LUIS C. MEJÍA

Principal Investigator

Education:

  • 2009. Ph.D. Plant Biology and Pathology. Rutgers University

  • 2002. B.Sc. Biology with orientation in Microbiology and Parasitology. University of Panama

Previous Appointments:

  • 2010-2014. Tupper Postdoctoral Fellow. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

  • 2009-2010. Postdoctoral Scholar. The Pennsylvania State University.

My scientific research have focused primarily on the ecology, genetics, and systematics of plant associated microfungi, particularly on endophytes and pathogens, and why some fungi are beneficial while their close relatives are pathogens.

My approaches includes the use of basic microbiology techniques and cultural methods, genomics (metagenomics, transcriptomics, whole genome sequencing) to gain a comprehensive understanding of, what species compose microbiomes of tropical organisms and ecosystems?, what the functional role of these microbial communities or individual species are?, and how can we use the knowledge generated to manage diseases that affects society?

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LIBRADA ATENCIO

Postdoctoral Investigator

Project Realising the potential of native microbes in the agricultural sector, in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol

YALESKIA VALDEZ

Project Research Assistant

Realising the potential of native microbes in the agricultural sector, in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol

ARIEL RASCHELLA

Project Research Assistant

Realising the potential of native microbes in the agricultural sector, in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol

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MASIEL BARRIOS

Project Research Assistant

Realising the potential of native microbes in the agricultural sector, in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol

STUDENTS

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Ph.D. student, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá

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Ph.D. student, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá

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MARLON NUÑEZ

M. Sc. Student

Universidad de Panama

Brown Leaf Spot of Coffee

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M. Sc. Student

Universidad de Panama

Bacterial communities in mangrove soils

 
Previous Lab. Members and Visitors: 
 
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Ms.C. Marjorie Cedeño

Ph.D. Candidate

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Dr. Luis A. Ramirez

Postdoc 2015-2017

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Dr. Esteban Ceriani Nakamurakare

Visiting Scientist May-Aug 2018

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Ileana Quintero

Completed B.Sc. thesis from University of Panama in 2018

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Lindsay Winkenbach

CREOi Intern Jul.-Dec. 2016.

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Nathalia Rincón

Completed B.Sc. thesis from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 2015.

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Gloribel Vergara

Project Research Assistant 2014-2015.