Dr. Manuel Carmona is a staff Research Assistant who leads the plant-microbial interaction research topic. This line focuses on the abilities of some bacteria to live as a endophyte, promoting the growth of the plant host. The molecular basis of this interaction and the biotechnological applications such phytoremediation or increase in crop production are the main objectives of this research line.
Dr. Carmona received his PhD in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Spain) studying the regulation of the alfa-haemolysin in some virulent strains of Escherichia coli. Then, he continued exploring regulatory networks, first at the MIT in Boston (USA) where studied the regulation of nitrogen assimilation in Enterobacteria and then at CNB-CSIC where investigated the regulation networks underlying the aromatic catabolism in Pseudomonas putida, both as postdoctoral researcher. In 2001 he joined as a Ramón y Cajal fellowship at the CIB-CSIC studying the regulation of the anaerobic degradation of aromatics in Azoarcus sp. CIB and other anaerobic bacteria. In 2011, he joined at the CIB-CSIC staff and started a new research line, analyzing the beneficial interactions between plants and bacteria.