National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Sara Pinosio

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Florence
Tel: (39) 055-52257-


March 2012: Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology at the University of Udine, discussing a thesis: “Building catalogues of genetic variation in poplar”.

July 2008: Master’s degree in medical biotechnology at the University of Udine.

January - April 2008: Training experience at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Georgia, USA).

2005: Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology (curriculum Computational Biology) at University of Udine.

Work experience

January 2018 - December 2017: Postdoc research contract at Institute of Applied Genomics (Udine).

July 2016 - December 2017: Post-doctoral fellow at University of Udine.

January 2014 - June 2016: Post-doctoral fellow at Istituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse (IBBR/CNR).

December 2011 - December 2013: Post-doctoral fellow at Istituto di Genetica Vegetale (IGV/CNR).

Main Research Interests

  • Identification and characterization of structural variation in plant genomes.
  • Study of the composition of plant pan-genomes.
  • Genome-wide identification of molecular markers in forest trees.
  • Plants genome and transcriptome de novo assembly and annotation.
  • Study of the effects of domestication on genetic diversity.
  • Development of bioinformatic pipelines for the analysis of genomic data.


S Olsson, S Pinosio, SC González-Martínez, F Abascal, M Mayol, D Grivet, GG Vendramin. De novo assembly of English yew (Taxus baccata) transcriptome and its applications for intra- and inter-specific analyses. Plant molecular biology, 1-9 (2018).

F Marroni, D Scaglione, S Pinosio, A Policriti, M Miculan, G Di Gaspero, M Morgante. Reduction of heterozygosity (ROH) as a method to detect mosaic structural variation. Plant biotechnology journal 15 (7), 791-793 (2017).

S Pinosio, S Giacomello, P Faivre-Rampant, G Taylor, V Jorge, MC Le Paslier, G Zaina, C Bastien, F Cattonaro, F Marroni, M Morgante. Characterization of the Poplar Pan-Genome by Genome-Wide Identification of Structural Variation. Molecular biology and evolution, 33 (10), 2706-2719 (2016).

W Sanseverino, E Hénaff, C Vives, S Pinosio, W Burgos-Paz, M Morgante, SE Ramos-Onsins, J Garcia-Mas, JM Casacuberta. Transposon Insertions, Structural Variations, and SNPs Contribute to the Evolution of the Melon Genome. Molecular biology and evolution, 32 (10):2760-2774 (2015).

MJ Karam, F Lefèvre, MB Dagher‐Kharrat, S Pinosio, GG Vendramin. Genomic exploration and molecular marker development in a large and complex conifer genome using RADseq and mRNAseq. Molecular ecology resources 15 (3), 601-612 (2015).

GA Wu, S Prochnik, J Jenkins, J Salse, U Hellsten, F Murat, X Perrier, M Ruiz, S Scalabrin, J Terol, MA Takita, K Labadie, J Poulain, A Couloux, K Jabbari, F Cattonaro, C Del Fabbro, S Pinosio, A Zuccolo, J Chapman, J Grimwood, FR Tadeo, LH Estornell, JV Muñoz-Sanz, V Ibanez, A Herrero-Ortega, P Aleza, J Pérez-Pérez, D Ramón, D Brunel, F Luro, C Chen, WG Farmerie, B Desany, C Kodira, M Mohiuddin, T Harkins, K Fredrikson, P Burns, A Lomsadze, M Borodovsky, G Reforgiato, J Freitas-Astúa, F Quetier, L Navarro, M Roose, P Wincker, J Schmutz, M Morgante, MA Machado, M Talon, O Jaillon, P Ollitrault, F Gmitter, D Rokhsar. Sequencing of diverse mandarin, pummelo and orange genomes reveals complex history of admixture during citrus domestication. Nature biotechnology 32 (7), 656-662 (2014).

S Pinosio, SC González-Martínez, F Bagnoli, F Cattonaro, D Grivet, F Marroni, Z Lorenzo, JG Pausas, M Verdú and GG Vendramin. First insights into the transcriptome and development of new genomic tools of a widespread circum-Mediterranean tree species, Pinus halepensis Mill. Molecular Ecology Resources 14 (4), 846-856 (2014).

F Marroni, S Pinosio, M Morgante. Structural variation and genome complexity: is dispensable really dispensable? Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 18, 31-36 (2014).

B Vanholme, I Cesarino, G Goeminne, H Kim, F Marroni, R Van Acker, R Vanholme, K Morreel, B Ivens, S Pinosio, M Morgante, J Ralph, C Bastien and W Boerjan. Breeding with rare defective alleles (BRDA): a natural Populus nigra HCT mutant with modified lignin as a case study. New Phytologist, 198(3):765-76 (2013).

F Marroni, S Pinosio, M Morgante. The quest for rare variants: pooled multiplexed next generation sequencing in plants. Frontiers in Plant Science, 3:133 (2012).

F Marroni, S Pinosio, E Di Centa, I Jurman, W Boerjan, N Felice, F Cattonaro and M Morgante. Large scale detection of rare variants via pooled multiplexed next generation sequencing: towards next generation Ecotilling. The Plant Journal, Volume 67, Issue 4, pages 736-745 (2011).

F Marroni, S Pinosio, G Zaina, F Fogolari, N Felice, F Cattonaro and M Morgante. Nucleotide diversity and linkage disequilibrium in Populus nigra cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (CAD4) gene. Tree Genetics & Genomes, Volume 7, Number 5, 1011-1023 (2011).


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