Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie

Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata

Am Mühlenberg 1

14476 Potsdam


Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata

Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata

Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata


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Curriculum Vitae


NAME:    Maria Grazia Annunziata.

Date of birth: 5th February 1983

Nationality: Italian

Work address: Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Wissenschaftspark Golm,

Am Mühlenberg 1, 14476 Potsdam (OT) Golm, Germany

Tel: +49 331 567-8106




2001-2005 - Laurea Triennale in Scienze Biologiche (equivalent to Bachelors in Biology), Seconda Universitá degli Studi di Napoli, Caserta, Italy  

2005-2008 - Laurea Specialistica in Biologia (equivalent to Masters in Biology) (graduated with Distinction), Seconda Universitá degli Studi di Napoli, Caserta, Italy  

2008-2011 - Ph.D. Seconda Universitá di Napoli, Caserta, Italy

Thesis: “Analysis of metabolites and identification of mutants with altered starch degradation in Brassicaceae”; Supervisor: Prof. Amodio Fuggi



2012 to present – Post-doctoral fellow, System Regulation Group, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Dr Mark Stitt.



Enymatic analysis of metabolites using spectrophotometric and fluorimetric techniques

HPLC and Ion-Chromatography (Dionex) – measurement of amino acids, sugars, anions and cations (organic and inorganic), glucosinolates

PCR – genotyping

Real-Time qRT-PCR – transcript analysis

Plant growth (Arabidopsis thaliana, Triticum Durum)

Use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SigmaPlot, LIMS database, XLSTAT (Statistical Software for Excel), Minitab




Italian: mother tongue

English: spoken – excellent; written – excellent

German: spoken – good; written – good



Papers in refereed journals

Annunziata MG,  Ciarmiello LF,  Woodrow P,  Maximova E,  Fuggi A,  Carillo P (2017). Durum wheat roots adapt to salinity remodeling the cellular content of nitrogen metabolites and sucrose. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.02035

Woodrow P, Ciarmiello LF, Annunziata MG, Pacifico S, Iannuzzi F, Mirto A, D´Amelia L, Dell´Aversana E, Piccolella S, Fuggi A and Carillo P. (2016). Durum wheat seedling responses to simultaneous high light and salinity involve a fine reconfiguration of amino acids and carbohydrate metabolism. Physiologia Plantarum doi:10.1111/ppl.12513

Lauxmann MA, Annunziata MG, Brunoud G, Wahl V, Koczut A, Burgos A, Olas JJ, Maximova E, Abel C, Schlereth A, Soja AM, Bläsing OE, Lunn JE, Vernoux T, Stitt M (2016). Reproductive failure in Arabidopsis thaliana under transient carbohydrate limitation: flowers and very young siliques are jettisoned and the meristem is maintained to allow successful resumption of reproductive growth. Plant Cell and Environment, 39(4):745-67.  doi: 10.1111/pce.12634

Ragel P, Streb S, Feil R, Sahrawy M, Annunziata MG, Lunn JE, Zeeman S, Mérida Á (2013). Loss of starch granule initiation has a deleterious effect on the growth of Arabidopsis plants due to an accumulation of ADP-glucose. Plant Physiology, 163:75-85. doi: 10.1104/pp.113.223420


Annunziata MG, Carillo P, Fuggi A, Troccoli A, Woodrow P (2013). Metabolic profiling of cauliflower under traditional and reduced tillage systems.  Australian Journal of Crop Science, 7:1317-1323.


Annunziata MG, Attico A, Woodrow P, Oliva MA, Fuggi A, Carillo P (2012). An improved fluorimetric HPLC method for quantifying tocopherols in Brassica rapa L. subsp. sylvestris after harvest. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 27:145-150. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfca.2012.05.006


Woodrow P, Ciarmiello LF, Fantaccione S, Annunziata MG, Pontecorvo G, Carillo P (2012). Ty1-copia group retrotransposons and the evolution of retroelements in several angiosperm plants: evidence of horizontal transmission. Bioinformation, vol. 8, p. 267-271, ISSN: 0973-2063


Woodrow P, Fuggi A, Pontecorvo G, Kafantaris I, Annunziata MG, Massaro G, Carillo P (2012). cDNA cloning and differential expression patterns of ascorbate peroxidase during post-harvest in Brassica rapa L.. Molecular Biology Reports, 39(8):7843-53. doi: 10.1007/s11033-012-1627-7


Carillo P, Parisi D, Woodrow P, Pontecorvo G, Massaro G, Annunziata MG, Fuggi A, Sulpice R (2011). Salt induced accumulation of glycine betaine is inhibited by high light in durum wheat. Functional Plant Biology 38;139-150. doi: 10.1071/FP10177


Book chapters

Woodrow P, Pontecorvo G, Ciarmiello L.F, Annunziata MG, Fuggi A, Carillo P (2012). Transcription factors and Genes in Abiotic stress. In: Venkateswarlu B, Shanker AK, Shanker C, Maheswari M. Crop stress management: perspective and strategies. p. 317-357, Springer Netherlands, ISBN: 978-94-007-2219-4, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-2220-0_9


Carillo P, Annunziata MG, Pontecorvo G, Fuggi A, Woodrow P (2011). Salinity stress and salt tolerance. In: Arun Shanker. Abiotic stress - mechanisms and adaptations. vol. 1, p. 21-38, ISBN: 978-953-307-394-1





























Organisationseinheit (Abteilung, Gruppe, Einrichtung):

  • Abteilung 2 (Stitt)
  • PostDoc
  • Systemregulation
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