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Brezo Mateos
PhD Student

The James Hutton Institute


Dundee DD2 5DA

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Brezo is a PhD student in Biology in the University of St Andrews based in the James Hutton Institute. She joined the James Hutton Institute in 2019 as MScRes student at Heriot-Watt University. Her masters project, funded by Edward Vinsons Ltd. focused on integrating genomic tools in strawberry breeding. Brezo developed linkage maps and identified QTL associated with agronomic traits such as shape, size and colour of the fruits. In 2020 she moved to a PhD funded by the Mylnefield trust aiming to understand the mechanisms and genetics of dormancy release in raspberry. Her background include a BSc(Hons) in Biology in the University of Oviedo and a MSc in Plant genetics and breeding the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Brezo's current research aims to understand the mechanisms controlling winter dormancy in raspberry. She is combining different approaches such as transcriptomics, metabolomics, mathematical modelling, microscopy, and QTL mapping to identify the key mechanisms and genes.

Past research

Plant Genetics Group of SERIDA-Villaviciosa

  • May-August 2014. BSc Final Project. (Mapping of a gene conferring resistance to powdery mildew in common bean). 

  • June-August 2015. Development of preference tests for pod weevil in common bean and screening germplasm. 

  • July-August 2017. Integration of GWAS in common bean breeding. 

  • July-August  2018.  Master’s  Thesis  (Identifying  genomic  regions  controlling  seed  size  and  weight  of common bean using GWAS).

Genetics, Department of Fundamental Biology (University of Oviedo).

  • December 2018-March 2019. Project PFI-18-009 (Applying genomics to the conservation of European eel).