Damar Lopez-Arredondo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dr. López-Arredondo is a Biochemical Engineer with a PhD specialized in Plant Biotechnology by the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (Langebio-Cinvestav) in Mexico. Dr. López-Arredondo was the Scientific Director of the company StelaGenomics Inc from 2012 to 2018 and joined IGCAST and the Texas Tech University Plant and Soil Science Department in October, 2018.
My current research interests include the genetic improvement of crops and the development of new agricultural technologies by taking advantage of the genetic diversity in microalgae, using high-throughput screening, genetic engineering, genome mining and bioinformatic approaches. Current projects include research on new compounds with herbicidal and nematicidal effect, and the study of regulatory networks on lipid biosynthesis.
López-Arredondo, D.L., Herrera-Estrella, L. (2012). Engineering phosphorus metabolism
in plants to produce a dual fertilization and weed control system. Nat Biotechnol,
Pandeya, D., López-Arredondo, D.L., Janga, M.R., Campbell, L.A., Estrella-Hernández, P., Bagavathiannan, M.V., Herrera-Estrella, L., Rathore, K.S. (2018). Selective fertilization with phosphite allows unhindered growth of cotton plants expressing the ptxD gene while suppressing weeds. PNAS, 115 (29), E6946-E6955.
Loera-Quezada, M.M., Leyva-González, M.A., Velázquez-Juárez, G., Sanchez-Calderón, L., Do Nascimento, M., López-Arredondo, D.*, Herrera-Estrella, L. (2016). A novel genetic engineering platform for the effective management of biological contaminants for the production of microalgae. Plant Biotechnol J, 14(10), 2066-2076. *As co-corresponding author.
Loera-Quezada, M.M., Leyva-González, M.A., López-Arredondo, D. *, Herrera-Estrella, L. (2015). Phosphite cannot be used as a phosphorus source but is non-toxic for microalgae. Plant Science, 231, 124-130. *As co-corresponding author.
López-Arredondo, D. L., Herrera-Estrella, L. (2013). A novel dominant selectable system for the selection of transgenic plants under in vitro and greenhouse conditions based on phosphite metabolism. Plant Biotechnol J, 11 (4), 516-525.
Nahampun, H.N., López-Arredondo, D., Xu, X., Herrera-Estrella, L., Wang, K. (2016). Assessment of ptxD gene as an alternative selectable marker for Agrobacterium-mediated maize transformation. Plant Cell Rep, 35 (5), 1121-1132.
Pandeya, D., Campbell, L.M., Nunes, E., López‐Arredondo, D.L., Janga, M.R., Herrera‐Estrella, L, Rathore, K.S. (2017). ptxD gene in combination with phosphite serves as a highly e ective selection system to generate transgenic cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Plant Mol Biol 95:567-577. DOI 10.1007/s11103-017-0670-0.
Heuer, S., Gaxiola, R., Schilling, R., Herrera-Estrella, L., López-Arredondo, D., Wissuwa M., Delhaize, E., Rouached, H. (2016). Improving phosphorus use efficiency-a complex trait with emerging opportunities. Plant J. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13423.
Leadership and Awards
Cargill-CIMMYT Award 2016 to Food Security and Sustainability, March 2016.
Arturo Rosenblueth Award 2012, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of IPN (CINVESTAV). To the best PhD thesis in Natural Sciences, November 2013.
AgroBio Mexico Award 2012, AgroBIO México, National. Award to the best PhD thesis in Crop Science and Agricultural Biotechnology, October 2013.
Notable Women in Mexico, Sanofi Pharmaceutical, June 2013.
Weizmann Prize, Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC) and Mexican Association of the Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Sciences researchers, June, 2013.
TR35 Mexico Award, Massachusetts Institute Technology-Technology Review, May, 2012.