Ten pioneering postdoctoral scientists from Latin America will each be awarded two years of funding to conduct research at laboratories and academic institutions in the United States. The 2017 fellows are from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.
Among the selected fellows is Cesar Cuevas-Velasquez from the Dinneny Lab:
“The Dinneny lab explores the molecular mechanisms through which plants detect and acclimate to drought. When conditions are dry, plants rapidly activate a signaling program that allows them to conserve water. But little is known about how plants determine that water is scarce. I will develop tools for dynamically monitoring the water content inside living plant cells. Depletion of water can induce various stresses in plant cells—altering their ion balances, membrane tension, and cell wall integrity. Using an intracellular osmotic monitoring system, I hope to identify the proteins that sense these drought-induced changes and determine which genes they activate when water is in short supply. I will then inhibit the activity of these and other potential sensors and assess whether the plant’s response is disrupted—work that could add to our understanding of how organisms perceive and respond to their environment and lead to new strategies for improving the drought tolerance of crops. ”
For more information on Pew Charitable Trusts and Pew Latin American Fellows, visit their website.
A collaborative project between our lab and the labs of David Ehrhardt and Zhiyong Wang at Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology has been funded by the Cellular Signaling and Regulatory Systems program at the National Institutes of Health! The project will explore the role of FERONIA in maintaining cell integrity during the salt stress response and will utilize advanced imaging and proteomics approaches to generate an integrated view of this process. The work is largely the offspring of excellent work by postdoc Wei Feng in our lab.
I was awarded a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Simons Foundation to study the mysteries of how plants sense and response to water. The grant will fund research in the lab over the next 5 years. I am extremely thankful to the HHMI and Simons foundation for recognizing the fantastic work that my lab has pursued. My special thanks to all the current and former post-docs and students who made this award possible!
Congratulations to Therese for being awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Therese is currently working to establish a salt-stress regime for use in GLO-Roots, developing GWAS resources and characterizing the role of transcriptional networks in the endodermis controlling tissue differentiation under salt stress.
Heike received a post-doctoral fellowship to perform research on the response of root systems to drought stress using GLO-Roots technology. Her award comes from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Congratulations!
Josep has been awarded a Life Sciences Research Fellowship funded by the Simon foundation! This is a three year fellowship that will enable “Pep” to explore the moisture signaling pathway in plants using single-cell models.
Josep was awarded a long-term fellowship from EMBO to work on osmotic stress signaling mechanisms in the Dinneny lab. Josep comes to us from the Ana Caño-Delgado lab in Spain where he worked on Brassinosteroid signaling in roots. His study, published in Developmental Cell (Vilarrasa-Blasi et al., 2014), identified the BRAVO gene as an important regulator of stem-cell division downstream of steroid signaling. In the Dinneny lab he will work to determine the osmo-sensory pathway and develop novel imaging tools to monitor physical changes in cells during osmo-stimulation.