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Dr. Neftalí Ochoa Alejo

Position: Investigador 3D, SNI III.
Telephone: +52 (462) 6239654

Education & training

1983    Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Institute of Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brasil.
1981    M.Sci. in Soils and Plant Nutrition, School of Agriculture, Universityu of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, SP, Brasil.
1977    B.A. in Chemistry-Bacteriology-Parasitology, ENCB-IPN, México.

Reseach interests

  • Plant tissue culture and genetic transformation
  • Chili pepper molecular biology
  • Chili pepper transcriptomics 

Recent publications

  • María del Rocío Gómez García and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. Predominant role of the L-galactose pathway in L-ascorbic acid biosynthesis in fruits and leaves of the Capsicum annuum L. chili pepper. Brazilian Journal of Botany. 2016, Vol. 39 (1): 157-168. ISSN: 0100-8404 (Print) 1806-9959 (Online)
  • Eugenio Pérez-Molphe-Balch, María del Socorro Santos-Díaz, Rafael Ramírez-Malagón and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. Tissue culture of ornamental cacti. Scientia Agricola. 2015, Vol. 72(6): 540-561. DOI:
  • M.L. Arce-Rodríguez and N. Ochoa-Alejo. Silencing AT3 gene reduces the expression on pAmt, BCAT, Kas, and Acl genes involved in capsaicinoid biosynthesis in chili pepper fruits. Biologia Plantarum. 2015, Vol. 59(3): 477-484, DOI: 10.1007/s140535-015-0525-y.
  • Raúl Enrique Valle-Gough, Susana Alejandra Avilés-Viñas, Stephanie López-Erosa , Adriana Canto-Flick, Eunice Gómez-Uc, Luis Alfonso Sáenz-Carbonell, Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo, Nancy Santana-Buzzy. “Polyamines and WOX genes in the recalcitrance to plant conversión of somatic embryos of Habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.). African Journal of Biotecnology, 2015, Vol. 14(7): 569-581, ISSN 1684-5315. DOI: 10.5897/ajb2014.14313.
  • A. Aguilar-Barragán and N. Ochoa-Alejo. Virus-induced silencing of MYB and WD40 transcription factor genes affects the accumulation of anthocyanins in chilli pepper fruit. Biología Plantarum. 2014, Vol. 58(3): 567-574. DOI: 10.1007/s10535-014-0427-4.
  • Luis A. Martínez-López, Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo and Octavio Martínez. Dynamics of the chili pepper transcriptome during fruit development. BMC Genomics. 2014, Vol. 15(143): 1-18. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-143.
  • Rafael Ramírez-Malagón, Erika Delgado-Bernal, Anatoly Borodanenko, Luis Pérez-Moreno, José Luis Barrera-Guerra, Héctor Gordon Núñez-Palenius and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. Air Layering and Tiny-Air Layering Techniques for Mesquite [Prosopis laevigata (H. B. Ex Willd.) Johnst. M. C.] Tree Propagation. Arid Land Research and Management. 2014, Vol. 28: 118-128. ISSN: 1532-4982 print/ 1532-4990 online. DOI:10.1080/15324982.2013.813609.
  • C. Aza-González, L. Herrera-Isidrón, H.G. Núñez-Palenius, O. Martínez de la Vega and N. Ochoa-Alejo. Anthocyanin accumulation and expression analysis of biosynthesis-related genes during chili pepper fruit development.  Biologia Plantarum. 2013, 57(1): 49-55. DOI: 10.1007/s10535-012-0265-1.
  • María del Rocío Gómez-García and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. Biochemistry and molecular biology of carotenoid biosynthesis in chili peppers (Capsicum spp.). International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013, 14: 19025-19053. DOI: 10.3390/ijms140919025
  • César Aza-González, Héctor Gordon Núñez-Palenius and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. Molecular biology of chili pepper anthocyanin biosynthesis. Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society. 2012, 56(1):93-98.
  • Elsa Góngora-Castillo, Rubén Fajardo-Jaime, Araceli Fernández-Cortés, Alba E. Jofre-Garfias, Edmundo Lozova-Gloria, Octavio Martínez, Neftalí Ochoa-AIejo, and Rafael Rivera-Bustamante. The capsicum transcriptome DB: a "hot" tool for genomic research. Bioinformation. 2012,8(l): 43-47.
  • Plant Cell Culture Protocols. Anther culture of chili pepper (Capsicum spp.). Editores: Loyola-Vargas V.M., Ochoa-Alejo N. Editorial: Springer/Humana Press. New York, USA. 2012, (87 7 ):221 -23 I pp. I SBN: 978-1-61779-818-4.
  • M. Loyola-Vargas and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. Plant Cell Culture Protocols. An introduction to plant cell culture: The future ahead. Editores: Loyola-Vargas V.M., Ochoa-Alejo N. Editorial: Springer/Humana Press. New York, USA. 2012, (877):l-8pp. ISBN: 978-l-61779-818-4.
  • CésarAza-González and N. Ochoa-Alejo. Characterization of anthocyanins from fruits of two mexican chili peppers (Capsicum annuum L). Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society. 2012, 56(2):149- l5l.
  • César Aza-González, Héctor G. Núñez-Palenius and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. Molecular biology of capsaicinoid biosynthesis in chili pepper (Capsicum spp.). Plant Cell Reports. (2011) 30:695-706. doi: 10.1007/s00299-010-0968-8.
  • M.S. Santos Díaz, E. Pérez Molphe, R. Ramírez Malagón, H.G. Núñez Palenius and N. Ochoa Alejo. Species Diversity and Extinction. Mexican threatened cacti: Current status and strategies for their conservation. G.H. Tepper, Ed. Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York. (2010): 1-59. ISBN: 978-1-61668-343-6.
  • S.L. Kothari,  A. Joshi,  S. Kachhwaha and  N. Ochoa-Alejo. Chilli peppers - A review on tissue culture and transgenesis. Biotechnol. Adv. (2010) 28: 35-48.
  • Rocío Elizabeth Escobar-Guzmán, Fernando Hernández-Godínez, Octavio Martínez-de-la-Vega, and Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo. In vitro embryo formation and plant regeneration from anther culture of different cultivars of Mexican husk tomato (Physalis ixocarpa Brot.). Plant Cell Tiss. Organ Cult. (2009) 96: 181-189.
  • Ma del Rosario Abraham-Juárez, Ma del Carmen Rocha-Granados, Mercedes G. López, Rafael F. Rivera-Bustamante, Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo (2008) Virus-induced silencing of Com, pAmt and Kas genes results in a reduction of capsaicinoid accumulation in chili pepper fruits. Planta 227, 681.