Maiara is a PhD student in the Plant Sciences department at Rothamsted Research working on a project in collaboration with the University of Exeter. Her project is focused on the characterization of a novel cysteine-rich receptor-like kinase (CRK10) in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, through the study of a mutant harbouring a single amino acid substitution on the kinase domain of CRK10. The mutant plants display a dwarf phenotype caused by the collapse of xylem vessels in the root-hypocotyl system, and Maiara is interested in understanding the signalling pathways and developmental processes underlying this phenotype, as well as unravelling the roles CRK10 plays in plant growth and development. She completed a BSc in Molecular Biotechnology at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, where she also worked as a junior research intern for four years in the Plant Molecular Biology department, studying an ascorbate peroxidase-related protein in Arabidopsis thaliana. She also completed a one-year exchange programme at The University of Nottingham through the Science without Borders scheme.
Characterization a novel cysteine-rich receptor-like kinase (CRK10) in Arabidopsis thaliana
BSc Molecular Biotechnology (UFRGS, Brazil) – 1st Class, Honours