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?

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