Vera Velasco, PhD

Vera Velasco

Vera ME Velasco, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Davis building 4078
Department of Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6
CANADA
Tel: +1 905 569 4988
Email: vera.velasco@utoronto.ca
 

 

Research Areas:   

  • Comparative transcriptomics and physiology of heat and drought responses in the evergreen conifer Douglas Fir (Dr. Ensminger - PI, current)
  • Phosphorus efficiency traits in Arabidopsis relative extremophyte Eutrema salsugineum (Dr. Weretilnyk - PI)
  • Molecular and functional responses of Arabidopsis and Eutrema to phosphorus and sulfur deficiencies (Dr. Weretilnyk - PI)
  • Detection of stunt viroid in Chrysanthemum Shamrock Green tissue culture 
  • Genetic characterization of crop tree, Canarium ovatum   

Education:  

PhD Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

BSc Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna

Publications:

Velasco (2017) Traits underlying phosphorus use by the extremophyte Eutrema salsugineum. PhD Dissertation. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Velasco et al. (2016) Acclimation of the crucifer Eutrema salsugineum to phosphate limitation is associated with constitutively high expression of phosphate starvation genes.  Plant, Cell and Environment 39: 1818-1834

Mendioro, Diaz and Velasco et al. (2008) Genetic characterization of Pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.) from Albay, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur by isozyme analysis.  Philippine Journal of Science 137: 115-125

Velasco (2008) Genetic characterization of Pili (Canarium ovatum Engl.) by isozyme analysis. Undergraduate dissertation.  University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna.

Conference presentations:

Velasco, Sen, Noordermeer and Ensminger (2018) Variation in temperature, water regulation and photosynthesis among contrasting Douglas-fir provenances under extreme summer heatwave.  Plant Biology 2018.  Canadian Society of Plant Biology and American Society of Plant Biology Meeting. Montreal, QC

Velasco, Axacova, Summers and Weretilnyk (2018).  Phosphorus use efficiency traits in the extremophyte Eutrema salsugineum.  Plant Biology 2018. Canadian Society of Plant Biology and American Society of Plant Biology Meeting. Montreal, QC

Sen, Elimelech, Velasco and Ensminger (2018) Physiological traits of Douglas-fir provenances originating from contrasting environmental conditions. Ontario Biology Day. Waterloo, ON

Syed, Torabi, Velasco and Ensminger (2018) Investigation of a novel 16-kD dehydrin protein to understand its role in low-temperature acclimation and the development of cold hardiness in conifers. Ontario Biology Day. Waterloo, ON

Weretilnyk and Velasco (2017) Adaptations towards low phosphate soils: Insights from the extremophyte Eutrema salsugineum.  International Botanical Congress. Shenzhen, China.

Axacova, Velasco and Weretilnyk (2016) How do plants deal with low phosphate? Getting to the root of the problem. McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards. Hamilton, ON

Axacova, Velasco and Weretilnyk (2016) How do plants deal with low phosphate? Getting to the root of the problem. Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (CSPB) Eastern Regional Meeting Hamilton, ON

Velasco, Summers and Weretilnyk (2016) Adaptation of Eutrema salsugineum to extreme abiotic conditions includes tolerance to low phosphate. CSPB and Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology Meeting.  Kingston, ON

Velasco, Summers and Weretilnyk (2015) Eutrema salsugineum: Extreme capacity for stress tolerance may involve modest capacity for change. CSPB Eastern Regional Meeting Toronto, ON

Velasco, Summers and Weretilnyk (2015). Nutrient use by the extremophile Eutrema salsugineum: Doing the most with the least (2015) McMaster Biology Graduate Student Day. Hamilton, ON

Velasco, Summers and Weretilnyk (2014). Phenotypic and gene expression responses of extremophile Eutrema salsugineum to phosphate limitation.  American Society of Plant Biologists and CSPB Meeting. Portland, OR, USA

Velasco, Summers and Weretilnyk (2014). Phenotypic and gene expression responses of extremophile Eutrema salsugineum to phosphate limitation. McMaster Biology Graduate Student. Hamilton, ON

Velasco, Summers and Weretilnyk (2013). Effects of low phosphate on the growth and gene expression of the extremophile plant Eutrema salsugineum. McMaster Biology Graduate Student Day. Hamilton, ON

Velasco, Summers and Weretilnyk (2012). The effect of low phosphate conditions on the growth of the extremophile crucifer, Thellungiella salsuginea.  CSPB Eastern Regional Meeting Waterloo, ON

 

Awards and Scholarships

2014 & 2016, The Biology Travel Scholarship, Biology Department, McMaster University 

2014 to 2018, George H. Duff Student Travel Bursary, CSPB

2014, Graduate School Association Travel Grant, McMaster University 

2013 to 2014,  School of Graduate Studies International Excellence Award, McMaster University 

2010 to 2017, McMaster Graduate Scholarship