Manuel Piñeiro

Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrarias, Madrid, Spain

The group of Dr. Piñeiro focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of plant developmental transitions. In particular, we are interested in unraveling the genetic networks that control phase transitions such as germination and flowering, processes that have adaptive value for plant species as well as significant impact on crop yield. Chromatin remodeling plays a crucial role in establishing and maintaining specific gene expression patterns associated with plant developmental phases. For that reason, one of our main interests is to understand how chromatin changes participate in the regulation of seed dormancy/germination and floral initiation, and how environmental changes influence the structural dynamics of chromatin, modulating gene expression patterns involved in the control of plant developmental transitions. More…

The Piñeiro group is part of Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agraria (INIA), the leading national-wide agri-food research institution in Spain (around 900 employees). INIA performs multidisciplinary research in the areas of genomics, biotechnology, agroforestry and food technology. The group is housed in the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP), a joint venture with the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), which is fully equipped for state-of-the-art research on crops and model plant species. More: http://www.inia.es/ or  http://www.cbgp.upm.es/

Dorota Komar is the EpiTRAITS research fellow with the Piñeiro group, click to find out more about her and her project.