Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Michele Bellucci

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Perugia
Tel: (39) 075-5014864
E-mail: michele.bellucci@ibbr.cnr.it


Researcher at IBBR/CNR

ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7476-9603

PUBLONS ID: publons.com/a/1264874/

Previous Positions

1994: Istituto Sperimentale per le Colture Foraggere di Lodi (Milano), CRA. Fellowship.

1995 - 1999: Istituto di Ricerche sul Miglioramento Genetico delle Piante Foraggere (IRMGPF), Perugia, CNR. Fellowships.

1999- 2006: Technician at Institute of Plant Genetics (IGV), Research Division of Perugia, CNR.

Since 2006 Researcher at IGV (renamed IBBR from 2013), Research Division of Perugia, CNR.


Degree: University of Perugia, 1992

PhD: University of Perugia, 2003

Main research topics:

  • Plastid biotechnology

We used plastid genetic engineering protocols for tobacco transformation to accumulate recombinant proteins in the chloroplast. The expertise acquired in tobacco plastid transformation has been successfully applied to plastid transformation in sugar beet and recently in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Moreover, studies related to recombinant protein stability in the chloroplast have been performed.

  • Non-food crops

Molecular farming: expression in plant of human enzymes in collaboration with the University of Perugia. Biofuel: agronomic evaluation of tobacco varieties for seed oil production (in collaboration with Sunchem holding)

  • Secretory pathway

We investigate diverse aspects of secretory proteins traffic to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) or the vacuole. We showed the existence of a protein quality control pathway in the ER for degradation directed to the plant vacuole, as well as the existence of new signals and routes (uncoventional protein secretion) for protein vacuolar delivery.


Phone: + 39 075 5014864
Fax: + 39 075 5014869
E-mail: michele.bellucci@ibbr.cnr.it

Mailing address

Michele Bellucci

Istituto di Bioscienze e BioRisorse (IBBR), CNR,

via Madonna Alta 130,

06128 Perugia, Italy




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