Dr Henriques is the newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Plant Genetics at the School of BEES, UCC. She is interested in understanding how light and the circadian clock regulate plant growth and development. Her research has focus mostly on understanding the molecular mechanisms behind this regulation.
Rossana got her PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Lisbon and the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany which focused on the identification of metal transporters from the model plant Arabidopsis and the woody plant Camellia japonica. She then moved to Royal Holloway, University of London, UK as a postdoctoral fellow working on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying growth regulation in plants. After this she joined the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, at The Rockefeller University in New York, USA as a Research Associate. Here she started a new project on light and circadian biology. In 2012 she joined the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Barcelona, Spain as a Junior PI. Her laboratory addressed the molecular mechanisms underlying the circadian regulation of growth. She is particularly interested in understanding how certain protein coding genes as well as long non-protein coding RNAs modulate plant growth and development in response to environmental conditions in model species such as Arabidopsis and in grasses.