Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, Italy
Fabio Fornara received his PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Milan in 2005 and shortly after moved to the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne (MPIPZ) to join the group of George Coupland as post doctoral fellow. At the MPIPZ he became interested in the mechanisms that plants use to sense day length and promote reproductive development. In 2011, taking advantage of a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, he returned to Italy and started his own lab at the Department of Biosciences of the University of Milan.
His scientific interests include the mechanisms of diurnal and seasonal time measurement in rice, the response of the shoot apical meristem to floral inductive cues and the molecular processes leading to artificial adaptation of a tropical species to high latitudes. In 2014, he became Associate Professor at the University of Milan where he is currently teaching Plant Biology and Plant Developmental Biology.