Dr. Raúl Álvarez Venegas

Dr. Raúl Álvarez Venegas

Position: Principal Investigator, SNI II.

Telephone: +52 (462) 6239600 x 9678


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Education & training

  • Visiting Researcher (Sabbatical) at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, England, UK
  • Postdoctoral at Pioneer Hi-Bred Production Ltd., DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition, ON, Canada
  • Postdoctoral at School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, USA
  • Ph. D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , Purdue University, IN, USA
  • M. in Sc. in Biotechnology, Cinvestav, México
  • 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. Martínez-Aguilar K, Hernández-Chávez JL, Alvarez-Venegas R#2021. Priming of seeds with INA and its transgenerational effect in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) plants. Plant Science 305 (2021) 110834. 
  2. López-Calleja AC, Vizuet-de-Rueda JC, Alvarez-Venegas R#. 2021. CRISPR-Cas epigenome editing technology: improving crop resistance to pathogens. In: CRISPR and RNAi Systems: nanobiotechnology approaches to plant breeding and protection. Kamel Abd-Elsalam, Ki-Taek Lim (eds.) Elsevier Inc., USA. 2021. ISBN: 9780128219102. Book Chapter.
  3. Barraza A, Vizuet-de-Rueda JC, Alvarez-Venegas R#. 2020. Highly diverse root endophyte bacterial community is driven by growth substrate and is plant-genotype independent in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). PeerJ - Life & Environment 8:e9423, doi: 10.7717/peerj.9423.
  4. Coss-Navarrete EL, Díaz-Valle A, Alvarez-Venegas R#. 2020. Induction of plant resistance to biotic stress by priming with β-aminobutyric acid (BABA) and its effect in nitrogen-fixing nodule development. In: Priming-Mediated Stress and Cross-Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants. Hossain MA, Liu F, Burrit D, Fujita M, Huang Q (eds.). Elsevier Inc., USA. 2020. ISBN: 9780128178928 -
  5. Armando Díaz-Valle, Alberto Cristian López-Calleja, Raúl Alvarez-Venegas#. 2019. Enhancement of pathogen resistance in common bean plants by inoculation with Rhizobium etliFront Plant Sci.  10:1317, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01317.
  6. López-Calleja AC, Vizuet-de-Rueda JC, Alvarez-Venegas R#. 2019. Targeted Epigenome Editing of Plant Defense Genes via CRISPR Activation (CRISPRa). Chapter 10. doi 10.1007/978-3-030-14760-10. In: Epigenetics in Plants of Agronomic Importance: Fundamentals and Applications. Alvarez-Venegas R#, De la Peña C, and Casas-Mollano JA (eds.). Second Edition. 2019. Editorial: Springer Nature Switzerland AG (Springer Science+Business Media; eBook ISBN 978-3-030-14760-0. DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-14760-0. Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-14759-4.
  7. 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, 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
  8. 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.
  9. Martínez-Aguilar K, Ramírez-Carrasco G, Hernández-Chávez J, Barraza A, 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.
  10. Álvarez-Venegas R#, De-la-Peña C. 2016. Editorial: Recent Advances of Epigenetics in Crop Biotechnology. Front Plant Sci. 7:413. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00413. eCollection 2016.
  11. Aarón Barraza, José Luis Cabrera-Ponce, Roberto Gamboa-Becerra, Francisco Luna-Martínez, Robert Winkler, Raúl Álvarez-Venegas#2015. The Phaseolus vulgaris PvTRX1h gene regulates plant hormone biosynthesis in embryogenic callus from common bean. Front Plant Sci 6:577. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00577. eCollection 2015. Research Topic: Recent Advances of Epigenetics in Crop Biotechnology.
  12. Aarón Barraza, Francisco Luna-Martínez, Joselyn Cristina Chávez-Fuentes, 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.


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