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Myriam Calonje

Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis, CSIC–University of Seville

She became Staff Scientist of the Spanish Research Council in 2012. She studied Biology in the University Complutense of Madrid and obtained her PhD in Microbiology in 1998. As a postdoc, she joined the Department of Biotechnology at the ETSIA (University Polytechnic, Madrid) to study transcription factors implicated in the transition to flowering in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) under the supervision of Dr Maria Jose Carmona, and then the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley (California), where she studied the PcG-mediated gene silencing mechanism that regulates flower development in Arabidopsis in Prof. Z. Renee Sung lab. In 2007 , she joined the Center of Organismal Studies at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg as a Junior Group Leader to start developing her own projects.

Work in the Calonje Lab is directed to understand the Polycomb Group mechanism that controls gene expression during plant development, and to unveil how PcG function is induced, modulated, or repressed according to plant requirements.


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Picó et al (2015) Deciphering the role of Polycomb Represive Complex 1 (PRC1) variants in regulating the acquisition of flowering competence in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. Apr 20. pii: pp.00073.2015.


Merini W, Calonje M. (2015) PRC1 is taking the lead in PcG repression. Plant J. 83: 110-20.


Yang et al (2013) VAL- and AtBMI1-mediated H2Aub initiate the switch from embryonic to post-germinative growth in Arabidopsis. Curr. Biol. 23: 1324-9.