Sònia Garcia obtained the Ph.D. degree at the University of Barcelona, Spain (2007), with a thesis centered in molecular phylogenetics and cytogenetic aspects of genus Artemisia (Asteraceae). Later (2008–2011) she held a postdoc position at the Botanical Institute of Barcelona (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientÍficas, CSIC) and took a postdoctoral fellowship (2008-2009) at the Institute of Biophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Brno); in both places, her research was centered in ribosomal DNA structure and organization in the family Asteraceae. She has learnt cytogenetic and other molecular biology techniques at the labs of Dr. Sonja Siljak-Yakovlev (Laboratoire d’Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution, CNRS – Université Paris Sud), Dr. Andrew Leitch (Laboratory of Cytogenetics, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London), and Dr. Ales Kovarik (Department of Molecular Epigenetics, Institute of Biophysics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). In 2011, she took the position of an Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona and later was the recipient of another postdoctoral contract at the same university. Currently she is extending the investigation on rDNA organization to other plant groups, as well as working in the development of a web-based database on plant rDNA information (accessible at www.plantrdnadatabase.com); she is also interested in plant genome size research, in particular within family Asteraceae, for which another database has been performed with her collaboration (www.asteraceaegenomesize.com). Together with her research team (www.etnobiofic.cat), she is working on establishing a plant molecular cytogenetics lab at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Barcelona.
Biography Updated on 27 February 2012