Ane Sesma is a senior lecturer at the Technical University of Madrid. She obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry, majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Spain). During her PhD, she worked on Pseudomonas syringae native plasmids and their involvement in virulence and host range under the guidance of Jesús Murillo (ETSIA-UPNA, Pamplona, Spain). During this excellent learning/training period, she extended her skills through running Plant Pathology laboratory courses, lecturing Integrated Pest Management, and attending international courses and conferences, which broadened her knowledge in crop protection and plant immunity. To expand her expertise in plant-microbe interactions, she chose to work with fungal plant pathogens. She was awarded with a European Marie Curie fellowship and moved to The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK) to work with Magnaporthe oryzae on novel cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with root infection in Anne Osbourn’s lab. During this 4-year period, she published a first author Nature paper and another paper as coauthor in PNAS, and generated further results to write a project funded by the BBSRC David Philips fellowship. This award allowed her to initiate in July 2005 her research programme on new aspects of fungal pathogenesis and RNA metabolism at the John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK). During this period, she identified and characterised a novel component of the polyadenylation machinery found only in filamentous fungi. She joined the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, Spain) as a Lecturer/Group Leader in September 2011. She wrote successful projects to the EU, the Spanish Research Council and the Community of Madrid, which have allowed her to build her current group and developed her research programme based on post-transcriptional mechanisms regulating fungal plant infection.
Molecular characterization of a novel ssRNA ourmia-like virus from the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae