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Núria Sánchez-Coll

Career Track Fellows
Núria Sánchez-Coll
Ramón y Cajal Researcher
Research Program: Research Group:

Office Tel. +34 935636600 ext 3111
Campus UAB - Edifici CRAG | 08193 Cerdanyola | BARCELONA

nuria.sanchez-coll [at] cragenomica.es

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

2006-2008 Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow (Dr. Jeff Dangl Lab, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)

2008-2011 Postdoctoral Researcher (Dr. Jeff Dangl Lab, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)

2011-2012 Research Associate (Dr. Jeff Dangl Lab, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)

2012-2014 Beatriu de Pinós Fellow / Group Leader at CRAG

2014-2016 IIF Marie Curie Fellow / Group Leader at CRAG

2016- Ramón y Cajal Researcher / Group Leader at CRAG

Research Topic

The main research line that I am currently leading focuses on understanding the mechanisms that orchestrate plant-pathogen interactions and to generate new sustainable strategies to translate this knowledge into the field. This research line addresses two major issues:

• The regulation of pathogen-triggered programmed cell death (PCD) and its applications into weed and pest control. The pathogen-triggered hypersensitive response (HR) PCD is a plant-specific, localized form of cell death that occurs at the site of attempted pathogen attack, preventing pathogen spread and inducing defenses in the whole plant. A deeper understanding of HR is providing us with the knowledge necessary to generate crops with an enhanced ability to fight infection. As tools for discovery of new cell death regulators we use a multidisciplinary approach, combining proteomics, transcriptomics, phenomics, genetics and biochemistry.

• Development of new strategies to fight against plant bacterioses. This part of my work focuses on identifying novel forms of sustainable resistance and new agrochemicals effective against bacterial wilt in potato caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. This project is done in collaboration with Dr. Marc Valls.

Selected Publications

Lu H, Lema S, Planas M, Alonso A, Valls M †, COLL NS. †

Type III secretion-dependent and -independent phenotypes caused by Ralstonia solanacearum in Arabidopsis roots.

(2017) MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS, Aug 25. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-05-17-0109-FI.

Hofius D, Li L, Hafrén A, COLL NS. †

Autophagy as an emerging arena for plant-pathogen interactions.


Stael S., Kmiecike P., Willems P., Van Der Kelen K., COLL N.S., Teige M., Van Breusegem F.

Plant innate immunity – sunny side up?

(2015) TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 20: 3-11.

Lema Asqui S, Vercammen D, Serrano I, Valls M, Rivas S, Van Breusegem F, Conlon FL, Dangl JL, COLL NS. †

AtSERPIN1 is an inhibitor of the metacaspase AtMC1-mediated cell death and autocatalytic processing in planta.

(2017) NEW PHYTOLOGIST, Feb 3. doi: 10.1111/nph.14446.

Olvera-Carrillo Y., Van Bel M., Van Hautegem T., Fendrych M., Huysmans M., Simaskova M., van Durme M., Buscaill P., Rivas S., COLL N.S., Coppens F., Maere S., Nowack M.K.

A conserved core of PCD indicator genes discriminates developmentally and environmentally induced programmed cell death in plants.

(2015) PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 169(4):2684-99.

COLL N.S. †, Smidler A, Puigvert M, Popa C, Valls M, Dangl JL.

The plant metacaspase AtMC1 in pathogen-triggered programmed cell death and aging: functional linkage with autophagy.

(2014) CELL DEATH & DIFFERENTIATION, 21:1399-1408.


Control of programmed cell death by metacaspases in plants

EU Marie Curie Actions. Career Development Grants (CIG, PCDMC- 321738), 2012-2016.

COST Action SUSTAIN - Pathogen-informed strategies for sustainable broad-spectrum crop resistance

COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology (FA1208), 2013-2017.

Genes involved in bacterial wilt of potato and tomato

Dirección General de Investigación. Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (AGL2010-21870), 2010-2014.