María Josefina Poupin, PhD

Doctor in Biological Sciences with a mention in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2008

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Research Interests

In the broadest sense my work focuses on studying the molecular and physiological responses of different organisms to the environment. One of my main research areas is the study of the interaction between plants and beneficial microorganisms, analyzing the molecular networks that explain the beneficial effects (increased growth rate and abiotic stress tolerance), the ecological effects of these interactions, and how this knowledge can be translated to a more sustainable agriculture. I’ve also been investigating the molecular responses of plants, arthropods and marine organisms to abiotic stresses related with global change, such as temperature increases and ocean acidification. I enjoy working on interdisciplinary teams.

Key Words

Plant Physiology, Plant Microbiology, Plant Molecular Biology, Stress Biology, Microbiome, beneficial Bacteria, Agricultural Biotechnology, Global and Climate Change.


Degree in Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2003

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Award Date: 31 Dec 2008


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