José Trinidad Ascencio-Ibáñez
Dr José Trinidad Ascencio-Ibáñez is a teaching assistant professor at the North Carolina State University, USA. He is engaged in research that is trying to identify resistance genes to geminiviruses in Arabidopsis; as well as seeking to understand the bottlenecks for virus evolution in cassava and whiteflies, and the biological function of the sequences enhancing geminivirus symptoms (SEGS) in cassava and Arabidopsis. His research is being conducted in collaboration with and in support of researchers in Tanzania and Kenya, where he spends a significant amount of time, as well as Spain and Mexico.
Dr Ascencio-Ibáñez studied Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in México. He worked for about a decade at CINVESTAV in Mexico, where he studied plant biotechnology, viruses, viroids and bacterial interactions with plants as well as transgenic plant field trials. He spent a year at Monsanto in Saint Louis and later had training on Biosafety in Italy. Ascencio-Ibáñez undertook his PhD studies at North Carolina State University’s Biochemistry Department on Arabidopsis responses to geminivirus infection.