Post Doc

Valeria Jimenez

Postdoctoral fellow working with Daniel Vaulot. Investigating phytoplankton strategies to survive long periods in the dark during the polar winter.

Main research interest

Phytoplankton functional ecology



  •  Ph.D. in Ocean Science at University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.
  • Research assistant and postdoctoral fellow at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Santa Cruz, California, USA.



Guo J, Wilken S, Jiménez V, Choi JC, et. al. (2018) The marine alga Micromonas activates an ancient photoprotection mechanism and specialized proteomic responses to sustain growth under phosphate limitation. Nature Microbiology 3, 781-790.


Simmons MP, Sudek S, Monier A, Limardo AJ, Jiménez V, Perle CR, Elrod VA, Pennington JT, Worden AZ (2016). Abundance and biogeography of picoprasinophyte ecotypes and other phytoplankton in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean. Appl Environ Microbiol. doi:10.1128/aem.02730-15


Ribalet F, Swalwell JE, Clayton S, Jiménez V, Sudek S, Lin Y, Johnson ZI, Worden AZ, and Armbrust EV (2015). Light-driven synchrony of Prochlorococcus growth and mortality in the subtropical Pacific gyre. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. doi:10.1073/pnas.1424279112


Duanmu‡ D, Bachy‡ C, Sudek S, Wong CH, Jiménez V, Rockwell NC, Martin SS, Ngan CY, Reistetter E, van Baren MJ,  Price DC, Wei CL, Reyes-Prieto A, Lagarias JC & AZ Worden (2014). Marine algae and land plants share conserved phytochrome signaling systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Vol. 111:15827–15832.‡Co-first authors.