PhD Student

Andres Posbeyikian

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I’m passionate about a branch of biology that’s called biomimetics. In a nutshell, it’s a discipline that looks to Nature for inspiration on how to solve our engineering and design problems.

In Buenos Aires I researched alginate-based, slow-release fertilizers, studying their synthesis and determining their effectiveness on eucalyptus and maize plants through a plant-physiology approach.

At TSL, I’ve joined a team that’s focused on studying how integrated domains (IDs) in plant NLR immune receptors interact with pathogen effectors. I am working on the Pikobody project which is testing receptor-nanobody fusions through engineered IDs that are being tailored to help plants raise a response against pathogen effectors. The aim is developing made-to-order synthetic plant immune receptors, thus harnessing and retooling the plant immune system.

Job history

  • 2022 -


    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2018 - 2021

    Master’s Thesis Intern

    IBBEA-CONICET, Argentina
    Researched water and nutrient management in Eucalyptus grandis seedlings employed in forestry. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.118293