Biochemist; Molecular Biologist

Plant Sciences


Irene is interested in the plant lipids metabolism field, especially the study of “de novo fatty acids biosynthesis” and their modification in the vegetal cells. During her career, she has been closely involved in the improvement of the grain quality from different crops, one of the main objectives in food security. Her key areas of expertise are lipidomics, molecular biology in plants, and different techniques of microscopy. Recently, she has been working in a project involved in the production of sciadonic acid (20:3-5,11,14) in transgenic Camelina sativa seeds. The molecule is a non-methylene-interrupted polyunsaturated fatty acid (NMI-PUFA) with a 5-cis ethylenic bond. This unusual fatty acid is now emerging as a new type of PUFA with pharmaceutical potential similar to fish oils, including a triglyceride-lowering effect and anti-inflammatory properties. As little sciadonic acid is naturally available, there is an obvious interest in the production of this fatty acid in a suitable biotechnological host for biomedical purposes. Hence, the aim of Irene’s work is to reconstitute the pathway for the biosynthesis of non-native pharmaceutical sciadonic acid in the seeds of transgenic Camelina sativa via metabolic engineering.


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    Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ



      • 2013 - PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemestry, Instituto de la Grasa and Universidad de Sevilla
      • 2010 - Master: Plant Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology.Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
      • 2008 - Biology in Universidad de Sevilla, Spain