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 A. R. †, Harries E., Marcos J. F., González-Candelas L., and Gabaldón T. (2012). Genome sequence of the citrus postharvest pathogen Penicillium digitatum. BMC Genomics 13: 646.

  • A. R. 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 (

  • H. Banani†, M. Marcet-Houben†, A. R. 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. ( (†authors contributed equally to this article; *corresponding authors).

  • A. R. Ballester, J. Molthoff, R. de Vos, BtL Hekkert, D. Orzaez, J. P. 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 (

  • A. R. Ballester, Y. Tikunov, J. Molthoff, S. Grandillo, M. Viquez-Zamora, R. de Vos, R. A. de Maagd, S. van Heusden and A. G. 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 (

  • M. Bemer†, R. Karlova†, A. R. Ballester, Y. Tikunov, A. Bovy, M. Wolters-Arts, P. B. Rossetto, C. G. 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 ( (†authors contributed equally to this article).

  • A. R. Ballester, M. T. Lafuente, J. Forment, J. Gadea, R. Vos, A. G. 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 ( (*corresponding author).

  • A. R. 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:/ 10.3389/fpls.2017.01981) (*corresponding authors).

  • A. R. Ballester, M. T. Lafuente, R. Vos, A. G. 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 (

  • A. R. Ballester, M. T. 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 (

  • A. R. Ballester, M. T. 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 (

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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