Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Inês Carqueijeiro

Inês Carqueijeiro, co-first author of Alternative splicing creates a pseudo-strictosidine β-D-glucosidase modulating alkaloid synthesis in Catharanthus roseus

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Tours

Education: PhD in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Porto (2013), MS in Plant Biology at University of Porto (2008) and BS in Biology at University of Évora (2005)

Non-scientific Interests: international politics, dance, camping and hiking, sports – to practice and a soccer supporter

Brief bio: From a very early age, I was always fascinated by cell biology and became interested in studying biology. This allowed me to quickly chart the course I wanted to follow that invariably involved biology / biochemistry. Happy was the encounter with the secondary metabolism in plants, and what started as a timid interest during my master’s degree, became a true passion in my PhD at Prof Mariana Sottomayor lab. A passion that had Catharanthus roseus as a main actor and unravelling the terpenoid indole alkaloid metabolism our main goal. In the past five years at Vincent Courdavault Group where I’m presently, I found the fine nest that allows me to embrace new challenges, discover new medicinal plants and embark in the metabolic engineering of the alkaloids pathway.