I am an Argentinian Plant Biology Researcher passionate about gene expression regulation in plants. Currently, I study how translational regulation mediated by uORFs is involved in temperature sensing.
My passion in science originates when I was young from my desire to help farmers in my home country. Now I have more than ten years of experience in academic research and vast expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry and plant physiology.
But is not all about hard science! I really enjoy teaching and I love to develop new engaging activities for science communication and outreach.
I always felt curious about how a particular gene is only expressed when and where is needed (a.k.a: gene expression regulation). That is why during my PhD I studied the gene expression regulation mediated by HD-Zip I transcription factors in Arabidopsis thaliana, focusing on the natural function of several members of this family, both in normal grown conditions and during different kind of abiotic stresses (drought, cold, salinity). Doing so I learned a lot about transcriptional regulation, but at the end of the PhD I dive into another amazing world, which is translational regulation... Since then I am fascinated about how little we understand about it and how much potential there is in there for crop biotechnology, synthetic biology, molecular farming and many other fields...
I really enjoy developing new creative and original activities to talk about science (especially plant science!!) with kids and families.
I was part of the SLCU Outreach committee, where I learned a lot and I had the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers in developing activities for science festivals, masterclasses, and online engagement.
I'm particularly interested in bringing science to schools and homes in the Argentinian countryside, where I was born. I would love to contact teachers working in the area to talk about new possibilities!
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As part of ARG Plant Women, the Network of Argentinian Women working in Plant Biology, I developed and delivered a series of workshops about effective communication in science, where I mixed my enthusiasm for graphic design together with the knowledge gained after so many years of scientific congresses and presentations.