Gaia Pigino

Scientific Career

Since 2012
Research Group Leader at the MPI-CBG
EMBO Long Term fellow, Laboratory of Biomolecular Research (BMR), Department of Biology and Chemistry, PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute), Switzerland
Postdoctoral research fellow, Institute for Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), Zurich, Switzerland
Postdoctoral research fellow, Laboratory of Cryo-techniques for Electron Microscopy, Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Italy
PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Italy
Research assistant, Department of Environmental Sciences G. Sarfatti and Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Italy
Master of Science (MSc) in Natural Science, University of Siena, Italy


EMBO Long Term fellowship
Research fellowship from the “Ministero Italiano dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca”


Ludek Stepanek, Gaia Pigino. Microtubule doublets are double-track railways for intraflagellar transport trains. Science, 352(6286) 721-724 (2016) 


Gerard W Dougherty, Niki T Loges, Judith A Klinkenbusch, Heike Olbrich, Petra Pennekamp, Tabea Menchen, Johanna Raidt, Julia Wallmeier, Claudius Werner, Cordula Westermann, Christian Ruckert, Virginia Mirra, Rim Hjeij, Yasin Memari, Richard Durbin, Anja Kolb-Kokocinski, Kavita Praveen, Mohammad A Kashef, Sara Kashef, Fardin Eghtedari, Karsten Häffner, Pekka Valmari, György Baktai, Micha Aviram, Lea Bentur, Israel Amirav, Erica E Davis, Nicholas Katsanis, Martina Brueckner, Artem Shaposhnykov, Gaia Pigino, Bernd Dworniczak, Heymut Omran. DNAH11 Localization in the Proximal Region of Respiratory Cilia Defines Distinct Outer Dynein Arm Complexes. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol, Art. No. doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2015-0353OC (2016) 


Diaz A., Malkova B., Holler M., Guizar-Sicairos M., Lima E., Panneels V., Pigino G., Greet Bittermann A., Wettstein L., Tomizaki T., Bunk O., Schertler G., Ishikawa T., Wepf R., Menzel A. Three-dimensional mass density mapping of cellular ultrastructure by ptychographic X-ray nanotomography. J Struct Biol, 192(3) 461-469 (2015) 


Vartiainen I, Holzer C, Mohacsi I, Karvinen P, Diaz A, Pigino G, David C. Artifact characterisation and reduction in scanning X-ray Zernike phase contrast microscopy. Opt Express, 23(10)13278-93 (2015)


Pigino G., Cantele F., Vannuccini E., Lanzavecchia S., Paccagnini E., Lupetti P. Electron tomography of IFT particles. In: Cilia, Part A. (Eds.) Wallace F. Marshall Methods in Enzymology ; 524.,Amsterdam, Netherlands,Elsevier (2013),325-342 Ch. 18 


Pigino, G., and T. Ishikawa. Axonemal radial spokes: 3D structure, function and assembly. Bioarchitecture. 2:50–58 (2012).


Pigino, G., Maheshwari, A., Bui, K.H., Shingyoji, C., Kamimura, S. and T. Ishikawa. Comparative structural analysis of eukaryotic flagella and cilia from Chlamydomonas, Tetrahymena, and sea urchins. J Structural Biol. 178:199-206 (2012).


Pigino, G., Bui, K.H., Maheshwari, A., Lupetti, P., Diener, D. and T. Ishikawa. Cryo-electron tomography of radial spokes in cilia and flagella. J. Cell Biol. 195:673–687 (2011).


Bui KH., Pigino G., Ishikawa T. Three-dimensional structural analysis of eukaryotic flagella/cilia by electron cryo-tomography. J Synchrotron Radiat. 18(1): 2-5 (2011).


Pigino, G., Geimer, S., Lanzavecchia, S., Paccagnini, E., Cantele, F., Diener, D., Rosenbaum, J.L. and P. Lupetti. Electron-tomographic analysis of intraflagellar transport particle trains in situ. J Cell Biol. 187:135–148 (2009).


Cantele F., Paccagnini E., Pigino G., Lupetti P., Lanzavecchia S. Simultaneous alignment of dual-axes tilt series. J Struct Biol 169: 192–199 (2010).


Salvi, E., Cantele, F., Zampighi, L., Fain, N., Pigino, G., Zampighi, G., Lanzavecchia, S. JUST (Java User Segmentation Tool) for semi-automatic segmentation of tomographic maps. J Struct Biol 161: 287-297 (2008).


Caruso, T., Pigino, G., Bernini, F., Bargagli, R., Migliorini, M. The Berger Parker index as an effective tool for monitoring the biodiversity of disturbed soils: a case study on Mediterranean oribatid (Acari: Oribatida) assemblages. Biodiversity and Conservation 16(12): 3277-3285 (2007).


Pigino, G., Migliorini, M., Paccagnini, E., Bernini, F. Localisation of heavy metals in the midgut epithelial cells of Xenillus tegeocranus (Hermann, 1804) (Acari: Oribatida). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 64: 257- 263 (2006).


Pigino, G., Migliorini, M., Paccagnini, E., Bernini, F., Leonzio, C. Fine structure of the midgut and Malpighian papillae in Campodea (Monocampa) quilisi Silvestri, 1932 (Hexapoda, Diplura) with special reference to the metal composition and physiological significance of midgut intracellular electron-dense granules. Tissue and Cell 37: 223-232 (2005).


Migliorini, M., Pigino, G., Caruso, T., Fanciulli, P.P., Leonzio, C., Bernini, F. Soil communities (Acari Oribatida; Hexapoda Collembola) in a clay pigeon shooting range. Pedobiologia 49: 1-13 (2005).


Migliorini, M., Pigino, G., Bianchi, N., Bernini, F., Leonzio, C. The effects of heavy metal contamination onthe soil arthropod community of a shooting range. Environmental Pollution 129: 331-340 (2004).



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