National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Diana Zuluaga

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Bari
Tel: (39) 080-5583400-222

Current position

Researcher at CNR-IBBR Bari, Italy, since July 2020

Previous positions

  • 2013 - 2020: Post-doc researcher at the National Research Council - Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources. Bari, Italy
  • 2012 - 2013: Post-doc researcher at University of Bari, Department of Soil, Plant and Food Science. Bari, Italy
  • 2009 - 2012: Postdoc researcher at Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Feb 2009 - 15 May 2009: Internship at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Jul 2002 - Dec 2005: Part-time lecturer at the Biology Institute. University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
  • Jun 2000 - Jun 2002: Researcher at the Biology Institute. University of Antioquia. Medellín, Colombia
  • Jan 1999 - 20 Dec 2001: Teaching assistant at the Biology Institute and School of Dentistry. University of Antioquia. Medellín, Colombia

Education, training and visits to other Institutions

  • Feb 2017 - May 2017: Visiting researcher at Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. Cologne, Germany
  • Feb 2015 - Jul 2015: Training course in Nutritional Biology. University of Bari, Department of Biosciences, Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutics. Bari, Italy
  • Mar 2012: Research visit at the University of Nottingham, Plant and Crop Sciences Division. United Kingdom
  • Feb 2012 - Mar 2012: Research visit at the University of Reading, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences. United Kingdom
  • 17-21 May 2010: Research visit at the John Innes Centre, Crop Genetics Department. Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Jan 2006- Jun 2009: Ph.D., International Doctoral Program in Agrobiodiversity. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. Pisa, Italy
  • Jul 2005: Attended a Theoretical and Practical Course: “Metagenomics: Applications and Potentialities”. National University of La Plata, Argentina
  • Sep 2004 - Nov 2004: Attended a “Training Course in Methods of Genetic Transformation and Tissue Culture of Plants”. Research and Advances Studies Centre from National Polytechnic Institute. (CINVESTAV), Irapuato, Gto, Mexico
  • Sep 2004 - 24 Sep 2004: Attended the following theoretical and practical Courses: “Micropropagation of Ornamental Plants: African Violet, Sansieveria, Cactus and Ferns”, “Applications of Radioinduced Mutagenesis in Phytoimprovement” and “In vitro Culture of Strawberry Meristems”. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Autonomous University of Mexico State. Toluca, Mexico
  • Jan 2003 - Dec 2005: Master of Science in Biotechnology. University of Antioquia. Medellín, Colombia
  • Jan 1996 - Jul 2002: Biologist (Bachelor’s degree). University of Antioquia. Medellín, Colombia


  • Mother tongue: Spanish
  • Other languages: English and Italian

Scientific publications

  • Zuluaga DL, Blanco E, Mangini G, Sonnante G, Curci PL. 2023. A Survey of the Transcriptomic Resources in Durum Wheat: Stress Responses, Data Integration and Exploitation. Plants, 12, 1267.
  • Palasciano M, Zuluaga DL, Cerbino D, Blanco E, Aufiero G, D’Agostino N, Sonnante G. 2023. Sweet Cherry Diversity and Relationships in Modern and Local Varieties Based on SNP Markers. Plants, 12, 136.
  • Blanco E, Curci PL, Manconi A, Sarli A, Zuluaga DL, Sonnante G. 2022. R2R3-MYBs in Durum Wheat: Genome-Wide Identification, Poaceae-Specific Clusters, Expression, and Regulatory Dynamics Under Abiotic Stresses. Frontiers in plant science 13
  • Zuluaga DL, Lioi L, Delvento C, Pavan S, Sonnante G. 2021. Genotyping-by-Sequencing in Vigna unguiculata Landraces and Its Utility for Assessing Taxonomic Relationships. Plants 10, 509
  • Zuluaga DL, Sonnante G. 2019. The Use of Nitrogen and Its Regulation in Cereals: Structural Genes, Transcription Factors, and the Role of miRNAs. Plants 8, 294
  • Zuluaga DL, Graham N, Klinder A, van Ommen Kloeke AEE, Marcotrigiano AR, Wagstaff C, Verkerk R, Sonnante G, Aarts MGM. 2019. Overexpression of the MYB29 transcription factor affects aliphatic glucosinolate synthesis in Brassica oleracea. Plant Molecular Biology 101:65-79
  • Mazzeo R, Morgese A, Sonnante G, Zuluaga DL, Pavan S, Ricciardi L, Lotti C. 2019. Genetic Diversity in broccoli rabe (/Brassica rapa/L. subsp. /sylvestris/(L.) Janch.) from Southern Italy. Scientia Horticolturae 253: 140-146
  • Lioi L, Zuluaga DL, Pavan S, Sonnante G. 2019. Genotyping-by-Sequencing Reveals Molecular Genetic Diversity in Italian Common Bean Landraces. Diversity 11, 154
  • Pavan S, Curci PL, Zuluaga DL, Blanco E, Sonnante G. 2018. Genotyping-by-sequencing highlights patterns of genetic structure and domestication in artichoke and cardoon. Plos ONE 13: e0205988
  • Zuluaga DL, Liuzzi V, Curci PL, Sonnante G. 2018. MicroRNAs in durum wheat seedlings under chronic and short-term nitrogen stress. Functional & Integr Genomics 18, 645
  • Zuluaga DL, De Paola D, Janni M, Curci PL, Sonnante G. 2017. Durum wheat miRNAs in response to nitrogen starvation at the grain filling stage. PLoS ONE 12: e0183253
  • Curci PL, Aiese Cigliano R, Zuluaga DL, Janni M, Sanseverino W, Sonnante G. 2017. Transcriptomic response of durum wheat to nitrogen starvation. Scientific Reports 7:1176
  • De Paola D, Zuluaga DL, Sonnante G. 2016. The miRNAome of durum wheat: isolation and characterisation of conserved and novel microRNAs and their target genes. BMC Genomics 17:505
  • Zuluaga DL, van Ommen Kloeke AEE., Verkerk R, Röling WFM, Ellers J, Roelofs D, Aarts MGM. 2015. Biofumigation using a wild Brassica oleracea accession with high glucosinolate content affects beneficial soil invertebrates. Plant Soil 394:155-163
  • Cockram J, White J, Zuluaga DL, Smith D, Comadran J et al. 2010. Genome-wide association mapping to candidate polymorphism resolution in the un-sequenced barley genome. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107: 21611-21616
  • Zuluaga DL, Gonzali S, Loreti E, Pucciariello C, Degl’Innocenti E, Guidi L, Alpi A, Perata P. 2008. Arabidopsis thaliana MYB75/PAP1 Transcription Factor induces Anthocyanin Production in Transgenic Tomato Plants. Functional Plant Biology 35: 606-618

Selected Publications

(full list available at CNR People)

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