Alexandra Keren-Keiserman, author of “CLASS-II KNOX genes coordinate spatial and temporal ripening in tomato”
Research Engineer at the Institute of Plant Sciences, Volcani Institute ARO
Post-Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem National Natural History Collections Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D. in Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
M.Sc. in Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
B.Sc. in Biochemistry & Food Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
During my academic career, I gained experience in multiple fields and methodologies related to plant biology, molecular biology, seed conservation, and phylogenetics. Currently, I work at the ARO Volcani institute as a research engineer and lab manager. Our group investigates the genetic factors and networks controlling the Solanaceae fruit development—specifically tomato and pepper. Through that work, we look to develop novel genetic solutions and tools to extend fruit’s shelf life and improve its consumer attractiveness and nutritional value. In my research, I am particularly interested in identifying novel genetic approaches to regulate fruit anatomy and ripening.