My research interests are focused on germ line formation and development, and the mechanisms of transmission of mitochondria to the progeny. The two processes are strictly linked, since the study of germ line differentiation is fundamental to understand how mitochondrial inheritance works.
Specifically, I am studying the mechanisms underlaying the transmission of a viable mitochondrial genetic information across generations.
The main question I would like to address is which mitochondria are inherited? Is there a phenotype under selection favouring their segregation in primordial germ cells?
In this connection, I am interested in studying different animals with a comparative approach. The animals I study range from model to non-model species.
In 2015, I was awarded of the competitive grant SIR 2014 (MIUR) as PI of the project "Mitochondria, Germ Line and Sex".
Since 2015 I am Associate editor of Genome Biology and Evolution.
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