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Patricia Ferreira dos Santos

Assistant Professor


In 2001, I started my Ph.D. studies at the Coffee Rust Research Center (CIFC)/IICT (Portugal) and Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD, France) in the area of Plant Pathology. This work focused on the identification and characterization of the molecular aspects underlying resistance to coffee leaf rust (Hemilea vastatrix) resistance. Upon completion of my Ph.D. in 2005, I began a post-doctoral project on symbiotic nitrogen fixation between actinorhizal plants and Frankia bacteria. Specifically, I studied the role of 5 defense-related resistance (R) genes expressed during the symbiotic process. These included putatively encoding class III and class I chitinases (CgChi3 and CgChi1, respectively), a hairpin-inducible protein (CgHin1), a peroxidase (CgPox4) and a glutathione S-transferase (CgGst).


B.S. & M.S. University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1996
Ph.D. Madeira University, Portugal, 2005



Primary Fatty Alcohols Are Major Components of Suberized Root Tissues of Arabidopsis in the Form of Alkyl Hydroxycinnamates.


Plant Physiol 171: 1934–1950

Delude C., Fouillen L., Bhar P., Cardinal M-J., Pascal S., Santos P., Kosma D.K., Joubès J., Rowland O., Domergue F.

Comparison of the nodule vs. root transcriptome of the actinorhizal plant Datisca glomerata: actinorhizal nodules contain a specific class of defensins.


PLOS One. 8: e72442.

Demina, I.V. *, Persson, T. *, Santos, P., Plaszczyca, M., Pawlowski, K.

Lignification of cell walls of infected cells in Casuarina glauca nodules that depend on symplastic sugar supply, is accompanied by reduction of plasmodesmata number and narrowing plasmodesmata.


Physiologia Plantarum. 147:524-540.

Schubert, M., Koteyeva, N.K., Zdyb, A., Santos, P., Voitsekhovskaja, O.V., Demchenko, K.N., Pawlowski, K.

Actinorhizal plants.


Functional Plant Biology. 38, v–vii.

Ribeiro, A., Berry, A.M., Pawlowski, K., Santos, P.

Characterization of four defense-related genes up-regulated in root nodules of Casuarina glauca.


Symbiosis. 50:27–35.

Santos, P., Fortunato, A., Graça, I., Martins, S.M., Gouveia, M.M., Auguy, F., Bogusz, D., Ricardo, C.P.P., Pawlowski, K., Ribeiro, A.

Chitinases in root nodules.


Plant Biotechnology. 25: 299-307.

Santos, P., Fortunato, A., Ribeiro, A., Pawlowski, K.