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Anca Macovei

Academic position:
Assistant Professor
anca.macovei (at) unipv.it
Phone number:
+39 0382 985583
+39 0382 528496
Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Lazzaro Spallanzani"


Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


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Curriculum vitae

Born in Copsa-Mica (Romania), 17 January 1982. Degree in Biology at the ‘Babes-Bolyai’ University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in 2004. Master Degree in Plant Genetic Engineering at the ‘Babes-Bolyai’ University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in 2005. PhD Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Pavia in 2011. Post-doc fellowships at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India (2012-2013) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila, Philippines (2013-2015). Currently, Young Research Scientist (RTDA) at the Plant Biotechnology Lab, Department of Biology and Biotechnology, University of Pavia. Main research topics: role of DNA repair in the plant response to abiotic stress, molecular profiling of seed quality.
Relevant publications
  1. Macovei A, Sahoo R, Faè M, Balestrazzi A, Carbonera D, Tuteja N. Overexpression of PDH45 and SUV3 helicases in rice leads to delayed leaf senescence-associated events. Protoplasma, 2017; 254:1103-1113
  2. Macovei A, Pagano A, Leonetti P, Carbonera D, Balestrazzi A, Araújo S. Systems biology approaches to unveil the molecular players involved in the pre-germinative metabolism: implications on seed technology traits. Plant Cell Reports, 2016; doi: 10.1007/s00299-016-2060-5
  3. Araújo S, Balestrazzi A, Faè M, Morano M, Carbonera D, Macovei A. MtTdp2α-overexpression boosts the growth phase of Medicago truncatula cell suspension and increases the expression of key genes involved in antioxidant response and genome stability. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 2016; 127: 675
  4. Macovei A, Garg B, Raikwar S, Balestrazzi A, Carbonera D, Buttafava A, Bremont JFJ, Gill SS, Tuteja N. Synergistic exposure of rice seeds to different doses of gamma-ray and salinity stress resulted in increased antioxidant enzyme activities and gene-specific modulation of TC-NER pathway. Biomed Research International, 2014; article ID 676934, 1-15. doi: 10.1155/2014/676934
  5. Macovei A, Tuteja N. Different expression of miRNAs targeting helicases in rice in response to low and high dose rate gamma-ray treatments. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 2013; 8: e25128.
  6. Donà M, Confalonieri M, Minio A, Biggiogera M, Buttafava A, Raimondi E, Delledonne M, Ventura L, Sabatini ME, Macovei A, Giraffa G, Carbonera D, Balestrazzi A. RNA-Seq analysis discloses early senescence and nucleolar dysfunction triggered by Tdp1-alpha depletion in Medicago truncatula. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2013; 64: 1941-1951.
  7. Ventura L, Donà M, Macovei A, Carbonera D, Buttafava A, Mondoni A, Rossi G, Balestrazzi A. Understanding the molecular pathways associated with seed vigor: role of DNA repair mechanisms. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 2012; 60:196-206.
  8. Macovei A, Tuteja N. microRNAs targeting DEAD-box helicases are involved in salinity stress response in rice (Oryza sativa L.). BMC Plant Biology, 2012; 12: 183.
  9. Macovei A, Balestrazzi A, Confalonieri M, Buttafava A, Carbonera D. The TFIIS and TFIIS-like gene from Medicago truncatula are involved in oxidative stress response. Gene, 2011; 470: 20-30.
  10. Macovei A, Balestrazzi A, Confalonieri M, Carbonera D. The Tdp1 (Tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase) gene family in barrel medic (Medicago truncatula Gaertn.): bioinformatic investigation and expression profiles in response to oxidative stress. Planta, 2010; 232: 393-407.


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