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Researchers

Dr. Edgardo Sepúlveda (Group Leader)

I am a Biologist by the Faculty of Sciences and a Doctor in Biomedical Sciences by the Center for Genomic Sciences, both at the National Autonomous University of México. I held postdoctoral positions at the University of Tübingen, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and the Program of Protein Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen. My research interests include the discovery and characterization of transcriptional regulators and their associated signal transduction pathways in bacteria, the isolation, and characterization of plant growth-promoting Rhizobacteria, and the structure of the microbial communities associated to agricultural soils in Baja California.

Dr. Ana Laura Ramos (Guest Scientist)

I am a Doctor in Biomedical Sciences by the Center for Genomic Sciences at the National Autonomous University of México. I held research positions at the University of Marburg and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I have worked with ACPs in Sinorhizobium meliloti and peroxisomes in gammaproteobacteria. Currently, I work on the characterization of two-component systems and their regulatory networks in alphaprotebacteria.

PhD. Students

M. Sc. Carmen Delgado (Ph.D. Student/Master Student 2020)

I work isolating and characterizing Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR). Particularly, we seek to identify PGPR adapted to the climatic conditions of Baja California, which has the potential to be used in agriculture and help reduce the use of agrochemicals as fertilizers and fungicides.

Master Thesis successfully defended, August 2020

Paper on Biological Control of Fusarium in Tomato published, January 2021

Paper on Biological Control of Macrophomina published, March 2022

Paper on Biological Control of Botryosphaeria dieback pathogens published, March 2023
Paper on the colonization of Solanaceous crops by bacteria from a native Solanaceae, May 2024

Master Students

Biomed. Gema García (Master Student/Undergrad Thesis 2022/Research Internship 2019)

My name is Gema Beatriz García González, I am 19 years old and I am from Culiacán, Sinaloa. I am currently studying biomedicine at the Faculty of Biology at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. I consider myself a proactive person who likes to socialize and work as a team. My scientific interest is to continue participating in projects related to biological sciences to discover and solve current problems.

Paper on a Novel Two-Component Signal Transduction in Sinorhizobium fredii NGR234, April 2022

Undergrad thesis successfully defended, October 2022

Biol. Rosa Estefanía Guerrero Ruíz (Master Student in collaboration with Dr. Rafael Bello Bedoy)

Biologist graduated from the Autonomous University of Baja California in 2022 with a deep interest in evolution and microbiology. My current research focuses on the complex interactions between growth-promoting bacteria and plants, especially in the context of plant domestication. Currently, I am studying for a Master's Degree in Life Sciences at CICESE in the Agricultural Microbiology and Signal Transduction Laboratory in collaboration with the Ecological Genetics and Evolution laboratory of the UABC. My goal is to contribute to advancing knowledge in these fields and apply their findings to promote more sustainable agricultural practices and solve challenges in agriculture and the environment.

Biol. Yessica Osorio (Master Student/Undergrad Thesis 2022/Research Internship 2019)

My name is Yessica Osorio, I am currently a biology student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.

I love biology because you are able to obtain different points of view of life and have a bonus that does not have any other career. In the same way it is exciting because every day you are surprised by and admire more of nature.
Now I am starting a social service in the area of molecular biology, reproduction and toxicology. But later I would like to go into the area of microbiology to perform applied science.

Undergrad Thesis succesfully defended, March 2023

Biol. Emir Omar Tellez Villagómez (Master Student UABC in collaboration with Dr. Rafael Bello Bedoy)

Biologist graduated from UABC; since I was a child, I have had a love for gardening and home gardens instilled by my family, which motivated me to study life and plant research. I love topics related to ecology focused on the interactions that organisms have with their environment and other organisms. But above all I am passionate about evolution and imagining all the processes and changes that have shaped each living being into its shape as we know it. I work in the Laboratory of Ecological Genetics and Evolution at UABC studying the differences in phenotypic plasticity responses between varieties resulting from artificial selection and their wild counterparts. 

Undergrad Students

Iris Arlette De Los Santos Ojeda (Undergrad Thesis)

I am a biochemical engineering student specializing in science and technology of food by the Tecnológico Nacional de México, Acapulco campus. My interest inmicrobiology arose from the moment I understood that our whole life revolves around around microorganisms. For this reason, the relationship between the antifungal activity present in bacteria and phytopathogenic fungi of agricultural foods represent for me a topic of great importance due to its promising future as biofertilizers in agriculture.

Research Internships

Irene García (Research Internship)

I am a Clinical Biologist Chemist student at the University of Sonora, Hermosillo campus. My interest in chemistry and microbiology has led me to want to understand more about the mechanisms by which life (from the smallest) takes place. Particularly, I am interested in how molecular biology can help identify resistance genes in plants, which is essential to improve crop health, increase agricultural productivity, and develop genetic improvement techniques.

Adrian Ramiro Maldonado Martínez (Research Internship)

 I am a student of biology at the Facultad de Sistemas Biológicos e Innovación Tecnológica (FASBIT, UABJO). I am passionate about the world of biology, with a particular interest in botany and microbiology, areas that are helping to solve problems today and will continue to do so in the future.

Angela Ureña Milán (Research Internship)

I'm an aquaculture biology student at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa. Throughout my life, I've developed a deep passion for biology and a constant curiosity to understand the nature around me. Upon starting my degree, I discovered that molecular biology and microbiology are my main areas of interest because understanding the microscopic world surrounding us represents a challenge arduous and fascinating. Currently, I'm working on an article about the Estero del Yugo, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, mainly focusing on the succession ecological processes of the mangrove in the region. My research aims to contribute to understanding the ecosystem dynamics and the anthropogenic impact on their development and impact.

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