Angelo Sicilia

Research Fellow - Responsabile scientifico: Angela Roberta Lo Piero
Office: Via Santa Sofia, 98. Piano 0
Email: angelo.sicilia@unict.it
Phone: 0957580231
Web Site: www.researchgate.net/profile/Angelo_Sicilia


Born in Piazza Armerina (Italy) on November 09, 1985. In 2010 he achieved the bechelor degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Catania.

Later, in 2013 he achieved the master degree in Agricultural Biotechnology (LM-7) at the University of Catania, with a vote of 110/110 cum laude, discussing an experimental thesis entitled "Molecular Detection of species of 'Candidatus Liberibacter' associated with the Huanglongbing of citrus".

In 2014 he participated as a laboratory assistant at the internship part of the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme project at the Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR in Prague (Czech Republic). The same year he took the exam for the registration at the Professional Order of Biologists Section A.

In 2015 he collaborated with the Scientific and Technological Park of Sicily with a project contract.

From 2016 to 2019 he attends the PhD course in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (International) at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) of the University of Catania, earning the title of PhD in Plant Genetics with the thesis "RNASeq analysis of giant cane reveals the leaf transcriptome dynamics under long-term salt stress". During his PhD, he participated in a research experience abroad at the Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca (NY), USA.

Since April 2020, he has been working as a research fellow in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) of the University of Catania, as part of the project "Identification of genes and regulatory factors involved in adapting to the environment of indigenous (Aglianico) and international vines (Cabernet) grown in different areas of southern Italy". In the same year he obtain the title of "Expert on Agricultural genetics" (SSD AGR/07). Since 2019 he is a member of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics.

Last edit: 01/09/2021

The main research activities focus on:

  • Study of biochemical and transcriptomic responses (via RNA-seq) and related epigenetic regulation of agrarian and biomass-related crops subjected to abiotic stresses.
  • Molecular marker analysis (SSR) for genetic characterisation of native bread wheat varieties.
  • Phenotypic and transcriptomic analysis of indigenous and international vines grown in different areas of southern Italy for the study of genotype-environment interaction.

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