Evolutionary Genomics Lab

De Mendoza CONICET


Lab Members

  • Dr. María Virginia Sánchez Puerta (PI)
  • Lic. Cinthia Abbona, PhD student, 2010-present.
  • Lic. Laura E. García, PhD student, 2010-present.
  • Lic. Diana Segura, PhD student, 2010-present.
  • Federico Ceriotti, undergraduate student, 2014-present.
  • Josefina Wohlfeiler, undergraduate student, 2013-present.
  • Martín Lopez Appiolaza, technician, 2013-present.

Research Projects

We are interested in the evolution of genes and genomes, molecular systematics and horizontal gene transfer. The main research areas are:

Plant Genome Evolution

Systematics and resistance of root-knot nematodes

Relevant Publications

  • Sánchez Puerta, M. V., M.K. Zubko & J.D. Palmer. 2014. Homologous recombination and retention of a single form of most genes shape the highly chimeric mitochondrial genome of a cybrid plant. New Phytol. (in press).
  • Sánchez Puerta, M.V. & C.C. Abbona. 2014. The chloroplast genome of Hyoscyamus niger and a phylogenetic study of the tribe Hyoscyameae (Solanaceae). PloS ONE 9:e98353.
  • Rice D.W., A.J. Alverson, A.O. Richardson, G.J. Young, M. V. Sanchez-Puerta, J. Munzinger, K. Barry, J.L. Boore, Y.Zhang, C.W. dePamphilis, E.B.Knox & J.D. Palmer. 2013. Horizontal Transfer of Entire Genomes via Mitochondrial Fusion in the Angiosperm Amborella. Science 342:1468-1473.
  • García, L.E. & M.V. Sánchez Puerta. 2012. Characterization of a root-knot nematode population of Meloidogyne arenaria from Tupungato (Mendoza, Argentina). J. Nematol. 44: 291-301.
  • Sánchez Puerta, M. V. , C.C. Abbona, S. Zhuo, E. Tepe, L. Bohs, R.G. Olmstead & J.D. Palmer. 2011. Multiple recent horizontal transfers of the cox1 intron in Solanaceae and extended coconversion of flanking exons. BMC Evol. Biol. 11: 277. pdf
  • Sánchez Puerta, M. V. & R. W. Masuelli. 2011. Evolution of nematode-resistant Mi -1 gene homologs in three species of Solanum. Mol. Genet. Genomics 285: 207-218.Media:SanchezPuerta2011.pdf
  • Sánchez Puerta, M. V. , Y. Cho, J. Mower, A.J. Alverson & J.D. Palmer. 2008. Frequent, phylogenetically local horizontal transfer of the cox1 group I intron in flowering plant mitochondria. Mol. Biol. Evol. 25(8):1762-1777. Media:SanchezPuerta2008.pdf
  • Sánchez Puerta, M. V. & C.F. Delwiche. 2008. A hypothesis for plastid evolution in chromalveolates (mini-review). J. Phycol. 44: 1097-1107.
  • Sánchez Puerta, M. V., J.C. Lippmeier, K. Apt & C.F. Delwiche. 2007. Plastid genes in a non-photosynthetic dinoflagellate. Protist 158 (1): 105-117.
  • Bachvaroff, T.R., M.V. Sánchez Puerta & C.F. Delwiche. 2005. Chlorophyll c containing plastid relationships based on analyses of amulti-gene dataset with all four chromalveolates lineages. Mol. Biol. Evol. 22:1-11
  • Sánchez Puerta, M. V., T.R. Bachvaroff & C.F. Delwiche. 2004. The complete mitochondrial genome sequence of the haptophyte Emiliania huxleyi and its relation to heterokonts. DNA Research 11 (1):1-10.


  • 06/M075. “Estudio taxonómico, evolutivo y genómico de plantas parásitas y hospedadoras”. Secretaría de Ciencia y Técnica de la U.N.Cuyo. Resolución No. 4540/2013. 2013-2015. Directora: Sánchez Puerta, M.V. Co-director: Dr. D. Lijavetzky Monto total $15.000.
  • PICT-2008-277 “Resistance genes to root-knot nematodes in tuber-bearing Solanum species”. Directora: Sánchez Puerta, M. V. 2010-2014. Monto total de $250,000. Media:ResumenNematodos.pdf
  • R03 TW008353-01 “Genomic studies of chimeric mitochondria in cybrids from Solanaceae”. Subsidio FIRCA-BB (Fogarty International Research Collaboration – Basic Biomedical) del NIH en beneficio de Dra. Sánchez Puerta, en colaboración con Dr. Jeffrey Palmer (Indiana University). 2009-20114. Monto total U$S 150.000. Media:ProjectSummary.pdf
  • Proyecto Cooperación Internacional CONICET-NSF. 2013-2014. “Analisis genómicos de mitocondrias en cíbridos/ Genomic analyses of cybrid mitochondria”. Directora: Sánchez Puerta, M.V. Investigador NSF: J.D.Palmer (Indiana University). Monto total $70,000.

Contact Information

   IBAM - CONICET; Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, 
   Alte Brown 500, Chacras de Coria (5505), Mendoza, Argentina
   Tel: (54 261) 4135000 - Interno: 1307
   e-mail: sanchezpuerta@gmail.com
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