Pablo Leivar CV

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Dr. Pablo Leivar

Associate Professor
Bioengineering Department, IQS.
Genetic and metabolic engineering, microalgae.


Pablo Leivar, Laboratory of Biochemistry
Bioengineering Department, Institut Químic de Sarrià, Universitat Ramon Llull.
Via Augusta 390, 08017 Barcelona, Spain.
Tel: +34-932672000, e-mail:
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4878-3684
WoS Researcher ID: D-7808-2017

A. Education

Universitat de Barcelona Biochemistry B.S. 1997
Universitat de Barcelona Biochemistry PhD 2003

B. Appointments

2020-present Associate Professor, Institut Químic de Sarrià, Universitat Ramon Llull
2016 Short stay at CEA Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnologies of Grenoble
2014-2020 Assistant Professor, Institut Químic de Sarrià, Universitat Ramon Llull
2010-2014 Career track fellow, Center for Research on Agricultural Genomics, Barcelona
2004-2009 Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley, USA
1998-2003 PhD fellow, Universitat de Barcelona

C. Relevant Publications (full list Google Scholar Citations)

  1. Leivar P*, Martín G, Soy J, Dalton-Roesler J, Quail PH, Monte E* (2020). Phytochrome imposed inhibition of PIF7 activity shapes photoperiodic growth in Arabidopsis together with  PIF1, 3, 4 and 5. Physiologia Plantarum 169, 452-466. 
  2. Chi J, Cova M, de las Rivas M, Medina A, Junqueira Borges R, Leivar P, Planas A, Usón I,  Hurtado-Guerrero R, Izquierdo L (2020). Plasmodium falciparum apicomplexan-specific  glucosamine-6-phosphate N-acetyltransferase is key for amino sugar metabolism and asexual  blood stage development. mBio 11, e02045-20. 
  3. Zhang Y, Pfeiffer A, Tepperman JM, Dalton-Roesler J, Leivar P, Gonzalez-Grandio E, Quail PH (2020). Central clock components modulate plant shade avoidance by directly repressing  transcriptional activation activity of PIF proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 117, 3261-3269.  
  4. Martín G, Rovira A, Veciana N, Soy J, Toledo-Ortiz G, Gommers CMM, Boix M, Henriques R,  Minguet EG, Alabadí D, Halliday KJ, Leivar P, Monte E. (2018). Circadian Waves of  Transcriptional Repression Shape PIF-Regulated Photoperiod-Responsive Growth in  Arabidopsis. Current Biology 28, 311-318. 
  5. Martín G, Leivar P, Ludevid D, Tepperman JM, Quail PH, Monte E. (2016). Phytochrome and  retrograde signalling pathways converge to antagonistically regulate a light-induced  transcriptional network. Nature Communications 7, 11431. 
  6. Soy J, Leivar P, González-Schain N, Martín G, Diaz C, Sentandreu M, Al-Sady B, Quail PH,  Monte E. (2016). Molecular convergence of clock and photosensory pathways through PIF3- TOC1 interaction and co-occupancy of target promoters. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113, 4870- 5. 
  7. Leivar P*, Monte E* (2014). PIFs: Systems Integrators in Plant Development. Plant Cell 26,  56-78. 
  8. Leivar P, Tepperman JM, Cohn MM, Monte E, Al-Sady B, Erickson E, Quail PH (2012).  Dynamic antagonism between phytochromes and PIF family basic helix-loop-helix factors  induces selective reciprocal responses to light and shade in a rapidly responsive  transcriptional network in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 24, 1398-1419. 
  9. Leivar P, Quail PH (2011). PIFs: pivotal components in a cellular signaling hub. Trends Plant  Sci 16, 19-28.
  10. Leivar P, Antolin-Llovera M, Ferrero S, Closa M, Arro M, Ferrer A, Boronat A, Campos N (2011). Multilevel control of Arabidopsis 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase by  protein phosphatase 2A. Plant Cell 23, 1494-1511. 
  11. Leivar P, Monte E, Al-Sady B, Carle C, Storer A, Alonso JM, Ecker JR, Quail PH (2008). The  Arabidopsis phytochrome-interacting factor PIF7, together with PIF3 and PIF4, regulates  responses to prolonged red light by modulating phyB levels. Plant Cell 20, 337-352.  
    1. Leivar P, Monte E, Oka Y, Liu T, Carle C, Castillon A, Huq E, Quail PH (2008). Multiple  phytochrome-interacting bHLH transcription factors repress premature seedling  photomorphogenesis in darkness. Current Biology 18, 1815-1823.

    D. Synergistic activities

    1. Program coordinator: B.S. degree in Biotechnology (2017-present).

    2. Member of Scientific societies: Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (2001 – present). Societat Catalana de Biologia (2013 – present).

    3. Competitive fellowships and grants: Predoctoral fellowship by Generalitat de Catalunya (1998-2001). Postdoctoral fellowships by Ministerio Educación y Ciencia (2005-2007). Beatriu de Pinós postdoctoral contract by Generalitat Catalunya (2010-2011). Marie Curie International Reintegration grant/EC-FP7 (2010-2014).

    4. Participation in collaborative national and international projects: Participation in 19 research projects, 4 International (NIH, NSF, USDA/ARS), 1 European (MC/IRG), 6 National (Plan Nacional), 5 Regional (SGR), 3 institutional (IQS-URL).

    5. Reviewer for leading journals including Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Molecular Plant, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Nature Communications, Physiologia Plantarum, Afinidad.

    6. Teaching: (a) Degree in Biotechnology, IQS, URL: Recombinant DNA Technology, Genomics, Plant Biotechnology, Interdisciplinary Seminars; (b) Masters in Bioengineering, IQS, URL: Genetic and metabolic engineering Lab.

    7. Conferences and talks: 8 invited conferences (2 International, 4 National, 2 Workshops). 34 participations in congresses (2 Oral, 31 Posters, 1 Flash talk).

    E. Collaborators and other affiliations

    (i) Collaborators Dr. Elena Monte (CRAG, Barcelona), Dr. Peter H. Quail (Univ. California Berkeley), Dr. Narciso Campos (Univ. Barcelona), Dr. Guillaume Allorent and Giovanni Finazzi (CEA-LPCV Grenoble).

    (ii) PhD thesis advisor and other graduate student programs
    2 PhD thesis, 1 PhD thesis on going, 9 Master thesis, 16 Final Degree Project supervision, 11 participations as a jury member in PhD dissertations.