Lab members

José Manuel Pérez-Pérez Principal investigator

Since 2019, I am Full Professor of Genetics at the UMH. After my Biology studies at the Universidad de Alicante (España), I did my PhD in the group of Prof. J.L. Micol, at the neighbouring Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH), on the genetic analysis of leaf development in Arabidopsis thaliana.

I carried out my postdoctoral research with Prof. B. Scheres at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), on the link between cell cycle regulators and root growth and development. Afterwards, I came back to the group of Prof. J.L. Micol to work on leaf growth coordination from a Systems Biology perspective.

In 2012, I started my own research and since 2017 I head the Research Group Genetics of regeneration and reproductive development of plants at the UMH.

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Taras Pasternak Postdoc

Taras Pasternak studied Biophysics at the University of Kharkiv (Ukraine) and obtained his PhD from the National Academy of Sciences in Kyiv (Ukraine). He joined the laboratory in April 2021 with a “María Zambrano” grant to attract international talent. His current work focuses on the investigation of the mechanism of de novo organ formation from isolated tomato explants, such as cotyledons or hypocotyls.

Taras’ ResearchGate profile and Personal web page

Eduardo Larriba Postdoc

Eduardo holds a Doctorate degree in Biology from the University of Alicante. His PhD Thesis focused on genetic, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of Pochonia chlamydosporia. He carried out an in-depth genomic analysis, leading the sequencing and functional annotation of the first genome of a nematophagous fungus. Thereafter, he made his first postdoc in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Gametogenesis at the Center for Biological Research (CIB-CSIC, Madrid). His research focused on the analysis of non-coding RNAs (ncRNA), mainly small RNAs (sncRNA), in primordial germ cells (PGCs) and mammalian gametes. Currently, his research focuses in transcriptomic and genomic analysis of protein and non-protein coding genes during de novo shoot and root formation in tomato.
Eduardo’s ResearchGate profile

María Salud Justamante Postdoc

María Salud studied Biology at the Universidad de Alicante and followed the Master in Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the UMH. She has been involved on the optimization of in vitro micropropagation in different plant species. During her PhD, she characterized adventitious root formation on a collection of commercial carnation cultivars. Her current work focuses on phenotypic and hormonal characterization of root system architecture in tomato and wild relatives.

María Salud’s ResearchGate profile

Mariem Mhimdi PhD student

Mariem studied Agronomic Engineering at the Higher School of Agriculture in Mograne (Tunisia) and obtained the International Master’s degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (CIHEAM Zaragoza) and the University of Lleida (UdL). Her doctoral project focuses on the phenotypic and hormonal study of adventitious rooting in species such as Prunus, tomato and related species.

Mariem’s ResearchGate profile

Olha Yaroshko PhD student

Olha studied Biology at the National University of Luhansk (Ukraine) and completed the Master’s Degree in Microbiology at the National University of Kyiv (Ukranie). She was PhD student of Biotechnology at the Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering Ukraine). In September 2022, she joined our laboratory to complete her PhD Thesis under the cover of the “Acoge CV-UCRANIA personal investigador” program of the Generalitat Valenciana.

Olha’s ResearchGate profile

Míriam Nicolás Albujer Technician

Míriam studied Biotechnology at the UMH. She has joined the laboratory as a Technician from the “Garantía Juvenil” program of the Generalitat Valenciana, and collaborates in research projects related to adventitious root formation.

Lara Caballero López Technician

Lara studied Biotechnology at the UMH and completed the Master’s Degree in Basic and Applied Neurosciences at the University of Valencia (UV). She has joined our laboratory as a technician in the “Investigo” program of the Generalitat Valenciana, and collaborates in the research projects related to de novo organ formation in the lab, while she is helping us to valorize our results.

Adrián Luque Torres Technician

Adrián studied Biology at the University of Murcia and completed the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the UMH. After carrying out his TFM with Arabidopsis thaliana, he joined the laboratory to work on the genotypic and phenotypic characterization of T-DNA insertional mutants affected in organ regeneration in response to wounding.

María José Ñíguez Gómez Technician

María José studied Biochemistry at the University of Murcia and completed her doctoral studies at the UMH, where she has been working since 2014 in the Technical Support Service for Teaching and Research (SATDI). Since September 2018, she provides technical support to the research projects in our lab.

Intern students

Cayetana Hernández García Biotechnology 2022..23 Identification of loss-of-function mutants in SUVR5, ALBA1 and NTF2 genes
César Cardona Marín Master’s in Biotechnology and Bioeenginering 2022..23 Design and implementation of a semi-automated phenotyping system of tomato root architecture.

Former lab members

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