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Ricardo Mir Moreno

Ricardo Mir Moreno



Affiliation: Universitat Politècnica de València

Fields or areas of research Plant Biotechnology, gene edition, androgenesis, pollen biology

I got my degree in Agronomy (Biotechnology intensification) at the Polytechnical University of València in September 2006. During that time as a student, I had the chance to get some expertise at Dr. Ramón Serrano (IBMCP, UPV-CSIC) and Dra. Elke Dittmann (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) laboratories. Thereafter, I got my PhD at Dr. José León (IBMCP, UPV-CSIC) lab on plant biotechnology. During my PhD, I studied molecular mechanisms that link plant stress responses and plant developmental processes, specifically flowering time, in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Thereafter, I moved to the University of California Riverside (UCR), where I got expertise in cell biology techniques at Dr. Reddy and Dra. Rasmussen laboratories. During my 4-years long postdoc research, I studied basic plant behaviour from a cellular point of view. First, I studied how plants maintain stem cells from which they produce the whole aerial plant organs and tissues. Later on, my interest moved towards the root of the plant, and I studied how plant root cells control their division plane during mitosis. Once I finished my postdoctoral work, I had the opportunity to work as an SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) Innovation Research Associate (Horizon 2020 programme, European Union) at Iden Biotechnology (Navarra, Spain). Finally, in January 2019 I was incorporated to the lab of Dr. Seguí (Polytechnical University of València), thanks to the program CDEIGENT.

My current research interest is understanding the basic mechanism of androgenesis, an event that results in the obtention of double haploid plants from immature pollen cells or microspores. Among others, hormone signalling, callose deposition and calcium signalling are the main androgenesis-regulatory processes I am interested in. Moreover, I use CRISPR-Cas9 technique to edit genes responsible for chromosome segregation, which could be useful to obtain double haploids in an androgenesis-independent way.

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