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Andrea  Cavallini
Professore Ordinario presso il Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Agro-ambientali
Settore scientifico disciplinare: Genetica Agraria AGR/07


telefono: 050 2216663
fax: 050 2216661
sito web: http://www.agr.unipi.it/dbpa/
indirizzo della sede ufficiale: VIA DEL BORGHETTO, 80 56124 PISA 


Vice Direttore di Dipartimento   Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Agro-ambientali


1983 - 1992 Full Time Researcher in Plant Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Pisa
1992 - 2006 Associate Professor on Plant Cytogenetics, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Pisa
2000-2011 Vice-president of the Ph.D. School in Molecular Biotechnologies, since 2011 President of the Ph.D. Course in Molecular Biotechnologies, since 2013 Vice-president of the Ph.D. Course in Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Since 2006 Full Professor in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at Pisa University.
2008-2012 Head of the Dept. of Crop Plant Biology, since 2012 Deputy Director of Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Leader of research units of italian MIUR, Agriculture Ministry and National Research Council projects.
Research studies performed mainly in the field of plant molecular biology and genomics, using molecular, bioinformatic, biochemical, cytochemical, and cytophotometric techniques. In the last years, his activity has been especially focused on structural and functional genomics, using next generation sequencing technologies. His research lines include i) studies on the structure of plant genome, especially the repetitive component of the genome and its variation, also in relation to phenotypic effects of such variations, ii) analyses of gene expression in plants exposed to abiotic stresses, as drought and trace metals, iii) analyses of somatic polyploidy in plant tissues (in maize and wheat).
1994: Culture Ministry Award from “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei”, Rome, for studies in Plant Sciences. Research activity is documented by more than 100 publications on international peer reviewed journals.
Main publications 2011-2015:
Barghini E, RM Cossu, A Cavallini, T Giordani. Transcriptome analysis of response to drought in poplar interspecific hybrids. Genomics Data 3:143–145, 2015
Barghini E, L Natali, T Giordani, et al. LTR retrotransposon dynamics in the evolution of the olive (Olea europaea) genome. DNA Research 22:91–100, 2015
Giordani T, A Cavallini, L Natali. The repetitive component of the sunflower genome. Current Plant Biology 1:45–54, 2014
Barghini E, L Natali, RM Cossu, et al. The peculiar landscape of repetitive sequences in the olive (Olea europaea L.) genome. Genome Biol. Evolution 6:776-791, 2014
Cossu RM, T Giordani, A Cavallini, L Natali. High-throughput analysis of transcriptome variation during water deficit in a poplar hybrid: a general overview. Tree Genet. Genomes 10:53-66, 2014
Natali L, RM Cossu, E Barghini, et al. The repetitive component of the sunflower genome as shown by different procedures for assembling next generation sequencing reads. BMC Genomics 14:686-699, 2013
Dattolo E, J Gu, PE Bayer, et al. Acclimation to different depths by the marine angiosperm Posidonia oceanica: transcriptomic and proteomic profiles. Frontiers Plant Sci. 4:105, 2013
Buti M, T Giordani, M Vukich, et al. Retrotransposon-related genetic distance and hybrid performance in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Euphytica 192:289-303, 2013
Serra IA, S Nicastro, S Mazzuca, et al. Response to salt stress in seagrasses: PIP1;1 aquaporin antibody localization in Posidonia oceanica leaves. Aquatic Bot. 104:213–219, 2013
Cavallini A, L Natali, T Giordani. Potential applications of next generation sequencing to the genomics of Posidonia oceanica. Frontiers Plant Sci. 3:273, 2012
Cossu RM, M Buti, T Giordani, et al. A computational study of the dynamics of LTR retrotransposons in the Populus trichocarpa genome. Tree Genet. Genomes 8:61–75, 2012
Buti M, T Giordani, F Cattonaro, et al. Temporal dynamics in the evolution of the sunflower genome as revealed by sequencing and annotation of three large genomic regions. Theor. Appl. Genet. 123:779–791, 2011
Giordani T, M Buti, L Natali, et al. An analysis of sequence variability in eight genes putatively involved in drought response in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 122:1039-1049, 20

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