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Pilar Cubas, new member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)

Pilar Cubas, new member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Pilar Cubas, CNB-CSIC
  • Pilar Cubas is among the 60 new EMBO members announced today.
  • This distinction is awarded annually to the world's leading scientists in recognition of the excellence of their research in the life sciences.

Madrid 4 July 2023. EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) announces today the appointment of 60 new members of its organization, which includes Pilar Cubas, CNB-CSIC researcher. The new EMBO members are elected annually in recognition of their research achievements and for their contribution to scientific excellence in the field of life sciences.

This year's awardees have been recognised for contributions spanning the spectrum of life science research, including work that has demystified the immune system, advanced understanding of our senses, and facilitated innovative approaches to vaccine development.

This year sees 60 members and nine associate members elected to the EMBO Membership, of which 35 are women (51%) and 34 are men (49%). The newly elected members and associate members reside in more than 20 countries. These new additions also include Marco Milán, researcher from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona (IRB).

Pilar Cubas is PhD in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Although her career began in the field of the development of the nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster, as a postdoctoral researcher her interests turned towards plant molecular genetics. In Rico Coen's laboratory at the John Innes Institute (Norwich, UK), she discovered the TCP domain, typical of a family of plant transcription factors. She also studied the role of the CYLOIDEA gene in the evolution of bilateral floral symmetry and discovered the molecular basis responsible for peloria, a natural variant of Linaria vulgaris that changes the flowers’ symmetry and was first described by Linneo.

Researcher at the CNB-CSIC since 2002, her group studies the function of the TCP genes in the control of plant architecture and the genetic networks involved in this process in Arabidopsis thaliana. She has also studied the evolution of BRANCHED1 genes in other angiosperms, particularly in Solanaceae. Her most recent work describes the role of the BRANCHED1b gene in preventing tuber formation in the aerial nodes of the potato plant. She collaborates with leading international groups in the study of branching control and signaling by strigolactones.

 Her research has been published in more than 60 scientific articles in specialised journals. She has obtained international cooperation funds and maintains contracts and collaborations with companies. In addition to giving numerous invited lectures at academic and research institutions and at national and international conferences, she participates in the evaluation of national and international projects, is a member of the European Plant Science Organization, and editor of Journal of Experimental Botany.

Cubas is the seventh CNB-CSIC researcher to receive this appointment, along with Carlos Martínez, Ana Clara Carrera, Víctor de Lorenzo, José Ramón Naranjo, Javier Paz-Ares and Roberto Solano.

About EMBO

EMBO is an organization of more than 2,000 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international visibility and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences, and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe.

For more information: EMBO Press Release

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