Maria Florencia Ercoli
Assistant Project Scientist
Maria Florencia Ercoli earned her Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, under the mentorship of Dr. Javier Palatnik, where she explored miRNA-containing networks controlling Arabidopsis primary root development. During her postdoctoral work in the lab of Professor Pamela C. Ronald at the University of California, Davis, she studied the molecular mechanism underlying the role of small sulfated peptide hormones in the regulation of rice development and immunity. She is currently an Assistant Project Scientist in the Ronald lab, investigating how changes in rice root system architecture impact plant-microbe interactions and how this might be leveraged to increase crop yields while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.