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Cristina Ferrándiz

Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas, CSIC–Polytechnical University of Valencia

She is a Group Leader since 2002, when she became Staff Scientist of the Spanish Research Council. She graduated in Biology in the University of Valencia, and in 1996 she obtained a PhD in Biology working in floral homeotic genes in pea. She moved then for a postdoc in UCSD (La Jolla, California), working in the lab of Marty Yanofsky, where she contributed to develop models for gynoecium and fruit patterning in Arabidopsis. After two more brief postdocs in Spain, at Univ. Politécnica de Madrid with Jesús Vicente working in molecular genetics of seed development, and in Univ. Miguel Hernández de Elche with Antonio Martínez-Laborda where she moved back to carpels, she obtained her current position at IBMCP. In the Ferrándiz lab, the main research lines are focused on understanding genetic networks that direct gynoecium paterning and evolution, and, more recently, on the mechanisms that regulate lifespan in monocarpous plant species.


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Fourquin C, Ferrándiz C. (2014) The essential role of NGATHA genes in style and stigma specification is widely conserved across eudicots. New Phytol. 202: 1001-13.


Fourquin et al (2013) A change in SHATTERPROOF protein lies at the origin of a fruit morphological novelty and a new strategy for seed dispersal in Medicago genus. Plant Physiol. 192: 907-917.


Berbel et al (2012) VEGETATIVE1 controls development of the compound inflorescence in pea. Nat Commun. 3: 797.