Managing Editor
Marisa Rosa
  • Managing Editor, Bio-protocol
Research fields
  • Plant Science
Personal information


Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Vienna, 2012

Research focus

After studying Agronomic Engineering at the University of Lisbon, Marisa pursued a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna, working with Ortrun Mittlesten Schied at the Gregor Mendel Institute. During her Ph.D., she investigated the effects of genotoxic stress and the roles of chromatin remodelers in DNA repair and homologous recombination responses in Arabidopsis. Following her Ph.D., she relocated to the Bay Area to work as a postdoc in the Lab of Sarah Hake at the Plant Gene Expression Center/UC Berkeley, driven by her fascination for messed-up developmental mutants. Her research focused on a maize mutant potentially linked to calcium channel abnormalities, resulting in severe growth, developmental, and organ patterning defects.
Marisa has been a part of the Bio-protocol community since 2013, initially as an author, then as a reviewer, associate editor, and editorial and social media consultant. She assumed the role of Managing Editor in June 2021.

•Rosa, M., et al. (2017) The Maize MID-COMPLEMENTING ACTIVITY Homolog CELL NUMBER REGULATOR13/NARROW ODD DWARF Coordinates Organ Growth and Tissue Patterning. The Plant Cell 29: 1-17

•Rosa, M. and Mittlesten Scheid, O. (2014) Measuring Homologous Recombination Frequency in Arabidopsis Seedlings. Bio-protocol 4(7): e1094. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.1094.

•Rosa, M. and Mittlesten Scheid, O. (2014) DNA Damage Sensitivity Assays with Arabidopsis Seedlings. Bio-protocol 4(7): e1093. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.1093.

•Rosa, M., et al. (2013) The Arabidopsis SWR1 chromatin-remodeling complex is important for DNA repair, somatic recombination, and meiosis. The Plant Cell 5: 1990-2000

•Pecinka, A., Rosa, M., et al. (2009) Transgenerational stress memory is not a general response in Arabidopsis. PloS one 4: e5202

•Pecinka, A., Dinh, H.Q., Baubec, T., Rosa, M., et al. (2010) Epigenetic regulation of repetitive elements is attenuated by prolonged heat stress in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 22: 3118–3129

•Erilova, A., Brownfield, L., Exner, V., Rosa, M., et al. (2009) Imprinting of the Polycomb group gene MEDEA serves as a ploidy sensor in Arabidopsis. PLoS Genet. 25: e1000663

•Caperta, A.D., Rosa, M., et al. (2008) Distribution patterns of phosphorylated Thr 3 and Thr 32 of histone H3 in plant mitosis and meiosis. Cytogenet Genome Res. (2008) 122: 73–79
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