Pilar Maul, PhD
Program Director of the Biology Program & Professor
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

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 several USDA-Hispanic Serving Institution grant awards, she has established a Plant Biology research program that integrates molecular biology, genomics, and field experiments that aim at increasing awareness of the value of urban forests. Her current research focuses on DNA fingerprinting to determine genetic variation in plant populations, especially in endangered Florida species. In addition, biomass and carbon stock determination of urban forests integrates students into experiential learning activities. In the past, through a collaboration with a Peruvian University she studied gene expression in native potato varieties exposed to drought conditions. Microbiome studies in collaboration with Nova Southeastern University has exposed her students to the fields of genomics and bioinformatics.

  • 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.