27, Pages 7781-7790. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00430-07

Verslues PE, Batelli G, Grillo S, Agius F, Kim YS, Zhu J, Agarwal M, Katiyar-Agarwal S, Zhu J-K (2007) Interaction of SOS2 with Nucleoside Diphosphate Kinase 2 and Catalases Reveals a Point of Connection between Salt Stress and H2O2 Signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular And Cellular Biology. Volume 27, pages 7771-7780. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00429-07

Massarelli I, Cioffi R, Batelli G, De Palma M, Costa A, Grillo S, Leone A (2006) Functional screening of plant stress related cDNAs by random over-expression in Escherichia coli. Plant Science. Volume 170, pages 880-888. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00429-07


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