Lab Members


Elohim Bello. PhD Student co-advised with Luis Herrera-Estrella
Elohim studies natural variation of root soil penetration using Arabidopsis.




Jessica Carcaño Administrative assistant.
Jessy helps to run our lab and Ruairidh Sawers’ and Stewart Gillmor´s labs.




Patricio Cid Field Manager.
Patricio directs all the field operations of our lab and of ours and Sawers’ labs.




Juan Estévez Wet Lab Manager.
Juan runs all the big genotyping, GBSing and cloning of our and Sawers´ labs.




Karla Juarez Master Student.
Karla studies the role of phospholipids in maize adaptation to low phosphorus and low temperature.



Jonathan Ojeda. PhD Student co-advised with Luis Herrera-Estrella.
Jonathan is studying an Arabidopsis mutant that shows indeterminate primary root growth in low Phosphorus conditions.



Rubén Rellán-Álvarez. PI
Rubén is a professor at Plant Biotechnology and Integrative Biology graduate programs. He started his lab in Langebio in 2015.




Sofía Estefany Sánchez Master Student co-advised with Ruairidh Sawers.
Sofía is working with the xipotl family of genes in maize a set of genes that are involved in the methylation pathway of phosphatidylcholine.




Former lab members

Vladimir Torres. Master Student co-advised with Ruairidh Sawers.
Vladimir studied how an introgression of Teosinte parviglumis in B73 affects root growth and phoshorus deficiency. He is currently doing his PhD with Ruairidh Sawers.

Christian Escoto. Master Student co-advised with Ruairidh Sawers.
Christian is working in the analysis of different morphological traits affected by Phosphorus deficiency using a CML228 x B73 RIL mapping population.

Dario Alávez. Dario worked as lab and field tech mainly developing a collection of Uniform-Mu mutants targetting a number of glycerolipid sysnthesis and degradation genes.