Marina Borges Osorio


  • Time Zone
    Central European Time (GMT+1)

  • Organization
    IST Austria

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I’m a postdoctoral researcher at IST-Austria. My experience includes plant genetics, physiology and molecular biology. Unlike animals, plants cannot run away from stressor agents that surround them. Hence, my special interest is on the molecular machinery that plants use to respond to environmental cues, such as pests, drought and nutrient scarcity, in order to thrive. During my PhD at La Trobe University (Australia), I used the Arabidopsis model to help uncovering how plants sense fluctuations in nutrient availability. In other words, how do they know when they're 'hungry'?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Oh...I pretty much feel like being a scientist was something innate to me. Since I was a little kid I wondered about the whys and hows of life and the universe, I've always been a curious reader and I remember how happy I was the time I got 'My first chemist' experimentation kit, at about 10yo. This is basically why I decided to go into a science career :)

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Preferred Student Level(s)
    Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)
    High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)
    Undergraduate Students

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    Foundations of Genetics (traits, variation and environment in rapidly cycling Brassica)
    Genetics in Arabidopsis (investigation with a model species to track transmission of traits)
    Agronomy Feeds the World (where does food come from?)
    Plants Get Sick, Too!
    Tree-mendous Trees

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:

  • Videoconference Ability

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

shscasesweeneyspring2022 project 18 Marina Borges Osorio

Dear Heidi,

I am confused about your question? Can you please give me a little bit more of the context?

If you go to the Files tab on the left-hand side you'll see that I've uploaded a very helpful information sheet with all about…

shscasesweeneyspring2022 project 18 Marina Borges Osorio

Hi everyone,

I'm a Plant Biologist from Brazil, currently in a postdoc position at IST-Austria, near beautiful Vienna. My research involves uncovering the molecular strategies that plants employ in response to soil nutrient variability, and…

Bio Babes Marina Borges Osorio

Hello team!


The soil looks nice and moist now - fingers crossed the sunlight comes in too!

How about your seeds in petri dishes? Are they already back in soil?

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