Dr Sofía Otero


College Lecturer in Natural Biological Sciences, Fellow Category A

University Jobs

  • Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellow, The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • RA Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge


Email: sofia.otero@slcu.cam.ac.uk


Dr Sofia Otero received her PhD from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. With her studies, she identified a type of histone, the proteins that package DNA, associated with high cell proliferation activity, and mapped the different histones genome-wide in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.Since June 2015, she’s been a postdoc at the Helariutta lab in SLCU, where she studies phloem development in the Arabidopsis root. Particularly, she is interested in understanding the transcriptional identity of companion cells, the cells adjacent to the pipe transporting the nutrients from green leaves to the non-photosynthetic tissues. To pursue this objective, she received a Herchel Smith fellowship in 2017. In addition, she is also interested in better understanding the biogenesis of plasmodesmata, structures connecting plant cells similar to the gap junctions in animals.
During her time in Cambridge, she has supervised different subjects related to plants. In her free time, she likes writing, reading, travelling and doing sports.