Viviana Andrea Correa Galvis, first author of H+ transport by K+ EXCHANGE ANTIPORTER3 promotes photosynthesis and growth in chloroplast ATP synthase mutants
Current Position: CropQuality Lead, Infarm
Education: PhD in Plant Biology, HeinrichHeine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany; M.Sc. in Biology, HHU; BSc. InBiology, National University of Colombia
Non- Scientific Interests: playing drums, literature, modern art, and any activity that includes being in the wilderness
Brief Bio: My interest in plant science started early on as an undergrad where I worked mainly in ecophysiology learning to understand plant responses to abiotic stresses in Andean trees andOil Palm cultivars. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I continued working as a researcher assistant in the Colombian Oil Palm Research Center, working on drought stress responses and systemic acquired resistance in oil palm cultivars. Later on, I decided to go beyond the leaf surface and moved to HHU where, as a Master and graduate student, I worked on depicting the protein interactions required for the development of plant responses to excess light,specifically non-photochemical quenching in A.thaliana and C. reinhardtii. Later, I joined the Max PlanckInstitute as a Post-Doctoral researcher from 2016 to October 2019, where I focused on depicting the mechanisms that allow plants to adjust light capture and use under light fluctuations. Since November 2019 I joined one of the most innovative vertical farming companies located in Berlin. Currently I aim to generate a holistic understanding of how plants can adjust the photosynthetic machinery to light fluctuations/regimes and spectra and how closed environments,such as those found in various vertical farming systems, influence growth and metabolism.