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Elena R. Alvarez-Buylla

Ecology Institute- National Autonomous University of Mexico
Av. Universidad 3000, Ciudad Universitaria
Mexico City, Mexico City 4510

(+5255) 56229013

Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Sectioning for Histology, Confocal Microscopy, Transgenesis, Other, biomathematical tools for boolean analyses of gene regulatory networks, Yeast 2 and 3 hybrid, transcriptome analysis
Research Description: In my lab we study molecular genetics and evolutionary developmental biology of plants. We combine the study of the evolution of genes of particular interest for plant development, as well as experimental approaches based on a candidate gene approach. Our primordial gene family of interest is the MIKC-type MADS-box genes. We use Arabidopsis thaliana to understand the bases for developmental patterns and cellular homeostasis, as well as to investigate the function of genes from species such as Lacandonia schismatica and Triuris brevistylis (Triuridaceae), two endemic mycoheterotroph monocots from the Lacandon rainforrest. We also use theoretical computational and matematical approaches to explore the interactions and dynamics of gene regulatory networks underlying diverse plant structures.
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Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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