Fiorella Lo Schiavo
Fiorella Lo Schiavo
affiliation: Università di Padova
research area(s): Cell Biology, Molecular Biology
Course: Biosciences and Biotechnologies
University/Istitution: Università di Padova
Present position : Full Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Padua, Faculty of Science, Dept. of Biology, Padova.

Education and Appointments: July 1974 Doctorate in Biology cum laude, University of Naples; October 1974 winner of a national competition for a doctorate fellowship at Normale Superiore, Pisa; 1975-1976 one year fellowship c/o Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Prof. A. Garcia-Bellido); 1976 short EMBO fellowship Inst. of Botany, University of Nottingham (Prof. E. Cocking); 1976 Research Fellow Institute of Mutagenesis and Differentiation National Research Council, Pisa (Prof. M. Terzi); 1983-1984 Research Associate, dept. of Genetics and Plant Pathology, University of California at Berkeley (Prof. Z.R. Sung); 1986 Research Fellow, International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Naples; 1987-1990 Associate Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Basilicata, Faculty of Agriculture at Potenza; 1991-2000 Associate Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Padua, Faculty of Science at Padova.
In all these years she has been responsable of National and International research projects, has acted as scientific referee for the European Union, the National Science Foundation of USA and various journals. She is past general Secretary of the IAPTC (International Association Plant Tissue Culture). She has been a director of the Italian Society of Plant Physiology from 1995 to 2002 and since 2009 she is a director of the Italian Society of Plant Biology. She is a member of the School of Doctorate in Bioscience and Biotechnology of the University of Padova.

Research activity: the research activity of Prof. Lo Schiavo began with her thesis (in the field of bacterial molecular genetics at the International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics) which received special mention at the competition for the best doctoral thesis in Molecular Biology (Scoffone-Cremona prize). Subsequently she worked in Drosophila genetics (Canto Blanco University, Madrid, Spain) and plant somatic cell genetics (Pisa, Italy). In 1982 she entered in a project for the isolation and characterization of temperature-sensitive carrot cell mutants: the study of alterations in plant cell differentiation has been the object of two consecutive 3-year programmes of the European Union, that originated several publications, the core of her scientific production up to the end of the 90's. After that, she studied the action mechanism of auxin, its perception and its effects on signal transduction. More recently, she has been involved in the isolation and physiological characterization of potassium ionic channels and the definition of their functions during various plant developmental stages.
Another subject presently investigated concerns the basic mechanisms of organ senescence using cell cultures as model systems- and in particular, the final stages of cell senescence.

- Marco Vescovi, Michael Riefler, Micael Gessuti, Ondrej Novak, Thomas Schmulling, Fiorella Lo Schiavo (2012). Programmed cell death induced by high levels of cytokinin in Arabidopsis cultured cells is mediated by the cytokinin receptor CRE1/AHK4 
. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, vol. 63, p. 2825-2832

- Giovanna Loro, Ilaria Drago, Tullio Pozzan, Fiorella Lo Schiavo, Michela Zottini, Alex Costa (2012). Targeting of Cameleon to different subcellular compartments reveals a strict cytoplasmic/mitochondrial Ca2+ handling relationship in plant cells. PLANT JOURNAL, vol. 71(1), p. 1-13

- Alex Costa, Paul Vijay Kanth, Anna Boccaccio, Joachim Scholz-Starke, Margherita Festa, Barbara Basso, Ilaria Zanardi, Michael Pusch, Fiorella Lo Schiavo, Franco Gambale, Armando Carpaneto (2012). The Arabidopsis central vacuole as an expression system for intracellular transporters: Functional characterization of the Cl-/H+ exchanger CLC-7. THE JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY, vol. 1; 590 (Pt15), p. 3421-3430

- FRANCIA D, CHILTZ A, F. LO SCHIAVO, PUGIN A, BONFANTE P, CARDINALE F (2011). AM Fungal exudates activate MAP kinases in plant cells in dependence from cytosolic Ca2+ increase. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY, vol. 49, p. 963-969

- TEARDO E, FORMENTIN E, SEGALLE A, GIACOMETTI G.M, MARIN O, ZANETTI M, F. LO SCHIAVO, ZORATTI M, SZABÒ I (2011). Dual localization of plant glutamate receptor AtGLR3.4 to plastids and plasmamembrane . BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-BIOENERGETICS, vol. 1807, p. 359-367

- HORIE T, BRODSKY D.E, COSTA A, KANEKO T, F. LO SCHIAVO, KATSUHARA M, SCHROEDER J.I (2011). K+ transport by the OsHKT2;4 transporter from rice (Oryza sativa) with atypical Na+ transport properties and competition in permeation of K+ over Mg2+ and Ca 2+ ions. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, p. 1-10
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