Research interests/Areas of expertise
- EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization) Panel on Diagnostics in Virology and Phytoplasmology UK representative.
- Genetic diversity, pathogenicity, epidemiology and diagnostic of plant viruses
- RNA-mediated defense mechanisms in relation to pathogen infection
- Cell-death mechanisms associated with resistance and susceptibility to pathogen in plants
- Virus and viral RNA movement
- Development of plant viruses as gene expression platform and virus induced gene silencing
- Joined SASA in 2009 as Senior Virologist - Virology Team Leader. Research on the epidemiology of potato-infecting viruses, genetic variability, pathogenicity and diagnostics.
- 2007 - 2009: Senior Research Scientist. Molecular and cellular biology approaches to characterize the molecular basis of viral RNA trafficking. Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, UK.
- 2005: Programme Leader, Cell-to-Cell Communication Programme, SCRI.
- 2002 - 2007: Team Leader - Principal Investigator. Molecular mechanisms of plant resistance and susceptibility to pathogens and virus-induced gene silencing. Cell-to-Cell Communication Programme and Plant Pathology Programme, Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), UK.
2001: Senior Research Scientist (Band 6). Development of virus-derived vectors for gene expression and silencing. Large Scale Biology Corporation (USA) - SCRI, Cell-to-Cell Communication Programme, SCRI.
- 1996 - 2001: Postdoctoral Research Scientist. Development of virus-based expression vectors for in planta expression and functional characterization of genes associated with plant resistance. Department of Virology and Cell Biology, SCRI.
- 1993 – 1996: PhD in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology. Identification and characterization of early induced genes associated to the hypersensitive response (HR) between Arabidopsis thaliana and the phytopathogenic bacteria Xanthomonas campestris pv campestris. University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.