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Cristina Calestani

Associate Professor
Valdosta State University


Dr. Cristina Calestani is currently working as a Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Valdosta State University , Georgia. His research interests includes molecular and cellular mechanisms, gene regulatory networks and integrative biology. . He is serving as an editorial member and reviewer of several international reputed journals. Dr. Cristina Calestani is the member of many international affiliations. He has successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities. He has authored of many research articles/books related to molecular and cellular mechanisms, gene regulatory networks and integrative biology. .

Research Interest

My research focuses on the study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate embryo development. My model organism of choice is the sea urchin, a marine invertebrate. In my research program I have adopted a systems biology approach combined with an integrative biology perspective. My primary research interest involves the study of the structure and function of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) acting from fertilization to the formation of differentiated tissues. Study of the sea urchin Gene Regulatory Network (GRN) for pigment cell development. Study of the sea urchin pigment cell function. Study of the reproductive biology of the mussel Mytella charruana: sex reversal in response to food availability.


  • Calestani C. and Rogers D. (2010). Cis-regulatory analysis of the sea urchin pigment cell gene polyketide synthase. Dev. Biol. 340, 249-255.

  • Barsi J.C., Tu Q., Calestani C. and Davidson E.H. (2015). Genome-wide assessment of differential effector gene use in embryogenesis. Development, 142, 3892-3901

  • Calestani C., Moses M.S., Maestri E., Marmiroli N., Bray E.A. (2015). Constitutive expression of the barley gene aba2 enhances Arabidopsis germination in response to salt stress. Int. J. Plant Biol., 6, 20-27

  • Beele A. and Calestani C. (2012). Expression pattern of polyketide synthase-2 during sea urchin development. Gene Expr. Patterns, 12, 7-10. Epub 2011 Oct 5

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