Ana González Moreno: Plant Physiology First Author

Ana González Moreno, first author of “3D (x-y-t) Raman imaging of tomato fruit cuticle: microchemistry during development

Current Position: Ph.D. Student in Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea “La Mayora” (IHSM-UMA-CSIC) 

Education:Master in Chemistry, Universidad de Málaga, Spain (2017-2018)Degree in Chemistry, Universidad de Málaga, Spain (2013-2017) 

Non-scientific Interests: Music, traveling, animals, cooking and sports 

Brief bio: My first steps in research were related to theoretical modelling of compounds present in plant samples for my master’s thesis. This allowed me to join a highly multidisciplinary research group focused on the study of the plant cuticle with special emphasis on the biochemical and biophysical properties of the tomato fruit cuticle and their relation to plant breeding. I started my PhD in 2018 and since then I have applied multiple spectroscopic techniques to unravel some of the unanswered questions related to the structure, functions and properties of cuticles from different plant species. The study of the photoprotective role and 3D localization of phenolic compounds present in plant tissues have been some of the main challenges of my research, combining both spectroscopy and quantum calculations.