Paolo received his PhD and MS in Horticulture from the University of Ancona, Italy. In 2007 he joined the Department of Horticulture of Michigan State University as assistant professor in viticulture. He has research (50%), extension (40%) and teaching (10%) responsibilities. Research focus is on vine physiology and cultural factors limiting vine growth, sustainable yield, fruit quality and their interaction with biotic and abiotic stress. Carbon assimilation, storage and partitioning are the major tools for his studies. His ultimate goal is to solve whole vine problems that will optimize vine productivity and fruit quality. He also has State responsibilities for evaluation of alternative wine cultivar of vitis vinifera and mixed species. He is affiliated with several professional societies; ASEV, ASEV-ES, ISHS and ASHS.