Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987 – 1992
    B. Sc. in Biology. University of Barcelona, Spain.

  • 1992 – 1994
    M. Sc. in Plant Pathology. University of California, Riverside. Thesis title: Studies on hydroxamate siderophores of Trichoderma harzianum.

  • 1996 – 2000
    Ph. D. in Microbiology. University of California, Riverside. Thesis title: The role of the Spitzenkörper in growth and morphogenesis of fungal hyphae.

  • since 2004
    Scientific researcher, Equivalent of Associate Professor. Department of Microbiology. Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, CICESE. Baja California. Mexico.

  • since 2006
    Associate researcher of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, of the University of California, Riverside.

Selected publications

  • E. Sánchez-León, J. Verdín, M. Freitag, R. W. Roberson, S. Bartnicki-García and M. Riquelme. 2011. Traffic of chitin synthase 1 (CHS-1) to the Spitzenkörper and developing septa in hyphae of Neurospora crassa: actin dependence and evidence of distinct microvesicle populations. Eukaryot. Cell. 10: 683-695.

  • J. Verdín, S. Bartnicki-García and M. Riquelme. 2009. Functional stratification of the Spitzenkörper of Neurospora crassa. Mol. Microbiol. 74: 1044-1053.

  • C. L. Araujo-Palomares, M. Riquelme and E. Castro-Longoria. 2009. The polarisome component SPA-2 localizes at the apex of Neurospora crassa germlings before establishment of the Spitzenkörper. Fungal Genet. & Biol. 46: 551-563.

  • M. Riquelme, S. Bartnicki-García, J. M. González-Prieto, E. Sánchez-León, J. A. Verdín-Ramos, A. Beltrán-Aguilar, and M. Freitag. 2007. Spitzenkörper localization and intracellular traffic of GFP-labeled CHS-3 and CHS-6 chitin synthases in living hyphae of Neurospora crassa. Eukaryot. Cell. 6: 1853-1864.

  • C. L. Araujo-Palomares, E. Castro-Longoria, and M. Riquelme. 2007. Ontogeny of the Spitzenkörper in germlings of Neurospora crassa. Fungal Genet. & Biol. 44: 492-503.

  • Riquelme, M. and Bartnicki-García, S. 2004. Key differences between lateral and apical branching in hyphae of Neurospora crassa. Fungal Genet. & Biol. 41: 842-851.

  • M. Riquelme, R. Fischer and S. Bartnicki-García. 2003. Apical growth and mitosis are independent processes in Aspergillus nidulans. Protoplasma. 222: 211-215.

  • M. Riquelme, R.W. Roberson, D. P. McDaniel, and S. Bartnicki-García. 2002. The effects of ropy-1 mutation on cytoplasmic organization and intracellular motility in mature hyphae of Neurospora crassa. Fungal Genet. & Biol. 37: 171-179.

  • Riquelme, M., G. Gierz, and S. Bartnicki-García. 2000. Dynein and dynactin deficiencies affect the formation and function of the Spitzenkörper and distort hyphal morphogenesis of Neurospora crassa. Microbiol. 146: 1743-1752.

  • Riquelme, M., C. G. Reynaga-Peña, G. Gierz and S. Bartnicki-García. 1998. What determines growth direction in fungal hyphae? Fungal Genet. & Biol. 24: 101-109.


Selected projects

Ongoing Research Support

  • DFG-CONACYT Germany-Mexico Collaboration Grant 75306, 2011 – 2013.

    Title: The role, localization and traffic of chitin synthases during polarized cell growth in Neurospora crassa. PI: M. Riquelme, Coordinator for Mexico; Co-PIs: A. Herrera Estrella, LANGEBIO, Irapuato; J. Aguirre, UNAM; W. Hansberg, UNAM; R. Mouriño Pérez, CICESE. International project Mexico-Germany entitled: Determinants of polarized growth and development in filamentous fungi.

  • SEP-CONACYT Basic Science CB2008-105600-Q, 2010 – 2012.

    Title: Characterization of the secretory apparatus in hyphae of Neurospora crassa. PI: M. Riquelme.

Completed Research Support

  • SEMARNAT-CONACYT FOSEMARNAT-ST-110-2010, 2007 – 2011.

    Title: Impact of climate global changes in the distribution and incidence of Coccidioidomycosis in Baja California, Mexico. PI: M. Riquelme.

  • SEP-CONACYT Basic Science U45818-Q, 2005 – 2008.

    Title: Quantitative analysis of the dynamics of polarized secretion in fungal hyphae. PI: S. Bartnicki Garcia. CICESE. Co-PI: M. Riquelme.

  • MIT-CONACYT Collaborative Grant 7436, 2005 – 2006

    Title: Cargo sorting in the secretory pathway: from yeast to filamentous fungi. PI: M. Riquelme. Co-PI: Dr. Chris Kaiser. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Research Grant, 2004 – 2006.

    Title: Elucidating the traffic of vesicles in growing hyphae. PI: M. Riquelme. Co-PI: Dr. Barry Bowman. University of California, Santa Cruz.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editor of Fungal Biology (previously Mycological Research), since 2009. Co-guest editor for a special issue on the 200th anniversary of the hypha, published June 2011.

  • Reviewer of articles submitted for publication in: FEMS Yeast Research, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Microbiology, Eukaryotic Cell, Fungal Genetics and Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Fungal Biology, Nature Reviews Microbiology, PloS ONE.

  • Member of the Neurospora Policy Committee, 2008 – 2012. Co-chair of the Neurospora 2010 conference. Chair: 2010-2011.

  • Member of the Genetics and Cell Biology Committee of the Mycological Society of America (MSA), 2008 – 2010. Chair: 2009-2010.

  • Member of the Karling Lecture Committee of the Mycological Society of America (MSA), 2005 – 2008. Chair: 2007 – 2008.

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