Savatin Daniel Valentin

Ricercatore a tempo determinato 
Ateneo Università degli Studi della TUSCIA 
Struttura di afferenza Dipartimento di DAFNE - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Forestali 

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03.2011 Ph.D. in Botanical Sciences (PhD thesis title: “Oligogalacturonides perception and transduction in Arabidopsis taliana”) - Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
02.2007 Master (Laurea, magna cum laude) in Biology - Department of biological and environmental sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
11.2018 - Assistant Professor in Plant Physiology - Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
05.2016 – 09.2018 Post-Doctoral Fellow - VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Gent, Belgium
04.2015 - 03.2016 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
04.2014 - 03.2015 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
04.2013 - 03.2014 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
04.2012 - 03.2013 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Over the last ten years I focused my research on molecular mechanisms regulating plant defence activation in response to danger signals. Cell wall-derived oligogalacturonides (OGs), formed during pathogen attack attempts or by mechanical injury, not only act as Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns, but also regulate plant developmental processes by antagonizing the action of the hormone auxin. My research has contributed to the knowledge of the OG biology, by further dissecting the OG signalling pathway through the identification of different signalling elements, such as co-receptors (SERKs), MAPKKKs (ANPs), CDPKs (CPK5, CPK6, CP11), ethylene transducer (EIN2), glycine-rich protein (GRP3), that activate Arabidopsis responses to OGs. Moreover, the molecular mechanisms by which OGs antagonize auxin responses have also been elucidated. I also contributed to characterize a LysM receptor that has a role in the growth-defence trade-off and demonstrated that ANPs play a key role in channeling responses towards plant immunity or development by regulating actin cytoskeleton structure and dynamics. In 2016, I joined the Eugenia Russinova’s lab at VIB-UGent PSB center in Gent where I contributed to demonstrate that clathrin-mediated endocytosis is required for immunity activation triggered by another well-known class of endogenous elicitors, Peps.
I also contributed in the understanding of the precise means of pathogen entry and colonization of floral tissue in Triticum aestivum, which is crucial to provide effective protection against Fusarium head blight (FHB) caused by Fusarium graminearum, one of the most destructive fungal diseases of wheat worldwide.
Since 2011, I have produced one book chapter and 19 papers in peer reviewed journals.
Benedetti,M., Mattei,B., Pontiggia,D., Salvi,G., Savatin,D.V., Ferrari,S. (2017) Methods of isolation and characterization of oligogalacturonide elicitors. Methods Mol Biol.1578:25-38doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6859-6_3. (Impact Factor: 4.29; Google Scholar citations: 1)
Dejonghe,W., Sharma,I., Denoo,B., De Munck,S., Lu,Q., Mishev,K., Bulut,H., Mylle,E., De Rycke,R., Vasileva,M., Savatin,D.V., Nerinckx,W., Staes,A., Drozdzecki,A., Audenaert,D., Yperman,K., Madder,A., Friml,J., Van Damme,D., Gevaert,K., Haucke,V., Savvides,S.N., Winne,J., Russinova,E. (2019). Disruption of endocytosis through chemical inhibition of clathrin heavy chain function. Nat Chem Biol. doi: 10.1038/s41589-019-0262-1. (Impact Factor: 13.84)
Zhou,J., Wang,P., Claus,L.A.N.,Savatin,D.V., Xu,G., Wu,S., Meng,X., Russinova,E., He,P., Shan,L. (2019).Proteolytic processing of SERK3/BAK1 regulates plant immunity, development and cell death. Plant Physiol. doi: 10.1104/pp.18.01503. (Impact Factor: 5.50)
