Matteo Grenzi: Plant Physiology First Author

Matteo Grenzi, co-first author of “Simultaneous imaging of ER and cytosolic Ca2+ dynamics reveals long-distance ER Ca2+ waves in plants”

Current position: PhD student, Department of Biosciences, University of Milan (Italy)

Education: B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Milan (Italy)

Non-scientific Interests: Piano playing, Hiking, Running, Manga

Brief bio: My journey in the field of plant research has begun in 2017, when I joined the laboratory of Prof. Alex Costa to undertake my M.Sc. internship. During this time, I investigated the role of Glutamate Receptor-Like channels (GLRs) as regulators of calcium signals in response to abiotic stimuli. This was a key experience to maturate the passion for live-imaging, so in 2018 I started the PhD in the same laboratory to go further. At present, I am trying to uncover the molecular mechanisms through which GLRs regulate long-distance signalling in plants. For this purpose, I am deepening different microscopy techniques and develop new imaging approaches to study how an exogenous and endogenous stimuli affect calcium homeostasis, from a single cell to the entire organism.