Personal Information

Livia Stavolone

Molecular Virologist

Education & Training

  • Education: :
    Institut Armand-Frappier (INRS) in Laval, Canada
  • Residency: :
    Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Practice Areas: :
    molecular plant virology


Livia Stavolone is originally from Italy, where she earned university degree in Agronomy and a joint PhD with the Institut Armand-Frappier (INRS) in Laval, Canada. She did a post-doc at the Friedrich Miescher Institute (Novartis SA Foundation) in Basel, Switzerland and then went back to Italy to build a research group on molecular plant virology at the National Council of Research of Italy.
LS has a long-standing experience in plant virology, molecular biology, protein detection and analysis, and high performance Confocal Laser Scanning and Electron Microscopy.
Her scientific interests concentrate on understanding the way viruses interact with their plant hosts, in particular: on the role and function of virus encoded proteins with a main focus on the mechanism of movement of viruses and virus-derived signals through the plant host; on the molecular bases of virus pathogenesis and plant resistance with major interest in unveiling the role of RNA silencing and DNA methylation in plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses. She is strongly committed to undergraduate and graduated students education.

Selected publications (last 5 years):

Bubici G, Carluccio AV, Cillo F., Stavolone L. 2014 Virus-induced gene silencing of pectin methylesterase protects Nicotiana benthamiana from lethal symptoms caused by Tobacco mosaic virus. Eur J Plant Pathol, 10.1007/s10658-014-0546-y
Carluccio AV, Stavolone L. 2014 Interference of Brefeldin A in viral movement protein tubule assembly. Plant Signal Behav.15;9.
Carluccio AV, Zicca S, Stavolone L. 2014 Hitching a ride on vesicles: Cauliflower mosaic virus movement protein trafficking in the endomembrane system. Plant Physiology 164(3): 1261-70
Sánchez-Navarro J, Fajardo T, Zicca S, Pallás V, Stavolone L. 2010 Caulimoviridae tubule-guided transport is dictated by movement protein properties. Journal of Virology 84(8): 4109–4112

For further information:

Address: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan, Nigeria
Telephone: +234 2 7517472 ext 2288
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Nationality: Italian