Plantae Presents: Setting SMART Goals

Plantae Presents: Setting SMART Goals

Featuring José Dinneny and Antonio Molina

When: Friday, April 21, 2023, at
10:00 AM PDT | 1:00 PM EDT | 5:00 PM GMT |
1:00 AM Beijing

About this Webinar

Setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals is crucial for providing scientists with clarity and direction, especially as they navigate the early stages of their career. Doing so with care and intention can help scientists to prioritize their commitments and avoid distractions as they build a meaningful career, whether in academia or beyond.

In this webinar, Dr. José Dinneny from Stanford University and Dr. Antonio Molina from the Polytechnical University of Madrid and Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, Spain) will share their experiences in setting SMART goals in both the short and long term.

This webinar is hosted by the 2023 Plantae Fellows.



Dr. Antonio Molina

Dr. Antonio Molina is full professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Polytechnical University of Madrid in Spain. He has been the director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP) since February 2016. Dr. Molina is a recognized expert in the study of plant immunity and its application toward crop protection, with a particular focus on the contribution of the cell wall. Dr. Molina has a proven track record in innovation and tech-transfer, resulting in several patented technologies exclusively licensed to companies, including a successful cell-wall based agrobiological product. He is the co-founder of the spin-off enterprise PlantResponse Biotech, which was acquired recently by Mosaic Company (USA), and the start-up enterprise FAIR Data Systems. In addition, he leads the new genomics start-up enterprise Genomics4All. Recently, Dr. Molina has been appointed as the Vice-president of SOMMa, an alliance that integrates first-level research centers in Spain from all disciplines to promote excellence in research and enhance its social impact to tackle global challenges. Twitter: @Molina_CBGP


Dr. José Dinneny

Dr. José Dinneny received his BS from UC Berkeley in Plant Biology and Genetics in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and PhD from UC San Diego working with Detlef Weigel at the Salk Institute for Biological Science and Martin Yanofsky in the Division of Biology, UCSD. José’s research program focuses on plant stress response and resilience, of utmost importance in a time of global change, and having direct bearing on the engineering of plants that make the most out of limited water resources. His lab combines an impressive array of approaches, from sophisticated whole-plant imaging to leading-edge computational models as well as deep phylogenomics. He is a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator, a AAAS Fellow, an HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar, a National Research Foundation of Singapore fellow, an NIH Ruth Kirschstein post-doctoral fellow, and an HHMI predoctoral fellow. Twitter: @JoseDinneny





Annelise Vieira

Annelise Vieira is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. She is advised by Dr. Jocelyn Rose, in whose lab she conducts studies on the anatomical and biomechanical traits of the fruit cuticle of tomatoes and relatives (Solanum spp.). She earned her BS at the University of Florida, where she did genetics and bioinformatics research in the department of Environmental Horticulture as well as at the Florida Museum of Natural History. She is also broadly interested in scientific writing, editing, and communication, and is currently serving as an ASPB Plantae Fellow.




Daniel Alique García

Daniel Alique García is a PhD candidate at Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP) in Spain. His project focuses on understanding the mechanisms of plant developmental plasticity in response to environmental signals such as photoperiod and cold temperatures. He studied plant-computational biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, an interdisciplinary training that allows him to apply a combination of experimental approaches and computational modeling in his research. Besides the lab, Daniel is deeply committed to science policy and science communication activities, serving now as an ASPB Plantae Fellow. Twitter: @daniel_alique




Andrea Gomez Felipe

Andrea Gomez Felipe is a plant biotechnology researcher. Her scientific interests lie in plant development, crop improvement, and scientific outreach. She is a Mexican living in the cold and pretty city of Montreal, where she is a postdoc at the University of Montreal. She studies the molecular basis underlying fruit development, combining molecular biology, genetics, confocal microscopy, and computational tools to elucidate specific events during fruit development. Twitter: @andreagomezfe