Aranzazú Díaz-Ramos, co-first author of “New horizons for building pyrenoid-based CO2-concentrating mechanisms in plants to improve yields”
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher in the group of Alistair McCormick, SynthSys & Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Education: Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology with Prof. Gareth Jenkins at the University of Glasgow, Scotland
Non-scientific Interests: Swimming, travelling
Brief bio: I have always been fascinated by plants and I have a particular interest in crop innovation to improve plant growth and yields. After completing my PhD in plant UV-B photoreception I joined the McCormick lab and the CAPP (Combining Algal and Plant Photosynthesis) group. The project focuses on improving C3 plant photosynthesis by engineering a pyrenoid-based CO2 concentrating mechanism in their chloroplasts. Specifically, my research focuses on redesigning and targeting carbonic anhydrases from the Chlamydomonas CCM to different plant chloroplast compartments and characterise their growth.