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Department of Biology - University of Naples Federico II

Complesso Universitario Monte Sant'Angelo

via Cintia 80126 NAPOLI - Italy

Date of Birth: August 13th, 1969

ORCID: 0000-0003-3906-4872



  • July 1997 Ph.D. in Molecular Systematics, University of Naples Federico II, with the thesis “Molecular phylogeny of the Orchis genus and sister genera and approach to the characterization of hybrids”
  • 28 May 1993 Graduate in Biological Sciences, University of Napoli Federico II (Italy) with “110/110 cum laude” (equivalent to First Class Honors) with the thesis in Genetics “Molecular approach to the phylogeny of the Dioon genus”


  • From 2015 Associate professor of Genetics, Department of Biology, University of Napoli Federico II
  • 2000-2015 Researcher of Genetics at the Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences Faculty, University of Naples Federico II
  • 1998-1999 Post-doc research scientist, Department of Genetics, General and Molecular Biology, University of Naples Federico II 


  • 2016 teaching at PhD in Biology, University of Naples Federico II
  • February-August 2014 Tutor of Dr. Abolfazl Alirezalu, PhD student in Horticulture/Medicinal plant, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran): Evaluation of diversity in the medicinal/ornamental hawthorns (Crataegus spp.) of Iran using molecular markers and phyto-chemical patterns
  • From 2007 Supervisor of doctoral dissertations: Alessandra Rogato (2007); Enrica D'Apuzzo (2008); Gennaro Napolitano (2009); Carmela Cantone (2010); Marinella Salemme (2013); Angela Pennacchio (2013); Sofia De Paolo (2016)
  • 2002-2016 Member of the PhD School in Advanced Biology, University of Naples Federico II
  • From 2001 teaching several courses of Genetics, Population Genetics and Conservation Genetics in Biological and Natural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II

As Principal Investigator:

  • 2016 University Federico II Funding about “RNA-seq approach to study flower development in orchids”
  • 2015 STAR Funding, Compagnia di San Paolo, about “Comparative population transcriptomics to uncover sex determination of Aedes albopictus and Phlebotomus perniciosus, two emerging haematophagous insect species"
  • 2011 FARO Funding, Polo delle Scienze e Tecnologie UNINA, about “Biomarkers in aquaculture”
  • 2010 University Federico II Funding about “Evolutionary analysis of MADS-box genes involved in flower development of orchids”
  • 2010 Campania Region Funding (L.R. n.5 28/03/2002) about "Evolutionary analysis of the OrcPI locus of Orchis italica"
  • 2009-2010 MIPAF Funding about “Monitoring marine ecosystems”
  • 2009 Provincia di Napoli Funding about “Genes involved in flower development in orchids”
  • 2008 University Federico II Funding about “Biodiversity of orchids of the Campania region”
  • 2002 Young Researchers Funding, University of Napoli Federico II, about “Comparative analysis of the evolutionary rates in some Mediterranean orchid genes”
  1. Valoroso M.C., De Paolo S., Iazzetti G., Aceto S. (2017). Transcriptome-wide identification and expression analysis of DIVARICATA- and RADIALIS-like genes of the Mediterranean orchid Orchis italica. Genome Biology and Evolution, in press, doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx101.

  2. Borrelli L.*, Aceto S.*, Agnisola C., De Paolo S., Dipineto L., Stilling R.M., Dinan T.G., Cryan J.F., Menna L.F., Fioretti A. (2016). Probiotic modulation of the microbiota-gut-brain axis and behaviour in zebrafish. *These authors have equally contributed to the work. Scientific Reports 6: 30046; doi:10.1038/srep30046.
  3. Petrella V., Aceto S., Musacchia F., Colonna E., Robinson M., Benes V., Cicotti G., Bongiorno G., Gradoni L., Volf P., Salvemini M. (2015). De novo assembly and sex-specific transcriptome profiling in the sand fly Phlebotomus perniciosus (Diptera, Phlebotominae), a major Old World vector of Leishmania infantum. BMC Genomics 16: 847; doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2088-x.
  4. De Paolo S., Gaudio L., Aceto S. (2015). Analysis of the TCP genes expressed in the inflorescence of the orchid Orchis italica. Scientific Reports 5: 16265; doi: 10.1038/srep16265.
  5. De Paolo S., Salvemini M., Gaudio L., Aceto S. (2014). De novo transcriptome assembly from inflorescence of Orchis italica: analysis of coding and non-coding transcripts. PLoS ONE 9(7): e102155.
  6. Aceto S., Sica M., De Paolo S., D’Argenio V., Cantiello P., Salvatore F., Gaudio L. (2014). The analysis of the inflorescence miRNome of the orchid Orchis italica reveals a DEF-like MADS-box gene as a new miRNA target. PLoS ONE 9(5): e97839.
  7. Salemme M., Sica M., Iazzetti G., Gaudio L., Aceto S. (2013). The AP2-like gene OitaAP2 is alternatively spliced and differentially expressed in inflorescence and vegetative tissues of the orchid Orchis italica. PLoS ONE, 8(10): e77454.
  8. Salemme M., Sica M., Gaudio L., Aceto S. (2013). The OitaAG and OitaSTK genes of the orchid Orchis italica: a comparative analysis with other C- and D-class MADS-box genes. Molecular Biology Reports, 40: 3523-3535.
  9. Salemme M., Sica M., Gaudio L., Aceto S. (2011). Expression profile of two paralogs of the PI/GLO-like locus during Orchis italica (Orchidaceae, Orchidinae) flower development. Development Genes and Evolution, 221(4): 241-246.
  10. Aceto S., Gaudio L. (2011). The MADS and the beauty: Genes involved in the development of orchid flowers. (Review) Current Genomics, 12(5): 342-356.
Tematiche di Ricerca

Genetica dello sviluppo del fiore

Evoluzione molecolare della simmetria del fiore

Filogenesi molecolare

Parole Chiave