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Karen  Merchante
Karen Merchante
Program in Genetics


Postdoctoral Associate Alumna

Type: Alumni

Group: Alonso Lab

Contact Info
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F: 919-515-3355
Email: Karen_Merchante

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I began my career as a graduate student at the University of Málaga (Spain). My research during my PhD was focused on the study of the molecular regulation of fruit ripening using strawberry as model. I am now a postdoctoral researcher in the Alonso-Stepanova lab studying the ethylene-signaling pathway. The plant hormone ethylene plays multiple roles in plant development (germination, stress responses, fruit ripening, organ expansion, senescence…). I´m interested in the role of RNA stability and transcriptional regulation of key ethylene genes.

Selected Publications:

Bombarely, Merchante C, Csukasi F, Cruz-Rus E, Caballero JL, Medina-Escobar N, Blanco-Portales R, Botella MA, Muñoz-Blanco J, Sánchez-Sevilla JF, and Valpuesta V. (2010). Generation and analysis of ESTs from strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) fruits and evaluation of their utility in genetic and molecular studies. BMC Genomics. 11: 503.

Merchante C, Csukasi F, and Valpuesta V. (2010). Agricultural biotechnology. In: Agricultural Sciences: Topics in Modern Agriculture (A. González-Fontes, A. Gárate, I. Bonilla, Eds.). Studium Press, LLC. Houston, USA. pp 371–394.

Csukasi F, Merchante C, and Valpuesta V. (2009). The modification of plant hormone level and signaling as a tool in plant biotechnology. Biotech J. 4: 1293–1304.

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