José Tomás Matus (PI)
Born in Santiago de Chile in 1979. Studied Biological Sciences at the P. Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC, 2003), where he also obtained his PhD (2008; Agricultural Sciences) in the field of plant nutrition and physiology, studying the genetic regulation of flavonoid synthesis in grapevine. Postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. José Luis Riechmann, at the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), studying reproductive organ development in Arabidopsis through the analysis of correlated transcription factor genome-wide binding (ChIP-Seq), transcriptomic and proteomic data, while continuing studies on transcription factors controlling secondary metabolism in grape. In 2010, was awarded a EMBO long term-postdoctoral fellowship. Tom has been awarded with the Ramon y Cajal tenure track and since 2019 is Principal Investigator at the I2SysBio, in Valencia, where he started the ‘Transcriptional Orchestration of Metabolism’ Group at UV. He is also devoted to wine tastings, specially if they are carried inside a winery or in nature, close to some vineyard.
Aleksandra Leska (Ola)
Ola conducted her undergraduate studies in Biotechnology in the Lodz University of Technology, at Lodz (Poland). She is currently coursing the Erasmus exchange Program within her Masters’degree in the International Faculty of Engineering and Biotechnology (Lodz University).
Within her activities at the TOMSBio lab (and in collaboration with Dr. David Caparròs, at CRAG), Ola is isolating and cloning different members of the grapevine R2R3-MYB family for further genome-wide binding assays and identify their regulatory networks. Among her interests, Ola enjoys sports, designing and sewing clothes, and taking care of animals.
Arnau did his BSc in Biotechnology in Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and is currently developing his MSc in Plant Biology, Genomics and Biotechnology, a Masters program from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Arnau’s MSc thesis is focused on the characterization of R2R3-MYB factors possibly involved in the regulation of secondary metabolism in fruits of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). He is also developing CRISPR-Cas constructions for the knock-out of these genes. All his activities are being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Manuel Rodruígez-Concepción, at CRAG. Outside the lab, Arnau has served as an auxiliar y firefighter during the 2017 and 2018 summer campaigns (Generalitat de Catalunya).
«It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.»
Following the viewpoint that «It takes two flints to make a fire» (Louisa May Alcott), we have established fruitful international collaborations resulting in several published peer-review publications:
Dr. Dario Cantu (University of California, Davis USA) Ver link
Dr. Shao-shan Carol Huang (New York University, USA) Ver link
Dr. Manuel Rodriguez-Concepción (Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics, Spain)
Dr. Haiping Xin (Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China)
Dr. Agnès Ageorges (SupAgro, INRA Montpellier, France)
Dr. Giovanni Battista Tornielli (University of Verona, Italy)
Dr. Jochen Bogs (COS Heidelberg – Universität Heidelberg, Germany)
Dr. Serge Delrot and Francois Barrieu (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, Bordeaux, France)
Dr. Simone Castellarin (University of British Columbia, Canada) Ver link
Dr. Eric Duchene (INRA Colmar, France)
Dr. Christopher Rock (Texas Tech University, United States)
Dr. Chiara Tonelli and Dr. Massimo Galbiati (University of Milan, Italy)
Dr. Patricio Arce-Johnson (P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile)
With the commitment of consenting the efficient exploitation of Vitis biological resources and understanding the genetic and molecular basis of all processes in this species, the International Grapevine Genome Program (IGGP) is currently developing the GrapeIS system. This is an integrated set of interfaces supporting advanced data modeling, rich semantic integration and the next generation of data mining tools linking genotypes to phenotypes (Adam-Blondon et al. 2016). Within the same framework, the recently launched INTEGRAPE consortium (COST Action-mediated) aims to integrate data at different levels to maximize the power of omics and establish a manageable and open data platform. The initiatives mentioned here share the use of FAIR principles that ensure data are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (Wilkinson et al. 2016). Our team forms part of this collaborative project.