Rossella Labarile holds a Master’s Degree in “Biotechnology for food quality and safety” at University of Bari in 2012, defending a dissertation entitled: “Development of Grapevine Fanleaf Virus as a viral vector”. The research project was conducted at Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (Geneva, NY, USA), under the supervision of Prof. Marc Fuchs. It aimed to develop a genetically engineered virus for heterologous protein production in grapevine through the creation of an efficient and versatile Grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV)-based vector. She attended a post-graduate programme for “Manager of Eco-sustainability processes of food productions" at University of Bari in 2015. The internship activity was focused on the biocontrol activity of Aureobasidium pullulans against Colletotrichum spp., the causal agents of olive anthracnose. She received her PhD in Biodiversity, Agriculture and Environment, curricula: Protection of crops at University of Bari in 2019. Her doctoral thesis aims at investigating the RNAi-based response of the phytopathogenic oomycetes Phytophthora infestans to the infection of the plant virus Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). She was experienced in molecular techniques including: DNA/RNA extraction, primer design, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, molecular cloning and RNA-seq. Currently, she is working at the University of Bari as Post-Doc Researcher at Chemistry Department in the research group of Professor G. M. Farinola and Dr. M. Trotta, financed by the European project H2020-HyPhOE. Her research activity focuses on the development of hybrid electronic systems based on photosynthetic organisms through the genetic engineering of the purple non-sulfur bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides.

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