Melanie Morales has received funding from the 3-year postdoctoral fellowship program Beatriu de Pinós (co-funded by the Government of Catalonia and the Horizon 2020-European program) for the study of photoprotection mechanisms in plants live under extreme environments (extremophytes). This fellowship allowed her to rejoin the ANTIOX Ecophys group in August 2020, in which she developed her Ph.D. in Plant Biology (2012-2015). Besides, she is leading the 2-research lines from the ANTIOX Ecophys Group: Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Sexual Dimorphism. During her previous postdoc-research career, she was awarded an international postdoc-fellowship (FONDECYT, Chile) and Juan de la Cierva Formación (Spain) in which she focused her research on oxidative stress as a master regulator in trade-offs between productivity and stress tolerance in terrestrial plants, which can help to discover new model species for studying mechanisms of future interest to crops. She has developed this research participating with international collaborators and projects, Prof. León Bravo (Universidad de la Frontera, Chile) and Jaume Flexas (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain), and participating in extreme field campaigns such as the Antarctic Peninsule, Chilean Altiplano (at 4.500 m.a.s.l) and the Atacama Desert, the world's driest desert. Melanie Morales pursue her goals to establish her research line in extremophytes with the hope to get scientific advances helping to preserve the environment and species under the climate change framework.
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