I am a group leader at iB3, Department of Physiology, Molecular and Cell Biology at the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires. My group studies plant responses to environmental changes, in particular how seeds integrate and respond to environmental information from different generations and the molecular mechanisms underlying those responses. I am also an Associate Editor for AoB PLANTS and I coordinate along with amazing colleagues the Argentinian Women Plant Scientists group and the Argentinian Seed Biology Network.

I was a Senior Researcher at Fundación Insituto Leloir, IIBBA-CONICET, hosted in Pablo Cerdán's lab. Before that, I was a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Kathleen Donohue's lab at the Biology Department, Duke University (Durham NC, USA). The goals of my work were to investigate the involvement of flowering time genes in the regulation of germination, also exploring functional conservation across the pathways involved in those developmental transitions (pleiotropy); to test whether the pleiotropy of the pathways under study constrains or enhances adaptation to novel environments; and to build a framework of knowledge that allows us to better predict seed and plant behavior. Check the details here.

I've been working with seeds since the beginning of my scientific career. After I got a degree in Biotechnology from the National University of Quilmes, Argentina, I joined the lab of Dr. Rodolfo Sánchez at IFEVA-CONICET, School of Agronomy, of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to start my doctoral thesis studying how light quality changes in the environment (which inform about the presence of neighboring plants) affect germination of tomato and Datura ferox seeds. Immediately after I got my PhD, I stayed in the same institution to start a brief first postdoc working with Dr. Roberto Benech-Arnold in which I contributed with ongoing research on the genetic basis of pre-harvest sprouting in sorghum grains.

In addition, I have been lucky to work with Dr. Guillermo Santamaría as teaching assistant of Plant Physiology from 2002 to 2010, and then in 2011 as a Lecturer for the same course at the Department of Science and Technology (National University of Quilmes, Argentina). This let my passion for plants grow even larger, having a good mentor always makes the difference! I have also been a teaching assistant for other courses like Molecular Biology and General Biology. 

My long teaching experience at the college level and mentoring skills in the lab is complemented with participation in numerous outreach and science communication activities. In addition, I was part of the inaugural cohort of the Plantae Fellows, a group of scientists and science communicators working hard to make Plant Science more reachable to all. 

Career Status:
Faculty/Group Leader, Major Research University: Pre-Tenure

Research Areas:
Environmental Plant Biology, Genetics, Growth Regulation, Physiology


Auge GA, Penfield S, Donohue K. Pleiotropy in developmental regulation by flowering pathway genes: Constraint or not? 2019. Invited Tansley Review. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.15901.

Vayda K, Donohue K, Auge GA. Within- and across-generational plasticity: seed germination responses to light quantity and quality. 2018. AoB PLANTS, doi:10.1093/aobpla/ply023

Auge GA, Blair LK, Karediya A, Donohue K. The Autonomous flowering-time pathway pleiotropically regulates seed germination. 2017. Annals of Botany doi:10.1093/aob/mcx132

Trupkin SE, Auge GA, Zhu J-K, Sánchez RA, Botto JF. Convergence of salt and light signals through SOS2 and other related partners. 2017. International Journal of Plant Sciences doi: 10.1086/692097 

Imaizumi T, Auge GA, Donohue K. Photoperiod throughout the maternal life cycle, not photoperiod during seed imbibition, influences germination in Arabidopsis thaliana. 2017. American Journal of Botany doi: 10.3732/ajb.1600389

Auge GA, Blair LK, Neville H, Donohue K. Maternal vernalization and vernalization-pathway genes influence progeny germination in Arabidopsis thaliana. 2017. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.14520

Blair LK, Auge GA, Donohue K. Effect of FLOWERING LOCUS C on Seed Germination Depends on Dormancy. 2017. Functional Plant Biology doi:10.1071/FP16368

Auge GA, Leverett LD, Edwards B, Donohue K. Adjusting phenotypes via within- and across-generational plasticity. 2017. Invited Tansley Insight, New Phytologist doi:10.1111/nph.14495. 

Leverett LD, Auge GA, Bali A, Donohue K. Contrasting germination responses to vegetative canopies experienced in pre- versus post-dispersal environments. 2016. Annals of Botany, 118 (6): 1175-1186. 

Auge GA, Blair LK, Burghardt LT, Coughlan J, Edwards B, Leverett LD, Donohue K. Secondary dormancy induction depends on primary dormancy status in Arabidopsis. 2015. Seed Science Research, 25: 230-246, Special Issue 02.

Auge GA, de Miguel, L. Dynamics of the processes leading to the acquisition of sensitivity to very low fluence of photons in Datura ferox seeds. 2013. Seed Science Research, 23:233-239.

Ibarra SE, Auge GA, Sánchez RA, Botto JF. Transcriptional programs related to phytochrome A function in Arabidopsis seed germination. 2013. Molecular Plant, 6:1261-73.

Auge GA, Rugnone ML, Cortés LE, González CV, Zarlavsky G, Boccalandro HE, Sánchez RA. Phytochrome A increases tolerance to high evaporative demand. 2012. Physiologia Plantarum, 146: 228-235.

Rodríguez MV, Mendiondo GM, Cantoro R, Auge GA, Luna V, Masciarelli O, Benech-Arnold RL. Regulation of GA metabolism and seed dormancy in two lines of grain sorghum (S. bicolor (L.) moench) with contrasting sprouting response. 2012. Plant & Cell Physiology, 53: 64-80.

Auge GA, Perelman S, Crocco CD, Sánchez RA, Botto JF. Gene-expression analysis of light-modulated germination in tomato seeds. 2009. New Phytologist, 183: 301-314

Volunteer Activities

2016-2017 Plantae Fellow

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education