Meritxell Riquelme
  • Department of Microbiology, Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico
Research fields
  • Microbiology
Personal information


Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of California, Riverside, 2000

Current position

Associate researcher, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California, Riverside (2006-present)
Scientific researcher, Equivalent of Professor, Department of Microbiology, Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, CICESE, Baja California, Mexico (2004-present)

Publications (since 2005)

Peer-reviewed publications (*Corresponding author)

  1. Verdín, J., Sánchez-León, E., Fajardo-Somera, R., Morales, C. A., Bartnicki-García, S. and Riquelme, M.* (2015). Density gradient centrifugation for enrichment and identification of GFP-tagged chitosomal microvesicles of filamentous fungi. Bio-protocol 5(19): e1611.
  2. Sánchez-León, E. and Riquelme, M.* (2015). Live imaging of beta-1,3-glucan synthase FKS-1 in Neurospora crassa hyphae. Fungal Genet Biol 82: 104-107.
  3. Vargas-Gastélum, L., Romero-Olivares, A. L., Escalante, A. E., Rocha-Olivares, A., Brizuela, C. and Riquelme, M.* (2015). Impact of seasonal changes on fungal diversity of a semi-arid ecosystem revealed by 454 pyrosequencing. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 91(5).
  4. Fajardo-Somera, R. A., Jöhnk, B., Bayram, O., Valerius, O., Braus, G. H. and Riquelme, M.* (2015). Dissecting the function of the different chitin synthases in vegetative growth and sexual development in Neurospora crassa. Fungal Genet Biol 75: 30-45. (Image selected for cover)
  5. Sánchez-León, E., Bowman, B., Seidel, C., Fischer, R., Novick, P. and Riquelme, M.* (2015). The Rab GTPase YPT-1 associates with Golgi cisternae and Spitzenkörper microvesicles in Neurospora crassa. Mol Microbiol 95(3): 472-490.
  6. Riquelme, M.*, Roberson, R. W. and Sánchez-León, E. (2015). Hyphal Tip Growth in Filamentous Fungi. In: Wendland, J. and Esser, K.(eds). The Mycota. Springer-Verlag. (In press)
  7. Riquelme, M.*, Bredeweg, E. L., Callejas-Negrete, O., Roberson, R. W., Ludwig, S., Beltrán-Aguilar, A., Seiler, S., Novick, P. and Freitag, M. (2014). The Neurospora crassa exocyst complex tethers Spitzenkörper vesicles to the apical plasma membrane during polarized growth. Mol Biol Cell 25(8): 1312-1326.
  8. Catalán-Dibene, J., Johnson, S. M., Eaton, R., Romero-Olivares, A. L., Baptista-Rosas, R. C., Pappagianis, D. and Riquelme, M.* (2014). Detection of coccidioidal antibodies in serum of a small rodent community in Baja California, Mexico. Fungal Biol 118(3): 330-339.
  9. Terfrüchte, M., Jöehnk, B., Fajardo-Somera, R., Braus, G. H., Riquelme, M., Schipper, K. and Feldbrügge, M. (2014). Establishing a versatile Golden Gate cloning system for genetic engineering in fungi. Fungal Genet Biol 62: 1-10.
  10. Riquelme, M.* and Sánchez-León, E. (2014). The Spitzenkörper: a choreographer of fungal growth and morphogenesis. Curr Opin Microbiol 20: 27-33.
  11. Martínez-Vázquez, A., González-Hernández, A., Domínguez, A., Rachubinski, R., Riquelme, M., Cuéllar-Mata, P. and Guzmán, J. C. (2013). Identification of the transcription factor Znc1p, which regulates the yeast-to-hypha transition in the dimorphic yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. PLoS One 8(6): e66790.
  12. Fajardo-Somera, R. A., Bowman, B. and Riquelme, M.* (2013). The plasma membrane proton pump PMA-1 is incorporated into distal parts of the hyphae independently of the Spitzenkörper in Neurospora crassa. Eukaryot Cell 12(8): 1097-1105.
  13. Seidel, C., Moreno-Velásquez, S. D., Riquelme, M. and Fischer, R. (2013). Neurospora crassa NKIN2, a kinesin-3 motor, transports early endosomes and is required for polarized growth. Eukaryot Cell 12(7): 1020-1032.
  14. Riquelme, M. (2013). Tip growth in filamentous fungi: a road trip to the apex. Annu Rev Microbiol 67: 587-609.
  15. Romero-Olivares, A. L., Baptista-Rosas, R. C., Escalante, A. E., Bullock, S. H. and Riquelme, M.* (2013). Distribution patterns of Dikarya fungi in unexplored arid and semiarid areas of Baja California, Mexico. Fungal Ecol 6: 92-101.
  16. Mouriño-Pérez, R. R. and Riquelme, M.* (2013). Recent advances in septum biogenesis in Neurospora crassa. In: Friedmann, T., Dunlap, J. C. and Goodwin, S. F.(eds). Advances in Genetics. Elsevier 83: 99-134.
