Beatriz works on elucidating the developmental mechanisms that underlie the diversity and complexity of shapes in the natural world.
Her current project focuses on the transition from 2D to 3D shapes during Utricularia gibba trap development and aims to elucidate the patterns of tissue growth and the genes controlling its morphogenesis.
The Utricularia gibba, a carnivorous bladderwort, has been adopted as a model system for the study of complex leaf shapes in our lab and chosen especially for its small size and small diploid genome as well as its small aquatic traps that are transparent and amenable to a scope of imaging techniques including live-imaging.
She uses a combination of imaging, genetics, expression studies and modelling to test tissue growth hypotheses and the roles of candidate genes borrowed from the flat leaf development.
Beatriz is funded by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.