Prof. Dr. Luis Herrera-Estrella

Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados, CIEA, Mexico



The Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados (CIEA) is a public institute, financially supported by the Mexican federal government, whose mission is to carry out research and to train students at the Ms.C. and Ph.D. level. The Biotechnology Unit of CIEA was created in 1986 to carry out basic research in plant biology and to apply molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques for the genetci improvement of plant species of economical and/or social importance for Mexico.

Dr. Luis Herrera-Estrella a plant molecular biologist with ample experience in the development of plant transformation systems, the study of gene regulation in plants and the application of plant genetic engineering techniques for plant improvement. Dr. Herrera-Estrella has recently developed a technology to produce aluminium-resistant transgenic plants, based on the modification of the production of organic acids, and has published over 60 pier reviewed articles in internationally recognised journals. Dr. Herrera-Estrella has received awards from the New York Academy of Science, UNESCO, TWAS and the Mexican Academy of Sciences for his achievements in plant biotechnology and was recently elected as president of the International Society of Plant Molecular Biology.


Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Lopez,L., Assad-Garcia, N. Medina-Arevalo,C., Bailey, A.M.  and Herrera-Estrella, L. An efficient particle bombardment system for the genetic transformation of asparagus (Asparagus officinalis  L. ) Plant Cell Rep 16: 255-260 (1997)

De La Fuente J.M., Ramirez-Rodriguez V., Cabrera-Ponce J.L. and Luis Herrera-Estrella: Expression of a bacterial citrate synthase in the cytoplasm of  transgenic plants leads to aluminium tolerance. Science 276: 1566-1568. (1997)

Jofre-Garfias,A., Villegas Sepulveda, N., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Adame-Alvarez, R.M., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Simpson, J.: Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Amaranthus hypochondriacus: light- and tissue-specific expression of a pea chlorophyll a/b-binding protein promoter. Plant Cell Reports 16: 847-852 (1997).

Valdez, M., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Sudhakar, D., Herrea-Estrella,L and Christou, P.: Transgenic Central American, West African and Asian elite rice varieties resulting from particle bombardment of foreign DNA into mature see-derived explants utilizing three different bombardment devices. Annals of Botany 82: 795-801 (1998)

Curatti, L, Folco, E, Desplats, P, Abratti, G, Limones, V, Herrera-Estrella, L, Salerno, G.: Sucrose-phosphate synthase from Synechocystis sp. Strain PCC 6803: Identification of the spsA gene and characterization of the enzyme expressed in Escherichia coli. J  Bac, Vol.180, No.24, pp.6776-6779. (1998)

De la Fuente-Martinez, JM and Herrera-Estrella, L.: Advances in the understanding of aluminium toxicity and the development of aluminium-tolerant transgenic plants. Advances in Agronomy, 1999, Vol.66, pp.103-120