Christina Skodra: Plant Physiology First Author

Christina Skodra, first author of “Disclosing the molecular basis of salinity priming in olive trees using proteogenomic model discovery”

Current Position: PhD student – Laboratory of Pomology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece

Education: BSc in Biology, AUTH, Greece.

MSc in Plant genetics, breeding and production of propagation matter, AUTH, Greece.

Non-scientific Interests: Travelling, nature-lover, radio producer.

Brief bio: During my bachelor studies in Biology, I developed a growing interest in plants’ physiology and biotechnology. As soon as I graduated in 2018, I applied to the school of Agriculture of the same University (AUTH) to pursue a master’s degree in plant genetics. During my MSc studies, I joined the Laboratory of Pomology, where I studied the molecular responses of olive tree in salt stress, under the supervision of Prof. Athanassios Molassiotis. Since 2021, I am a PhD student at the same Laboratory, dealing with the acclimation of olive tree to abiotic stress, notably salt and cold environments, using integrated multi-omics and functional approaches. Recently, I was awarded a scholarship from the Hellenic Foundation of Research and Innovation for the completion of my PhD studies. I am also involved in various research projects dealing with fruit tree biology, including post-harvest physiology.

As the proteogenomic era gains momentum, in this study we performed an in‐depth integrative analysis of gene expression and protein accumulation in roots and leaves of olive tree following salt stress and salt priming conditions. Consequently, this work produces the first resource of molecular data to facilitate the study of proteogenomic research in plant abiotic stress physiology, notably in a perennial non-model fruit tree species.