Raffaella Battaglia

Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura
Genomics Research Centre
via S. Protaso, 302
I -29017 Fiorenzuola d'Arda PC, Italy

Curriculum vitae

March 2015 – Present: Researcher - CREA – Genomics Research Center – Fiorenzuola d’Arda (PC) - Italy
2013-2015: Tenure track position in Botany – Institute of Agronomy, Genetics and Crop Science, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza (Italy).
2010 – 2013 Research Scientist - Filarete Foundation and University of Milano, Italy.
2009 – 2010 Research Scientist - Agricultural Research Council, Italy.
2002 – 2009 Postdoc - Dep. of Bioscience University of Milano, Italy.
January 2002: PhD in Genetics, Institute of Molecular Genetics, University of Pavia (Italy)
December 1997: Degree in Biological Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Current research interests
At CREA, I’m enjoying comparative analysis approaches to deeply investigate seed development in model and crop species; I’m currently studying how auxin controls seed development and quality traits in crops. From 2016 to 2019, I will coordinate the H2020 MSCA-RISE project ExpoSEED; within this project, we molecularly dissect the mechanisms that control seed/kernel yield in model species; the acquired knowledge is then transferred to selected crops.
Most of my previous work experience has been focused on developmental biology. I studied the molecular processes leading to female reproductive organs formation in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana.

Selected recent publications

  1. Mizzotti C, Ezquer I, Paolo D, Rueda-Romero P, Guerra RF, Battaglia R, Rogachev I, Aharoni A, Kater MM, Caporali E, Colombo L. (2014). SEEDSTICK is a master regulator of development and metabolism in the Arabidopsis seed coat. PLoS Genet. 10(12):e1004856. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004856.
  2. Jamila Bernardi, Irma Roig-Villanova, Adriano Marocco and Raffaella Battaglia. (2014). Communicating across generations : the Bsister language. Plant Biosystem, 148 : 150-156.
  3. Iride Mascheretti, Raffaella Battaglia, Davide Mainieri, Andrea Altana, Massimiliano Lauria, and Vincenzo Rossi. (2013). The WD40-repeat proteins nfc101 and nfc102 regulate different aspects of maize development through chromatin modification mechanisms, Plant Cell, 25:402-420.
  4. Mizzotti C, Mendes MA, Caporali E, Schnittger A, Kater MM, Battaglia R, and Colombo L. (2012). The MADS box genes SEEDSTICK and ARABIDOPSIS Bsister play a maternal role in fertilization and seed development, Plant J. ,70:409-420.
  5. Luis Matias-Hernandez1, Raffaella Battaglia1, Francesca Galbiati, Marco Rubes, Christof Eichenberger, Ueli Grossniklaus, Martin M. Kater, and Lucia Colombo. (2010). VERDANDI Is a Direct Target of the MADS Domain Ovule Identity Complex and Affects Embryo Sac Differentiation in Arabidopsis, Plant Cell, 22: 1702-1715.
    1 These authors equally contributed to the work.
  6. Lucia Colombo, Raffaella Battaglia and Martin M. Kater (2008) Ovule development in Arabidopsis and its evolutionary conservation. Trends in Plant Science. 13:444-450
  7. Vittoria Brambilla1, Raffaella Battaglia1, Monica Colombo, Simona Masiero, Stefano Bencivenga, Martin M. Kater and Lucia Colombo (2007). Genetic and Molecular Interactions between BELL1 and MADS-Box Factors Support Ovule Development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 19:2544-2556.
    1 These authors equally contributed to the work
  8. Rebecca Favaro, Anusak Pinyopich, Raffaella Battaglia, Maarten Kooiker, Lorenzo Borghi, Gary Ditta, Martin F. Yanofsky, Martin M. Kater, and Lucia Colombo (2003) MADS-Box Protein Complexes Control Carpel and Ovule Development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 15: 2603-2611.
  9. Patent MI2007A0001291: "Trangene containment system for the recoverable inhibition of germination in transgenic seeds” Inventors: Kater, M.Martin, Colombo Lucia, Colombo Monica, Masiero Simona, Battaglia Raffaella.
    Raffaella Battaglia, Monica Colombo and Martin M. Kater (2009). The ins and outs of ovule development. Annual Plant Reviews “Fruit Development and Seed Dispersal” 38, 70-106.


The Genomics Research Centre holds a collection of more than one hundred barley mutants.

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