Diego López Márquez: The Plant Cell First Author

Diego López Márquez, co-first author of “PAMP-triggered genetic reprogramming involves widespread alternative transcription initiation and an immediate transcription factor wave”

Current Position:

Postdoc at Peter Brodersen`s lab (University of Copenhagen).


PhD in Advanced Biotechnology (University of Málaga, Spain). MSc in Advanced Biotechnology (University of Málaga, Spain). BSc in Biology (University of Málaga, Spain).

Non-scientific Interests:

Music, traveling, snowboarding, spending time with friends/family.

Brief bio:

My first contact with research was during the last 2 years of my BSc, when I had the lucky chance to join the lab of Prof. Carmen R. Beuzón and Prof. Javier Ruiz Albert (IHSM-UMA-CSIC). In these years, I worked a bit with Pseudomonas syringae type III effector proteins (T3Es) and their contribution to immunity suppression. Later (2015), I started my PhD that was co-supervised by Prof. Carmen R. Beuzón and Prof. Eduardo R. Bejarano (IHSM-UMA-CSIC). During this period, we focused our research in the fascinating world of small RNAs (sRNAs), analyzing the role of miRNAs and siRNAs in the control of disease resistance genes and their impact in the immune response. After earning my PhD (2020), I got the great opportunity to join the Prof. Peter Brodersen’s group at the University of Copenhagen (KU), where we work to understand some molecular aspects of siRNA biogenesis and the consequences that alternative use of transcription start sites (TSS) has for immunity.