Dr. Raúl Álvarez Venegas

Dr. Raúl Álvarez Venegas

Position: Principal Investigator, SNI II.

Telephone: +52 (462) 6239678


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Education & training

2016-2017      Visiting Researcher (Sabbatical) at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, England, UK

2005-2006      Postdoctoral at Pioneer Hi-Bred Production Ltd., DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition, ON, Canada
2002-2005      Postdoctoral at School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, USA
2002              Ph. D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , Purdue University, IN, USA
1993              M. in Sc. in Biotechnology, Cinvestav, México

1987              B.Sc. in Biology, UAM-X, México

Reseach interests

  • CRISPRa and plant defense genes against pathogens
  • Analysis of genes involved in the priming phenomenon in tomato and common bean
  • Induction of a primed state of transcription and plant immunity in tomato and common bean
  • RNAi-mediated silencing of epigenetic factors in crops
  • Epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in plants
  • Epigenetics in plants of agronomic importance
  • Structure and function of genes belonging to the Trithorax family of histone methyltransferases
  • Plant-Pathogen interaction (tomato, bean, Arabidopsis)


Recent Publications (# author for correspondence)


  1. Aarón Barraza, Evelia Lorena Coss-Navarrete, Juan Carlos Vizuet-de-Rueda, Keren Martínez-Aguilar, José Luis Hernández-Chávez, José Juan Ordaz-Ortiz, Robert Winkler, Axel Tiessen, and Raúl Alvarez-Venegas#2018. Down-regulation of PvTRX1h Increases Nodule Number and Affects Auxin, Starch, and Metabolic Fingerprints in the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Plant Science 274:45-58.
  2. Ramírez-Carrasco G, Martínez-Aguilar K, Alvarez-Venegas R#. 2017. Transgenerational defense priming for crop protection against plant pathogens: a hypothesis. Front. Plant Sci. 8:696. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00696.

  3. Martínez-Aguilar K, Ramírez-Carrasco G, Hernández-Chávez J, Barraza A and Alvarez-Venegas R#. 2016. Use of BABA and INA as activators of a primed state in the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Front. Plant Sci. 7:653. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00653
  4. Álvarez-Venegas R#, De-la-Peña C. 2016. Editorial: Recent Advances of Epigenetics in Crop Biotechnology. Front Plant Sci. 2016 Mar 31;7:413. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00413. eCollection 2016.
  5. Aarón Barraza, José Luis Cabrera-Ponce, Roberto Gamboa-Becerra, Francisco Luna-Martínez, Robert Winkler and Raúl Álvarez-Venegas#. 2015. The Phaseolus vulgaris PvTRX1h gene regulates plant hormone biosynthesis in embryogenic callus from common bean. Frontiers in Plant Science 2015 Jul 28; 6:577. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00577. eCollection 2015. Research Topic: Recent Advances of Epigenetics in Crop Biotechnology.
  6. Aarón Barraza, Francisco Luna-Martínez, Joselyn Cristina Chávez-Fuentes, and Raúl Álvarez-Venegas#. 2015. Expression profiling and down-regulation of three histone lysine methyltransferase genes (PvATXR3h, PvASHH2h, and PvTRX1h) in the common bean. Plant OMICS Journal. September 2015; 8(5): 429-440. ISSN: 1836-3644.
  7. Napsucialy-Mendivil S, Alvarez-Venegas R, Shishkova S, and Dubrovsky, JG. 2014. ARABIDOPSIS HOMOLOG of TRITHORAX1 (ATX1) is required for cell production, patterning, and morphogenesis in root development. Journal of Experimental Botany 2014 Sep 9. pii: eru355.
  8. Alvarez-Venegas R#. (2014). Title: “Bacterial SET domain proteins and their role in eukaryotic chromatin modification”. Frontiers in Genetics. 2014 Apr 2; 5:65. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00065. eCollection 2014.
  9. Alvarez-Venegas, R. and Avramova, Z. 2012. Evolution of the PWWP-Domain Encoding Genes in the Plant and Animal Lineages. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:101 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-101
  10. De-la-Peña, C., Rangel-Cano, A. and Alvarez-Venegas, R#. 2012. Regulation of disease responsive genes mediated by epigenetic factors: interaction of Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas. Molecular Plant Pathology 13(4): 388–398.
  11. Quiceno-Rico, JM., Camas-Reyes, JA., and Alvarez-Venegas, R#. 2012. Molecular cloning and characterization of two Trithorax-Group genes from Phaseolus vulgaris roots and symbiotic nodules. Plant OMICS Journal 5(2): 103-114. ISSN: 1836-3644.
  12. Valencia-Morales, MP., Camas-Reyes, JA., Cabrera-Ponce, JL., y Alvarez-Venegas, R#. 2012. The Arabidopsis thaliana SET-domain-containing protein ASHH1/SDG26 interacts with itself and with distinct histone lysine methyltransferases. Journal of Plant Research 125:679–692.


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