New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 14

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Carloalberto Petti

Institution: South East Technological University

Country: Ireland

Carloalberto Petti is a Lecture in Bioscience in the South East Technological University, Ireland, where he has been teaching Biological-related subjects for the past 8 years. He was a Walsh fellow through Teagasc and obtained a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering from the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2008.

Carloalberto continued with research initially as a post-doctoral researcher at the University College Dublin (UCD) and then in the USA as a research associate in the Department of Horticulture in the University of Kentucky, Lexington (UKY). He has published in relevant international journals in the area of plant biology, plant genetic engineering, plant development, cellulose and lignin. Major areas of interest currently are the phenylpropanoid pathway, bio-economy and conservation of nature and its bio-diversity. He regularly serves as a reviewer of various scientific journals.

Current projects are in the area of conservation of nature and mycology. He is supervisor of 2 PhD students and numerous undergraduates in third and fourth year.

He has recently completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning whereby he has developed a keen interest in a number of thematic such as difficulties, knowledge, troublesome knowledge and threshold concepts. A current ongoing project is the establishment of Bioscience research projects as a threshold concept.

He has served as Co-Chair and coordinator of the local committee for the National project: the SURE Network and the SURE conference, whereby SURE stands for Science Undergraduate Research Experience.

Areas of expertise: in Science Molecular biology, genetic engineering, plant genetics, crop development a plant microbe interaction. In education main interests are Knowledge, difficulties and Threshold concepts.

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