Paola Rallo

Paola Rallo MSc

PhD Student


Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands



Plant species can significantly differ in their associated microbiomes, but how much intraspecific variation is there for these associations? I explore the genetic variation of grass microbiome recruitment and its functional role under environmental stress


After my BSc in Biotechnology at Parma University, Italy I chose to continue my MSc studies in Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology at Perugia University, Italy where I graduated in 2017. During my master studies I joined the Erasmus traineeship program that led me to Malaga University, Spain where I studied the genome of a pathogenic bacterial strain. In Malaga, besides single pathogens I started to be curious about microbes as a community and decided to move towards this direction.

In 2018 I worked as research assistant at Aarhus University, Denmark where I had the opportunity to learn more about microbial communities and their interaction with plants. I really enjoyed the topic so I decided to pursue a PhD position.

In 2019 I obtained a PhD position at the Terrestrial Ecology Department, NIOO-KNAW, Netherlands in a project under the supervision of Prof. Wim van der Putten (Terrestrial Ecology Department, NIOO-KNAW), Prof. Jan Kammenga (Nematology, Wageningen University, Dr. Koen Verhoeven (Terrestrial Ecology Department, NIOO-KNAW) and Dr. Emilia Hannula (Environmental Biology, Leiden University). The main goal of my PhD is to study the genetic variation of microbiome recruitment and its functional role under environmental stress.

Outdoor experiment
Root washing
Roots of several grass species



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