Pilar Maul, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Faculty member since 2007
Carnival Building, Room 122
Dr. Pilar Maul is a faculty member in the Department of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences at St. Thomas University. She has completed four years of post-doctoral training, three at the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, US Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida, and one year at the University of Florida, Department of Environmental Horticulture. She earned her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, in 2003. Her research has focused on the identification of molecular mechanisms underpinning the acquisition of chilling tolerance and the induction of somatic embryogenesis in citrus species. In addition, Dr. Maul has over fifteen years of experience in the use of plant tissue culture systems studying various aspects of plant biology. During the past three years, she has been involved with the Conservation Program of endangered plants of North and Central Florida, housed at Bok Sanctuary in Lake Wales, Florida. She has recently been an instructor at an Industrial Biotechnology Workshop and for Microbiology at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce. Dr. Maul will be teaching biological sciences at St. Thomas University.
Research and Scholarly Activities
Dr. Maul is developing a plant tissue culture program for the propagation and conservation of critically endangered Florida species in collaboration with Bok Sanctuary and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Florida. She will also be studying the physiological aspects of various species under culture conditions in collaboration with the Tissue Culture Laboratory at the USDA, Fort Pierce. Molecular biology studies of gene expression and fingerprinting on Florida plants will also be available to her students.