Liliana Andrés Hernández

Liliana Andres

PhD Candidate.

t: +61  2 6620 3437


BSc. Biologist (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo)
MSc. Plant Biotechnology (LANGEBIO - CINVESTAV)

Research interests/background

I have been involved in Molecular Systematics in Salvia during my bachelor degree. During my master degree I decided to be in the dark side, the bioinformatics world. My project was related to maize and rice, to see the response to different abiotic stress with expression data (RNA-seq and microarray). It was a collaborative project between Dr. Cei Abreu and Dr. Ruairidh Sawers in LANGEBIO – CINVESTAV Mexico.  I also worked in a collaboration with Du-Pont Company to find microRNAs involved in the kernel of maize under drought stress. I´m interested in work with drought tolerant species as an alternative to food demand.
Also as part of my master I used the Gene Set Enrichment (GSE) method, to find enriched gene ontology categories in the colonization of mycorrhizal for different root types in rice. I am currently doing my PhD in provide a controlled vocabulary better known as ontology, focusing on nutritional composition and phenotypic trait data for underutilised plants at SCU.
Prior to undertaking a PhD, I worked as a bioinformatics consultant in the Mexican company Winter Genomics. Developing pipelines and analysis for different universities and research centres. 

Awards and Scholarships

“Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología” (CONACYT) awarded by Mexican Government for master degree at “Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional” (CINVESTAV).


  • González-Muñoz, E., Avendaño-Vázquez, A. O., Montes, R. A. C., de Folter, S., Andrés-Hernández, L., Abreu-Goodger, C., & Sawers, R. J. (2015). The maize (Zea mays ssp. mays var. B73) genome encodes 33 members of the purple acid phosphatase family. Frontiers in Plant Science6, 341
  • Gutjahr, C., Sawers, R. J., Marti, G., Andrés-Hernández, L., Yang, S. Y., Casieri, L., ... & Paszkowski, U. (2015). Transcriptome diversity among rice root types during asymbiosis and interaction with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(21), 6754-6759.