Raffaella Balestrini obtained a degree in biological sciences from the University of Torino, Turin, Italy, and a Ph.D. degree in biology and biotechnology of fungi, in 1996, with a thesis entitled “Cellular and molecular interaction between symbiotic fungi and plants: in situ identification of cell wall components” working on cellular and molecular aspects during the interactions between plants and mycorrhizal fungi. She has been serving as a CNR Researcher, since 1998, and is a Senior Researcher at the Plant Protection Institute, CNR. Her research interests are genomics and functional genomics of symbiotic fungi, the involvement of plant and fungus cell wall molecules during the interaction, and the LMD application to the mycorrhizal interactions, focusing mostly on transcriptomics profiles of homogeneous cell-type populations. She is currently involved in the study of the genome/transcriptome of the symbiotic fungi Tuber melanosporum, T. magnatum, and Rhizophagus irregularis.
Biography Updated on 20 November 2013