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Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms Department

Tel. +39 081 5833450
Fax: +39 081 7641355
E-mail: rossella.annunziata(at)szn.it

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution of genome function and of the molecular mechanisms making functional the information encoded in the genome of marine organisms. I use multidisciplinary approaches integrating functional genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, molecular and physiological analysis, to investigate the regulation of cell fate decisions in biological processes as diverse as the development of embryonic structures (i.e.: how undifferentiated cells choose between different fates) and the plastic mechanisms of cell response and adaptation to the dynamic changes of marine ecosystems (i.e.: the regulation of diel cell activity and of life cycle decision in phytoplanktonic organisms). Exploring the diversity of marine organisms represents a powerful tool to provide new perspectives in the molecular regulation of cellular functions and their understanding has the potential to help explaining the evolution of life on our planet.

Selected Publications

Annunziata R, Ritter A, Fortunato AF, Manzotti A, Cheminant-Navarro S, Agier N, Huysman MJJ, Winge P, Bones AM, Bouget FY, Cosentino Lagomarsino M, Bouly JP, and Falciatore A. (2019). bHLH-PAS protein RITMO1 regulates diel biological rhythms in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1819660116.

Amato A, Dell’Aquila G, Musacchia F, Annunziata R, Ugarte A, Maillet N, Carbone A, Ribera d’Alcalà M, Sanges R, Iudicone D, Ferrante MI (2017). Marine diatoms change their gene expression profile when exposed to microscale turbulence under nutrient replete conditions. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-03741-6.

Arnone MI, Andrikou C, Annunziata R. (2016). Echinoderm systems for gene regulatory studies in evolution and development. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development. DOI: 10.1016/j.gde.2016.05.027.

Taddei L, Stella GR, Rogato A, Bailleul B, Fortunato AE, Annunziata R, Lepetit B, Finazzi G, Jaubert M, Falciatore A. (2016). Multi-signal control of the expression of the LHCX protein family in the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Journal of Experimental Botany. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erw198.

Russo MT, Annunziata R, Sanges R, Ferrante MI, Falciatore, A. (2015). The upstream regulatory sequence of the light harvesting complex Lhcf2 gene of the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum enhances transcription in an orientation- and distance-independent fashion. Marine Genomics. DOI: 10.1016/j.margen.2015.06.010.

Fortunato AE, Annunziata R, Jaubert M, Bouly JP, Falciatore A. (2015). Dealing with light: The widespread and multitasking Cryptochrome/Photolyase family in photosynthetic organisms. Journal of Plant Physiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2014.06.011.

Annunziata R and Arnone MI. A dynamic regulatory network explains ParaHox gene control of gut patterning in the sea urchin. (2014). Development. DOI: 10.1242/dev.105775.

Annunziata R, Perillo M, Andrikou C, Cole AG, Martinez P, Arnone MI. (2014). Pattern and process during sea urchin gut morphogenesis: the regulatory landscape. Genesis. DOI: 10.1002/dvg.22738.

IkutaT, Chen YC, Annunziata R, Ting HC, Tung CH, Koyanagi R, Tagawa K, Humphreys T, Fujiyama A, Saiga H, et al. (2013). Identification of an intact ParaHox cluster with temporal colinearity but altered spatial colinearity in the hemichordate Ptychodera flava. BMC Evololutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-129.

Annunziata R, Martinez P, Arnone MI. (2013). Intact cluster and chordate-like expression of ParaHox genes in a sea star. BMC Biology. DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-11-68.

Arnone MI, Rizzo F, Annunziata R, Cameron RA, Peterson KJ, Martinez P. (2006). Genetic organization and embryonic expression of the Parahox genes in the sea urchin S.purpuratus: insights into the relationship between clustering and colinearity”. Developmental Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2006.07.037.

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