Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California at Davis
Department of Plant Sciences
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616


B.S. Biotechnology for agriculture and alimentary productions. 2009, University of Bari (Italy)
M.S. Biotechnology for quality and safety of human alimentation 2011, University of Bari (Italy)
Ph.D. Biotechnology 2016, University of Padua (Italy) – Fondazione Edmund Mach (Italy) Thesis title: “Genome-wide patterns of genetic variation among wild and cultivated grapevines (V.vinifera L.)”.


My research aims to dissect the genomic basis of the main agronomical traits in the English walnut (Juglans regia) through the application of both QTL mapping and association mapping strategies. This will allow the estimation of genomic breeding values (GEBV) in order to implement genomic selection in the walnut breeding program. Moreover, I’m also interested in the study of genetic diversity within a natural population of J. microcarpa and in the identification of patterns of demographic and adaptive genetic variation across diverse landscapes.