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Thiago Alexandre Moraes

Thiago Alexandre Moraes

Postdoctoral researcher
Sustainable crop nutrition

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Thiago is an early career scientist who trained as a technologist in environmental sanitation. This training gave him a strong background in ecology and toxicology as well as in mathematics and programming. He carried out his PhD and a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plants Physiology in Potsdam and secured an expertise in experimental and genetic manipulation of plants and precise quantification of metabolite levels and transcript abundance.

Thiago’s research at the Crop Science Centre is into the organogenesis of root nodules and the engineering of barley plants.



In vivo protein kinase activity of SnRK1 fluctuates in Arabidopsis rosettes during light-dark cycles.

Avidan, O., Moraes, T. A., Mengin, V., Feil, R., Rolland, F., Stitt, M., & Lunn, J. E. (2023). Plant Physiology.

The Circadian Clock Mutant lhy cca1 elf3 Paces Starch Mobilization to Dawn Despite Severely Disrupted Circadian Clock Function

Moraes TA, Mengin V, Peixoto B, Encke B, Krohn N, Höhne M, Krause U, Stitt M, Plant Physiology, 2022;

Impact of the SnRK1 protein kinase on sucrose homeostasis and the transcriptome during the diel cycle

Peixoto B, Moraes TA, Mengin V, Margalha L, Vicente R, Feil R, Höhne M, Sousa AGG, Lilue J, Stitt M, Lunn JE, Baena-González Em Plant Physiology, Jul. 2021.

Assessing Protein Synthesis and Degradation Rates in Arabidopsis thaliana Using Amino Acid Analysis

Ishihara H, Moraes TA, Arrivault S, Stitt M, Current Protocols, vol. 1, no. 5, May 2021.

Phytochromes control metabolic flux, and their action at the seedling stage determines adult plant biomass.

Krahmer J, Abbas A, Mengin V, Ishihara H, Romanowski A, Furniss JJ, Moraes TA, Krohn N, Annunziata MG, Feil R, Alseekh S, Obata T, Fernie AR, Stitt M, Halliday KJ.J Exp Bot. 2021 Apr 2;72(8):3263-3278. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erab038.PMID: 33544130

 Multi-omics reveals mechanisms of total resistance to extreme illumination of a desert alga.

Treves H, Siemiatkowska B, Luzarowska U, Murik O, Fernandez-Pozo N, Moraes TA, Erban A, Armbruster U, Brotman Y, Kopka J, Rensing SA, Szymanski J, Stitt M.Nat Plants. 2020 Aug;6(8):1031-1043. doi: 10.1038/s41477-020-0729-9. Epub 2020 Jul 27.PMID: 32719473

 Relationship between irradiance and levels of Calvin-Benson cycle and other intermediates in the model eudicot Arabidopsis and the model monocot rice.

Borghi GL, Moraes TA, Günther M, Feil R, Mengin V, Lunn JE, Stitt M, Arrivault S.J Exp Bot. 2019 Oct 24;70(20):5809-5825. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erz346.PMID: 31353406 Free PMC article.

 Feedback regulation by trehalose 6-phosphate slows down starch mobilization below the rate that would exhaust starch reserves at dawn in Arabidopsis leaves.

Dos Anjos L, Pandey PK, Moraes TA, Feil R, Lunn JE, Stitt M.Plant Direct. 2018 Aug 13;2(8):e00078. doi: 10.1002/pld3.78. eCollection 2018 Aug.PMID: 31245743 Free PMC article.

 Metabolite profiles reveal interspecific variation in operation of the Calvin-Benson cycle in both C4 and C3 plants.

Arrivault S, Alexandre Moraes T, Obata T, Medeiros DB, Fernie AR, Boulouis A, Ludwig M, Lunn JE, Borghi GL, Schlereth A, Guenther M, Stitt M.J Exp Bot. 2019 Mar 27;70(6):1843-1858. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erz051.PMID: 30773587 Free PMC article.

 Response of the Circadian Clock and Diel Starch Turnover to One Day of Low Light or Low CO2.

Moraes TA, Mengin V, Annunziata MG, Encke B, Krohn N, Höhne M, Stitt M.Plant Physiol. 2019 Apr;179(4):1457-1478. doi: 10.1104/pp.18.01418. Epub 2019 Jan 22.PMID: 30670603 Free PMC article.

 Photosynthate partitioning to starch in Arabidopsis thaliana is insensitive to light intensity but sensitive to photoperiod due to a restriction on growth in the light in short photoperiods.

Mengin V, Pyl ET, Alexandre Moraes T, Sulpice R, Krohn N, Encke B, Stitt M.Plant Cell Environ. 2017 Nov;40(11):2608-2627. doi: 10.1111/pce.13000. Epub 2017 Aug 17.PMID: 28628949 Free article.

Growth rate correlates negatively with protein turnover in Arabidopsis accessions.

Ishihara H, Moraes TA, Pyl ET, Schulze WX, Obata T, Scheffel A, Fernie AR, Sulpice R, Stitt M.Plant J. 2017 Aug;91(3):416-429. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13576. Epub 2017 Jun 13. PMID: 28419597 Free article.