Dario Cantu

Dario Cantu will be speaking at the session The secret life of microbes

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Dario Cantu is Associate Professor of Systems Biology and Louis P. Martini endowed chair in viticulture in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California Davis.

He was born and raised in Milan, Italy, where he obtained both his BSc and MSc in Agricultural Sciences. Dario moved to Davis, California, in 2005 to pursue a PhD in Plant Biology at University of California, working on the interaction between Botrytis and ripening fruit.

After graduating in 2009 Dario joined the laboratory of Jorge Dubcovksy, where he pioneered the use of next generation sequencing technologies to study the interaction between plants and their associated microorganisms.

Since 2012 Dario has been a Faculty member in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, where he leads a research group that studies plant and microbial activities in a variety of contexts, from disease resistance, wood decomposition, to fruit ripening, and flavour development. Dario has authored more than 50 publications, most related to the interaction between plants and their pathogenic or beneficial microbial inhabitants.