Pilar Maul, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Institute of Plant Biology and Agricultural Research
PhD, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL; MS, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; BS, Universidad Nacional Agraria-La Molina (Peru)
Phone: 305-628-6603
Office: Carnival Building, Room 122

Dr. Maul has been a faculty member at STU since 2007. She teaches Biology, Genetics, Plant Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Biological Research classes. Through a USDA-Hispanic Serving Institution grant award, she has established a Plant Biology research program that integrates plant tissue culture, molecular biology and field experiments at the STU organic garden. In collaboration with USDA scientists, her current research focuses on establishing a novel method to study bacteria-plant interactions in citrus seedlings. In addition, through a collaboration with a Peruvian University she is studying gene expression in native potato varieties exposed to drought conditions.

  • Maul, P., McCollum, G., Guy, C.L., Porat, R. 2011. Temperature conditioning alters transcript abundance of genes related to chilling stress in 'Marsh' grapefruit flavedo. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 60:177-185
  • Maul, D.P., McCollum,G., Popp, M., Guy, C.L., Porat, R. 2008. Transcriptome profiling of grapefruit flavedo following exposure to low temperature and conditioning treatments uncovers principal molecular components involved in chilling tolerance and susceptibility. Plant Cell Environ. 31:752-768.
  • Maul, D.P., McKendree, W., Bausher, M., McCollum, T.G. 2007. Ethylene induces transcription of phosphenolpyruvate carboxykinase in grapefruit flavedo. J. Hortic. Sci. Biotechnol. 82:61-68.
  • Maul, D.P., Bausher, M., McCollum, T.G., Mozoruk, J., Niedz, R. 2006. CsHPt1, a putative histidine-containing phosphotransmitter protein induced during early somatic embryogenesis in Valencia sweet orange (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck). Plant Science 170:44-53.
  • Sapitnitskaya, M., Maul, P., McCollum, G.T., Guy, C.L., Weiss, B., Samach, A., Porat, P. 2006. Postharvest heat and conditioning treatments activate different molecular responses and reduce chilling injuries in grapefruit. J Exptal. Bot 57:2943-2953.