National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Rachele Tamburino

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39) 0812539210


December 2011. PhD in Biological Processes and Biomolecules Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (currently “L. Vanvitelli”) Caserta, Italy

March 2008 Master Degree in Industrial Biotechnologies. Summa cum laude. Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (currently “L. Vanvitelli”) Caserta, Italy

October 2005 Bachelor Degree in Biotechnologies, Summa cum laude.Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (currently “L. Vanvitelli”) Caserta, Italy

Work experiences

July 2020 Researcher at CNR-IBBR, Research Division of Portici

March 2016-August 2017 Post-doctoral fellow at CNR-IBBR, Research Division of Portici (BioPoliS, PON03PE_00107_1)

November 2013-November 2015 Post-doctoral fellow at CNR-IBBR, Research Division of Portici (GenHORT, PON02_00395_3215002)

November 2012-October 2013 In service traineeship at EFSA, Parma

March 2012-May 2012 Post-doctoral researcher at IATA-Instituto de Agroquimica y Tecnologia de Alimentos (CSIC) (Valencia, Spain), Supervisor: Dr S. Puig

April 2010-May 2010 Visiting scientist at the laboratory of Prof. J. M. Ferreras Rodriguez. University of Valladolid (Spain)

May 2008-July 2008 Temporary collaboration “Verifying the shelf life of shellfish by using HPLC system” ProdAl S.c.a.r.l., University of Salerno

Main research topics

My research activity within the “Genomic and biotechnology of plant cytoplasmic organelles” group at CNR-IBBR in Portici is mainly focused on the investigation of chloroplast to nucleus communication by looking at plastid proteomics and metabolism changes in response to abiotic stresses.

Other interests are related to:

- identification of mitochondrial sequences underlying cytoplasmic male sterility in potato

- genetic variability of Solanaceae cytoplasmic genomes

- production of industrial proteins in higher plant chloroplasts

Other activities

  • Guest Editor for “Genetics, genomics and biotechnology of plant cytoplasmic organelles” Special Issue of Plants
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Mitochondrial DNA Part B, PeerJ, Plants, Foods, Australian Journal of Crop Science


Tamburino R, Sannino S, Cafasso D, Cantarella C, Orrù L, Cardi T, Cozzolino S, D’agostino N, Scotti N, 2020 "Cultivated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) suffered a severe cytoplasmic bottleneck during domestication: implications from chloroplast genomes". Plants, 9:1443.

Cardi T, D’Agostino N, Cantarella C, Colonna V, Greco B, Tamburino R, Taranto F, Scotti N, Tripodi P, 2019 “Next generation sequencing technologies for the development of molecular markers and the analysis of genome diversity in Capsicum spp.”. Acta Hortic. 1242. ISHS 2019. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1241.123.

*Varré J-S, *D’Agostino N, Touzet P, Gallina S, Tamburino R, Cantarella C, Ubrig E, Cardi T, Drouard L, Gualberto JM, Scotti N, 2019 “Complete sequence, multichromosomal architecture and transcriptome analysis of the Solanum tuberosum mitochondrial genome”. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20:4788. *Varré e D’Agostino contributed equally to this work

D’Agostino N, Tamburino R, Cantarella C, De Carluccio V, Sannino L, Cozzolino S, Cardi T, Scotti N, 2018 “The complete plastome sequences of eleven Capsicum genotypes: insights into DNA variation and molecular evolution” Genes, 9:503.

*Castiglia D, *Leone S, Tamburino R, Sannino L, Fonderico J, Melchiorre C, Carpentieri A, Grillo S, Picone D, Scotti N, 2018 “High-level production of single chain monellin mutants with enhanced sweetness and stability in tobacco chloroplasts” Planta, 248, 465. *Castiglia and Leone contributed equally to this work

Tamburino R, Castiglia D, Sannino L, Guida G, Giorio P, Albrizio R, Grillo MS, Costa A, Scotti N, 2018 “Chloroplast-to-nucleus communication in response to drought in tomato” In: “XIX Eucarpia Meeting of the Tomato Working Group”. Napoli, 02-04/05/2018.

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.

Castiglia D, Sannino L, Marcolongo L, Ionata E, Tamburino R, De Stradis A, Cobucci-Ponzano B, Moracci M, La Cara F, Scotti N, 2016 “High-level expression of thermostable cellulolytic enzymes in tobacco transplastomic plants and their use in hydrolysis of an industrially pretreated Arundo donax L. biomass”. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 9, 154.

Tamburino R, Severino V, Sandomenico A, Ruvo M, Parente A, Chambery A, Di Maro A, 2012 “De novo sequencing and characterization of a novel Bowman-Birk inhibitor from Lathyrus sativus L. seeds by electrospray mass spectrometry”. Molecular BioSystems, 8(12), 3232-3241.

Tamburino R, Chambery A, Parente A, Di Maro A, 2012 “A novel polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP) from Lathyrus sativus L. seeds”. Protein &Peptide Letters 19(8), 820-825.

Tamburino R, Pizzo E, Sarcinelli C, Poerio E, Tedeschi F, Ficca AG, Parente A, Di maro A, 2012 “Enhanced cytotoxic activity of a bifunctional chimeric protein containing a type 1 ribosome-inactivating protein and a serine protease inhibitor”. Biochimie, 94(9), 1990-1996.

Di Maro A, Berisio R, Ruggiero A, Tamburino R, Severino V, Zacchia, Parente A, 2012 “Structural and enzymatic properties of an in vivo proteolytic form of PD-S2, type 1 ribosome-inactivating protein from seeds of Phytolacca dioica L.”. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 421(3), 514-520.

Tamburino R, Guida V, Pacifico S, Rocco M, Zarelli A, Parente A, Di Maro A, 2012 “Nutritional values and radical scavenging capacities of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) seeds in Valle Agricola district, Italy”. Australian Journal of Crop Science 6(1), 149-156.

Guida V, Criscuolo G, Tamburino R, Malorni L, Parente A, Di Maro A, 2011 “Purification and enzymatic properties of a peroxidase from leaves of Phytolacca dioica L. (Ombú tree)”. BMB Rep. 44(1), 64-69.

Pontieri P, Di Maro A, Tamburino R, De Stefano M, Tilley M, Bean SR, Roemer E, De Vita P, Alifano P, Del Giudice L, Massardo DR, 2010 “Chemical composition of selected food-grade sorghum varieties grown under typical Mediterranean conditions”. Maydica 55, 139-143.

Iglesias R, Citores L, Ferreras M, Perez Y, Jimenez P, Gayoso MJ, Olsnes S, Tamburino R, Di Maro A, Parente A, Girbes T, 2010 “Sialic acid-binding dwarf elder four-chain lectin displays nucleic acid N-glycosidase activity”. Biochimie, 92(1), 71-80.



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