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Johnatan Vilasboa

Research Fellow, Faculty of Science



Born in Brazil, from a very early age I was told I got too easily obsessed with little things. Today, that critique is my biggest selling point. I am a passionate plant biologist with a knack for solving problems. My main current research interest is the elusive propagation of European broadleaved tree species by cuttings. It is a manifold issue that highlights our gaps in understanding the physiology underlying propagation procedures that are used - and have been for centuries - in nurseries and gardens. I am also interested in Science Education, especially in applying the concept of Scientific and Technological Literacy to curricula to increase student engagement with science as a process rather than just as product. I love trivia, crossword puzzles, political satire and radio comedies.


Biological Sciences, BSc (University of Caxias do Sul, Brazil, 2014-2017) Cell and Molecular Biology, PhD (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2018-2022)

Expertise Summary

During my undergrad years, my main research focus was Biofuel Biotechnology, a field that allowed me to develop key problem-solving skills, as well as basic lab skills in Bioprocess Engineering, Biomass Energy and Enzyme Kinetics. In 2017, I joined a Plant Biotechnology lab, where I looked into using essential oils to treat grapevine fungal diseases. That experience afforded me a working knowledge of Plant Pathology. During my PhD, I pivoted to Applied Plant Physiology, tackling issues in Eucalyptus propagation by cuttings. During those four years, I established the basis for an expertise not only in clonal plant propagation concepts and techniques, but also the surrounding physiology and biochemistry processes.

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