Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Laura Dalle Carbonare

Laura Dalle Carbonare, first author of Zinc excess induces a hypoxia-like response by inhibiting cysteine oxidases in poplar roots

Current Position: Postdoctoral research scientist at School of Biosciences – Plant and Crop Science Division, University of Nottingham (UK)

Education: PhD degree in Agro-biosciences at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy)

Non-scientific Interests: Reading, dancing, and baking

Brief bio: After a master in Biotechnology, I decided to direct my future as a researcher towards plant physiology, joining a PhD in Agrobioscience at Sant’Anna School in Pisa. I am fascinated by the thin boundary that exists between plant homeostasis and stressful conditions, as a consequence of the complexity of natural environments that challenges plant survival every day. The combination of waterlogging and heavy metal excess gave me the opportunity to uncover part of the molecular responses plants use to cope with such composite situations. Soon enough, I understood the importance of using poplar trees as model species in order to further apply this knowledge into the hot topic of heavy metal contamination by the use of phytoremediation.