Dr. Alice Pajoro

Research focus

My research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that drive plant transition from the vegetative to the reproductive developmental phase in response to endogenous and environmental signals. When the shoot apical meristem initiates flower development, the stem tissue below the meristem develops to provide nutrients required to support inflorescence growth. Within CEPLAS, we combine state of art multi-omics, microscopy imaging and genetics approaches to reveal how florigens and anti-florigens orchestrate floral transition and inflorescence stem development.

The five most important publications

  1. Sang Q#, Pajoro A#, Sun H, Song B, Yang X, Stolze SC, Andrés F, Schneeberger K, Nakagami H, Coupland G (2020) “Mutagenesis of a quintuple mutant impaired in environmental responses reveals roles for Chromatin Remodeling4 in the Arabidopsis floral transition” The Plant Cell 32, 1479- 1500 DOI:10.1105/tpc.19.00992
  2. Severing E, Faino L, Jamge S, Busscher M, Kuijer-Zhang Y, Bellinazzo F, Angenent GC, Immink RGH, Pajoro A (2018) "Arabidopsis thaliana ambient temperature responsive lncRNAs and their role in flowering time control." BMC Plant Biology 18:145. DOI: 10.1186/s12870-018-1362-x
  3. Pajoro A, Severing E, Angenent GC, Immink RGH. (2017) “Histone H3 lysine 36 methylation affects temperature-induced alternative splicing and flowering in plants” Genome Biology 18:102 DOI: 10.1186/s13059-017-1235-x
  4. Pajoro A, Biewers S, Dougali E, Leal Valentim F, Mendes MA, Porri A, Coupland G, Van de Peer Y, van Dijk ADJ, Colombo L, Davies B and Angenent GC (2014) “The (r)evolution of gene regulatory networks controlling Arabidopsis plant reproduction, a two decades history.” Journal of Experimental Botany 65 (17): 4731-4745 DOI:10.1093/jxb/eru233
  5. Pajoro A, Madrigal P, Muiño JM, Matus JT, Jin J, Mecchia MA, Debernardi JM, Palatnik JF, Balazadeh S, Arif M, Ó’Maoiléidigh DS, Wellmer F, Krajewski P, Riechmann JL, Angenent GC, Kaufmann K (2014) “Dynamics of chromatin accessibility and gene regulation by MADS-domain transcription factors in flower development.” Genome Biology 15:R41 DOI:10.1186/gb-2014-15-3-r41





Dr. Alice Pajoro

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Pathology
National Research Council
Dept. of Biology and Biotechnologies C. Darwin
University of Rome La Sapienza