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Dr Gabriela Toledo-Ortiz

Research overview

Gabriela is a Plant Molecular Photobiologist interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms that allow plants to adapt their growth and development to changing environments.

In particular Gabriela has focused in characterizing the molecular components that integrate light and temperature signals for the control of photosynthesis.

PhD supervision


Career Details

Gabriela graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemistry and a MSc. in Biochemistry from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). From her Senior Undergraduate year she joined the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. At CAL, she worked in Prof. Wilhelm Gruissem’s lab on mechanisms of RNA processing in chloroplasts and later on protein isoprenylation and isoprenoid biosynthesis. After her MSc, she remained at Berkeley for her PhD within Prof. Peter Quail's lab (Fulbright/UCMEXUS PhD Fellowship), where she began her training as a photobiologist working in phytochrome light signal transduction pathways. Upon completion of her PhD she moved to Prof.Akira Nagatani’s lab in Kyoto University (JSPS Fellowship). In the Nagatani lab, she continued her work in photobiology studying physiological and cell biological aspects of phytochrome signaling. In 2007, she joined CRAG-Barcelona to work with Dr. Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion on light regulation of carotenoid biosynthesis (Juan de la Cierva Researcher & JAE DOC; EMBO Short Term, University of Texas Austin, Huq Lab). In 2012 she was awarded a Marie Curie (Career Integration) to work at the University of Edinburgh with Prof. Karen Halliday. During this time she focused her research on light and temperature signal integration pathways for the control of plant metabolic pathways and the regulation of photosynthetic pigment biosynthesis by external cues.

Now as a Lecturer in Plant Sciences at Lancaster University, her group will continue dissecting novel mechanisms by which environmental cues (light and temperature) induce changes in plant photosynthetic metabolism.






       J Exp Bot. 2014 Jun;65(11):2859-71. doi: 10.1093/jxb/eru059.



           Plant Cell. 2013 Oct;25(10):4183-94. doi: 10.1105/tpc.113.113001.






           Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Jun 22;107(25):11626-31. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914428107.








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