Dr. Francesco Dal Grande
C1.5: GENOME-WIDE SIGNATURES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTATION IN LICHEN-FORMING FUNGI AND THEIR GREEN ALGAL SYMBIONTS
C1.6: DEVELOPING STRATEGIES FOR METAGENOMIC SEQUENCING OF SIMPLE SYMBIOTIC SYSTEMS
Effects of climate change on lichen-forming fungi and their photobionts: reactions of species/communities, diversity and stress-protective role of secondary metabolites.
Co-Phylogeography of lichen symbionts: selectivity and specifity in lichen communities, vertical vs. horizontal photobiont transmission.
Molecular phylogenetics of green algal lichen symbionts.
Secondary metabolites of fungal and algal lichen symbionts: annotation and analysis of secondary metabolite biosynthesis gene clusters in lichen genomes.
Winner of the "Mason Hale Award"; IAL (International Association for Lichenology): "The Mason Hale Award is granted to recognise excellence in research by young lichenologists for outstanding work resulting from doctoral dissertations or similar studies."