Marcelo Carnier Dornelas

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Cargo: Professor Titular

PhD, University of Paris XI/Univ. São Paulo

Dep. BIOLOGIA VEGETAL, IB, Unicamp, Campinas, SP


  • Biodiversity

Research lines

  • Molecular biology, biochemistry and plant physiology

Personal presentation

Graduated in Agronomy Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (USP, 1992), master's at Agronomy from Universidade de São Paulo (1995) and PhD at Phisiologie Cellulaire et Moleculaire Des Plantes from Universite de Paris XI (Paris-Sud) (1999). Has two post-docs (ESALQ/USP, 2000-2002 and CENA/USP, 2002-2004). Is a tenured Full Professor at UNICAMP. His area of expertise is plant molecular biology and physiology of plant development with focus in plant reproduction and evolution.

Research activities

In the past our group has shown the conservation of the LEAFY gene function and expression patterns during vegetative-to-reproductive transition in tropical tree species. More recently we have been interested on the role of MADS-box genes in defining floral organ morphology and size, using Arabidopsis and passionfruit as models. Current work in our group focus on the molecular networks controlling plant development, taking into account the influences of genomic evolution and the effects of hormones such as auxins, cytokinins and gibberellins. Besides still being concentrated in studying gene function and expression patterns during vegetative-to-reproductive transition, we recently enlarged our interests into floral organ development and evolution as well as tropical fruit development.

Teaching activities

Prof. Marcelo Dornelas is responsible for undergaduate (BV581, BV720, BV586 and BV587) and graduate (NV432, NV433, NV435 and NV438)

Selected Publications

dornelas, Marcelo C.; Van Lammeren, Andie A. M.; Kreis, Martin; Arabidopsis thaliana SHAGGY-related protein kinases (AtSK11 and 12) function in perianth and gynoecium development. Plant Journal, v.21, p. 419-429, 2000 [ doi:10.1046/j.1365-313x.2000.00691.x ]

dornelas, M. C.; Rodriguez, Adriana Pinheiro Martinelli; The rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis Muell. Arg.) homologue of the LEAFY/FLORICAULA gene is preferentially expressed in both male and female floral meristems. Journal of Experimental Botany, v.56, p. 1965-1974, 2005 [ doi:10.1093/jxb/eri194 ]

dornelas, Marcelo C.; Patreze, Camila Maistro; Angenent, Gerco C.; Immink, Richard G.H.; MADS: the missing link between identity and growth?. Trends in Plant Science, v.16, p. 89-97, 2011 [ doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2010.11.003 ]

Danisman, S.; Van Der Wal, F.; Dhondt, S.; Waites, R.; De Folter, S.; Bimbo, A.; Van Dijk, A. D.; Muino, J. M.; Cutri, L.; dornelas, M. C.; Angenent, G. C.; Immink, R. G. H.; Arabidopsis Class I and Class II TCP Transcription Factors Regulate Jasmonic Acid Metabolism and Leaf Development Antagonistically. Plant Physiology (Bethesda), v.159, p. 1511-1523, 2012 [ doi:10.1104/pp.112.200303 ]

Costa, Zirlane Portugal; Varani, Alessandro Mello; Cauz'santos, Luiz Augusto; Sader, Mariela Analía; Giopatto, Helena Augusto; Zirpoli, Bruna; Callot, Caroline; Cauet, Stephane; Marande, Willian; Souza Cardoso, Jessica Luana; Pinheiro, Daniel Guariz; Kitajima, João Paulo; dornelas, Marcelo Carnier; Harand, Andrea Pedrosa; Berges, Helene; Monteiro'vitorello, Claudia Barros; Carneiro Vieira, Maria Lucia; A genome sequence resource for the genus Passiflora , the genome of the wild diploid species Passiflora organensis. Plant Genome, v.n, p. 1-22, 2021 [ doi:10.1002/tpg2.20117 ]