Paolo Cortesi is a Professor of plant pathology at the University of Milan, Italy, and a Member of the board of the Ph.D. degree School of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Pesticides. He served as the Director of the Department of Agri-Food and Urban System Protection and Biodiversity Enhancement and a Member of the board of trustee of the University of Milan. He received his Laurea degree in agricultural science in 1986 and the Ph.D. degree in 1991 at the University of Milan. In 1992, he earned a National Research Council (CNR) Fellowship, and he joined the Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, USA, to study overwintering and reproductive biology of the grape powdery mildew fungus Erysiphe necator. In 1993, he was awarded a RAISA-CNR Fellowship, and he joined the Institute of Plant Pathology at University of Milan to work on "risk assessment of releasing genetically modified microorganism." He joined the Departments of Plant Pathology and Horticultural Science, Cornell University, Geneva, USA, to develop the biolistic transformation of the chestnut blight fungus Cryphonectria parasitica. From 1994 to 1995, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher and continued to work in Milan on "DsRNA hypovirus reducing virulence in C. parasitica " and at the Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, to study the population genetics of C. Parasitica. Cortesi’s research interest concerns population biology of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens. His activities include studies on classical genetics, population genetics, molecular biology, epidemiology, and disease management applied to chestnut blight and hypovirulence, the grape powdery mildew E. necator, and rice diseases.
Biography Updated on 9 November 2012