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Emanuele De Paoli is research scientist of crop genetics in the Department of AgroFood Environmental and Animal Sciences at the University of Udine (Italy). His specialties and scientific interests include plant genomics, epigenomics and bioinformatics. After obtaining the PhD degree in Crop Sciences and Biotechnologies in 2006, with a research focused on population genetics and structural genomics of coniferous plants, he was employed as a postdoctoral researcher by Prof. Pamela J. Green and Prof. Blake C. Meyers at the University of Delaware and Delaware Biotechnology Institute (USA).  Since then, he has been specializing in post-transcriptional silencing and epigenomics, in particular by organizing the high-throughput sequencing and analysis of small RNAs from a large plant species panel using cutting-edge sequencing technologies. Besides experimentally characterizing the role of small RNAs in the petunia model for RNA interference, he contributed bioinformatic expertise in the field of small RNA biology and evolution as well as post-transcriptional regulation in Arabidopsis, Medicago, cereals and other crop species. He participated as a miRNA specialist in different plant genome projects involving crop species, crucial nodes of plant evolution and ecology-relevant plants (e.g. tomato,  Amborella and the ongoing Zostera marina genome sequencing effort). In his current position at the University of Udine, Emanuele De Paoli is further developing his research in epigenomics by focusing on the characterization of mechanistic aspects of DNA methylation in the model plant Arabidopsis, on the role of epigenetics in the control of plant root development and genotype-by-environment interactions in grapevine.  He collaborates as team member with the Laboratory of Plant Genomics led by Prof. Michele Morgante and the Istituto di Genomica Applicata (IGA), being responsible for organizing the sequencing and analysis of plant DNA methylomes within the EPIGEN Epigenomics Flagship Project, an initiative from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He has been also responsible of research unit in the PRIN project “The control of plant root growth: a systems biology approach” coordinated by Prof. Paolo Costantino (La Sapienza University, Rome) and team member of the FIRB project "The Epigenomic Plasticity of Grapevine in Genotype by Environment (GxE) Interactions" lead by Dr. Silvia Dal Santo (University of Verona). In 2014, he joined as visiting scientist the laboratory of Arabidopsis Epigenetics and Epigenomics led by Prof. Vincent Colot at the Istitut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure (IBENS, Paris), which is now among his international collaborators. He currently teaches the course of General Genetics to bachelor students of the Biotechnology curriculum at the University of Udine and has a participation in the course of Genome Analysis and Bioinformatics organized by Prof. Michele Morgante for master students of the Crop Sciences curriculum. Starting from 2014, he is also faculty member of the PhD program in Molecular Biology of SISSA - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste. As of 12/01/2016 and starting from 2006 he has 16 publications in international journals indexed in Scopus (including Nature, Nature communications, Science and PNAS), which have attracted a total of 1795 citations for an H-index of 12.

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