Elisa Zampieri is a III level Researcher since July 2020 at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP). MSc in Plant Biotechnology in 2006 and PhD in Biology and Biotechnology of Fungi in 2010, both at the University of Turin.
During the PhD period she has been involved in studies concerning both ecogenomics and genomics associated with truffles. She developed diagnostic systems for the identification of the Tuber genus and T. magnatum in the soil, and contributed to the validation of barcodes for the black truffle T. melanosporum and the white truffle T. magnatum. Member of the Italian-French consortium involved in the T. melanosporum genome sequencing, she contributed to the annotation of the genes encoding heat shock proteins and associated to stress. Through studies based on microarray and qPCR she studied the response of T. melanosporum in presence of an abiotic stress (i.e., low temperatures).
From 2010 to 2013, with a Post-Doc position at the Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology of Turin (Viale Mattioli 25) she worked on studies aimed at authenticating truffle-based food products and correlating the amount of T. melanosporum mycelium in soil to productivity. Co-inventor of a national patent entitled “Oligonucleotide primers, procedures and kits for the species-specific detection of Tuber magnatum Pico by PCR”. Through qPCR and metabolomic experiments, carried out in collaboration with the Department of Biotechnology of Verona, she has also contributed to understand the changes in transcripts and metabolites during the conservation of white truffles. Through the analysis of nucleotide sequences, she contributed to the evaluation of the polymorphisms in a functional locus encoding a superoxide dismutase (Cu,ZnSOD) in isolates of an ericoid mycorrhizal fungus in presence or absence of stress (i.e., heavy metal contamination). Finally, through the application of genomic suppressive subtractive hybridization (gSSH), she characterized the genomic differences between distant species, between neighbouring ones and between isolates of the same species. Through a metaproteomic approach applied to a truffle-ground soil, she tried to elucidate the mechanisms that characterize a particular ecological niche such as the burnt area.
From 2013 to 2016, with a Post-Doc position at the Plant Pathology Unit of the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (Turin), she worked both to evaluate the effects of invasive and native pathogenic fungi on ectomycorrhizal fungi and the impacts of invasive and native phytophagous insects on arbuscular endomycorrhizal fungi. She has also collaborated in population genetics studies on an emerging pathogenic fungus in Italy as Gnomoniopsis castaneae.
From 2016 to 2020, as Researcher III fixed-term level at the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics-Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops (CREA-CI) of Vercelli she worked in the context of a Horizon 2020 project for the introgression of a salinity tolerance gene in national rice varieties through a back-cross approach assisted by molecular markers in forward and background selection. She also dealt with the preparation of introgression lines of Oryza rufipogon in the genetic background of Vialone Nano and in developing lines carrying four blast resistance genes, in collaboration with a seed company. Within a project on organic rice, she dealt with evaluating the effectiveness of essential oils against Fusarium fujikuroi in seed dressing and verifying the response of rice in the presence of plant growth-promoting bacteria.
In 2018 she was a contract professor in Biochemistry and plant molecular biology at the Department of Science and Technological Innovation of the University of Eastern Piedmont (Alessandria).
Her research interests range from genomics and transcriptomics of mycorrhizal fungi and agro-food plants, to molecular diagnostics and soil biodiversity.
She has actively participated in national and international research projects on mycorrhizal fungi, invasive organisms and their effects on the native components of the ecosystem and on climate change associated with rice.
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