Paolo Maria Triozzi: Plant Physiology First Author

Paolo Maria Triozzi, first author of “Spatiotemporal cytokinin response imaging and ISOPENTENYLTRANSFERASE 3 function in Medicago nodule development”

Current Position: Post Doc in Prof. Matias Kirst’s Lab at the School of Forest, Fisheries and Geomatics Sciences, University of Florida.

Education: Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology, Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain); M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology, University of Turin (Italy); B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy).

Non-scientific interests: cooking, travelling, hiking, and playing with my dog

Brief Bio: My interest in plant biology started when I was an undergraduate student at the University of Bologna. During that time, I realized that intensive agriculture has a detrimental impact on the environment. For this reason, I decided to study plant biotechnology to improve agriculture and its sustainability. During my M.Sc. at the University of Turin, I was awarded an Erasmus fellowship to spend one year at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where I joined the Plant Biotechnology research group, headed by Prof. Isabel Allona. There, under the supervision of Prof. Mariano Perales, I completed a M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology and started a Ph.D. investigating the photoperiod- and temperature-dependent molecular mechanisms that control the timing of annual growth-dormancy cycles in poplar. Currently, I am working as a Post Doc in Matias Kirst’s Lab at the University of Florida. We study nodulation in the model species Medicago truncatula to identify regulators of nodule development. Our final goal is the engineering of nodule organogenesis in non-nodulating species using synthetic biology.