Gene expression and development in fungi

Dr. AlfredoHerrera Estrella

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Dr. Alfredo Herrera Estrella

Principal Investigator

Our group works on functional genomics of plants and fungi.

We focus our studies in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), where our main interest is to determine the influence of events of introgression and domestication in the structure and function of its genome. In fungi, we use the mycoparasite Trichoderma atroviride as a model to study its interaction with plants and the molecular mechanisms involved in its responses to light and mechanic damage, the latter used as a model to understand regeneration processes.

Research lines:

  • Transcriptome analysis of fungal development.
  • Signal transduction during fungal development.
  • Signal molecules and their perception in the fungus-plant communication.
  • Identification and characterization of transcription factors involved in fungal development.
  • Epigenetic regulation of regeneration and development.
  • Sequencing and analysis of complete genomes of plants and fungi.
  • Domestication and evolution of Mexican crops.

Recent projects:

  • “Molecular basis of regeneration throughout evolution" CONACYT – Frontiers in Science no. 301 (2016-2018).
  • "Role of the Trichoderma RNAi machinery in in the establishment of its symbiotic interaction with plants". CONACYT-CB no. 236825 (2015-2018).
  • “Genomic analysis of species from the genus Phaseolus for the improvement of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), First Stage”. CONABIO (2016-2017).
  • "The inheritance of pod dehiscence in common bean, a crucial trait of its domestication". UC-MEXUS-CONACYT (2017-2018).

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Dr. Alfredo Herrera Estrella

Principal Investigator

Eng. José Pedro Martínez Hernández

Research assistant

“Molecular Biology of Thrichoderma”

Dr. Ramón Pelagio Flores


“Trichoderma – plant communication”

Dr. José Ermenegildo Cetz Chel


“Transcriptomic of Plants and Scorpions”

M. Sc. José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

“Small RNA’s and development in fungi (in codirection with Dr. Cei Abreu)”

M. Sc. Karina Atriztán Hernández

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

“Genetic regulation of responses to damage and mycophagy of Trichoderma"

M. Sc. Martín Orlando Camargo Escalante

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

“The role of oxylipins in hyphal regeneration”

M. Sc. María Daniela Porras Troncoso

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

“The physiological role of cytokinins in Trichhoderma atroviride”

M. Sc. Emma Beatriz Beltrán Hernández

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

“Small RNA’s on the Trichoderma-plant interaction”

José Guillermo Rico Ruíz

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

“The role of small RNA’s in mycoparasitism”