University of Salamanca-CIALE
Oscar Lorenzo is full Professor of Plant Physiology and group leader at the Spanish-Portuguese Agriculture Research Institute (CIALE), School of Biology of the University of Salamanca, Spain (one of the oldest Universities in Europe est. 1218). He received his B.S. degree in Biology (1996) and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology (2000) at the University of Salamanca. His research interest has focused on the study of hormonal signaling pathways in plants and their interactions along plant growth and development. During his Ph.D. (supervised by Prof. Gregorio Nicolás and Prof. Dolores Rodríguez) he investigated the regulation of seed dormancy and germination using beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) as a forest model species and Arabidopsis, where contributed to understand the abscisic acid (ABA) signaling pathway in seeds and stress reponses. During his postdoctoral stay (2001-2004) in the Department of Plant Molecular Genetics at the National Center of Biotechnology CNB-CSIC, Madrid (laboratory of Dr. Roberto Solano), he contributed significantly to study the crosstalk and transcriptional regulation of ethylene (ET) signaling and the genetic dissection of the jasmonates (JAs) signaling pathway in Arabidopsis. He returned to the University of Salamanca in 2005 to start his own research group becoming a lecturer in 2007 and actually is part of the european network Seeds for the Future within the EcoSeed project. His current interests focus on the study of the mechanisms of hormonal action and interactions with major regulators of plant growth and development. Specifically, the identification of the molecular components involved in nitric oxide (NO) sensing and signaling related to seed germination, early plant development and role in stem cell niche homeostasis. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications with more than 3,100 citations and supervised 10 PhD Thesis and 47 BSc and MSc students during the last ten years. Finally, he has received two prestigious awards to the best Young Researcher from the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology (SEFV) (2007) and the European Federation of Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) (2008).