General Info

Callaini Giuliano - Full Professor/Professore Ordinario


Office/Ufficio: +39 (0)577 234475

Laboratory/Laboratorio: +39 (0)577 234418

Fax: +39 (0)577 234476


Research Interest
  • Centriole structure and biogenesis in Insects
  • Spindle organization during Drosophila meiosis and mitosis.
  • Wolbachia interaction in insect development
  • Drosophila stem cells
Curriculum Vitae

1978: Doctoral graduation with honors in Biological Sciences - University of Siena, Italy

Current position:
Full Professor of Developmental Biology -  University of Siena, Italy

Previous positions:
1981 – C.N.R. Felloship, Instut of Zoology, University of Siena
1983-1992 - Staff scientist -Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Italy
1992-2000 - Associate Professor of Zoology - University of Siena, Italy
2000-to date - Full Professor of Developmental Biology,-University of Siena, Italy

Reviewer for Journal of Cell Science,  Experimental Cell Research, Tissue & Cell, Insect Molecular Biology, Development, Plos One.

Selected Publications

– Riparbelli, M.G. and Callaini, G. (2007). The Drosophila parkin homologue is required for normal mitochondrial dynamics during spermiogenesis. Dev Biol. 303(1):108-20.

–  Riparbelli MG, Giordano R, Callaini G. (2007). Effects of Wolbachia on sperm maturation and architecture in Drosophila simulans Riverside. Mech Dev. 124: 699-714.

– Rodrigues-Martins A , Riparbelli M.G., Callaini G., Glover D. M. and  Bettencourt-Dias M. (2007). Revisiting the Role of the Mother Centriole in Centriole Biogenesis. Science 18 May 2007, Vol 316, Issue 5827: 1046-1050.

– Rodrigues-Martins A, Bettencourt-Dias M, Riparbelli M, Ferreira C, Ferreira I, Callaini G, Glover DM. (2007). DSAS-6 Organizes a Tube-like Centriole Precursor, and Its Absence Suggests Modularity in Centriole Assembly. Curr Biol. 17: 1465-1472.

– Riparbelli M.G., Callaini G. (2008). Drosophila parthenogenesis: a tool to decipher centrosomal vs acentrosomal spindle assembly pathways. Exp Cell Res. 314(7): 1617-25.

– Riparbelli MG, Colozza G, Callaini G. (2009). Procentriole elongation and recruitment of pericentriolar material are downregulated in cyst cells as they enter quiescence. J Cell Sci.

– Riparbelli MG, Dallai R, Mercati D, Bu Y, Callaini G. (2009). Centriole symmetry: a big tale from small organisms. Cell Motil Cytoskeleton. 66:1100-1105.

–  Riparbelli M.G., Callaini G. (2010). Detachment of the basal body from the sperm tail is not required to organize functional centrosomes during Drosophila embryogenesis. Cytoskeleton. 67: 251-8.

– Dzhindzhev NS, Yu QD, Weiskopf K, Tzolovsky G, Cunha-Ferreira I, Riparbelli MG, Rodrigues-Martins A, Bettencourt-Dias M, Callaini G, Glover DM. (2010). Asterless is a scaffold for the onset of centriole assembly. Nature. 467(7316): 714-718.

– Riparbelli MG, Callaini G. (2010) Male gametogenesis without centrioles. Dev. Biol. Oct 23. [Epub ahead of print]