I am currently CNR associate scientist at the Institute of Agricultural biology and biotechnology, Milano. I have a degree in Biology (University of Milano, 1977), and I have been adjunct professor of Plant Biotechnology (1998-2006) at the same university and visiting scientist at the University of California, San Diego (1982-1983).
My interests are in plant cell biology, with a major focus on protein synthesis and the biogenesis of the endomembrane system. I have been awarded the 1998 “Assunta Baccarini-Melandri” Prize of the Italian Society of Plant Biology and the 2008 Corresponding Membership Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Institute of agricultural biology and biotechnology, CNR, Milano
Talk title: How to make a protein body: a cell biologist’s evolutionary view.
Synopsis: Prolamins, present only in grasses and representing our major food proteins, are the most recently evolved seed storage proteins and, perhaps surprisingly, accumulate within the endoplasmic reticulum. I will show how the unique structural, biochemical and cell biology features of fundamental maize prolamins challenge the protein quality control and unfolded protein response activities of the endoplasmic reticulum without compromising the vital functions of this compartment.