Thanks to the several lab activities I took part in at the Department of Biotechnologies, University of Bari, and the post-degree training at plant pathology labs at the Department of Agriculture, University of Reggio Calabria, I am now able to employ protein and nucleotide analysis techniques (chromatography, SDS-Page, spectrophotometric assay, PCR, gel electrophoresis, molecular hybridisation) to diagnose plant pathologies.
Furthermore, along my studies, I have examined in depth a range of metagenomics analysis techniques in order to study genetic diversity among soilborne pathogens within agricultural and forest ecosystems with special attention to Sanger sequencing and NGS systems (454 pyrosequencing e Illumina sequencing).
Still further, I have studied various microscopic techniques aimed at isolating and identifying microorganisms from contaminated substrates (the plant and food-related ones).
During the last stage of my PhD at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland, I could examine in depth new molecular analysis techniques, enhance my competencies in bioinformatics and improve my English.
In 2015 I took part in an integrated project at the Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources of the Italian National Council of Research (seat of Policoro). The main goal of the project was to study the functional components of the local dairy supply chain through trial activities aimed at identifying essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) in livestock rations before developing pre-commercial products.