Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Soledad Traubenik

Soledad Traubenik, first author of Reprogramming of root cells during nitrogen-fixing symbiosis involves dynamic polysome association of coding and non-coding RNAs

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at Dr. María Eugenia Zanetti and Dr. Flavio Blanco’s Root Biology lab, Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina

Education: University degree in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Non-scientific Interests: travelling, reading, cooking

Brief bio: I became interested in plant molecular biology as an undergraduate student having Dr. Flavio Blanco as a professor at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. His direction led me to complete my degree thesis investigating the role of small GTPases in nitrogen-fixing symbiosis under his mentoring. Then, I had the opportunity to continue at the Root Biology lab for my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. María Eugenia Zanetti. Together we work in the fascinating topic of translational regulation, RNA processing and decay as well as non-coding RNA /mediated regulation of gene expression during nodule symbiosis established between the model legume Medicago truncatula and Sinorhizobium meliloti.