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Eleonora Cominelli


Phone: +390223699421 Fax: +390223699411

cominelli * ibba.cnr.it


Ongoing projects

2014-2017: Participation in CERES project "Combining new phenotyping approaches and next generation sequencing to accelerate breeding in pearl millet, an orphan cereal from arid regions - NewPearl", funded by Fondazione Cariplo-Fondation Agropolis

2015 Beam time allocation for beamlineTWINMIC for experiment 20145056. Title: Spatial distribution of Fe, Mg, Zn and P in common bean low phytic acid-1 mutant seeds. Main Proposer. Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste.Valore finanziario pari a 61,488.00 Euro.

2014 Beam time allocation for beamline ID 21 for Experiment LS-2374. Title: Iron distribution and Fe chemical form in common bean and maize low phytic acid (lpa) mutants. Coproposer. European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France.

2013-2015 Participation in CNR-Regione Lombardia “Filagro” Project (2013-2015), in the WP8 "Improvement of bean seeds quality"

2013-2015 Participation in Bilateral project CNR-CONACYT (Mexico) Project (2013-2015) “Response and adaptation to drought in common bean during symbiotic nitrogen fixation: exploring new mutants for better seed quality and sustainable crop production”



From September 2011: Researcher, Istituto di Biologia e Biotecnologia Agraria, CNR, Milan. Field of activity: seed biofortification, regulation of phytic acid biosynthesis and transport.

1999-September 2011: Awarded different fellowships in the Plant functional genomics laboratory, Department of Biosciences, Università degli Studi di Milano-. Field of activity: flavonoid biosynthesis and plant drought response.

September 2003 visiting scientist in Dr. Alain Vavasseur's laboratory, CEN de Cadarache”, France



2011: PhD in Genetics and Biomolecular Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano.

1999: Specialization in Applied Genetics, University of Milan.

November 1998: visiting PhD student in Prof. Jonathan Jones' laboratory, Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Center, Norwich (UK).

1996: Degree in Biological Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano.


Prize and Honours

December 2008: winner of the Regione Lombardia prize “Ricercatissimi, Premio Ricerca ed Internazionalizzazione”



Participation to the COST Action FA 0905 Mineral Improved Crop Production for Healthy Food and Feed.

SIGA member.



E. COMINELLI, G. Orozco-Arroyo, F. Sparvoli. Phytic acid biosynthesis and transport in Phaseolus vulgaris: exploitation of new genomic resources. F. Marsolais, M. Perez de la Vega, M. Santalla (eds.), In  The Phaseolus (Common Bean) Genome - Compendium of Plant Genomes – Springer. In press.
S. Mayo,  E. COMINELLI,  F. Sparvoli,  O. González-López,  A. Rodríguez-González, S. Gutierrez and  P. A. Casquero. Development of a qPCR strategy to select bean genes involved in plant defence response and regulated by the Trichoderma velutinum - Rhizoctonia solani interaction. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:1109
F. Sparvoli, M. Laureati, R. Pilu, E. Pagliarini, I. Toschi, G. Giuberti, P. Fortunati, M.G. Daminati, E. COMINELLI and R. Bollini (2016). Exploitation of common bean flours with low antinutrient content for making nutritionally enhanced biscuits. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7:928.
F. Sparvoli, R. Bollini, E. COMINELLI (2015). Nutritional value. Pages 291-328. Antonio M. De Ron (ed.), In Grain legumes. Handbook of plant breeding series. ISBN 978-1-4939-2796-8. Springer Science, New York (USA).

E. Baldoni, A. Genga, E. COMINELLI (2015). Plant MYB transcription factors: Their role in drought response mechanisms. International Journal of Molecular Sciences,16:15811-15851.

F. Sparvoli, E. COMINELLI (2014) "Phytate Transport by MRPs"M. Geisler (ed.), Plant ABC Transporters, Signaling and Communication in Plants 22, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-06511-3_2, Springer International Publishing Switzerland

A. Albertini, F. Simeoni, M. Galbiati, H. Bauer, C. Tonelli, E. COMINELLI (2014). Involvement of the Arabidopsis vacuolar processing enzyme γVPE in response to water stress. Biologia Plantarum: 58 (3): 531-538, 2014

F. Rusconi, F. Simeoni, P. Francia, E. COMINELLI, L. Conti, M. Riboni, L. Simoni, C.R. Martin, C. Tonelli and M. Galbiati (2013). The AtMYB60 promoter provides a tool for the spatio-temporal control of gene expression in stomatal guard cells. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64, 3361–3371

E. COMINELLI, L. Conti, C. Tonelli and M. Galbiati (2013). Challenges and perspectives to improve crop drought and salinity tolerance. New Biotechnology, 30: 355-361.

