Isabel Molina, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Isabel Molina 

Isabel Molina received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of La Plata, Argentina. In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue a graduate degree in the US. She attended Michigan State University and joined the lab of John Ohlrogge, where she applied multidisciplinary approaches to understand the synthesis of cutin and suberin in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. In February 2008, she earned her Ph.D. in Plant Biology and received the Bessey Award for excellence in research. She has instructed various biology and chemistry courses in Argentina, the US, and Canada, and is currently appointed as Biochemistry instructor at Algoma University, Ontario.

Selected Publications

Book chapter:

  1. Li-Beisson, Y., Shorrosh, B., Beisson, F., Andersson, M., Arondel, V., Bates, P. D., Baud, S., Bird, D., DeBono, A., Durrett, T. P., Franke, R. B., Graham, I. A., Katayama, K., Kelly, A., Larson, T., Markham, J. E., Miquel, M., Molina, I., Nishida, I., Rowland, O., Samuels, L., Schmid, K. M., Wada, H., Welti, R., Xu, C., Zallot, R. and Ohlrogge, J. Acyl-lipid Metabolism. In: The Arabidopis Book,, (American Society of Plant Biologists, Rockville, MD) (2010).

Refereed papers:

  1. Weng, H., Molina, I., Shockey, J. and Browse, J. Organ fusion and defective cuticle function in a lacs1 lacs2 double mutant of Arabidopsis. Planta, 231, 1089-100 (2010).
  2. Molina, I., Ohlrogge, J., and Pollard, M. Identification of an Arabidopsis feruloyl-CoA transferase required for suberin synthesis. Plant Physiol., 151, 1317-1328 (2009).
  3. Molina, I., Weber, K., Alves Cursino dos Santos, D. and Ohlrogge, J. Transformation of a dwarf Arabidopsis mutant illustrates gibberellin hormone physiology and the function of a Green Revolution gene. Biochem. Mol. Bio. Edu., 37, 170-177 (2009).
  4. Molina, I., Ohlrogge, J. and Pollard, M. Lipid polyester deposition and localization in developing seeds of Brassica napus and Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant J., 53, 437-49 (2008).
  5. Molina, I., Circosta, A., Añón, M.C. and Petruccelli, S. Mature Amaranthus hypochondriacus seeds contain non-processed 11S precursors. Phytochemistry, 69, 58-65 (2008).
  6. Li, Y., Beisson, F., Koo, A.J.K., Molina, I., Pollard, M. and Ohlrogge, J. Identification of acyltransferases required for cutin biosynthesis and production of cutin with suberin-like monomers. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104, 18339-18344 (2007).
  7. Petruccelli, S., Molina, M.I., Lareu, F.L. and Acosta, A. The amaranth 11S globulin has two signals that are sufficient to target green fluorescent protein and beta-glucuronidase to vacuoles. Plant Physiol. Biochem., 45, 400-9 (2007).
  8. Molina, I., Bonaventure, G, Ohlrogge, J. and Pollard, M. The lipid polyester composition of Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica napus seeds. Phytochemistry, 67, 2597-2610 (2006).
  9. Molina, I., Otegui, M. and Petruccelli, S. Sunflower storage proteins are transported in dense vesicles that contain proteins homologous to the pumpkin vacuolar sorting receptor PV 72. Electron. J. Biotechn., 9, 302-306 (2006).

Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, U.S.A.;