Dr Federico López Hernández
During my PhD, I studied the importance of glucuronic acid on arabinogalactan proteins in Arabidopsis. These proteins are extracellular and play an important role in ion homeostasis at the apoplast. While finishing my PhD, I got particularly interested on how changes in the concentration of apoplastic calcium may influence plant defence responses or ligand-receptor affinity.
I find it fascinating that plants can defend themselves from pathogens and how complex the defence mechanisms are. For me, it is very motivating to realise that we are capable of generating plants resistant to pathogens, from which they were previously victims. I am looking forward to learning about this new area as part of the 2Blades group and the Sainsbury Laboratory. I will keep my eyes wide open to connect the dots and help to bring new solutions to the field during my stay at this great institution.
2018 – present Research Assistant, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
2018 Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
2014 – 2018 PhD in Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
2012 – 2013 MPhil in Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
2011 Research Intern, Osaka Prefectural University, Japan
2006 – 2010 Undergraduate in Biotechnology Engineering, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico