Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis, CSIC–University of Seville
He is head of the Plant Development Unit since 2009, when he became staff scientist at the Institute for Plant Biochemistry and Photosynthesis (CSIC-US) in Seville (Spain). He studied Biology at Seville University and finished his PhD studies at the CSIC. After two postdoctoral positions in the John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK) and in Germany (MPIZ, Cologne) in George Coupland´s laboratory, where he studied the molecular bases of photoperiodic flowering, he returned to Spain with a Ramón y Cajal contract (2004) to form a group working in the evolution of the floral signals and the influence of metabolism in flowering. He is especially interested in the regulatory networks that module the response of the plant to changes in photoperiod and nutrient inputs and their biotechnological applications. The Valverde lab uses algae and modern plant models to understand the evolutionary story of these pathways. Recently, the group has become increasingly interested in the application of systems biology tools to unravel the floral transition regulatory mechanisms.
Lucas-Reina et al (2015) An evolutionarily conserved DOF-CONSTANS module controls plant photoperiodic signalling. Plant Physiol. doi: http://dx.doi.ull _org/10.1104/ull _pp.15.00321.
Ortiz-Marchena et al (2014) Photoperiodic control of carbon distribution during the floral transition in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell 26, 565-584.
Romero-Campero et al (2013) A contribution to the study of plant development evolution based on gene co-expression networks. Frontiers Plant Sci. 4, 291.