Istituto di Genomica Applicata (IGA)

Location : Udine / Italy
Leader : Michele MORGANTE
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The Istituto di Genomica Applicata (IGA) is a centre of research focusing on genomics, genetics and computational biology. IGA has two core facilities: a DNA sequencing and fingerprinting core, with 4 ABI 3730XL automatic sequencers; a centre of computational biology, with parallel computing facilities and 4 terabytes data storage devices. IGA is heavily involved in the French-Italian initiative to sequence the grape genome and is committed to sequence 3 genome equivalents. IGA is also constructing the physical map of grape through a BAC High Information Content fingerprinting approach and is involved in the genome sequence assembly and annotation and database development.


IGA will be involved in association mapping, SNP development and SNP genotyping. IGA is WP3 leader and will contribute also to WP2.

Staff members’ profile:

Prof. Michele Morgante is the Scientific Director of IGA and is full professor of Genetics at the University of Udine. He was educated as a geneticist and then worked for 5 years ad DuPont Crop Genomics as Senior Scientist. His research group has been instrumental in establishing a number of genetic technology platforms that are now being widely deployed in plant genomic research (e.g.microsatellites, fluorescent BAC fingerprinting). He is member of the Scientific Board of the National Research Council of Italy and Associate Editor of Theoretical and Applied Genetics and Tree Genetics and Genomes.

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Dr. Federica Cattonaro is the Sequencing Group Leader at IGA. She received the Ph.D degree from the University of Udine in 2001, working on Noway spruce genome organization. She then did post-doctoral research for two years (2001-2002) with prof. Michele Morgante Plant Genomics Group at the University of Udine. From 2003 to 2006 she was Research & Development Supervisor in two different companies specialized in molecular diagnostics.

Prof. A. Policriti is the group leader of the bioinformatics section of IGA. He received his 1990 from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University and currently is full professor at the University of Udine. He is in the editorial board of the Transactions on Computational Systems Biology and of the LNAI book series of the Association of Logic, Language and Information.


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