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Maria (Isabel) Martinez Rugerio

Biology, Ph.D. Program: Iglesias-Prieto Lab
Maria (Isabel) Martinez Rugerio

Research interests

The sessile nature of symbiotic corals has made them especially attuned to their light environment; their ability to use and sense light can change their behavior, physiology, and form. I am interested in understanding the molecular and biophysical mechanisms by which photoreceptor proteins operate, how they influence coral’s physiological processes, and how they evolved in the context of endosymbiosis.