Pablo started in the Bennett Lab as a PhD student in October 2019.
Pablo undertook an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain (2014-2018). During this time, he started to become aware of the fact that plants are pretty cool creatures. This led to a small collaboration looking at the association between Arabidopsis and rhizosphere bacteria in a group led by Professor Charlotte Poschenrieder in Barcelona, and a fun summer internship studying seeds at the germplasm bank in the Botanical Garden of Gijón.
After graduating, Pablo moved out to the north of Spain, where he completed a Master Degree in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Oviedo (2018-2019). Taking a big evolutionary jump, he moved on to study the molecular and hormonal control of branching in pine trees under the supervision of Professor Ricardo Javier Ordás. This brought an intense year of pipetting liquids from and into plastic containers in the lab, and of torturing plants with hormones in the field. In the summer of 2019, Pablo was ready to collect his certificate and continue his migration to the north, to the UK this time. After a summer internship in the Bennett Lab, he decided that working with Arabidopsis was not so bad after all, and so he made the decision to stay for a PhD.
Currently, Pablo’s research focuses on understanding how and why plants make the decision to stop flowering in response to environmental stimuli. The onset of flowering is a widely studied biological event, but the end of it is not so well understood. Hoping that his project sheds some light into this enigmatic process, Pablo is trying to characterize how different external cues (temperature and photoperiod, among others) impact the end of flowering and how this is regulated at a molecular level. For this, he’s not only working with Arabidopsis but also with a newly found friend, bread wheat. Given the close link between the duration of flowering and the amount of fruits that a plant can produce, a better understanding of the end of flowering could open a new opportunity to maximize crop yield.