Luis L. Escamilla-Treviño, Ph.D. | Department of Biological Sciences

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Luis L. Escamilla-Treviño, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: 
Room #A126-A
Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203
940-369-7235
Luis.Escamilla-Trevino@unt.edu
Education: 
Ph.D. Biotechnology, School of Biological Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza N.L., México. - Sep/1997-Apr/2002
M.Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, School of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey N.L., Mexico. - Sep/1993-Jun/1996
B.Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Biology, School of Chemistry Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey N.L., Mexico. - Aug/1988-Jun/1992
Doctor Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry. Evaluated by "Morningside Evaluations and Consulting", 450 Seventh Ave. Suite 601, New York, NY 10123.
Research: 

Jun/2013 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas

Dec/2007 - May/2013 Postdoctoral Scientist in the Laboratory of Dr. Richard A. Dixon. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Ardmore, OK. Also element of the Bioenergy Science Center (BESC), Oak Ridge, TN
Jan/2005-Dec/2007 Postdoctoral Fellow in Structural Biology, Plant Biology Division, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma, USA. Laboratory of Dr Xiaoqiang Wang. Protein expression and purification (big scale), Crystallography assays, protein engineering and enzyme assays.
Nov/2001-Dec/2004 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biology Science Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA. Functional Genomics of Arabidopsis beta-Glucosidases gene family: Gene discovery, cloning, heterologous gene expression in yeast, protein purification, enzyme assays and kinetics, etc.
Nov/1996-Sep/1997 Manager and Technical Assistance in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology: BioCiencia SA de CV, Monterrey N.L. México. Purchase, sell, and technical assistance of biotechnology reagents and kits.
Oct/1992-Sep/1993 Microbiologist and Chemist, Wellcome México (Pharmaceutical Company) Monterrey N.L., Mexico. Bacteriological and Chemical analysis of raw material and active compounds.
Feb-Aug/1992 Professional Practices in Microbiology, Cervecería Cuahutemoc S.A. (Brewing Company). Monterrey N.L., México. Developing culture media to detect contaminant yeast in the brewing process.
Publications: 
  1. Y. Lee, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, R.A. Dixon and E.O. Voit. (2012). Functional Analysis of Metabolic Channeling and Regulation in Lignin Biosynthesis: A Computational Approach. PLOS Computational Biology, 8: 1-16, e1002769.
  2. L.L. Escamilla-Treviño. (2012). Potential of Plants from the Genus Agave as Bioenergy Crops. Bioenergy Research, 5: 1-9.
  3. L. Gallego-Giraldo, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, L.A. Jackson and R.A. Dixon. (2011). Salicylic acid mediates the reduced growth of lignin down-regulated plants. Proceeding of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) 108: 20814-20819.
  4. B. Xu*, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño*, S. Noppadon, Z. Shen, H. Shen, Y.H. Percival-Zhang, R.A. Dixon and B. Zhao. (2011). (*Same contribution) Silencing of 4-Coumarate: Coenzyme A ligase in Switchgrass Leads to Reduced Lignin Content and Improved Fermentable Sugar Yields for Biofuel Production. New Phytologist, 192: 611-625.
  5. L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, H. Shen, R. Uppalapati, T. Ray, Y. Tang, T. Hernandez, Y. Yin, Y. Xu and R.A. Dixon. (2010). Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) possesses a divergent family of cinnamoyl CoA reductases with distinct biochemical properties. New Phytologist, 185: 143-155.
  6. M. Guerrero-Olazarán, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, M. Castillo-Galván, J.A. Gallegos-López and J.M. Viader-Salvadó. (2009). Recombinant shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) trypsinogen production in Pichia pastoris. Biotechnology Progress, 25: 1310-1316.
  7. L.V. Modolo*, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño*, R.A. Dixon and X. Wang. (2009). (*Same contribution) Single Amino Acid Mutations of Medicago Glycosyltransferase UGT85H2 Enhance Activity and Impart Reversibility. FEBS Letters, 583: 2131-2135.
  8. L. Li, L.V. Modolo, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, L. Achnine, R.A. Dixon and X. Wang. (2007). Crystal Structure of Medicago trucatula UGT85H2- Insights into the Structural Bases of a Multifunctional (Iso)flavonoid glycosyltranferase. Journal of Molecular Biology, 370(5): 951-63.
  9. L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, W. Chen, M.L. Card, M.C. Shih, C.L. Cheng and J.E. Poulton. (2006).Arabidopsis thaliana β-Glucosidases BGLU45 and BGLU46 hydrolyse monolignol glucosides. Phytochemistry, 67: 1651-1660.
  10. Z. Xu*, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño*, L. Zeng, M. Lalgondar, D.R. Bevan, B.S.J. Winkel, A. Mohamed, C. Cheng, M. Shih, J.E. Poulton and A. Esen. (2004). (*Same contribution) Functional Genomic Analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana Glycoside Hydrolase Family 1. Plan Molecular Biology, 55: 343-367.
  11. M. Guerreo Olazarán, L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, A. Van Wormhoudt, J. Sepúlveda Saavedra and J.M. Viader Salvadó. (2001). Effect of the expression in Pichia pastoris of a serin-protease over peroxisomal enzymes. Ciencia UANL IV(4): 448-553. [Spanish]
  12. L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, J.M. Viader Salvadó, H.A. Barrera Saldaña and M. Guerrero Olazarán. (2000). Biosynthesis and Secretion of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone in Pichia pastoris. Biotechnology Letters, 22(2):109-114.
  13. M. Guerreo Olazarán, L.L. Escamilla Treviño, J.M. Viader Salvadó and H.A. Barrera Saldaña. (2000). Human Genome Proyect at the UANL, Part VIII: Production of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone in the Laboratory. Ciencia UANL 3(1): 78-86. [Spanish]
  14. L.L. Escamilla-Treviño, J.M. Viader Salvadó and M. Guerrero Olazarán. (1999). Production of Recombinant Proteins in Pichia pastoris. Ciencia UANL 2(2): 155-161. [Spanish].
  1. Oral Presentation: "Putative early lignin pathway enzymes are preferentially involved in chlorogenic acid biosynthesis in switchgrass". DOE BioEnergy Science Center Science Retreat, Chattanooga, TN. July 16-19, 2012.
  2. Invited Speaker at the annual meeting of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispano/Chicano and Native Americans in Science). Session of "Put a Plant in your Tank". Title of the talk: "Overcoming recalcitrance in switchgrass to improve biofuel production: manipulating lignin biosynthesis". October 28th, 2011.
  3. Oral Presentation: "Characterizing switchgrass genes encoding monolignol biosynthesis pathway enzymes". DOE BioEnergy Science Center Science Retreat, Ashville, NC. June 21-23, 2010.
  4. Invited to give a lecture in Texas Women's University, Environmental Biology Class entitled: "Biofuels". April 21st, 2009.
  5. Invited speaker for a seminar at the University of Oklahoma, Department of Botany and Microbiology, entitled: "Overcoming Recalcitrance in Switchgrass to Improve Biofuel Production: Characterizing Monolignol Biosynthesis Genes". December 11th, 2008.
  6. Laboratory supervisor of a Research Assistant at the Noble Foundation and several undergraduate students at the University of Iowa and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation 2003-2008.
  7. Lecturer for several undergraduate and graduate courses of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology or Instructor in some Molecular Biology Practice courses. Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey N.L. Mexico, 2000 and 2001.

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