Carolina Escobar

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    Bachelor in Biology, University Autonoma of Madrid, 1991. PhD at the John Innes Center, Norwich, UK (1999) awarded with a fellowship from the European Union. Post-doctoral researcher at University of Wageningen, Holand (1999-2000). Assistant researcher at University of Castilla La Mancha (UCLM; 1999-2003). Since 2003 permanent assistant professor at UCLM. Visiting professor in different Universities and Research Institutes: Univ. Autonoma of Madrid (2009), at National Center of Biotechnology, Madrid (2002, 2007); Univ. of Durham (2011); John Innes Center (2014). Total publications JIC, 41, from them, 20 are in the top ten of the research area of Plant Sciences and 8 in the first quarter being corresponding author of 17th. Science promoting activities includes also 4 international book chapters and 10 nationals, and editor of one international (Elsevier) and one National research book. Currently is editor of a topic in Frontiers in Plant Science (impact factor 3.9, 2015-16). From 2015 she has the privilege to represent the Spanish Society of Phytopathology as part of the scientific committee. Invited Speaker in more than 20 conferences or seminars in different institutions and 24 oral communications in congresses and workshops. Principal investigator of 4 National projects and 2 local projects. Awarded in 2003 with a project from the prestigious Ramón Areces Fundation, the only funded in Castilla La Mancha, Spain. Active member of international agreements for student exchange since 1999 at UCLM (responsible of more than 30 internships). Her research line is centered in the molecular basis of the plant-nematode interaction between endoparasite nematodes and plants. The main objective is to understand the molecular mechanisms of gene reprogramming that allow the development of the nematode feeding sites, including special nourishing cells induced by the nematodes, called giant cells. The group uses molecular biology combined with cell biology techniques and holistic approaches for gene expression analysis. The final objective is to develop nematode-control strategies based on biotechnology tools that could also allow combination to other methods such as biopesticides for an integrated management approach within a sustainable agriculture system. 

Associate Professor