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Lorena Parra


My personal research interests are focused on the plant genetic determinants related to resistance or susceptibility to biotic stresses, with special interest in the identification of plant resistance genes against pathogens, and creation of disease resistance vegetable crops varieties”

Dr. Parra completed her PhD in 2019 at the University of California Davis, where she worked in Richard Michelmore’s lab (UC Davis Genome Center) studying qualitative and quantitative resistance to Bremia lactucae, the causal organism of lettuce downy mildew, which resulted in the genetic characterization of several R-genes and QTLs for downy mildew resistance. After graduating, she worked in the characterization of NLR repertoires in different Lactuca species and cultivars. Her research in Krasileva’s lab will be focused on NLR-effector binding evolution, using yeast as a system to explore artificial diversity on protein–protein interactions.


Parra L, Simko I, Michelmore R (2020) Identification of major quantitative trait loci controlling field resistance to downy mildew in cultivated lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.). Phytopathology

Parra L, Nortman K, Sah A, Truco M, Michelmore R (2020) Identification and mapping of new genes for resistance to downy mildew in lettuce. Theor Appl Genet (2020).

Parra-González L, Udall JA, Maureira-Butler IJ (2018) Assessing phytic acid variability, using high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC), on a diverse sample of Lupinus luteus L. (Fabaceae). Agro Sur 46(3): 9-16

Parra L, Maisonneuve B, Lebeda A, Schut J, Christopoulou M, Jeuken M, McHale L, Truco MJ, Crute I, Michelmore R (2016) Rationalization of Genes for Resistance to Bremia lactucae in Lettuce. Euphytica. 210(3): 309–326

Parra L, Aravena G, Navarro  C, Udall J, Maugham P, Peterson L, Salvo H, Maureira I  (2012) Yellow lupin (Lupinus luteus L.) transcriptome sequencing: molecular marker development and comparative studies. BMC Genomics. 13:425. doi: 10.1186/ 1471-2164-13-425

Parra L, Straub S, Doyle J, Salvo-Garrido H and Maureira-Butler I (2010) Development of genomic microsatellite markers in Lupinus luteus L. (Fabaceae), an emerging protein crop, and cross-species amplification in other lupin species. AJB Primer Notes & Protocols. 97 (8): e72-e74

Felmer D, Sagredo B, Chavez R, Iraira S, Folch C, Parra L, Catrileo A, Ortiz M (2008) Implementation of a Molecular Trazability system for Bovine meet, based on SSR Molecular markers. Chilean J. Agric. Res. 68 (4): 342-351