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Pablo Vinuesa, PhD
Tutor of the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences
Centro de Ciencias Genómicas, UNAM
A.P. 565-A
Av. Universidad s/n, Col. Chamilpa,
C.P. 62210, Cuernavaca, Morelos

Tel(s). (777) 317 5867,(55) 5622 7691
Fax. (777) 317 5581
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March 10th, 2016 - present Professor of Environmental and Evolutionary Microbiology (Inv. Tit. B de T.C.) at the Center for Genomic Sciences (CCG-UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
April 19th, 2013 - March 9th, 2019. Professor of Environmental and Evolutionary Microbiology (Inv. Tit. A de T.C.) at the Center for Genomic Sciences (CCG-UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
2005 - 2013. Associate Professor of environmental and evolutionary microbiology at the Center for Genomic Sciences (CCG-UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
2001 - 2004. Assistant Professor at the Center for Genomic Sciences (CCG-UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
1999 - 2001. EU-Training and Mobility of Researchers Postdoctoral Fellow in Bacterial Molecular Genetics in the group of Prof. Dietrich Werner, at the Philipps-Universität-Marburg, Germany.
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I'm a microbiologist interested in host-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, genomics and evolution. Research in my group aims to learn how niche specialization, including host adaptation, drives speciation in selected alpha- and gamma-Proteobacteria. To gain knowledge about these patterns and processes we design ecologically-explicit sampling schemes to generate large collections of environmental bacteria on which we perform diverse ecological, evolutionary, genomic and molecular biological analyses with the aim of discovering the underlying evolutionary processes and molecular mechanisms.

Our current work focuses on elucidating the roles and contributions of mobile genetic elements, efflux pumps, resistance genes, secretion systems and the exoproteins they secrete in the emergence of opportunistic pathogenic strains of Salmonella and Stenotrophomonas.

We have also studied large populations of rhizobia (symbiotic root nodule bacteria) to decipher evolutionary, ecological and genomic patterns underlying speciation and host-specialization in diverse genera and species of these legume microsymbionts, including host-effects on root microbiome assembly. ( »more ...)
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I'm actively involved in different teaching activities at the graduate and undergratuate levels. The most noteworthy are the Latin American Workshop on Molecular Evolution (TLEM), the International Workshops on Bioinformatics (TIB), and my regular course on Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Genomics, taught every second semester, at the Undergraduate Program in Genomic Sciences (LCG-UNAM). In addition, I regularly teach courses on bioinformatics (Intro2Bioinfo) and R programming for the biosciences (R4biosciences) for the PhD Program in Biomedical sciences. ( »more English; »más - Español).

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Academic information and resources on this site:

1) Research projects with an introduction to the students, friends and colleagues involved in them.
2) Publications and article downloads.
3) Hands-on tutorials on how to perform phylogenetic analyses using sequence data, from SSU rRNA sequence alignment and model fitting, up to ML tree searches and hypothesis testing. Many other tutorials and full-length course materials are provided as PDF files (tutoriales y cursos de bioinformática y filogenética en español), available only in Spanish at the present time.
4) Information on current issues in rhizobial taxonomy, systematics and genomics.
5) Links to software development for microbial pan-genomics and environmental microbiology