Thiago Apolonio

Thiago has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). During his Ph.D., he joined the John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK) as a visiting researcher where he made significant progress towards engineering diazotrophic bacteria strains to be used as more sustainable sources of fixed nitrogen in crops. As a postdoctoral researcher, he further worked with genome editing techniques to enhance the potential of naturally occurring root-associated diazotrophs as plant-growth promoters, aiming to increase yield production in agriculture while helping to lower chemical nitrogen input. Thiago is also part of a network of UK and Brazilian scientists (UK–Brazil Nitrogen Fixation Centre, UBNFC), working together to develop innovative technologies to increase crop productivity using nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

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