Rosamaria Caniato

Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, University of Padova
via F. Marzolo 5, 35131 Padova - Italy
Position: Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology (SSD BIO/15)
FAX +39-049-827-5366
skype: rosy caniato

  Short CV Caniato

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology (SSD BIO/15).
Academic qualifications:
1981 graduated at the University of Padova (Faculty of Pharmacy)
Working experiences:
- from 1983/84 to 1991/92 researcher in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Padova;
- since 1992 Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Padova;
- in 1997 short visit, Department of Chemistry (Prof. Kutney) University of British Columbia – Vancouver Canada
- on January 2014: titled to Full Professor in Botany (05/A1) (National Scientific Abilitation)
- from 2007 to 2014 and from 2017 to now, bachelor coordinator in Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Padova
- member of Società Italiana di Fitochimica (SIF) and Società Botanica Italiana (SBI). She has been board member of “Group of medicinal plants” of SBI and from 2016 of the scientific society SIF; member of the scientific committee of the journal L’Erborista.
- Component of Funded National Projects (ex 40%):
Her main scientific interests are in the field of medicinal plants with the following research lines:
- chemical characterization and identification of new natural sources of biologically active compounds
- localization of biologically active compounds by histochemical and micro-chemical techniques
- biosynthetic potentialities of cell cultures derived from medicinal plants and biotechnological applications thereof.

Organizing activity:
- two national Congress , one national SIF School and two workshops
- referee for Journal of international journals
61 articles published in peer-reviewed international journals (1 review), over several communications to national and international congresses


  Office hours

monday 11.00 AM-12.00 AM

  Availability for Thesis Projects

Positions for experimental and article-based theses are available. The main experimental activities concern plant cell cultures and medicinal plant study. Self-proposed article-based thesis arguments are also welcome. Contact us for more informations.


  Scientific Activities

1. plants both as source of important secondary metabolites useful for pharmaceutical purposes and as food ingredients with the following research lines:

- identification and chemical characterization of new natural source of biologically active compounds;
- development of new analysis approaches for natural products;

- use sustainable and conservation solutions: biosynthesis and accumulation of natural products in in vitro cell cultures, development of systems for in vitro secondary metabolites production, and micropropagation of medicinal and endangered plants;

- morphological, histochemical, ultrastructural and chemical characterization of plants with pharmaceutical and toxicological interest;

- characterization of enzymatic activity in plant cell culture to obtain valuable derivatives with industrial prospects;

- in vitro biocatalysis and enzyme production to develop processes in enabling green chemistries;

2. algae both as food resource and raw material for obtaining phytochemicals.

  Technical expertise

in vitro plant cultures techniquesunder sterile conditions: callus and suspension cultures, micropropagation (direct and indirect organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis), and shoot and root cultures, selection of “high-producing” somaclones;

- secondary metabolite purification and characterization techniques (LC, TLC, HPLC, spectroscopy);

- pharmacognostic analysis techniques: macro- and micromorphology evaluation (stereomicroscopy, optical microscopy, SEM and TEM); histochemical analyses.


