Faculty Profile: Dr. Andrea Gallavotti

Before moving to the Waksman Institute, Andrea Gallavotti was an Assistant Project Scientist at the University of California-San Diego, working in the laboratory of Professor Robert Schmidt at the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology. As a post-doctoral researcher, Andrea worked on several genes regulating maize inflorescence development in the lab of Robert Schmidt at the University of California-San Diego, as well as in the lab of David Jackson at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Andrea received his Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Andrea’s research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating plant architecture. Through a combination of genetics, molecular biology, genomics and proteomics approaches, his lab is trying to understand how plants form new meristems, a group of pluripotent stem-cells responsible for the post-embryonic development of plants.