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Isabel Molina


Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA, 2008

Current position

Assistant Professor and Research Chair in Natural Products Biosynthesis, Department of Biology, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


  1. Jenkin, S. and Molina, I. (2015). Isolation and Compositional Analysis of Plant Cuticle Lipid Polyester Monomers. J Vis Exp(105).
  2. Molina, I. and Kosma, D. (2015). Role of HXXXD-motif/BAHD acyltransferases in the biosynthesis of extracellular lipids. Plant Cell Rep 34(4): 587-601.
  3. Yadav, V., Molina, I., Ranathunge, K., Castillo, I. Q., Rothstein, S. J. and Reed, J. W. (2014). ABCG transporters are required for suberin and pollen wall extracellular barriers in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 26(9): 3569-3588.
  4. Razeq, F. M., Kosma, D. K., Rowland, O. and Molina, I. (2014). Extracellular lipids of Camelina sativa: characterization of chloroform-extractable waxes from aerial and subterranean surfaces. Phytochemistry 106: 188-196.
  5. Kosma, D. K., Murmu, J., Razeq, F. M., Santos, P., Bourgault, R., Molina, I. and Rowland, O. (2014). AtMYB41 activates ectopic suberin synthesis and assembly in multiple plant species and cell types. Plant J 80(2): 216-229.
  6. Garcia-Ruiz, M., Santana, P. C. and Molina, I. (2014). Using Effective Stereoscopic Molecular Model Visualizations in Undergraduate Classrooms. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE) 5 (1): 1593–1598.
  7. Li-Beisson, Y., Shorrosh, B., Beisson, F., Andersson, M. X., Arondel, V., Bates, P. D., Baud, S., Bird, D., Debono, A., Durrett, T. P., Franke, R. B., Graham, I. A., Katayama, K., Kelly, A. A., Larson, T., Markham, J. E., Miquel, M., Molina, I., Nishida, I., Rowland, O., Samuels, L., Schmid, K. M., Wada, H., Welti, R., Xu, C., Zallot, R. and Ohlrogge, J. (2013). Acyl-lipid metabolism. Arabidopsis Book 11: e0161.
  8. Kosma, D. K., Molina, I., Ohlrogge, J. B. and Pollard, M. (2012). Identification of an Arabidopsis fatty alcohol:caffeoyl-Coenzyme A acyltransferase required for the synthesis of alkyl hydroxycinnamates in root waxes. Plant Physiol 160(1): 237-248.
  9. Weng, H., Molina, I., Shockey, J. and Browse, J. (2010). Organ fusion and defective cuticle function in a lacs1 lacs2 double mutant of Arabidopsis. Planta 231(5): 1089-1100.
  10. Molina, I., Li-Beisson, Y., Beisson, F., Ohlrogge, J. B. and Pollard, M. (2009). Identification of an Arabidopsis feruloyl-coenzyme A transferase required for suberin synthesis. Plant Physiol 151(3): 1317-1328.
  11. Molina, I., Weber, K., Dos Santos, D. Y. and Ohlrogge, J. (2009). Transformation of a dwarf Arabidopsis mutant illustrates gibberellin hormone physiology and the function of a Green Revolution gene. Biochem Mol Biol Educ 37(3): 170-177.
  12. Molina, I., Ohlrogge, J. B. and Pollard, M. (2008). Deposition and localization of lipid polyester in developing seeds of Brassica napus and Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant J 53(3): 437-449.
  13. Molina, M. I., Circosta, A., Anon, M. C. and Petruccelli, S. (2008). Mature Amaranthus hypochondriacus seeds contain non-processed 11S precursors. Phytochemistry 69(1): 58-65.
  14. Li, Y., Beisson, F., Koo, A. J., Molina, I., Pollard, M. and Ohlrogge, J. (2007). Identification of acyltransferases required for cutin biosynthesis and production of cutin with suberin-like monomers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104(46): 18339-18344.
  15. Petruccelli, S., Molina, M. I., Lareu, F. J. and Circosta, A. (2007). Two short sequences from amaranth 11S globulin are sufficient to target green fluorescent protein and beta-glucuronidase to vacuoles in Arabidopsis cells. Plant Physiol Biochem 45(6-7): 400-409.
  16. Molina, I., Bonaventure, G., Ohlrogge, J. and Pollard, M. (2006). The lipid polyester composition of Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica napus seeds. Phytochemistry 67(23): 2597-2610.
  17. Molina, I., Otegui, M. and Petruccelli, S. (2006). Sunflower storage proteins are transported in dense vesicles that contain proteins homologous to the pumpkin vacuolar sorting receptor PV 72. Electron J Biotechn 9 (3): 302-306.
  18. Molina, M. I., Petruccelli, S. and Anon, M. C. (2004). Effect of pH and ionic strength modifications on thermal denaturation of the 11S globulin of sunflower (Helianthus annuus). J Agric Food Chem 52(19): 6023-6029.
Protocols by Isabel Molina
  1. GC-MS-Based Analysis of Chloroform Extracted Suberin-Associated Root Waxes from Arabidopsis and Other Plant Species