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Paolo Pesaresi

Associate Professor of Genetics

Phone: +39 02 503 15057
Email: paolo.pesaresi@unimi.it
Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paolo_Pesaresi


Luca Tadini

Assistant Professor of Genetics

Email: luca.tadini@unimi.it
Link: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7446-325X

Lab members


Lien Hong Tran

Post doc

Currently, I am investigating the molecular details of newly discover chloroplast and mitochondria unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway in Arabidopsis in abiotic stress, upon the accumulation of misfolded protein in the two organelles. The aim is to provide a comprehensive picture of how UPR impacts organelle and nuclear gene expression to efficiently overcome protein homeostasis unbalances


Nicolaj Jeran

PhD Student

I'm an enthusiastic Ph.D. student interested in chloroplast protein homeostasis and retrograde signalling. Currently I'm investigating the chloroplast-to-nucleus signalling upon perturbation of the chloroplast protein homeostasis by heat exposure.



Viola Torricella

PhD Student 

I’m a Ph.D. student in Molecular and Cellular Biology school. I’m interested in studying barley photosynthetic mutants, my main focus is the characterization of pale mutants from mutagenized collections like TILLMore and NordGene. My research aim is to find mutations which can be exploited to enhance photosynthetic performance in barley. 


Andrea Persello

PhD Student

I am a PhD student in Scientific,Technological and Social Methods Enabling Circular Economy school. My project regard the characterization of novel pale-green barley lines with enhanced photosynthetic performances. In particular, their application in the agri-voltaic system, which associate agriculture and production of renewable energy from solar panels reducing land competition.


Alessandro Betti

Master Student 

I am a master's student in molecular biotechnology and bioinformatics.
The aim of my work is the genomical and phenotypical characterization of the pale-green barley mutant TM-1214 produced by chemical mutagenesis.
This mutant could provide insight on chloroplast development and ultrastructural organization, and further knowledge about the pale-green phenotype applied on cultivars.


Milena Runge

Erasmus Student

I'm a General Biology master student from TU Darmstadt in Germany and currently doing an internship in the PhotoLab group. My project is focused on protein degradation in chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants that are lacking different chloroplast transporters and/or chloroplast proteases.




PhD Students
    Lisa Rotasperti - XXXIII cycle - Molecular design of a novel dual-purpose barley variety.
    Carlotta Peracchio - XXXI cycle - Defining the Gun1-Ftsh interactions in chloroplast biogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Roberto Ferrari - XXIX cycle - Molecular bases of SVP regulatory functions in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Fabio Rossi - XXVII cycle - A proteomic approach to identify protein interactors responsible of flowering time determination in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana.

    Francesca Sansoni (December 2019 - August 2020) - Biochemical analysis and field trials of vde and zep mutants of barley.

Master Students (from 2016)
    Andrea Persello (October 2021 - July 2022) The pale-green leaf phenotype as a novel trait to improve crop yield and agriculture sustainability: characterization of the barley pale-green mutant TM-2490.
    Giorgia Fabretti (October 2020 - December 2021) The potential of pale-green phenotype in crops: characterization of two Horderum vulgare pale-green mutants from the chemical mutagenized TILLMore population. 
    Anna Calabritto (October 2020 - September 2021) Preliminary characterization of the retrograde signalling pathway mediated by chloroplast protein homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Simona Ibba (October 2019 - December 2020) Screening and characterization of pale barley accessions in the natural variability of WHEALBI collection.
    Maria Barattiero (November 2018 - December 2019) Short- and long-term photosynthesis regulation: study of OEC's PsbR subunit in Hordeum vulgare and GUN1-interacting proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Francesca Sansoni (October 2018 - October 2019) Molecular Design of a novel Dual-Purpose Barley Variety with improved photosynthetic efficency: studying VDE gene.
    Nicolaj Jeran (October 2017 - October 2018) Functional characterization of putative peptide transporters in chloroplast envelope of Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Carolina Cozzi (October 2017 - October 2018) A genetic landscape of Arabidopsis’ siliques senescence.
    Stefano Rosa (October 2017 - October 2018) NoPV1, a new antimicrobial peptide able to counteract Plasmopara viticola.
    Sara Forlani (October 2016 - October 2017) Molecular design of a novel dual-purpose barley variety.
    Ilaria Mancini (October 2016 - October 2017) Molecular aspects of chloroplast biogenesis: GUN1-FtsH genetic interactions.


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Email: paolo.pesaresi@unimi.it  
Phone: +39.02.503 15057

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