Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology Department, Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy
Claudio Varotto carried out his PhD in photosynthesis functional genomics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research of Cologne (MPIZ, Germany) in the Group of Dario Leister. After receiving his PhD in Botany from the University of Cologne (Germany) in 2002 he carried out his first postdoc in the group of Heinz Saedler, where he developed his interest for plant evolution and biodiversity.
In 2004 he became project leader at the Fondazione Edmund Mach of San Michele all’Adige (Trento, Italy), where he was hired as staff researcher and started his own group. In the following years he worked at the establishment of comparative genomics approaches in a phylogenetic framework for the study of plant adapative processes in wild and domesticated species from the model plant families Brassicaceae and Ranunculaceae. More recently he applied the same approaches also to wild and semi-domesticated species from the Arundineae tribe of the Poacaea family, with a special focus on Arundo donax, a promising biomass and bioenergy species.