Profile – Beatriz Lagunas

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Beatriz Lagunas

Job Title:

Postdoctoral research fellow



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My research interests are on the area of plant sciences and focused in sustainable agriculture. I want to help developing strategies that can contribute to minimise human impact on planetary boundaries, such as decreasing agricultural derived CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.

My latest job as a Senior Research Technician working on nodulation allowed me to discover the possibility of using beneficial microbes to provide nutrients to plants. Now, as a postdoctoral research fellow, I am continuing this work by understanding the molecular strategies that underlie efficient nitrogen fixation symbiosis and their perseverance in natural soil with the goal of using this knowledge to improve plant production through rhizobial symbioses.

Research Areas:

  • Nitrogen fixation efficiency

Current N-related Projects:

  • Capturing nitrogen fixation efficiency to sustain plant productivity


N-related publications:

Lagunas, B., Schäfer, Patrick, Gifford, Miriam L.. 2015. Housing helpful invaders : the evolutionary and molecular architecture underlying plant root-mutualist microbe interactions. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66 (8), pp. 2177-2186


Scientific positions:

BBSRC Research Fellow (2016-ongoing)

Senior Research Technician (2014-2016)



DPhil, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, EEAD-CSIC and University of Zaragoza, 2014.

MSc Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Zaragoza, 2008.

BSc Biochemistry [5yr; 3yr chemistry+ 2yr Biochemistry], University of Zaragoza, 2007.


Scientific memberships:

Society for Experimental Biology

Royal Society of Biology