He’s Rector of Sant’Anna School and will remain in office for six years, until May 2019.
Since 2004 he is at the Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, where he held the positions of Full Professor of Plant Physiology, Director of the Agrobiodiversity International Doctoral Programme, Dean of the Faculty of Experimental Sciences and Deputy Vice-Rector.
From 1991 to 1999 he held the position of assistant professor in plant physiology at the University of Pisa and from 1999 to 2000 he was associate professor of plant physiology at the University of Bari. In 2000 he was full professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia where he also served as Vice Dean at the School of Agriculture in 2003.
In 1987 he worked as visiting researcher scholar at SCLAVO (now part of Novartis) Research Centre in Siena; from 1991 to 1992 he holds the position of JSPS post-doctoral fellow at Nagoya University – Japan, where he served as Visiting Scientist from 1996 to 1997.
In 1994 Pierdomenico Perata received the prestigious FESPP Award (Awarded by the Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiology at its biannual FESPB Congress to two young scientists under the age of 35, for excellence in their scientific achievements). From 2009 he is member of the National Academy of Sciences known as Society of the XL; he is also a member of the Georgofili Academy from 2008.
Pierdomenico Perata carries out his research activity on plant physiology mainly focusing on molecular biology. He particularly addressed the following topics: physiology of stress, interaction between primary metabolism and hormonal physiology, synthesis of natural colorants for nutraceutical uses.
During his assistant professors’ career he has supposed and shown experimentally as starch’s metabolism represents an essential metabolic intersection for plants tolerance to hypoxia.
Pierdomenico Perata earned his M. Sc. Degree in agricultural sciences at the University of Pisa in 1985 and at the same time he received his Second-level Sant’Anna School honors diploma. In 1987 he also obtained the Diploma di Perfezionamento at Sant’Anna School. In 1990 he earned his PhD in agricultural biology at the University of Pisa.