Plant Molecular Genetics, Plant Breeding

Dr María Estela Giménez Caminero

ORCID: 0000-0002-7403-5279

Assistant Professor – SPAIN

Department of Biotechnology and Plant Biology – ETSIAABTechnical University of Madrid (UPM)


Campus Ciudad Universitaria
Av. Puerta de Hierro, nº 2 – 4
28040 Madrid



I have always been interested in Plant Breeding, with the aim of developing new varieties with added value using both molecular markers and new technologies such as genetic transformation and interference RNA techniques. My current activity deals with wheat and focuses on structural and functional variability for traits related to crop adaptability.


  • In charge of:
    • Genetics in the Degree in Agricultural Sciences and Bio- economy
  • Responsibility of several courses:
    • Genetics in the Degree in Biotechnology
    • Biotechnology and Plant Breeding in the Master in Agronomic Engineering
  • Delivering lectures and diverse teaching activities in plant developmental genetics, transgenic plants and plant breeding.
  • Involvement in several European and National teaching projects:

“ESCAPAdE” (EraSmus Curricula in Applied PlAnt SciEnces)

Selected publications

  1. Giraldo P., Benavente E., Manzano-Agugliaro F.; Gimenez E. 2019. Worldwide Research Trends on Wheat and Barley: A Bibliometric Comparative Analysis. Agronomy9 (7): 352.
  2. Gimenez E., Salinas M., Manzano-Agugliaro F., 2018. Worldwide Research on Plant Defense against Biotic Stresses as Improvement for Sustainable Agriculture. Sustainability,  10 (2): 391.
  3. Pérez‐Martín F., Yuste‐Lisbona F.J., Pineda B., Pilar Angarita‐Díaz M., García‐Sogo B.,  Antón T.,  Sánchez S.,  Giménez E.,  Atarés A.,  Fernández‐Lozano A.,  Ortíz‐Atienza A.,  García‐Alcázar M.,  Castañeda L.,  Fonseca R.,  Capel C.,  Goergen G.,  Sánchez J., Quispe J.L.,  Capel J. , Angosto T.,  Moreno V.,  Lozano R., 2017. A collection of enhancer trap insertional mutants for functional genomics in tomato. Plant Biotechnology Journal 15: 1439-1452.
  4. Gimenez E., Castañeda L., Pineda B., Pan I.L., Moreno V., Angosto T., Lozano R., 2016. TOMATO AGAMOUS1 and ARLEQUIN/TOMATO AGAMOUS-LIKE1 MADS-box genes have redundant and divergent functions required for tomato reproductive development. Plant Molecular Biology, 91, 513.
  5. Giménez E., Dominguez E., Pineda B., Heredia A., Moreno V., Lozano R., Angosto T.,2015. Transcriptional Activity of the MADS Box ARLEQUIN/TOMATO AGAMOUS-LIKE1 Gene Is Required for Cuticle Development of Tomato Fruit. Plant Physiology, 168: 1036.