Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin

Associate Professor

Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin

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About me

I was born in Mexico City. I studied Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) at the Faculty of Sciences and did my undergrad thesis on the evolutionary ecology of seed predation at the Ecology Institute under the supervision of Prof. Cesar Dominguez Perez-Tejada. I studied in UCLA, and a PhD at Duke University with Prof. Mark D. Rausher where I studied self-incompatibility and the evolution of plant reproductive strategies. I did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto with Prof. Spencer C. H. Barrett studying the evolution of plant reproduction. Since 2008, I lead my own lab at the University of Stirling where I study plant evolution, speciation and buzz pollination.

Vallejo-Marin Lab webpage: http://www.plant-evolution.org Follow me on Twitter: @nicrodemo //

Award

National System of Researchers, Level II. CONACyT, Mexico

https://www.conacyt.gob.mx/…e-investigadores
Distinction recognising quality and prestige of scientific contributions to Mexican researchers.

2021 National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Society

2016 National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Society

National System of Researchers, Level II. CONACyT, Mexico

https://www.conacyt.gob.mx/…e-investigadores
Distinction recognising quality and prestige of scientific contributions to Mexican researchers.

Community Contribution

Board of Directors (Consejo Directivo, Vocal) Foundation Javier Marin (Not-for-profit Arts Foundation)
https://fundacionjaviermarin.mx/en/
Elected member of the board of directors (Consejo Directivo, Vocal) in July 2020. The Art Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a broad mission to promote the arts, including its intersection with science, across the general public and among artists and other community users. Among a diverse range of training and outreach activities we also bid for (Mexican) government funding to promote the arts. In July 2020 we successfully secured a Federal Government Mexican grant for MXN $5,000,000.00 (~£200,000) to create a public art space in a disused mill in central Mexico (Michoacan).

Other Academic Activities

Panel Member for the National Agency for Research (ANR) France

Other Project

Genomic Resources for Mimulus, a Powerful Plant System for Analyses of Environmental Adaptations
University of Stirling and Duke University

https://jgi.doe.gov
US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute Community Project The project involves one PI (Prof. John Willis) and 14-co-PI across several US Universities, as well as a number of collaborators in the US and Europe. The University of Stirling is the only non-US institution invited to participate as a co-PI in this community-led grant proposal. With the aim of developing a pan-genus genomic platform for ​Mimulus​, we propose, on behalf of the international ​Mimulus​ research community, that JGI will (1) use PacBio and HiC to generate 48 high quality chromosome-scale de novo reference genomes from strategically chosen species across the genus, (2) use Illumina to resequence 256 environmentally important accessions from across the genus, (3) produce corresponding transcriptome data from all reference accessions in different growth conditions, including growth on contaminated soils, and (4) use transcriptome data and homology for state-of-the-art genome annotation. We look forward to working closely with JGI informatics in analyzing these data.

Professional Career

Associate Editor for Annals of Botany, Plants

Review Editor for Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Associate Editor for Evolution

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