Karine da Costa Bernardino

Postdoctoral Fellow, Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions

Karine da Costa Bernardino was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has experience with quantitative genetics, plant breeding, experimental statistics and genomics. Karine joined the Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions group in December 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow supervised by Dr. Leon Kochian. At GIFs, she will study about tolerance mechanisms to drought in sorghum.

She started her Biology's graduation in 2008 at the University Center of Sete Lagoas (UNIFEMM) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Her first experience with plant breeding was in 2010 when she started an internship at Embrapa Maize and Sorghum (Minas Gerais, Brazil). At Embrapa, she studied the aluminum stress tolerance in sorghum via phenotyping of root morphology in nutrient solution with different levels of aluminum.

She earned her Master's degree (2012-2014) and doctor's degree (2015-2019) at the Federal University of Viçosa, and the dissertation and thesis were developed together with Embrapa Maize and Sorghum. In her master's degree, she conducted a study of QTLs mapping to traits related to tolerance to low-phosphorus conditions using a bi-parental population. In her doctor's degree, she performed associative mapping for phosphorus efficiency and aluminum tolerance in a multiparental population, both sorghum populations.