Università degli Studi di Padova

The Laboratory of Animal Genomics at the University of Padua has a large experience in animal genetics and genomics, with particularly focus on marine organisms, as demonstrated by participation in several national and EU funded research projects on aquatic animals (STUDIES, BRIDGEMAP, MARINE GENOMICS, EUROPE (MGE), AQUAFIRST, SEACASE, FISHPOPTRACE). The laboratory is fully equipped for genetics and for functional genomics.

In collaboration with the Bioinformatics group at the University of Padua, informatic tools development and analysis have been established for fish species and recently for mollusc species. This project, funded by MGE, uses a novel approach for sequencing based on next-generation sequencing technology. All the different steps of the method are carried out at the University of Padua, where Clam species are being studied as part of a project for the application of genomic technologies to environmental monitoring, food quality assessment, and improvement of bivalve production in the Venice lagoon.

Tasks attributed

UNIPD in collaboration with CSIC is obtaining new sequencesby 454 technology in clam and scallop to complete the data base and will perform microarrays to analyse the gene expression during the early life-history stages of (WP2), larval stage (WP3), metamorphosis WP4 and on seed WP5 with a particular focus on the genes linked to response to stress.

Key persons

Luca Bargelloni (email : luca.bargelloni@unipd.it )

Associated Professor of Animal Biotechnology at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Padua, Luca Bargelloni has been working on genetics of aquatic organisms, especially marine aquaculture species, since around 1995. He led the construction of the first genetic linkage map of gilthead sea bream (Franch et al. 2006), and more recently developed functional genomic tools for the sea bream and the European sea bass. In the same species he has worked on functional characterization of immune-related genes. His work on clam genetics has focused on microsatellite isolation for Manila clam and microarray development for carpet-shell and Manila clam.

Rafaella Franch

Dr Franch holds a PhD in molecular pathology, and has worked in fish genetics and genomics for several years. She has a permanent position as a top-level technician at UNIPD, where she supervises molecular biology for the whole laboratory.

Massimo Milan 

Massimo Milan is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolution. His PhD subject focuses on the development of genomic tools for clam species, with special regard to gene expression profiling of biological response to environmental pollution.