Héctor H. Torres-Martínez, co-first author of “Live Plant Cell Tracking: Fiji plugin to analyze cell proliferation dynamics and understand morphogenesis”
Current Position: Postdoc at the Department of Plant Molecular Biology of, Institute of Biotechnology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Education: BSc. in Biology; MSc. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry.
Non-scientific Interests: Gardening, hiking, spending time with family and friends.
Brief bio: I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Science and Arts of Chiapas, Mexico in 2011, and my Master degree and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Department of Plant Molecular Biology of, Institute of Biotechnology, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2014 and 2020, respectively. During my postgraduate studies, in Prof. Dr. Dubrovsky’s lab, I have been involved in research of genetic and cellular bases of the lateral root primordium initiation and morphogenesis in the model plant species, Arabidopsis thaliana. Specifically, I participated in the discovery and analysis of the establishment of the morphogenetic field of founder cells during early lateral root primordium morphogenesis, where auxin signaling and transport are involved. To this end, we implemented time-lapse experiments and 3D image acquisition with the aid of Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy. In my current position, I am interested in the study of other developmental processes involved in lateral root primordium morphogenesis, such as cell commitment and the early specification of different cell types.