Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1993
    PhD student. CBM (Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa)

  • 1993 – 1995
    Postdoctoral. CBM (Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa)

  • 1996
    Postdoctoral MEC Fellow. UCSD (University of California, San Diego)

  • 1996 – 1998
    Postdoctoral HFSP Fellow. UCSD (University of California, San Diego)

  • 1997
    Visiting Teacher. UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico)

  • 1998 – 2000
    Postdoctoral Researcher. UCSD (University of California, San Diego)

  • 1999
    Visiting Postdoctoral. CPRO- DOL (Centrum voor Plantenveredeling en Reproduktie Ond )

  • 1999
    Visiting Postdoctoral. MPIZ (Max-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung)

  • 2001
    Postdoctoral Researcher. INIA (Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria) – Biotechnology

  • 2001 – 2003
    Ramón y Cajal Principal Investigator. INIA (Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria) – Biotechnology

  • 2003 – 2009
    ICREA Research Professor. CSIC – IBMB (Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona) – Genètica Molecular

  • Since 2009
    ICREA Research Professor at CRAG (Centre de Recerca en Agrigenòmica) – Genetica Molecular

  • 2013
    Visiting Professor at New York Botanical Garden – Salvador de Madariaga fellowship-

  • 2013
    Coordinator of the Plant Developmental and Signal Transduction Program at CRAG

Selected publications

  • Maida Romera-Branchat, Juan José Ripoll, Martin F. Yanofsky and Soraya Pelaz. The WOX13 homeobox gene promotes replum formation in the Arabidopsis thaliana fruit (2013). The Plant Journal, 73, 37-49

  • Michela Osnato, Cristina Castillejo, Luis Matías-Hernández and Soraya Pelaz. TEMPRANILLO genes link photoperiod and gibberellin pathway to control flowering in Arabidopsis (2012). Nature Communications, 3:808 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1810

  • Marina Trigueros, Marisa Navarrete-Gómez, Shusei Sato, Sioux Christensen, Soraya Pelaz, Detlef Weigel, Martin Yanofsky, and Cristina Ferrandiz. The NGATHA genes direct style development in the Arabidopsis gynoecium (2009). The Plant Cell, 21, 1394-1409

  • Cristina Castillejo and Soraya Pelaz. The balance between CONSTANS and TEMPRANILLO activities determines FT expression to trigger flowering (2008). Current Biology, 18, 1338-1343

  • Castillejo, Maida Romera and Soraya Pelaz. A new role of the Arabidopsis SEPALLATA3 gene revealed by its constitutive expression (2005). The Plant Journal. 43, 586-596

  • Gary Ditta, Anusak Pinyopich, Pedro Robles, Soraya Pelaz and Martin F. Yanofsky. The SEP4 gene of Arabidopsis thaliana functions in floral organ and in meristem identity (2004). Current Biology. 14, 1935-1940

  • Scott D. Michaels, Gary Ditta, Cindy Gustafson-Brown, Soraya Pelaz, Martin F. Yanofsky and Richard M. Amasino. AGL24 acts as a promoter of flowering in Arabidopsis and is positively regulated by vernalization (2003). The Plant Journal. 33, 867-874

  • Soraya Pelaz, Cindy Gustafson-Brown, Susanne Kohalmi, William Crosby and Martin F. Yanofsky. APETALA1 and SEPALLATA3 interact to promote flower development (2001). The Plant Journal. 26, 1-11

  • Soraya Pelaz, Rosalinda Tapia-López, Elena R. Alvarez-Buylla and Martin F. Yanofsky. Conversion of leaves into petals in Arabidopsis (2001). Current Biology. 11, 182-184

  • Soraya Pelaz, Gary S. Ditta, Elvira Baumann, Ellen Wisman, and Martin F. Yanofsky. B and C floral organ identity functions require SEPALLATA MADS-box genes (2000). Nature, 405, 200-203


Selected projects

  • Role of the TEMPRANILLO genes in floral induction and flower development.

  • Floral development in Arabidopsis.

  • Identification of genes involved in floral organ identity.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Coordinator of the Plant Developmental and Signal Transduction Program at CRAG.

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