Mayra Osorio has joined the EMBL-EBI Gene Expression Team for her CABANA secondment. Hosted by Dr Irene Papatheodorou, Mayra’s project is to characterise and compare the phenotypic response to water deficit stress of two cocoa genotypes with contrasting physiological behaviour to this kind of stress. Using a transcriptomic approach (RNAseq), she expects to develop analysis pipelines for differential expression analysis of transcriptomic data, coexpression and regulatory network modelling, and comparative transcriptomics. This knowledge should benefit breeding programs and contribute to enhance yield, sustainability and welfare around cocoa cropping.
Mayra is on secondment from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, where she is a PhD student in the Plant and Crop Biology lab of the Department of Biology.
What is CABANA?
- CABANA is a capacity strengthening project for bioinformatics in Latin America.
- It aims to accelerate the implementation of data-driven biology in the region by creating a sustainable capacity-building programme focusing on three challenge areas – communicable disease, sustainable food production and protection of biodiversity.
- CABANA is orchestrated by an international consortium of ten organisations - nine in Latin America and one in the UK.
- CABANA is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - part of the UK Aid Budget – from October 2017 to December 2021.