E. COMINELLI, M. Galbiati, A. Albertini, F. Fornara, L. Conti, G. Coupland and C. Tonelli (2011). DOF-binding sites additively contribute to guard cell-specificity of AtMYB60 promoter. BMC Plant Biology, 11:162.

M. Galbiati, J.T. Matus, P. Francia, F. Rusconi, P. Cañón, C. Medina, L. Conti, E. COMINELLI, C. Tonelli and P. Arce-Johnson (2011). The grapevine guard cell-related VvMYB60 transcription factor is involved in the regulation of stomatal activity and is differentially expressed in response to ABA and osmotic stress. BMC Plant Biology, 11:142.

E. COMINELLI, M. Galbiati and C. Tonelli (2010). Transcription factors controlling stomatal movements and drought tolerance. Transcription, 1:1, 41-45.

E. COMINELLI, C. Tonelli (2010). Transgenic crops coping with water scarcity. New Biotechnology, 27: 473-477.

E. COMINELLI, C. Tonelli (2009). A new role for plant R2R3-MYB transcription factors in cell cycle regulation. Cell Research, 19:1231-1232.

N. A. Eckardt, E. Cominelli, M. Galbiati and C. Tonelli (2009). The future of Science: Food and Water for Life. The Plant Cell, 21: 368-372.

E. COMINELLI, M. Galbiati, C. Tonelli and C. Bowler (2009). Water, the invisible problem. EMBO reports, 7: 671-675.

E. COMINELLI, T. Sala, D. Calvi, G. Gusmaroli and C. Tonelli (2008). Overexpression of the Arabidopsis AtMYB41 gene alters cell expansion and leaf surface permeability. The Plant Journal, 53: 53–64.

M. Galbiati, L. Simoni, G. Pavesi, E. COMINELLI, P. Francia, A. Vavasseur, T. Nelson, M. Bevan and C. Tonelli (2008). Gene trap lines identify Arabidopsis genes expressed in stomatal guard cells. The Plant Journal, 53:750-762.

E. COMINELLI, G. Gusmaroli, D. Allegra, M. Galbiati, H. K. Wade, G. I. Jenkins and C. Tonelli (2008). Expression analysis of anthocyanin regulatory genes in response to different light qualities in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Plant Physiology, 165: 886-894.

E. COMINELLI, M. Galbiati and C. Tonelli (2008). Integration of water stress response: cell expansion and cuticle deposition in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 3: 556-557.

P. Francia, L. Simoni, E. COMINELLI, C. Tonelli and M. Galbiati (2008). Gene trap-based identification of a guard cell promoter in Arabidopsis. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 3: 684-686.

E. COMINELLI, M. Galbiati, A. Vavasseur, L.Conti, T.Sala, M. Vuylsteke, N. Leonhardt, S.L. Dellaporta, C. Tonelli (2005).. A guard cell-specific MYB transcription factor regulates stomatal movements and plant drought tolerance. Current Biology, 15: 1196-1200.

K. Petroni, E. COMINELLI, G. Consonni, G. Gusmaroli, G. Gavazzi, C. Tonelli (2000). The developmental expression of the maize regulatory gene Hopi determines germination-dependent anthocyanin accumulation. Genetics, 155: 323-336.

H. Jin, E. COMINELLI, P.Bailey, A. Parr, F. Mehrtens, J. Jones, C. Tonelli, B. Weisshaar, C. Martin (2000). Transcriptional repression by AtMYB4 controls production of UV-protecting sunscreens in Arabidopsis. The EMBO Journal, 19: 6150-6161.

K. Petroni, G. Gusmaroli, E. COMINELLI, D. Allegra, C. Tonelli (2000). MYB transcription factors in Arabidopsis. Current Topics in Plant Biology, 2: 93-106.

R. C. Meissner, H. Jin, E. COMINELLI, M. Denekamp, A. Fuertes, R. Greco, H.D. Kranz, S. Penfield, K. Petroni, A. Urzainqui, C. Martin, J. Paz-Ares, S. Smeekens, C. Tonelli, B. Weisshaar, E. Baumann, V. Klimyuk, S. Marillonet, K. Patel, E. Speulman, A. Tissier, D. Bouchez, J. Jones, A. Pereira, E. Wisman, M. Bevan (1999). Function search in a large transcription factor gene family in Arabidopsis: assessing the potential of reverse genetics to identify insertion mutants in R2R3MYB genes. The Plant Cell, 11: 1827-1840.

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