Alberto Carbonell (Principal Investigator)
Alberto Carbonell is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at IBMCP (UPV-CSIC, Valencia). His research has focused on the study of different areas of RNA biology in plants and viruses: from the basic understanding on how RNAs regulate gene expression and control or induce diseases to a more applied and biotechnological research aiming to engineer artificial RNAs for the efficient and selective control of plant gene expression or to repress pathogenic RNAs and generate disease resistance. A. Carbonell graduated in 2001 as Agricultural Engineer (major in Biotechnology) from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. During his PhD at IBMCP (defended with honours in 2008), he developed several RNA-based tools to engineer resistance in plants against viroids, small non-coding RNAs that induce disease in several plant species. In his first postdoc at CNB (Madrid; 2008-2009), he studied how RNA viruses induce infections in susceptible hosts, and identified several viral pathogenicity determinants in different Potyviridae proteins. In his second postdoc, at OSU (Corvallis, USA; 2009-2011) and DDPSC (St Louis, USA; 2011-2015), he investigated how plant small RNAs (sRNAs) function through their interaction with ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins. He also developed a platform including new molecular and bioinformatics tools for the simple, rapid and cost-effective design and generation of artificial sRNA constructs for highly specific and effective gene silencing in plants. Since his reintegration in 2015 at the IBMCP with a Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowship, he has focused in further understanding how AGO complexes function in posttranscriptional gene regulation and antiviral defense in plants. During his new position as Ramón y Cajal researcher he will i) apply genome-wide approaches to identify the whole spectrum of target RNAs and proteins interactors of plant AGOs during development and stress conditions; and ii) further develop artificial sRNA-based strategies for the fine-tune regulation of gene expression and enhanced antiviral defense in plants.
Ainhoa De la Torre (Master student)
Ainhoa is a student of the "Master in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Genetics" (Universitat de València). She graduated in Biotechnology from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain).
José Luis Cantero (Master student)
José Luis is a student of the "Master in Plant Molecular and Celular Biotechnology" (Universitat Politècnica de València). He graduated in Biology from the University of Córdoba (Spain).
María Spada (2019): Erasmus + student from the Università di Pisa (Italy).
Lucio López Dolz (2017-2018): student of the "Master in Plant Molecular and Celular Biotechnology", Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain).
Cristina Beceiro Durán (2017-2018): student of the "Master in Plant Molecular and Celular Biotechnology", Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain).
Lina Friese (2018): Erasmus + student from the HS Anhalt – University of Applied Science, Köthen (Germany).
Theresa Detering (2015): Leonardo student from the Martin Luther Halle-Wittenberg University (Germany).
Arnau Puigvert (2015): student in practice from the University of Gerona (Spain).