Full Professor (3-F, SNI 3) and Director of Langebio
Physiology and Metabolic Engineering of Plants
lherrera [a] ira cinvestav mx
Office: 52 (462) 166-3002
Lab: 52 (462) 166-3000, ext. 3068
Dr. Herrera-Estrella has made important contributions to the field of plant molecular biology, especially in the study of gene regulation and in the development of gene transfer methods, which later became a very important tool to develop gene transfer systems for economically important crops. Current research is primarily focused to the development transgenic plants better adapted to marginal soils and Genomics Analysis of endemic plants from Mexico.
In 2004, Luis Herrera-Estrella strongly promoted the creation of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (Langebio)
Molecular mechanisms regulating the development of plant roots in response to environmental factors. Identification of regulatory sequences of genes regulated by phosphorus deficiency. Study of phospholipases in signaling and mobilization of phosphorus. Sequencing the genomes of plants and microorganisms. Production of transgenic plants. Study models: Arabidopsis, Corn, Tobaco.
1972-1977 B.Sc. Biochemistry Engineering (ENCB)
1978-1980 M. S. Genetic and Biology Molecular Department. Research Center and Advanced Studies, of National Polytechnic Institute
1981-1984 PhD Genetic Department, State University, Gante Belgium.
1999 Elected member of the Academy of Scienc of America Latina (ACAL)
1999-2002 Designate President of the International association of Molecular Biology of Plants
2000-2002 Member of the board Scientific Advisory of International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
2003-2012 Designated INVESTIGADOR NACIONAL DE EXCELENCIA - Sistema Nacional de Investigadores January 2003-December 2012
2003 Elected Foreign Member of Academy of Sciences of The United States
2003 Elected member of Mexican Academy of Sciences.
2004 Elected Member of the Academy of Sciences Third Word (TWAS)
2008-2009 Elected member of The New York Academia Sciences.
1980 Award for the best Graduate Student awarded by the President of the Republic
1984 Minuro and Ethel Tsutsui Research Award of the New York Academy of Sciences - U.S.A.
1987 The Javed Husain prize from UNESCO
1988 Lázaro Cárdenas Presea as a Distinguished Graduate of National Polytechnic Institute- Mexico
2000 Golden medal, awarded to the best inventors by the World Intellectual Property Organization OMPI)
2002 National Science Prize awarded by the Mexican government in the field of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
2007 International Recognition for promoting science and technology in Developing Countries, “The 2007 Trieste Science Prize, in agricultural Sciences”. Trieste Italia.
2008 ASPB Prize (American Society of Plant Biologist) Leadership in Science Public Service.
2008 “Heberto Castillo” Prize awarded for the Science and Technology Institute of Distrito Federal. “Raúl Rojas González” Prize.
2009 Recognition by Thomson Reuters and Cinvestav for having published the most cited article in the Agriculture Area in the last decade.
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