The Genetics group at the Institute of Bioengineering aims to contribute to the understanding of genetic control mechanisms of development through genetic and genomic experimental approaches. Genetic regulation of organogenesis is one of our interests, for whose understanding leaf development has been chosen as an object of study. Another interest of ours is the regulation of gene expression by microRNA, which are molecules that induce degradation or mitigate translation of RNA messengers they bind to, thereby modulating the intracellular concentration and patterns of spatial and temporal expression of their targets. We also examine, on genomic and functional levels, the family of the MTERF transcription factors of plants. The Arabidopsis thaliana model is used in our research.