Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Sergio Iacopino

Sergio Iacopino, first author of A synthetic oxygen sensor for plants based on animal hypoxia signaling

Current Position: PhD candidate at Plantlab, Institute of Life Sciences, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa

Education: 2013 – MSc. In Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Pavia, 2011 – BSc. in Biological Sciences, University of Siena.

Non-scientific Interests: Football, biking, puzzles, dogs

Brief bio: After working as a microbiologist for a private analysis lab, I decided to move back to academy and pursue a doctoral career in molecular plant physiology. In the last three years, I developed an interest for structural biology and its deployment for synthetic biology in green organisms. I am especially attracted by the design of synthetic genetic circuits to hijack hormonal and environment signalling pathways in plant cells.