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Marina Borges Osorio


  • Time Zone
    (GMT +1) Paris, Madrid, Athens, Berlin, Rome

  • Organization
    Institute of Science and Technology Austria (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

The Earthlings Marina Borges Osorio

Dear Matt,

I'm afraid your message didn't go through. How is the project going? Any photo updates?



Truffula Trees Marina Borges Osorio

Dear Truffula Trees,

As your experiment is moving a bit slower, and given the look on your picture, I wonder: how much water (or liquid treatment) are you adding per cup? Are you sure this is enough or perhaps you should add more liquid? The cups…

Flying Camels Marina Borges Osorio

Dear Kolbi,

Happy to see your seeds have germinated already!

How often are you planning to measure growth? And can you tell me what part of the plant are you measuring?

Best luck!

Skills & Endorsements

  • Challenges Student Thinking
    Jill Marzolino
  • Encouraging
    Jill Marzolino
  • Knowledgeable
    Jill Marzolino


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NSF_Logo.jpg This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #2010556 and #1502892. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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