Oriane Hidalgo

Career Development Fellow, Character Evolution


Job title: 
Career Development Fellow, Character Evolution
Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Foreign languages: 
French (mother tongue), Spanish
Research profiles:


The connecting thread of my research is to uncover patterns and processes of genome evolution responsible for plant diversification, through an integrated approach including evolutionary-developmental biology, phylogenetics and cytogenetics.

I am particularly interested in studying the origin and diversification of plant reproductive morphologies across angiosperms from the evo-devo and genomic (e.g. polyploidisation, transposon activity) perspectives. My research concentrates on the changes in floral symmetry and inflorescence complexity in Papaveraceae and the Asteraceae representatives displaying secondary heads (=syncephalia).

My other main research line focuses on the evolutionary significance of the extraordinary diversity of plant genomes (i.e. size, organisation, composition and dynamics), covering a wide array of plant groups including angiosperms, gymnosperms and pteridophytes.


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc 'General Biology', University Montpellier II, France, 1997
  • BSc 'Biology of Populations and Ecosystems', University Montpellier II, France, 1998
  • DEA (MSc II equiv.) 'Animal and Vegetal Systematics', Museum National of Natural History, Paris/University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France, 1999
  • PhD, University of Barcelona, Spain, 2006
  • Postdoc at the Ohio University, USA (2008-2011)
  • Postdoc at the University of Barcelona, Spain (2011-2013)
  • Research Geneticist, RBG Kew (2013-2015)
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, RBG Kew (2015-2017)


Selected publications: 

Hidalgo, O.*, Pellicer, J.*, Christenhusz, M., Schneider, H., Leitch, A.R. & Leitch, I.J. (2017). Is there an upper limit to genome size? Trends in Plant Sciences 22: 567−573 (* equal contribution)

Clark, J.*, Hidalgo, O.*, Pellicer, J., Liu, H., Marquardt, J., Robert, Y., Christenhusz, M., Zhang, S., Gibby, M., Leitch, I. & Schneider, H. (2016). Genome evolution of ferns: evidence for relative stasis of genome size across the fern phylogeny. New Phytologist 210:1072−1082 (* equal contribution)

Pabón-Mora, N., Hidalgo, O., Gleissberg, S. & Litt, A.. (2013). Assessing duplication and loss of APETALA1/FRUITFULL homologs in Ranunculales.Frontiers in Plant Science 4.

Hidalgo, O., Bartholmes, C. & Gleissberg, S. (2012). Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) in Cysticapnos vesicaria, a zygomorphic-flowered Papaveraceae (Ranunculales, basal eudicots). Annals of Botany109:911−920.

Bartholmes, C., Hidalgo, O. & Gleissberg, S.. (2012). Evolution of the YABBY gene family with emphasis on the basal eudicot Eschscholzia californica(Papaveraceae). Plant Biology 14:11−23.