Dr. Lovely Mae Lawas

Dr. rer. nat. Molecular Plant Physiology (2019, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology/University of Potsdam)
M.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (2015, University of the Philippines Los Baños)
B.S. Biology (2009, University of the Philippines Los Baños)

My research interests focus on how crops respond to abiotic stresses, in particular heat and drought, and in understanding the molecular and metabolic basis of plant stress tolerance. In the Leisner Lab I am studying the production of the specialized metabolite iridoid in blueberry by functional characterization of genes/enzymes involved in the biosynthetic pathway, as well as how it could potentially be impacted by predicted temperature changes in future climate. When not doing science, I enjoy traveling and unwinding over good food.