Francesco Licausi


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Francesco Licausi is Associate Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK.

He is also Affiliate Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy.


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Phone: +39-0502216553


Studies and Qualification

  • Bsc in  Biotechnologies, with full marks (2004, University of Parma)
  • MSc in Plant and Microorganism Biotechnologies, with full marks (2006, University of Pisa, Italy).
  • Degree in Biotechnologies and Agricultural Sciences, with full marks (2007, Scuola Superiore  S.Anna (SSSUP), Pisa, Italy).
  • PhD in Agrobiosciences in  cotutelle de thèse  (2007-2010, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy) and University of Potsdam (Germany)).
  • Postdoctoral fellowship (2010-2011, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Energy Metabolism Research Group, Golm, Germany).
  • Assistant Professor (2011-2015, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy).


  • 2012 FESPP Award (Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiology Award, Freiburg, Germany)
  • 2012 Jeff Schell Prize for Outstanding publication in the frame of postdoctoral work (Golm, Germany)
  • Premio Spitali for best PhD Thesis 2010-2011 (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)
  • Outstanding Scientist Award (International Society of Plant Anaerobiosis, Los Banos, the Philippines, October 2013)

Research interests

  • Regulation of plant development (vegetative and reproduction) by oxygen availability in plants
  • Mechanisms of oxygen perception in plants
  • Regulation of cannabinoid biosynthesis in Cannabis sativa
  • Synthetic biology in plant cells