Plant Pathology Technician
Protecting Crops and the Environment
Carlos is a research technician in wheat pathogenomics, with a special interest in the interaction between the most agronomically important crops across the UK (mainly wheat and barley) and their main diseases (Septoria leaf blotch and Fusarium head blight), caused by the pathogens Zymoseptoria tritici and Fusarium graminearum, respectively. He joined Rothamsted Research more than 12 years ago, and has worked as a technician and research assistant in a plant pathology lab, gathering vast experience in numerous techniques useful in most aspects of this research area. His expertise includes, but is not limited to, growth and maintenance of pathogen isolates and cultures under sterile conditions, extraction of nucleic acids and proteins from both fungal and plant material, and subsequent downstream methods (from PCR-based methods to cloning, from fungal transformation to western blots, from qPCR to pathogenicity tests). He is also experienced in library preparation of nucleic acids for next generation sequencing. Such an array of transferable skills, together with his adaptability and willingness to learn new ones, make him an ideal member of the team.
- Effector-directed screeniing for novel genes in wheat for breeding improved resistance to Zymoseptoria Tritici & Fusarium Graminerum
- 1999 - Bachelor of Biological Sciences, University of Leon, Spain