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Dr. Jean Philippe Vielle Calzada

Principal Investigator

We seek the elucidation of the (epi) genetic basis and molecular mechanisms that control gamete and seed formation in plants, as well as understanding the origin and domestication of crops through the structural, functional and evolutionary analysis of ancient and extant genomes. We are particularly interested in understanding and controlling apomixis, a natural method of clonal reproduction through seeds with wide potential for smallholder farming, as well as the evolutionary processes that shaped the emergence of Mesoamerican crops through the combined action of human selection and environmental factors. We seek to generate top-ranked discoveries by training high-performance young scientists capable of competing at the international level.

Research lines:

Recent projects:

  • "Capturing heterosis for small hold farmers in Africa and South Asia" Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through CSIRO, CapHet (2015-2019).
  • "Nuevas terapias génicas contra el cancer fundamentadas en la teoría embriológica de la tumorigénesis y su convergencia con la reproducción vegetal" CONACYT-Fronteras de la Ciencia #449 (2016-2018).
  • "El efecto del impacto ambiental sobre el origen y la domesticación del maíz" CONACYT-Ciencia Básica (Cb-2015/256826 (2015-2019).

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Dr. Jean Philippe Vielle Calzada

Principal Investigator

“Grouchy, and in service for others”

Ana Lilia Solórzano

Administrative Assistant

"Administration of all Apolab, including JPVC"

Dr. Dionicia Gloria León Martínez


“Strategies for induction of apomixis in different model species”

Dr. Rocío Escobar Guzmán


"Capture of heterosis: megasporogenesis in sexual and apomictic species"

Dr. Juan Manuel Estevez Palmas


“Clonal induction and apomixis in cultivated crops”

Quetzely Ortiz Vasquez

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

"DNA methylation pathways in the developing ovule"

Itzel Amasende Morales

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

"Apomixis in Boechera stricta; role of non-coding RNAs in the regulation of ovule development"

Osvaldo Ruíz Maciel

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

"Strategies for the induction in autonomous embryos in Arabidopsis"

Mariana Tiscareño Andrade

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

"Genomic topology of sexual and apomictic embryos (in codirection with Dr. Kasia Oktaba, Cinvestav)"

Iván López Valdivia

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

"Morphology, phenotype and paleogenomics of ancient maize (in codirection with Dr. Rafael Montiel)"

Jaheli Sánchez Pérez

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

"Specification and cellular identity of gametic precursors"

Dulce Natali Gómez

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

“Generation and analysis of methylomas of reproductive organs of Arabidopsis Thaliana"

Judith Lúa Aldamao


"Genetic interactions involved in de novo DNA methylation in Arabidopsis"

Mijael Alejandro Torres Mendoza


"Epigenetics and parthenogenesis"

Juana de la Cruz


"Management of the Apolab greenhouse facilities; plant and seed production; heterosis in flowering plants"

Javier Mendiola


"Genetic and molecular basis of parthenogenesis"

M.C. Eduardo González


“Computational biology applied to the study of reproduction“

Juan Pedro Villafaña Razo


"Support and maintenance of greenhouses and the lab"