  17. Richthammer, C., Enseleit, M., Sánchez-León, E., März, S., Heilig, Y., Riquelme, M. and Seiler, S. (2012). RHO1 and RHO2 share partially overlapping functions in the regulation of cell wall integrity and hyphal polarity in Neurospora crassa. Mol Microbiol 85(4): 716-733.
  18. Baptista-Rosas, R. C., Riquelme, M., Muñiz-Salazar, R., Catalán-Dibene, J., Zimbrón-Hernández, M. A., Meza, A., Cárdenas-Bautista, D., Arreola-Cruz, A. A., Radilla-Chavez, P. and Salas-Vargas, S. D. (2012). Seroprevalencia de anticuerpos contra Coccidioides spp. en pacientes con diagnóstico clínico inicial de Tuberculosis en Ensenada, Baja California, México. Enferm Infec Micr Cl 32: 69-73.
  19. Baptista-Rosas, R. C., Catalán-Dibene, J., Romero-Olivares, A. L., Hinojosa, A., Cavazos, T. and Riquelme, M.* (2012). Molecular detection of Coccidioides spp. from environmental samples in Baja California: linking Valley Fever to soil and climate conditions. Fungal Ecol 5: 177-190.
  20. Sánchez-León, E., Verdín, J., Freitag, M., Roberson, R. W., Bartnicki-García, S. and Riquelme, M.* (2011). Traffic of chitin synthase 1 (CHS-1) to the Spitzenkorper and developing septa in hyphae of Neurospora crassa: actin dependence and evidence of distinct microvesicle populations. Eukaryot Cell 10(5): 683-695. (Image selected for cover)
  21. Riquelme, M.*, Yarden, O., Bartnicki-Garcia, S., Bowman, B., Castro-Longoria, E., Free, S. J., Fleissner, A., Freitag, M., Lew, R. R., Mouriño-Pérez, R., Plamann, M., Rasmussen, C., Richthammer, C., Roberson, R. W., Sanchez-Leon, E., Seiler, S. and Watters, M. K. (2011). Architecture and development of the Neurospora crassa hypha -- a model cell for polarized growth. Fungal Biol 115(6): 446-474.
  22. Baptista-Rosas, R. C., Arellano, E., Hinojosa, A. and Riquelme, M.* (2010). Bioclimatología de la Coccidioidomicosis en Baja California, México. Invest Geograf Boletín del Instituto de Geografía 71: 21-30.
  23. Roberson, R. W., Abril, M., Blackwell, M., Letcher, P., McLaughlin, D. J., Mouriño-Pérez, R. R., Riquelme, M. and Uchida, M. (2010). Hyphal structure. In: Borkovich, K. and Ebbole, D.(eds). Cellular and Molecular Biology of Filamentous Fungi. ASM Press, 8-24.
  24. Verdín, J., Bartnicki-Garcia, S. and Riquelme, M.* (2009). Functional stratification of the Spitzenkörper of Neurospora crassa. Mol Microbiol 74(5): 1044-1053. (Recommended as very good by F1000)
  25. Araujo-Palomares, C. L., Riquelme, M. and Castro-Longoria, E. (2009). The polarisome component SPA-2 localizes at the apex of Neurospora crassa and partially colocalizes with the Spitzenkörper. Fungal Genet Biol 46(8): 551-563.
  26. Remy, E., Meyer, M., Blaise, F., Simon, U. K., Kuhn, D., Chabirand, M., Riquelme, M., Balesdent, M. H. and Rouxel, T. (2008). The Lmgpi15 gene, encoding a component of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor biosynthesis pathway, is required for morphogenesis and pathogenicity in Leptosphaeria maculans. New Phytol 179(4): 1105-1120.
  27. Riquelme, M. * and Bartnicki-Garcia, S. (2008). Advances in understanding hyphal morphogenesis: ontogeny, phylogeny and cellular localization of chitin synthases. Fungal Biol Rev 22: 56-70.
  28. Baptista-Rosas, R. C. and Riquelme, M.* (2007). Epidemiología de la Coccidioidomicosis en México. Rev Iberoam Micol 24: 100-105.
  29. Riquelme, M.*, Bartnicki-García, S., González-Prieto, J. M., Sánchez-León, E., Verdín-Ramos, J. A., Beltrán-Aguilar, A. and Freitag, M. (2007). Spitzenkörper localization and intracellular traffic of green fluorescent protein-labeled CHS-3 and CHS-6 chitin synthases in living hyphae of Neurospora crassa. Eukaryot Cell 6(10): 1853-1864. (Image selected for cover)
  30. Araujo-Palomares, C. L., Castro-Longoria, E. and Riquelme, M. (2007). Ontogeny of the Spitzenkörper in germlings of Neurospora crassa. Fungal Genet Biol 44(6): 492-503.
  31. Baptista-Rosas, R. C., Hinojosa, A. and Riquelme, M.* (2007). Ecological niche modeling of Coccidioides spp. in western North American deserts. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1111: 35-46.
  32. Riquelme, M., Challen, M. P., Casselton, L. A. and Brown, A. J. (2005). The origin of multiple B mating specificities in Coprinus cinereus. Genetics 170(3): 1105-1119.
  33. Burns, C., Gregory, K. E., Kirby, M., Cheung, M. K., Riquelme, M., Elliott, T. J., Challen, M. P., Bailey, A. and Foster, G. D. (2005). Efficient GFP expression in the mushrooms Agaricus bisporus and Coprinus cinereus requires introns. Fungal Genet Biol 42(3): 191-199. (Image selected for cover)

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