I am currently pursuing a PhD in biology in Dr. Pablo Cerdan’s lab at Fundación Instituto Leloir (Buenos Aires, Argentina). My thesis focuses on a series of novel synthetic compounds that affect early development in Arabidopsis thaliana. These compounds are very similar in their molecular structure and yet their effect on the plants is quite different. Some of them only elicit a generic xenobiotic stress response, while others affect specific metabolic pathways. We think that by studying these molecules we can obtain a better understanding on how plants sense the presence of xenobiotics and response accordingly.