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CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is Spain’s largest public research institution, and ranks third among Europe’s largest research organization. CSIC is under the responsibility of Spain’s Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide.

The research activities of the Project will be carried out at the Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP), a CSIC Joint Unit participated also by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV). The IBMCP staff includes 42 Staff Researchers (CSIC y UPV), 144 Pre- and Post-doctoral fellows and hired researchers, 29 Technicians and 8 administrative personnel.

Key people

Diego Orzáez is Tenured Scientist at IBMCP-CSIC. He did his PhD on Plant Programmed Cell Death (PCD) in CSIC. As a Marie-Curie post-doc he joined E. Woltering lab in Wageningen (NL) for 2 years to study PCD in plant cell cultures. Later he moved to Wageningen University and joined the A. Schot LMA lab for 4 years, where he started designing plants as antibody biofactories. In 2004 he returned to Valencia with a prestigiou Ramón y Cajal award and became Tenured Scientist in 2009. Currently, Diego co-leads the Plant Genomic and Biotechnology Group at the IBMCP-CSIC, where he is in charge of the Genetic Engineering and Synthetic Biology projects.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774078.

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