Estrella Luna Diez

Member of the Mentoring Committee

Participación en SRUK

Estrella graduated as Technical Agriculture Engineer from the University Jaume I of Castellon in 2006. She spent a few months travelling before she moved to Valencia, where, in December 2008 she completed a higher engineering degree in Agronomy. In January 2009, she was awarded a Leonardo Da Vinci training fellowship to work at Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, UK). Seven months into her fellowship, she obtained a studentship to carry on with her doctoral studies based at Rothamsted Research, but as a student of Lancaster University. In November 2012, Estrella completed her PhD in Biological Sciences. During these years, she studied genetic and epigenetic mechanisms controlling defence priming in plants, a defence response based on the sensitization of the immune capacity of plants against biotic and abiotic stresses. After she completed her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Animal and Plant Sciences at The University of Sheffield for 3 years. Her postdoc project identified the plant receptor protein of β-amino butyric acid, a priming agent that induces broad spectrum resistance in a wide range of plant species. Currently, she holds a BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship. With her research, Estrella aims to translate the results obtained in Arabidopsis thaliana (a model research plant) into economically-relevant crops in Europe, such as tomato and potato.