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National Research Council
Istitute of Molecular Biology and Pathology CNR
Sapienza University of Rome - Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 - Rome, Italy - Department of Biology and Biotechnologies C.Darwin - Building CU026 (General Physiology, ex BCS)
My research focus on molecular mechanisms that regulate plant development in response to the environmental signals such as ambient temperature and photoperiod.
  • Severing E, Faino L, Jamge S, Busscher M, Kuijer-Zhang Y, Bellinazzo F, Angenent GC, Immink RGH, Pajoro A "Arabidopsis thaliana ambient temperature responsive lncRNAs and their role in flowering time control." (2018) BMC Plant Biology 18:145. DOI: 10.1186/s12870-018-1362-x
  • Pajoro A, Muiño JM, Angenent GC, Kaufmann K "Profiling nucleosome occupancy by MNase-seq: Experimental protocol and computational analysis" (2018) Methods in Molecular Biology, 1675, pp.167181. DOI:10.1007/978-1-4939-7318-7_11
  • 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
  • González-Grandío E, Pajoro A, Franco-Zorrilla JM, Tarancón C, Immink RGH, Cubas P (2016) “Abscisic acid signaling is controlled by a BRANCHED1/HD-ZIP I cascade in Arabidopsis axillary budsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 114:245-254 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613199114
  • Pajoro A, Verhage L, Immink RGH. (2016) “Plasticity versus Adaptation of Ambient-Temperature Flowering ResponseTrends in Plant Science 21 (1): 6-8. DOI:10.1016/j.tplants.2015.11.015
  • Muino JM, De Bruijn S, Pajoro A, Geuten K, Vingron M, Angenent GC, Kaufmann K. (2016) “Evolution of DNA-binding sites of a floral master regulatory transcription factorMolecular Biology and Evolution 33 (1): 185-200 DOI:10.1093/molbev/msv210
  • Capovilla G, Pajoro A, Immink RGH, Schmid M. (2015) “Role of alternative pre-mRNA splicing in temperature signalingCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology 27: 97-103 DOI:10.1016/j.pbi.2015.06.016
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dreni L, Erreni S, Caporali E, Pajoro A, Pilatone A, Yun D, Zhang D, Kater MM (2011) Functional analysis of all AGAMOUS subfamily members in rice reveals their roles in reproductive organ identity determination and meristem determinacy.” Plant Cell 23, 2850-2863 DOI: 10.1105/tpc.111.087007
  • Kaufmann K, Pajoro A, Angenent GC (2010) “Regulation of transcription in plants: mechanisms controlling developmental switches.” Nature Reviews Genetics 11, 830–842. DOI: 10.1038/nrg2885

2018 – present:   EMBO long-term Post Doc Fellow in Prof G. Coupland’s group, Max Plank Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany. The research focuses on the coordination of floral transition and stem development

2014 – 2017          Post Doc in Prof R. Immink’s group, Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands. The research focuses on understand the impact of ambient temperature in regulation of developmental processes in Arabidopsis, within the ERA-CAPS network, FLOWPLAST.

2009 – 2014          PhD in Molecular Biology in Prof. G. Angenent’s department supervised by Dr. K. Kaufmann, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. My project was carried out in the framework of the Marie Curie ITN project SYSFLO. The project focused on the gene regulatory networks underlying flower development in Arabidopsis.

2008 – 2009          Intern at the Universitá degli Studi di Milano in Prof. M. Kater’s group. My project focused on the role of OsMADS13 and OsMADS21 in rice ovule and kernel development and the functional conservation of gene function between Arabidopsis and rice.

2006                       Intern at the Universitá degli Studi di Milano in Prof. G. Gavazzi and Prof G. Consonni’s group. The project focused on the characterization fused leaves mutant (fdl) in Zea mais