Miguel Ángel Blázquez is Group Leader at the Institute of Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology in Valencia since 2001, when he became Staff Scientist of the Spanish Research Council. He studied Chemistry in the Autonomous University of Madrid and obtained his PhD in Biochemistry in 1995 for his work on a new regulatory mechanism of yeast glycolysis that has resulted later in the improvement of yeast industrial fermentation. As a postdoc, he joined the Plant Biology Lab at The Salk Institute in San Diego (California), where he studied the interaction between light and hormones in the control of flowering time, under the supervision of Prof. Detlef Weigel. In 2003 he was acknowledged as EMBO Young Investigator. Work in the Blázquez Lab is focused in the architecture of the signaling circuits that control early stages of plant development, and how plants integrate multiple signals to render the most appropriate response in each situation.
Hernández-García J, Briones-Moreno A, Dumas R, Blazquez MA. (2019) Origin of gibberellin-dependent transcriptional regulation by molecular exploitation of a transactivation domain in DELLA proteins Mol Biol Evol doi: 10.1093/molbev/msz009.
Abbas M, Hernández-García J, Pollmann S, Samodelov SL, Kolb M, Friml J, Hammes UZ, Zurbriggen MD, Blázquez MA, Alabadí D (2018) Auxin methylation is required for differential growth in Arabidopsis Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 115, 6864-6869.
Vera-Sirera F, De Rybel B, Úrbez C, Kouklas E, Pesquera M, Álvarez-Mahecha JC, Minguet EG, Tuominen H, Carbonell J, Borst JW, Weijers D, Blázquez MA (2015) A bHLH-based feedback loop that restricts vascular cell proliferation in plants Dev Cell 35, 432-443.
Locascio A, Blázquez MA, Alabadí D. (2013) Dynamic regulation of cortical microtubule organization through prefoldin-DELLA interaction Curr. Biol. 23, 804-809.
Gallego-Bartolomé J, Minguet EG, Grau-Enguix F, Abbas M, Locascio A, Thomas SG, Alabadí D, Blázquez MA. (2012) Molecular mechanism for the interaction between brassinosteroid and gibberellin signaling pathways in Arabidopsis Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA109, 13446-13451.
Blázquez MA, Ahn JH, Weigel D. (2003) A thermosensory pathway controlling flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nat. Genet. 33, 168-171.
Blázquez MA, Weigel, D. (2000) Integration of floral inductive signals in Arabidopsis Nature 404, 889-892.