LUIS C. MEJÍA
2009. Ph.D. Plant Biology and Pathology. Rutgers University
2002. B.Sc. Biology with orientation in Microbiology and Parasitology. University of Panama
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?
Ph.D. Candidate (Co-advised with Dr. Marcelino Gutiérrez)
Acahrya Nagarjuna University and INDICASAT AIP
Genomic-driven discovery of natural products from strains of Pseudoalteromonas
Universidad de Panama
Anthracnose Disease of Anacardium excelsum
Previous Lab. Members and Visitors:
Dr. Luis A. Ramirez
Currently a Postdoc at Purdue University.
Dr. Esteban Ceriani Nakamurakare
Visiting Scientist May-Aug 2018
Currently a CONICET Fellow at Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Completed B.Sc. thesis from University of Panama in 2018
Currently a research assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
CREOi Intern Jul.-Dec. 2016.
Currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Colorado State University.
Completed B.Sc. thesis from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 2015.
Currently a graduate student at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Project Research Assistant 2014-2015.
Currently a Laboratory Supervisor at Cordón de Vida S.A., Panama.