Dr. Pau Formosa-Jordan

Research focus

In my research group we use mathematical modelling, microscopy and quantitative image analysis to better understand the dynamics of plant developmental processes at different scales, from single-cell resolution to the tissue and whole-plant level. Currently, we focus on two different developmental processes in Arabidopsis thaliana: We are studying cellular patterning in the leaf epidermis and we are investigating how gene expression patterns in the shoot apical meristem influence the floral transition and meristem shape.

The five most important publications

  1. Abley* K, Formosa-Jordan* P, Tavares H, Chan EYT,  Afsharinafar M, Leyser O and Locke JCW (2021) An ABA-GA bistable switch can account for natural variation in the variability of Arabidopsis seed germination time. eLife; 10:e59485. (*: equal contributors) 
  2. Landrein B, Formosa-Jordan P, Malivert A, Schuster C, Melnyk CW, Yang W, Turnbull C, Meyerowitz EM, Locke JCW and Jönsson H (2018) Nitrate modulates stem cell dynamics in Arabidopsis shoot meristems through cytokinins. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 115:1382-1387
  3. Formosa-Jordan* P, Teles* J and Jönsson H (2018) Single-cell approaches for understanding morphogenesis using Computational Morphodynamics. In: Morris R. (eds) Mathematical Modelling in Plant Biology. Springer, Cham
  4. Meyer* HM, Teles* J, Formosa-Jordan* P, Refahi Y, San-Bento R, Ingram G, Jönsson H Locke, JCW and Roeder AHK (2017) Fluctuations of the transcription factor ATML1 generate the pattern of giant cells in the Arabidopsis sepal. eLife; 10.7554/eLife.19131. (*: equal contributors)  
  5. Fàbregas* N,  Formosa-Jordan* P, Confraria* A, Siligato R, Alonso JM, Swarup, R., Bennett MJ, Pekka Mähönen A, Caño-Delgado AI and Ibañes M (2015) Influx carriers control vascular patterning and xylem differentiation in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genetics11(4): e1005183. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1005183. (*: equal contributors)  



Dr. Pau Formosa-Jordan


+49 221 5062291

Department of Plant Developmental Biology
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Carl-von-Linné-Weg 10

50829 Cologne

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich