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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group



Eva joined the lab in 2019 to investigate the molecular function of WD40-repeat proteins in the plant circadian clock. Previously, she held a MRC Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Francis Crick Institute (former National Institute for Medical Research) with Peter Thorpe. Eva obtained her PhD with Seth Davis at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne in Germany. Before her PhD, Eva completed her undergraduate studies on Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Navarra in Spain, and a Masters Degree on Plant Biotechnology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
During her PhD, Eva worked on the molecular basis of ELF3 and ELF4 function in the plant circadian clock. She developed a fascination for cell biology, particularly on the regulation protein localization and protein function. During her postdoc, Eva worked in the regulation of asymmetric partitioning of proteins during cell division in budding yeast.

Research overview

Eva’s project follows up on recent work in the Glover and Webb lab that revealed an essential function of TTG1 in the circadian oscillator. Through a combination of genetics and molecular cell biology approaches Eva is trying to uncover the molecular mechanism of TTG1 function in the clock and the basis of the functional divergence between TTG1-WDR proteins.


Eva Herrero, Sonia Stinus, Eleanor Bellows, Lisa K. Berry, Henry Wood and Peter H. Thorpe. Asymmetric Transcription Factor Partitioning During Yeast Cell Division Requires the FACT Chromatin Remodeler and Cell Cycle Progression. Genetics, 2020

Eva Herrero and Peter H. Thorpe. Synergistic control of kinetochore protein levels by Psh1 and Ubr2. PLos Genetics, 2016

Muhammad Usman Anwer, Eleni Boikoglou, Eva Herrero, Marc Hallstein, Amanda Melaragno Davis, Geo Velikkakam James, Ferenc Nagy and Seth J. Davis. Natural variation reveals that intracellular distribution of ELF3 protein is associated with function in the circadian clock. eLife, 2014

Eva Herrero and Seth J. Davis. Time for a Nuclear Meeting: Protein Trafficking and Chromatin Dynamics Intersect in the Plant Circadian System. Molecular Plant, 2012

Eva Herrero*, Elsebeth Kolmos*, Nora Bujdoso, Ye Yuan, Mengmeng Wang, Marcus Berns, Heike Uhlworm, George Coupland, Reena Saini, Mariusz Jaskolski, Alex Webb, Jorge Gonçalves and Seth J. Davis. EARLY FLOWERING 4 Recruitment of EARLY FLOWERING 3 in the Nucleus Sustains the Arabidopsis Circadian Clock. The Plant Cell, 2012

Elsebeth Kolmos*, Eva Herrero*, Nora Bujdoso*, Andrew A. Millar, Reka Toth, Peter Gyula, Ference Nagy and Seth J Davis. A Reduced-Function Allele Reveals that EARLY FLOWERING3 Repressive Action on the Circadian Clock is Modulated by Phytochrome Signals in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 2011

Ana G. L. Assunção, Eva Herrero, Ya-Fen Lin, Bruno Huettel, Sangita Talukdar, Cezary Smaczniak, Richard G. H. Immink, Mandy van Eldik, Mark Fiers, Henk Schat and Mark G. M. Aarts. Arabidopsis thaliana transcription factors bZIP19 and bZIP23 regulate the adaptation to zinc deficiency. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2010

Research Associate
Dr Eva  Herrero Serrano

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Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
01223 333928; 333934/330212