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Pablo Vinuesa, PhD
Centro de Ciencias Genómicas, UNAM
A.P. 565-A
Av. Universidad s/n, Col. Chamilpa,
C.P. 62210, Cuernavaca, Morelos
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Tel(s). 777 329 17 01 (office); 777 3175867 (lab)
Fax. (777) 317 5581
Red UNAM: 27701 (oficina), 27691 (lab)

Tutor of UNAM's Master and PhD Program in Biochemical Sciences
Tutor of UNAM's PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences


September 27th, 2019 - present Coordinator of UNAM's Bachelor's Program in Genome Sciences (LCG-UNAM).
March 10th, 2016 - present Professor of Environmental and Evolutionary Microbiology (Inv. Tit. B de T.C.) at the Center for Genome 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 Genome Sciences (CCG-UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
2005 - 2013. Associate Professor of environmental and evolutionary microbiology at the Center for Genome Sciences (CCG-UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
2001 - 2004. Assistant Professor at the Center for Genome 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 insights into 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.
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. see publications. ( »read more)
I'm actively involved in different teaching activities at the graduate and undergratuate levels. Recent examples are 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 Genome Sciences (LCG-UNAM), in Mexico and at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.
I do also regularly teach courses on bioinformatics, programming and microbial genomics for the PhD Program in Biomedical and Biochemical Sciences at UNAM and in different universities in Mexico and abroad. I post most of the teaching materials GitHub repositories. More here: ( »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