Alba Arabia, first author of “Experimental approaches in the study of active biomolecules modulating fruit ripening: melatonin as a case study”
Current Position: Predoctoral Researcher at University of Barcelona, Spain
Education: MSc in Environmental Agrobiology at University of Barcelona, MSc in Novel Foods at Autonomous University of Madrid, BSc in Biotechnology at University of Barcelona.
Non-scientific Interests: Hiking, Travelling, Yoga, Live Music
Brief bio: I started collaborating with the Antiox group (University of Barcelona) in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch, where I was studying the differential accumulation of tocochromanols in strawberry. Then, during my MSc, I focused my research on the role of melatonin and its relationship with plant hormones during postharvest decay of plums. Currently, I am a PhD student of the fruit physiology and technology research line of the Antiox Agri-Food biotech group supervised by Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch and Dr. Paula Muñoz. Now I am investigating the complex interplay of hormones and biomolecules that regulate fruit ripening and postharvest in non-climacteric fruits, focusing on melatonin’s physiological function and its technological applications for improving fruit quality.