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Mr Francesco Valente

Mr Francesco Valente

Research Student

 Geoffrey Pope Mezzanine floor – M01 office


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


I am a food scientist interested in plant-pathogens interaction and sub-cellular dynamics in plants.

I received my Bsc degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Perugia in 2012. I got my Msc with honours in Food biotechnology at the University of Perugia in 2015. During my bachelor I spent 6 months in Madrid (Spain) as an Erasmus student joining the Food Microbiology laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Fernando Calderon. During my final Msc year I joined Prof. Doohan’s Lab at the University College Dublin as a project student working in plant-microbe interaction, where I developed my interest in Molecular Plant Pathology.

I like travelling, photography and watch football when I am not in the lab.


Project Title: Understanding the precision-guidance of secretion in plants using biophotonics and plant pathology

Supervisors: Dr Stefano Pagliara Dr Mike Deeks

Broad research specialisms

I am currently enrolled in a PhD degree in Molecular Plant Science with primary supervisor Dr. Michael Deeks, co-supervised by Dr. Stefano Pagliara, group leader of MicrofluidicsExeter.

Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Microfluidics, High Resolution Microscopy


2015 Msc degree with honours in Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Perugia, Italy.

2015 Advanced course in food safety, Catholic University of Milan, Milano, Italy

2013 The Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy

2012 Bsc degree 2:1 in Food Science and Technology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy

2014 Erasmus traineeship scholarship, University College Dublin, Dublin Ireland

2011 Erasmus student scholarship, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain


Research interests

Project Title: Understanding the precision-guidance of secretion in plants using biophotonics and plant pathology

Supervisors: I supervisor Dr. Michael J Deeks

                     II supervisor Dr. Stefano Pagliara

                     III supervisor Prof. Nicholas Smirnoff

Funding Body: NERC/College of Life and Environmental Science

Project Description: I am interested in understanding the early plant immune response using pathogenic fungi and microfluidics technology.


SEB 2017, Gothenburg Travel grant to attend the SEB annual meeting

IPMB2018 Montpellier, Travel fellowship

COB, Company of Biologist, Travel Grant to attend IPMB2018

Poster presentation “Sub-cellular responses of the wheat immune system to pathogenic fungi”

SEB (Society of Experimental Biology) membership

BSPP (British Society of Plant Pathology) membership

University of Exeter, CLEScon2017 committee


Supervision / Group

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