Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2018
    Senior Researcher Ramon y Cajal program. IATA-CSIC, Valencia, Spain (competitive contract-Govern)

  • 2016 – 2017
    Post-doctoral Researcher (IATA-CSIC, Spain)

  • 2012 – 2015
    Post-doctoral Researcher JAEDoc program. IATA-CSIC, Valencia, Spain(competitive contract-CSIC)

  • 2011
    Post-doctoral Researcher (IATA-CSIC, Spain)

  • 2008 – 2010
    Post-doctoral Researcher. Plant Research International-Wageningen University, The Netherlands

  • 2003 – 2007
    PhD . (UV, Valencia, Spain)

  • 2001
    Engineer’s degree in Agronomical Sciences. [Speciality: Food Sciences] Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain

Selected publications

  • Marcet-Houben M†, Ballester AR†, Harries E, Marcos JF, González-Candelas L*, and Gabaldón T* (2012) Genome sequence of the citrus postharvest pathogen Penicillium digitatum. BMC Genomics 13: 646.

  • AR Ballester†, M Marcet-Houben†, E Levin, N Sela, C Selma-Lázaro, L Carmona, M Wisniewski, S Droby, L González-Candelas*, T Gabaldón* (2015) Genome, transcriptome, and functional analyses of Penicillium expansum provide new insights into secondary metabolism and pathogenicity. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 28 (3): 232-248. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-09-14-0261-FI)

  • H Banani†, M Marcet-Houben†, AR Ballester†, P Abbruscato, L González-Candelas*, T Gabaldón*, D Spadaro*. Genome sequencing and secondary metabolism of the postharvest pathogen Penicillium griseofulvum. BMC Genomics (2016) 17: 1-14. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-015-2347-x) (†authors contributed equally to this article; *corresponding authors).

  • AR Ballester, J Molthoff, R de Vos, BtL Hekkert, D Orzaez, JP Fernandez-Moreno, P Tripodi, S Grandillo, C Martin, J Heldens, M Ykema, A Granell, and A Bovy*. (2010). Biochemical and molecular analysis of pink tomatoes: deregulated expression of the gene encoding transcription factor SlMYB12 leads to pink tomato fruit color. Plant Physiology, 152(1): 71-84. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.109.147322).

  • AR Ballester, Y Tikunov, J Molthoff, S Grandillo, M Viquez-Zamora, R de Vos, RA de Maagd, S van Heusden and AG Bovy*. Identification of loci affecting accumulation of secondary metabolites in tomato fruit of a Solanum lycopersicum x Solanum chmielewskii introgression line population. Frontiers in Plant Science (2016) 7: 1428 (http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.01428)

  • M Bemer†, R Karlova†, AR Ballester, Y Tikunov, A Bovy, M Wolters-Arts, PB Rossetto, CG Angenent and R de Maagd*. The tomato FRUITFULL homologs SlFUL1 and SlFUL2 regulate ethylene-independent aspects of fruit ripening. The Plant Cell (2012) 24 (11): 4437-4451. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.112.103283) (†authors contributed equally to this article)

  • AR Ballester, MT Lafuente, J Forment, J Gadea, R Vos, AG Bovy, and L González-Candelas*. (2011) Transcriptomic profiling of citrus fruit peel tissues reveals fundamental effects of phenylpropanoids and ethylene on induced resistance. Molecular Plant Pathology, 12 (9): 879-897. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1364-3703.2011.00721.x) (*corresponding author).

  • AR Ballester*, J Norelli, E Burchard, A Abdelfattah, E Levin, L González-Candelas, S Droby and M Wisniewski*. (2017) Transcriptomic response of resistant (PI61983 – Malus sieversii) and susceptible (‘Royal Gala’) parents of the GMAL4593 mapping population of apple to blue mold (Penicillium expansum) infection. Frontiers in Plant Science (2017) 8: 1981 (http:/dx.doi.org/ 10.3389/fpls.2017.01981) (*corresponding authors).

  • AR Ballester, MT Lafuente, R Vos, AG Bovy, and L González-Candelas. (2013) Citrus phenylpropanoids and defense against pathogens. Part I: Metabolic profiling in elicited fruits. Food Chemistry, 136 (1): 178 – 185. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.07.114)

  • AR Ballester, MT Lafuente, and L González-Candelas. (2013) Citrus phenylpropanoids and defense against pathogens. Part II: Gene expression and metabolite accumulation in the response of fruits to Penicillium digitatum infection. Food Chemistry, 136 (1): 285-291. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.08.006)

  • AR Ballester, MT Lafuente (2017). LED blue light-induced changes in phenolics and ethylene in citrus fruit: Implication in elicited resistance against Penicillium digitatum infection. Food Chemistry (2017) 218: 575-583. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.09.089)



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Participation in scientific evaluation committees

  • Miembro evaluador de la Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) (antigua ANEP). Revisión de proyectos convocada por la Subdivisión de Coordinación y Evaluación (AEI), since 2018

Participation in cooperation networks

  • Red nacional sobre las micotoxinas y hongos toxigénicos y de sus procesos de descontaminación (MICOFOOD), 2014 – 2020

  • COST Action PlantEngine (FA1006) – Plant natural Products: From science to bioproducts, 2012 – 2015

  • Red Temática Española de Hongos Filamentosos-MICELIO, 2010 – 2012

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