• Dr. Pablo Leivar Rico

Dr. Pablo Leivar
Biochemistry Laboratory
Microalgae Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology Unit
Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group (GQBB)
Bioengineering Department
IQS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Via Augusta 390, E-08017 Barcelona, Spain
Tel. +34 93 267 20 00
Fax +34 93 205 62 66


B.S. in Biochemistry (Universitat de Barcelona, 1998)
PhD in Biochemistry (Universitat de Barcelona, 2003)

Postdoctoral Fellow (University of California-Berkeley, 2004-2009)
Career Track Fellow (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, 2010-2014)
Assistant Professor (IQS, 2014 - 2020)
Associate Professor (IQS, 2020 -)
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology (IQS, 2017 -)

More information: https://planaslab.iqs.edu/people/pablo-leivar/


Recombinant DNA Technology (Degree in Biotechnology)
Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics (Degree in Biotechnology)
Plant Biotechnology (Degree in Biotechnology)
Interdisciplinary Seminars (Degree in Biotechnology)

Laboratory of Genetic and Metabolic Engineering (Master’s Degree in Bioengineering)
Fundamental Laboratory complementary training (Master’s Degree in Bioengineering)
Genetic and Protein Engineering complementary training (Master’s Degree in Bioengineering)



Synthetic Biology and Molecular Biotechnology in Green Microalgae:

  • Genetic and metabolic engineering of microalgae for the sustainable production of high-value biocompounds
  • Engineering chloroplast glycolipid metabolism in the green microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
  • Optogenetic control of gene expression as a tool for synthetic biology
  • Plant photosensory systems involving phytochrome (phy) photoreceptors and phy-interacting transcription factors (PIFs)

More information: https://planaslab.iqs.edu/research/synthetic-biology-and-molecular-biotechnology-in-green-microalgae/



ResearcherID: D-7808-2017
ORCID: 0000-0003-4878-3684

Extended list: https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=m5b_glAAAAAJ&hl=es

Rovira A, Sentandreu M, Nagatani A, Leivar P, Monte E. (2021). The Sequential Action of MIDA9/PP2C.D1, PP2C.D2, and PP2C.D5 Is Necessary to Form and Maintain the Hook After Germination in the Dark. Front Plant Sci 12, 636098.

Chi J, Cova M, de Las Rivas M, Medina A, Borges RJ, Leivar P, Planas A, Usón I, Hurtado-Guerrero R, Izquierdo L. (2020). Plasmodium falciparum Apicomplexan-Specific Glucosamine-6-Phosphate N-Acetyltransferase Is Key for Amino Sugar Metabolism and Asexual Blood Stage Development. mBio 11:e02045-20.

Leivar P, Martín G, Soy J, Dalton-Roesler J, Quail PH, Monte E. (2020). Phytochrome-imposed inhibition of PIF7 activity shapes photoperiodic growth in Arabidopsis together with PIF1, 3, 4 and 5.  Physiol Plant 169, 452-466.

Zhang Y, Pfeiffer A, Tepperman JM, Dalton-Roesler J, Leivar P, Gonzalez Grandio E, Quail PH. (2020). Central clock components modulate plant shade avoidance by directly repressing transcriptional activation activity of PIF proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 117, 3261-3269.

Martín G, Rovira A, Veciana N, Soy J, Toledo-Ortiz G, Gommers CMM, Boix M, Henriques R, Minguet EG, Alabadí D, Halliday KJ, Leivar P, Monte E. (2018). Circadian Waves of Transcriptional Repression Shape PIF-Regulated Photoperiod-Responsive Growth in Arabidopsis. Current Biology 28, 311-318.

Martín G, Leivar P, Ludevid D, Tepperman JM, Quail PH, Monte E. (2016). Phytochrome and retrograde signalling pathways converge to antagonistically regulate a light-induced transcriptional network. Nature Communications7, 11431.

Soy J, Leivar P, González-Schain N, Martín G, Diaz C, Sentandreu M, Al-Sady B, Quail PH, Monte E. (2016). Molecular convergence of clock and photosensory pathways through PIF3-TOC1 interaction and co-occupancy of target promoters. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113, 4870-5.

Leivar P, and Monte E (2014). PIFs: Systems Integrators in Plant Development. Plant Cell 26, 56-78.

Leivar P, Tepperman JM, Cohn MM, Monte E, Al-Sady B, Erickson E, and Quail PH (2012). Dynamic antagonism between phytochromes and PIF family basic helix-loop-helix factors induces selective reciprocal responses to light and shade in a rapidly responsive transcriptional network in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 24, 1398-1419.

Leivar P, and Quail PH (2011). PIFs: pivotal components in a cellular signaling hub. Trends in Plant Science 16, 19-28.

Leivar P, Antolin-Llovera M, Ferrero S, Closa M, Arro M, Ferrer A, Boronat A, and Campos N (2011). Multilevel control of Arabidopsis 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase by protein phosphatase 2A. Plant Cell 23, 1494-1511.

Leivar P, Tepperman JM, Monte E, Calderon RH, Liu TL, and Quail PH (2009). Definition of early transcriptional circuitry involved in light-induced reversal of PIF-imposed repression of photomorphogenesis in young Arabidopsis seedlings. Plant Cell 21, 3535-3553.

Leivar P, Monte E, Oka Y, Liu T, Carle C, Castillon A, Huq E, and Quail PH (2008). Multiple phytochrome-interacting bHLH transcription factors repress premature seedling photomorphogenesis in darkness. Current Biology 18, 1815-1823.

Leivar P, Monte E, Al-Sady B, Carle C, Storer A, Alonso JM, Ecker JR, and Quail PH (2008). The Arabidopsis phytochrome-interacting factor PIF7, together with PIF3 and PIF4, regulates responses to prolonged red light by modulating phyB levels. Plant Cell 20, 337-352.


Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group (GQBB)

More information: https://planaslab.iqs.edu/