University of Malaga
(UMA Malaga, Spain)

Organisation and Competences: The University of Malaga (UMA) is one of the best public research institutions in Southern Spain. Research facilities at UMA are excellent and the amount of external funding received for research programmes and infrastructure increased substantially in the last few years.

The Functional Genomics Laboratory has been involved for more than 20 years in functional genomics studies in higher plants by using a variety of experimental approaches and including biochemical, immunological, recombinant-DNA techniques and more recently transcriptomic, proteomic and bioinformatic analyses. The group has extensive experience in gene identification, structural and gene expression analysis to investigate functional roles of individual genes during plant growth and development. The laboratory has gained a reputable status in the study of nitrogen metabolism of woody plants with major contributions in the understanding of the molecular regulation of ammonium assimilation and amino acid metabolism. The transcriptional regulation of the process has also been studied.

Role: UMA coordinates WP2 and will be involved in the research activities of WP1, WP2 and WP3.

Staff members' profiles:
Prof. Francisco M Cánovas- has extensive experience in research management. He is, since 1987, director of a research group at UMA and the responsible scientist of the Functional Genomics Laboratory at the new Center of Genomics and Computational Biology. He has been Director of the Research Services (university research facilities) from 1994 to 2004. He has more than 25 years experience of studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of plants. He has been the principal investigator of more than twenty national and international projects from the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, the European Union, NATO, Ministry of Foreign affairs, private companies and the John Innes Centre. At present, he is coordinating the Plant-KBBE-2009 project SUSTAINPINE.
Prof. Concepción Avila- has 25 years of experience in functional analysis of plant genes. She is an expert in transcriptional regulation of conifer genes. Her work in this area has provided new insights on the coordinated regulation of some metabolic pathways.
Prof. Francisco R Cantón- is an expert in the characterization and functional analysis of transcriptome in woody plants.
Prof Gonzalo Claros- has developed extensive research in DNA and bioinformatics. At present, he is coordinating the activities of the Andalusian Platform of Bioinformatics.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration.

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