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Forest Genetics / Plant Biotechnology

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Scientic Supervisor / Contact Person

Name and Surname
Francisco Javier Gallego Rodríguez

Localization & Research Area

Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Biological Science
Genetics, physiology and microbiology
Research Area
Life Sciences (LIF)

MSCA & ERC experience

Research group / research team hosted any MSCA fellow?
Research group / research team have any ERC beneficiaries?

Research Team & Research Topic

Research Team / Research Group Name (if any)
Forest Genetics / Plant Biotechnology
Brief description of the Research Team / Research Group / Department
The Plant Biotechnology group is located in the Genetics Unit, and within this group is working the Forest Genetics research team led by FJ Gallego.

The Forest Genetics team is currently focused on investigating the response to climate change of different species of Abies, Pinus and Cedrus Genus. Multidisciplinary studies are being carried out in which this response is analyzed by different approaches. We carry out studies based on genomics and molecular biology. Then, we collaborate with other research groups that analyse these phenomena from aspects such as ecology, physiology, dendrochronology or climatology.

The Department of Genetics, Physiology and Microbiology and the applicant himself have experience in this type of training.
The Genetics Unit, and the applicant, have the appropriate means and resources to carry out the proposed activity plan. The laboratories and computer rooms where the activities will take place are located in the Faculty of Biology.
In these spaces, all the necessary resources are available to carry out the proposed activities (laboratory equipment, computer programs, online access to databases, etc ...).

Research lines / projects proposed
We are studying tree responses to climate change in three interconnected research lines. Consequently, these are the projects proposed:

1. Structural genomics: massive sequencing for the characterization and conservation of forest genetic resources. GWAS studies for the identification of selection signatures in response to climate change.

2. Transcriptomics: RNA-seq to study the response to drought in tolerant and sensitive individuals of these forest species.

3. Epigenomic analysis: analysis by WGBS (Whole Genome Bisulfite Sequencing) of the genome of these species. The genomes of healthy trees are being analyzed versus individuals subjected to decay.

Application requirements

Professional Experience & Documents
- Curriculum vitae.
- Cover letter that includes the applicant"s scientific interests.

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