Dr Cintia Goulart Kawashima

Senior Postdoctoral Scientist
The 2Blades Group

I started my career in the area of primary metabolism and gene regulation, two subjects I still follow with great interest. However, during my research performed in the group of Jonathan Jones, I developed a passion to understand the molecular mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions and the underlying genetics.

Presently, I am part of the 2Blades group and I am involved in the project to develop durable race independent resistance against Asian Soybean Rust, a devastating disease caused by the biotrophic fungal pathogen Phakopsora pachyrhizi.
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Kawashima CG, Guimarães GA, Nogueira SR, MacLean D, Cook DR, Steuernagel B, Baek J, Bouyioukos C, Melo BD, Tristão G, de Oliveira JC, Rauscher G, Mittal S, Panichelli L, Bacot K, Johnson E, Iyer G, Tabor G, Wulff BB, Ward E, Rairdan GJ, Broglie KE, Wu G, van Esse HP, Jones JD, Brommonschenkel SH (2016)

A pigeonpea gene confers resistance to Asian soybean rust in soybean. Nature Biotechnology (2016) doi:10.1038/nbt.3554

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Richard M Leggett, Ricardo H Ramirez-Gonzalez, Walter Verweij, Cintia G Kawashima, Zamin Iqbal, Jonathan DG Jones, Mario Caccamo, and Daniel MacLean. (2013)

Identifying and classifying trait linked polymorphisms in non-reference species by walking coloured de bruijn graphs. PloS ONE, 8(3):e60058

Matthewman CA, Kawashima CG, Húska D, Csorba T, Dalmay T, Kopriva S (2012)

miR395 is a general component of the sulfate assimilation regulatory network in Arabidopsis. FEBS Letters 586 (19): 3242-3248.

Kawashima CG, Matthewman CA, Huang S, Lee BR, Yoshimoto N, Koprivova A, Rubio-Somoza I, Todesco M, Rathjen T, Saito K, Takahashi H, Dalmay T, Kopriva S (2010)

Interplay of SLIM1 and miR395 in the regulation of sulfate assimilation in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 66 (5): 863-876.

Johnston IA, Lee HT, Macqueen DJ, Paranthaman K, Kawashima C, Anwar A, Kinghorn JR, Dalmay T (2009)

Embryonic temperature affects muscle fibre recruitment in adult zebrafish: genome-wide changes in gene and microRNA expression associated with the transition from hyperplastic to hypertrophic growth phenotypes. The Journal of Experimental Biology 212 (Pt 12): 1781-1793.

Kawashima CG, Yoshimoto N, Maruyama-Nakashita A, Tsuchiya YN, Saito K, Takahashi H, Dalmay T (2009)

Sulphur starvation induces the expression of microRNA-395 and one of its target genes but in different cell types. Plant Journal 57 (2): 313-321.

Noji M, Kawashima CG, Obayashi T, Saito K (2006)

In silico assessment of gene function involved in cysteine biosynthesis in Arabidopsis: expression analysis of multiple isoforms of serine acetyltransferase. Amino Acids 30: 163-171.

Kawashima CG, Berkowitz O, Hell R, Noji M, Saito, K (2005)

Characterization and expression analysis of a serine acetyltransferase gene family involved in a key step of the sulphur assimilation pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology 137: 220-230.

Kawashima CG, Noji M, Nakamura M, Ogra Y, Suzuki KT, Saito K (2004)

Heavy metal tolerance of transgenic tobacco plants over-expressing cysteine synthase. Biotechnology Letters 26: 153-157.

Kawashima CG, Noji M, Saito K (2003)

Temporal and spatial expression analysis of serine acetyltransferase isoforms in Arabidopsis thaliana. In Sulfur transport and assimilation in plants eds Davidian J-C et al. (Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands) 251-253

Mittman J, Kerkis I, Kawashima CG, Sukoyan M, Santos E, Kerkis A (2002)

Differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells and their hybrids during embryoid body formation. Genetics and Molecular Biology 25: 103-111.

Kawashima CG, Babá EH, Hansen E (2001)

Expression of recombinant hepatitis B virus antigen in transgenic plant callus. Protein and Peptide Letters 8: 97-100.

Hansen E, Kawashima CG (2000)

Delivery of immunoprophylactics in transgenic plants. Current status BioDrugs 13: 381-390.

Job History

2009 – present Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK.

2005 – 2008 Research Associate, University of East Anglia, UK.

2004 – 2005 Training Fellowship, Institute of Food Research, UK.

2001 – 2004 PhD Student, Chiba University, Japan.

2000 – 2001 Research Student, Chiba University, Japan.

1998 – 2000 MSc Student, North Fluminense State University (UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil.