Rocio Ochoa-Fernandez - AG Zurbriggen

 Development of Optogenetics tools for Plant Synthetic Biology

Plant Synthetic Biology is a nascent research area and therefore the development and implementation of engineering methods and synthetic tools still lags behind. In particular, optogenetic tools allow the precise regulation of cellular processes, such as gene expression, at high spatio-temporal resolution and with minimized invasiveness and toxicity effects, therefore overcoming limitations of classical approaches. In this Thesis we focus on the development and implementation of a first set of optogenetic systems for plants, opening up novel perspectives for the study of plant signaling processes, such as the analysis of complex regulatory systems and metabolic pathways at high spatio-temporal resolution and quantitative control. 

Starting date: 01.01.2015 / PhD student

Thesis committee members: Matias Zurbriggen, Rüdiger Simon, Wilfried Weber

Mini Academic CV:

  •  2014: M.Sc and B.Sc in Biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia

    • Thesis: “ Development of modular and orthogonal logic gates for Plant Synthetic Biology by Golden Braid Cloning system


Ochoa-Fernandez R, Samodelov SL, Brandl SM, Wehinger E, Müller K, Weber W and Zurbriggen MD, “Optogenetics in plants: Red/far-red light control of gene expression”. Optogenetics - Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer (2016). Book chapter

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