Applied and comparative genomics (Prof. Pallavicini)


Prof. Alberto Pallavicini

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Alberto Pallavicini is Associate Professor in Genetics at the University of Trieste since 2006.

Professor Alberto Pallavicini hold a M.S. degree in Biology from the University of Padua. He had his research training at Dept. of Biology University of Padua with a thesis entitled “Cloning of globin mRNAs expressed in L. zanandreai before and after metamorphosis.” Post-lauream training, Ph.D in Genetics and post-doc at CRIBI Biotechnology Center (University of Padua) in the Functional Genomics Unit (headed by Prof. Gerolamo Lanfranchi) and in the Genomics and Bioinformatics Units (headed by Prof. Giorgio Valle).

Prof. Pallavicini has more than 20 years of research and managerial experience in academic environment with emphasis on molecular biology, population genetics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics analysis, comparative and functional genomics. His work in the years 1993-2000 has contributed to elucidate the role of newly discovered proteins of the Z-band of the human skeletal muscle. His research interest in the last decade focused on the genomics of non model organisms, first of all the marine invertebrate Mytilus galloprovincialisa biomarker of water pollution anda model for comparative immunology studies. Among his main contribution to this field there is the definition of the mussel transcriptome and whole genome expression analysis of mussels challenged with biotic and abiotic stressors. Major achievements of these studies have been: a) the identification of an antimicrobial peptide with high sequence variability in the population of M. galloprovincialis, b) the identification of C1q domain containing proteins in mussel and the expansion of this protein family in the bivalve genomes, c) the discovery of several secreted short peptides with antimicrobial or other activities. Thanks to the stimuli of local entrepreneurship professor Pallavicini started working on plant genomics in particular, on Coffea arabica. He was the first to publish and to make publicly available a transcriptome of this important cash crop and one of the founders of the coffee genome sequencing initiative.

Prof. Pallavicini is associated scientist at National Institute of Oceanography and Applied geophysics (OGS, Trieste), at Zoological Station Anton Dohrn (SZN, Napoli) e is member of the National Inter-university Consortium for Marine Science (CONISMA, Roma).

Professor Pallavicini published more than 130 papers in international scientific journals, 5 book chapters and he is also author of one patent. He is referee for numerous international journals and for grant applications of national and international agencies. He is member of the Italian Genetics Society, of the Italian Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology and of the Molluscan Applied Research Italian Society.



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