Badocco D., Di Marco V., Piovan A., Caniato R., Pastore P. (2016). A procedure for the quantification of total iodine by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, and its application to the determination of iodine in algae sampled in the lagoon of Venice. ANALYTICAL METHODS, vol. 8, p. 7545-7551, ISSN: 1759-9660, doi: 10.1039/C6AY02204A
Marzocchi Mara, Badocco Denis, Piovan Anna, Pastore Paolo, Valerio Di Marco, Filippini Raffaella, Caniato Rosamaria (2016). Metals in Undaria pinnatifida (Harvey) Suringar and Sargassum muticum (Yendo) Fensholt edible seaweeds growing around Venice (Italy). JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY, p. 1-9, ISSN: 0921-8971, doi: 10.1007/s10811-016-0793-8
PIOVAN A., CANIATO R., FILIPPINI R., CHIESURA F., DALLA VECCHIA F. (2015). Morphological and phytochemical aspects of three alien Opuntia species on Euganean Hills in North-Eastern Italy. PLANT BIOSYSTEMS, vol. 149, p. 788-796, ISSN: 1126-3504, doi: 10.1080/11263504.2013.870248
PIOVAN A, FILIPPINI R, DALLA VECCHIA F, CANIATO R (2014). Comparative study of leaf morphology, phenolics and methylxanthines in Camellia sinensis teas from the italian market. JOURNAL OF PHARMACOGNOSY AND PHYTOCHEMISTRY, vol. 2, p. 154-160, ISSN: 2278-4136
ANNA PIOVAN, ROSY CANIATO, RAFFAELLA FILIPPINI (2014). Somatic embryogenesis and glucosinolate/myrosinase system in vulnerable Brassica repanda subsp. glabrescens (Poldini) Gómez-Campo. SCIENTIA HORTICULTURAE, vol. 172, p. 317-324, ISSN: 0304-4238, doi: 10.1016/j.scienta.2014.04.027
PIOVAN A, FILIPPINI R, CANIATO R (2013). Crambe tataria: the glucosinolate/myrosinase system in vivo and in vitro.. NATURAL PRODUCT COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 8, p. 1615-1616, ISSN: 1934-578X
PIOVAN A, SERAGLIA R, BRESIN B, CANIATO R, FILIPPINI R (2013). Fucoxanthin from Undaria pinnatifida: photostability and coextractive effects. MOLECULES, vol. 18, p. 6298-6310, ISSN: 1420-3049, doi: 10.3390/molecules18066298
FILIPPINI R., PIOVAN A., CANIATO R. (2011). Substitution of Vaccinium myrtillus L. for Aronia melanocarpa (Michx) Elliott in a commercial batch. PLANT BIOSYSTEMS, vol. 145, p. 175-181, ISSN: 1126-3504, doi: 10.1080/11263504.2010.543790
PIOVAN A., FILIPPINI R, CANIATO R (2010). A Semi-quantitative FIA-ESI-MS Method for the Rapid Screening of Hypericum perforatum Crude Extracts. NATURAL PRODUCT COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 5, p. 431-434, ISSN: 1934-578X
PIOVAN A, COZZA G, CANIATO R, MORO S, FILIPPINI R. (2010). A novel glucosyltransferase from Catharanthus roseus cell suspensions. PROCESS BIOCHEMISTRY, vol. 45, p. 655-659, ISSN: 1359-5113, doi: 10.1016/j.procbio.2009.12.014
PIOVAN A, CANIATO R., CAPPELLETTI E.M, FILIPPINI R (2010). Organogenesis from shoot segments and via callus of endangered Kosteletzkya pentacarpos (L.) Ledeb.. PLANT CELL TISSUE AND ORGAN CULTURE, vol. 100, p. 309-315, ISSN: 0167-6857, doi: 10.1007/s11240-009-9652-5
FILIPPINI R., PIOVAN A, BORSARINI A, CANIATO R (2010). Study of dynamic accumulation of secondary metabolites in three subspecies of Hypericum perforatum. FITOTERAPIA, vol. 81, p. 115-119, ISSN: 1971-551X, doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2009.08.002
FILIPPINI R, PIOVAN A, CAPPELLETTI E.M., CANIATO R (2009). Embriogenesi somatica in alcune specie rare ed a rischio di estinzione: prospettive e applicazioni. ITALUS HORTUS, vol. 16 (2), p. 189-193, ISSN: 1127-3496
MULINACCI N, GIACCHERINI C, SANTAMARIA AR, CANIATO R., FERRARI F, VALLETTA A, VINCIERI F.F, PASQUA G (2008). Anthocyanins and xanthones in the calli and regenerated shoots of Hypericum perforatum var. angustifolium (sin. Frohlich) Borkh. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY, vol. 46, p. 1-7, ISSN: 0981-9428, doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2007.12.005
PASQUA G, SANTAMARIA AR, CANIATO R., FILIPPINI R (2008). Somatic embryogenesis and shoot regeneration from leaf derived callus of Hypericum perforatum var. angustifolium (sin. Fröhlich) Borkh. PLANT BIOSYSTEMS, vol. 142, p. 106-110, ISSN: 1126-3504, doi: 10.1080/11263500701872648