Washington, D.C.— Postdoctoral fellow, Rubén Rellán-Álvarez at the Department of Plant Biology has been awarded the prestigious Marschner Young Scientist Award by the International Plant Nutrition Colloquium. The award was established for “outstanding Ph.D. students and early-career researchers with the potential to become future research leaders.”


Rellán -Álvarez received his bachelors, masters and Ph.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. While he was pursuing his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and working at the Aula De Experimental Station, he became interested in using plants for contamination remediation called phytoremediation. He then studied the mechanism plants use to transport iron via their fluids and how they adapt to iron deficiency. Now, as a post-doctoral fellow in the José Dinneny lab at Carnegie, he is developing new imaging tools to investigate the interactions between plant roots and their below-ground environment.


Dinneny remarked, “Rubén’s award emphasizes what we at the Department of Plant Biology know well; he is a top-notch scientist doing ground breaking work. Rubén’s expertise in physiology and plant nutrition has been a perfect complement to our work on root-soil interactions.”

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