Houbaert,A., Zhang,C., Tiwari,M., Wang,K., de Marcos Serrano,A., Savatin,D.V., Urs,M.J., Zhiponova, M.K., Gudesblat,G.E., Vanhoutte,I., Eeckhout,D., Boeren,S., Karimi,M., Betti,C., Jacobs,T., Fenoll,C., Mena,M., de Vries,S., De Jaeger,G., Russinova,E.(2018). POLAR-guided signalling complex assembly and localization drive asymmetric cell division. Nature. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0714-x (Impact Factor: 41.57; Google Scholar citations: 2)
Claus,L.A.N., Savatin,D.V.and Russinova,E. (2018). The crossroads of receptor-mediated signalling and endocytosis in plants. J. Integr. Plant Biol. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12672. (Impact Factor: 3.96 Google Scholar citations: 1)
Gigli,B.N.,Savatin,D.V., Cervone, F., Engelsdorf,T. and De Lorenzo,G. (2018). Loss of the Arabidopsis protein kinases ANPs affects root cell wall composition, and triggers the cell wall damage syndrome. Front.Plant Sci., 8:doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02234. (Impact Factor: 4.29; Google Scholar citations: 2)
Tundo,S., Janni,M., Moscetti,I., Mandalà,G.,Savatin,D.V., Blechl,A., Favaron,F. and D'Ovidio,R. (2016) PvPGIP2 accumulation in specific floral tissues but not in the endosperm limits Fusariumgraminearuminfection in wheat. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 10:815-821. (Impact Factor: 4.33; Google Scholar citations: 2)
Ortiz-Morea,F.A., Savatin,D.V., Dejonghe,W., Kumar,R., Luo,Y., Adamowski,M., Begin,J., Dressano,K., Pereira de Oliveira,G., Zhao,X., Lu,Q., Madder,A., Friml,J., de Moura,D.S., and Russinova,E. (2016)Danger-associated peptide signalling in Arabidopsis requires clathrin. PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1605588113.(Impact Factor: 9.66; Google Scholar citations: 30)
Gravino,M., Locci,F., Tundo,S., Cervone,F., Savatin,D.V.#, and De Lorenzo,G. (2016) Immune responses induced by oligogalacturonides are differentially affected by AvrPto and loss of BAK1/BKK1 and PEPR1/PEPR2. Mol Plant Pathol.doi: 10.1111/mpp.12419. (Impact Factor: 4.69; Google Scholar citations: 13)
#Corresponding author
Gramegna,G., Modesti,V., Savatin,D.V., Sicilia,F., Cervone,F., and De Lorenzo,G. (2016) GLYCINE-RICH PROTEIN 3 and KINASE-ASSOCIATED PROTEIN PHOSPHATASE, encoding interactors of WALL-ASSOCIATED KINASE 1, negatively affect defence responses induced by oligogalacturonides, local response to wounding and resistance to Botrytis cinerea. J Exp Bot. 67:1715-29. (Impact Factor: 6.53; Google Scholar citations: 21)
Gravino,M.*, Savatin,D.V.*#, Macone,A., and De Lorenzo,G. (2015) Ethylene production in Botrytis cinerea- and oligogalacturonide-induced immunity requires calcium-dependent protein kinases. Plant J. 84:1073-86. (Impact Factor: 5.90; Google Scholar citations: 32)
*Equal contribution#Corresponding author
Gigli,B.N., Gravino,M., and Savatin,D.V.#(2015) Luminol-based assay for detection of immunity elicitor-induced hydrogen peroxide production in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves. Bio-protocol 5(24): e1685. (Google Scholar citations: 6)
#Corresponding author
Savatin,D.V.#, Gigli,B.N., Gravino,M., Fabbri,C., Pontiggia,D., and Mattei,B. (2015) Camalexin quantification in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves infected with Botrytis cinerea. Bio-protocol:5(2): e1379. (Google Scholar citations: 3)
#Corresponding author
Savatin,D.V., Gigli,B.N., Marti,L., Fabbri,C., Cervone,F., and De Lorenzo,G. (2014) The Arabidopsis NPK1-related protein kinases ANPs are required for elicitor-induced oxidative burst and immunity. Plant Physiol. 165:1188-1202. (Impact Factor: 5.50; Google Scholar citations: 12)
