Salvatore Saccone

Professore ordinario di Genetica [BIO/18]
Sezione di appartenenza: Biologia animale
Ufficio: Sezione di Biologia Animale. Via Androne, 81 - Catania
Email: saccosal@unict.it
Sito web: orcid.org/0000-0001-7568-5823
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Orario di ricevimento: Mercoledì e Venerdì dalle 10:00 alle 12:30. Altri giorni/orari possono essere concordati per e-mail.


ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Professor of Genetics - University of Catania, Italy

  • President of the degree course in "Biological Sciences"
  • Responsible of the section Animal Biology “M. La Greca
  • Responsible of the Genetic laboratory and the Confocal Microscopy laboratory

  • President of the Master degree course in "Cell and Molecular Biology" (2012-17)
  • Coordinator of the Master course in “Bio-molecular techniques for bio-medical and forensic investigations” (2014-16)
  • Coordinator of the PhD program in "Evolutionary and Environmental Biology" (2010-14)
  • Deputy-Director of the Dept. Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, Italy (2010-12)
  • Deputy-Director of the Dept. Animal Biology “M. La Greca”, University of Catania, Italy (2008-10) 

QUALIFICATIONS AND LONG-TERM WORK PLACES

  • 1989: graduate in Biological Sciences - University of Catania, Italy
  • 1992: ERASMUS PhD student and EMBO fellowship - University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 1993: PhD in Genetic Sciences – University of Pavia, Italy
  • 1993-1994: post-doc - Institute J. Monod, Paris, France
  • 1995: post-doc - University of Catania, Italy
  • 1995-1998: researcher of Genetics - University of Catania, Italy
  • 1998-2001: associate professor of Genetics - University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2001-2018: associate professor of Genetics - University of Catania, Italy
  • 2018-present: full professor of Genetics - University of Catania, Italy

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • 1989: "A. Marzullo Award” assigned by the University of Trieste on the Degree Thesis and the University Curriculum
  • 1990: "Degree Award” assigned by "Consorzio Catania Ricerche" on the Degree Thesis
  • 1992: ERASMUS fellowship (Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • 1992: Short term EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Fellowship (Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • 1993-1994: Post-doc fellowship (Institute J. Monod, Paris, France)
  • 1994: “PhD Award” assigned by “Italian Association of Genetics” for the best doctoral thesis of Genetics
  • 1995: AIRC (Italian Association Cancer Research) fellowship

KEY LESSONS HELD (current lessons in bold)

  • In the "Biological Sciences" degree course: 1) Genetics; 2) Molecular and Cytogenetic techniques; 3) Molecular evolution; 4) Environmental mutagenesis
  • In the "Environmental Sciences" degree course: Genetics and Mutagenesis
  • In the "Health and Cell-Molecular Biology" Master Degree course: Structural and functional genomics
  • In the "Cell and Molecular Biology" Master Degree course: 1) Genomic of the Eukaryotes; 2) Developmental genetics
  • In the "Environmental Protection Sciences" Master Degree course: Genetic methods
  • In the "Environmental Biology" Master Degree course: Environmental mutagenesis 

TUTORSHIP

From 2001 he was tutor of 9 PhD thesis, more than 50 master degree thesis, and an high number of degree final dissertation. 


AREA OF SCIENTIFIC INTEREST

  • Genome organization and evolution
  • Genetic diseases related to epigenetic modifications of the chromatin
  • Environmental mutagenesis
  • Forensic genetics

SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION (bibliometric indicators from Scopus)

From 1991 he was co-author of many scientific articles published on international journals with referees, and a high number of abstracts presented to scientific national/international meeetings. The h-index, until july 2018, is 26 and the most cited article is Saccone, De Sario, Della Valle, Bernardi (1992) published on PNAS USA, with more than 300 citations. The journals with the largest number of published articles were Genomics (7), Chromosome Research (7), Gene (7), PNAS USA (5). In the last 5 years he was co-author of more than 30 scientific articles.

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RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

GENOME ORGANIZATION AND EVOLUTION

  • Genomic DNA organization in the chromosomal bands and in interphase nuclei from mammalian cells
  • Chromatin organization during cell differentiation

GENETIC DISEASES RELATED TO CHROMATIN EPIGENETIC MODIFICATIONS

  • Ectopic gene repositioning in cell nuclei
  • HLXB9/MNX1 gene in myeloid leukemias and breast cancer
  • TAU gene in cell aging and Alzheimer disease

ENVIRONMENTAL MUTAGENESIS

  • In vitro mutagenesis assays of environmental pollutants
  • Analyses of the biomarkers of effect and of susceptibility on human populations exposed to environmental pollutants
  • Polymorphisms of the DNA repair genes and of the xenobiotic metabolism genes

FORENSIC GENETICS

  • Molecular identification of Insect species with forensic interest
  • Molecular identification of the larval stages of scavenger Diptera

RESEARCH GROUP

NAME POSITION
SACCONE Salvatore Associate professor
FEDERICO Concetta TDa Researcher
STURIALE Valentina PhD Student
GULINO Gesualda Tutor for the "Genetic" courses
BRANCATO Desiree Student in Mol Cell Biology master degree
CAPONNETTO Domenica Student in Mol Cell Biology master degree
SCARCELLA Daniele Student in Biological Sciences degree and Scuola Superiore di Catania
LEONARDI Giuseppina Student in Biological Sciences degree