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Dr Annalisa Rizza

Dr Annalisa Rizza

Research Associate

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR


05/2014 - 12/2015: Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute of Biosciences and BioResources (IBBR) - National Council of Research (CNR) Palermo (Italy).

12/2013:  PhD at University of Freiburg, Faculty of Biology II, Cell Biology.

07/2009:  Master Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology at University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

07/2007: Bachelor Degree in Biology at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. 

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how and why the accumulation of Gibberellin (GA) is modulated in space and time during development and environmental responses. To address these questions, I am using high-resolution live-cell imaging to visualize and quantify the cellular distribution of GA, as well as biochemical and genetic approaches to understand the downstream responses to specific accumulations of GA. 

Key Publications

Rizza A. and Jones AM. (2019) The makings of a gradient: spatiotemporal distribution of gibberellins in plant development. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Volume 47, February 2019, Pages 9-15 2.

Rizza A., Walia A., Tang B., Jones AM. (2019) Visualizing Cellular Gibberellin Levels Using the nlsGPS1 Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Biosensor. J Vis Exp. 2019 Jan 12;(143). doi: 10.3791/58739.

Rizza A, Walia A, Lanquar V, Frommer WB, Jones AM. In vivo gibberellin gradients visualized in rapidly elongating tissues. Nature Plants 2017. 

Rizza A., Boccaccini A., Lopez-Vidriero I., Costantino P. and Vittorioso P. (2011) Inactivation of the ELIP1 and ELIP2 genes affects Arabidopsis seed germination. New Phytologist, 190 896–905

Gabriele S*, Rizza A*, Martone J, Circelli P, Costantino P, and Vittorioso P. (2010) The Dof protein DAG1 mediates PIL5 activity on seed germination by negatively regulating GA biosynthetic gene AtGA3ox1. Plant Journal, 61(2):312-23 (*equal contribution)