Savatin,D.V., Gramegna,G., Modesti,V., and Cervone,F. (2014) Wounding in the plant tissue: the defence of a dangerous passage. Front.Plant Sci.:doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00470. (Impact Factor: 4.29; Google Scholar citations: 98)
Paparella,C., Savatin,D.V., Marti,L., De Lorenzo,G., and Ferrari,S. (2014) The Arabidopsis LYSIN MOTIF-CONTAINING RECEPTOR-LIKE KINASE3 regulates the cross talk between immunity and abscisic acid responses. Plant Physiol. 165:262-276. (Impact Factor: 5.50; Google Scholar citations: 33)
Ferrari,S., Savatin,D.V., Sicilia,F., Gramegna,G., Cervone,F., and De Lorenzo,G. (2013) Oligogalacturonides: plant damage-associated molecular patterns and regulators of growth and development. Front.Plant Sci. 4:49. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00049. (Impact Factor: 4.29; Google Scholar citations: 227)
Suarez,L.*, Savatin,D.V.*, Salvi,G., De Lorenzo,G., Cervone,F., and Ferrari,S. (2013) The non-traditional growth regulator Pectimorf is an elicitor of defence responses and protects Arabidopsis against Botrytis cinerea. Journal of Plant Pathology 95:177-180. (Impact Factor: 1.26; Google Scholar citations: 6)
*Equal contribution
Savatin,D.V., Ferrari,S., Sicilia,F., and De Lorenzo,G. (2011) Oligogalacturonide-auxin antagonism does not require posttranscriptional gene silencing or stabilization of auxin response repressors in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 157:1163-1174. (Impact Factor: 5.50; Google Scholar citations: 49)
De Lorenzo,G., Brutus,A.,Savatin,D.V., Sicilia,F., and Cervone,F. (2011) Engineering plant resistance by constructing chimeric receptors that recognize damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). FEBS Lett. 585:1521-1528. (Impact Factor: 3.62; Google Scholar citations: 75)
11.2018 - Professor of Plant Physiology and Principles of Plant Biotechnology (6 CFU) and Plant biotechnology for stress resistance (6 CFU) - Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
2011-2014 Teaching assistant – Plant Physiology, Department of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
December 2016 - Appointed by the Faculty of Sciences of Ghent University as member of the Board of Examiners for the doctoral dissertation entitled: “Molecular regulation of age-induced programmed cell death in Arabidopsis stigma and maize silk” by Anna Vladimirova Daneva
2017-2022 - A national commission evaluated and assessed, based on scientific qualification criteria, my qualification to function as associate professor in Plant physiology (Settore 05/A2).
From 2015 Reviewer for Bio-Protocol (
05.2017 FWO - Grant for participation at a congress abroad - n°K167217N
08.2016 FWO - Grant for participation at a congress abroad - n°K1C4716N
04.2011 - 03.2012 - Scholarship award at the Institute Pasteur - Cenci Bolognetti Foundation, Rome, Italy. Project entitled “Plant innate immunity: cell wall-mediated signalling and recognition in plant defence”.
11.2007 - 11.2010 - Ph.D. fellowship in Plant Physiology. Dept. of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
2019: LXIII Convegno Annuale SIGA
2017: SEB Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden
2016: 19th European Network for Plant Endomembrane Research Meeting (ENPER), Bordeaux, France
2015: Plant Biology Winter School, Bertinoro, Italy
09.2011 - 12th International Symposium on Plant Protein Phosphorylation, Tubingen University, Tubingen, Germany
12.2011 - Confocal Spinning Disk System: technology, applications and future perspectives. Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
10.2013 - Protein Purification and Analysis. Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
04.2013 - Keystone Symposia, Plant Immunity: Pathways and Translation, Big Sky, Montana, USA