Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Thiago Batista Moreira

Thiago Batista Moreira, first author of A genome-scale metabolic model of soybean (Glycine max) highlights metabolic fluxes in seedlings

Current Position: PhD student at Plant Biochemistry and Physiology Lab, University of Brasília, Brazil

Education: M.Sc. in Botany, University of Brasília, Brazil; B.Sc. in Biological Sciences, University of Brasília, Brazil

Non-scientific Interests: Percussion, programming, reading, traveling and abseiling

Brief bio: I have been involved in plant science and research since my first year at the University of Brasilia in 2008. My first academic experience was performing an internship in the university herbarium cataloging plants, were I joined a research group working on taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics of bryophytes and learned several molecular biology and data analysis techniques. I also worked in several other areas during my undergraduate period including immunology, forensic entomology, phycology, fire ecology and lastly plant physiology. After finishing my B.Sc I studied for my M.Sc in Botany with the aim of following a career in academia. My interest in plants encouraged me to take on a project combining biochemistry and computational approaches such as flux balance analysis in order to study the metabolism of early soybean development and the results of this work are included in the current Plant Physiology paper. After completing my M.Sc., I decided to continue my scientific career by studying for a PhD during which I am focused on the identification of the enzymes involved in histidine catabolism, a pathway which has not yet been described in plants.