Plant Signaling Laboratory

 

Faculty

Miguel A. Blázquez is a Senior Researcher of the Spanish Scientific Research Council and founder of the group in 2001. He did his PhD on the regulation of yeast glycolysis at the Gancedo Lab (IIB, Madrid, Spain), and then moved onto plant reproductive development as a postdoc in the Weigel Lab (Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA). His current interest in plant signaling stems from his work around the role of gibberellins in the regulation of flowering time. He was appointed EMBO Young Investigator in 2003, and spent a sabbatical year in the Parcy Lab (CEA-CNRS, Grenoble, France).

David Alabadí is a Senior Researcher of the Spanish Scientific Research Council since 2002. His PhD in polyamine research in the Carbonell Lab (IBMCP, Valencia, Spain) was followed by a postdoctoral stay in the Kay Lab (Scripps Institute, La Jolla, CA) working on the Arabidopsis circadian clock, before returning to Valencia.

Postdoctoral researchers

graduate students

Eugenio G. Minguet is a Biologist from the University of Valencia (UV). He was awarded a PhD in July 2008, thanks to his work on the role of ACL5 in xylem differentiation and his studies on the evolutionary origin of aminopropyl transferases. He did a postdoc in the Parcy Lab (CEA-CNRS, Grenoble, France), specializing in structure-function analyses of plant transcription factors, and now he works with us on the spatial regulation of hormone signaling.

Federico Grau Enguix is an Agronomical Engineer from the Polytechnical University of Valencia (UPV). He was working in the Functional Genomics Division of the Plant Systems Biology (PSB) (Ghent, Belgium) on peptide signalling in Arabidopsis and now leads our chemical genetics project.

Amelia Felipo Benavent joined the group when she became a BSc in Biotechnology and MSc in Biomedical Biotechnology (Polytechnical University of Valencia). She is interested in the regulation of meristem function by DELLA proteins and their interactors. Her research is funded by a FPI Fellowship of the Spanish Government.

Asier Briones Moreno holds a BsC in Biotechnology from the Polytechnical University of Valencia and a MSc in Molecular Genetic and Cellular Biology from the University of Valencia He joined our lab to study the evolution of DELLA funcion with a FPU Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Cristina Marí holds a BsC in Biotechnology from the Polytechnical University of Valencia. She joined our lab to study novel prefoldin functions as part of her Master’s Thesis, and later got a FPU Fellowship from our University to finish her PhD studies on prefoldin nuclear functions.

Noel Blanco Touriñán comes from A Coruña and holds a BsC in Biotechnology from the University of Salamanca. He enrolled in our Master in 2013 and helped Amelia unravel the connection between DELLAs and meristem function. For his PhD, he has become part of the “prefoldin” team.

David Esteve Bruna became a Biologist in his home city, at the University of Alicante (UA). He obtained both his MSc and his PhD in the Micol lab at the Unit of Genetics of the Institute of Bioengineering of the Miguel Hernández University (Elche, Spain) working on Arabidopsis leaf mutants. After a brief stay at the Helariutta Lab (Helsinki, Finland), he joined our lab in November 2014 to get deeper insights into the nuclear functions of the DELLA-interacting prefoldin complex.

ASSOCIATED RESEARCHERS

Pedro Carrasco is a Professor in Biology at the University of Valencia (UV), where he has been acting as Vicechancellor of Research for the past four years before taking a sabbaticcal leave in our lab during 2015. His main interest in the recent past is the response of plants under ozone stress, and he is bringing his expertise in biochemistry to the prefoldin project.

Jorge Hernández holds a BsC in Biology from the University of Salamanca. He enrolled in our Master in 2013. In the lab, he investigated the mechanism for the circadian regulation of the gibberellin receptors, and now he is interested in the ancestral functions of DELLA proteins. He holds a FPU Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Francisco Marco is a Professor in Biology at the University of Valencia (UV). His main interest is the study of the interplay between development and stress responses, and he contributes to the group with his expertise in genomic analyses.

Juan Carbonell is a Senior Researcher of the Spanish Scientific Research Council. His main reserch interests are focused on the function of plant polyamines, hormonal regulation of early fruit development and the senescence of reproductive organs. He has made postdoctoral and sabbaticcal stays at UC Berkeley and The Salk Institute.

Javier Agustí holds a Ramón y Cajal contract awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy to lead an independent research line on environmental control of vascular development, using both Arabidopsis and cassava. He comes from the University of Oxford, where he held a position as Lecturer and group leader. Previously, his training started as an Agronomical Engineer at the IVIA in Valencia, and then a postdoctoral position at the Gregor Mendel Institute in Vienna (Austria) in the Greb Lab. 

Marco Gudiño is a microbiologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, doing his PhD under the joint supervision with Prof. Federico Navarro (Department of Microbiology of the U. Complutense de Madrid). He is interested in the effects of microbial compounds on plant hormone signaling pathways.