María Mercedes Zambrano
  • Molecular Genetics, Corporación Corpogen, Colombia
  • Plant science


Ph.D in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Current position

Scientific Director, Corporación Corpogen – Research Center, Bogotá, Colombia

Publications (since 2011)

  1. Delgado-Serrano, L., Restrepo, S., Bustos, J. R., Zambrano, M. M. and Anzola, J. M. (2016). Mycofier: a new machine learning-based classifier for fungal ITS sequences. BMC Res Notes 9(1): 402.
  2. Ruiz-Perez, C. A., Restrepo, S. and Zambrano, M. M. (2016). Microbial and Functional Diversity within the Phyllosphere of Espeletia Species in an Andean High-Mountain Ecosystem. Appl Environ Microbiol 82(6): 1807-1817.
  3. Botero, L. E., Delgado-Serrano, L., Cepeda, M. L., Del Portillo, P. and Zambrano, M. M. (2016). The human microbiota: the role of microbial communities in health and disease. Acta biol. Colomb. 21(1): 5-15.
  4. Zamora, M. A., Pinzon, A., Zambrano, M. M., Restrepo, S., Broadbelt, L. J., Mourae, M., Orjuela, J. H. and González Barrios, A. F. (2015). A comparison between functional frequency and metabolic flows framed by biogeochemical cycles in metagenomes: The case of “El Coquito” hot spring located at Colombia’s national Nevados park. Ecol Model 313: 259–265.
  5. Mongui, A., Perez-Llanos, F. J., Yamamoto, M. M., Lozano, M., Zambrano, M. M., Del Portillo, P., Fernandez-Becerra, C., Restrepo, S., Del Portillo, H. A. and Junca, H. (2015). Development of a genetic tool for functional screening of anti-malarial bioactive extracts in metagenomic libraries. Malar J 14: 233.
  6. Ardila Montoya, C. A., Palma Medina, L. M., Medina Solano, L. M., Zambrano, M. M., Restrepo, R. and González Barrios, A. F. (2015). Estudios de bioprospección de celulasas en ambientes extremos Colombianos. In: Castro, Y. P. (Ed). Aprovechamiento de biomasa lignocelulósica, algunas experiencias de investigación en Colombia. Fundación universitaria de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, 117-144.
  7. Huertas, M. G., Zarate, L., Acosta, I. C., Posada, L., Cruz, D. P., Lozano, M. and Zambrano, M. M. (2014). Klebsiella pneumoniae yfiRNB operon affects biofilm formation, polysaccharide production and drug susceptibility. Microbiology 160(Pt 12): 2595-2606.
  8. Botero, L. E., Delgado-Serrano, L., Cepeda, M. L., Bustos, J. R., Anzola, J. M., Del Portillo, P., Robledo, J. and Zambrano, M. M. (2014). Respiratory tract clinical sample selection for microbiota analysis in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis. Microbiome 2: 29.
  9. Rodriguez, J. G., Hernandez, A. C., Helguera-Repetto, C., Aguilar Ayala, D., Guadarrama-Medina, R., Anzola, J. M., Bustos, J. R., Zambrano, M. M., Gonzalez, Y. M. J., Garcia, M. J. and Del Portillo, P. (2014). Global adaptation to a lipid environment triggers the dormancy-related phenotype of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. MBio 5(3): e01125-01114.
  10. Zamora, M. A., Pinzón, A., Zambrano, M. M., Restrepo, S., Broadbelt, L. J., Moura, M. and González, A. F. (2014). Analysis of Metabolic Functionality and Thermodynamic Feasibility of a Metagenomic Sample from “El Coquito” Hot Spring. In: Castillo, L. F., Cristancho, M., Isaza, G., Pinzon, A. and C. J. M. (Eds). Advances in Computational Biology (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing). Rodríguez: Springer International, 232: 287-293.
  11. Delgado-Serrano, L., Lopez, G., Bohorquez, L. C., Bustos, J. R., Rubiano, C., Osorio-Forero, C., Junca, H., Baena, S. and Zambrano, M. M. (2014). Neotropical Andes hot springs harbor diverse and distinct planktonic microbial communities. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 89(1): 56-66.
  12. Jiménez, D. J. and Zambrano, M. M. (2015) Metagenome of Acidic Hot Spring Microbial Planktonic Community: Structural and Functional Insights. In: Nelson, K. E.  (Ed). Encyclopedia of Metagenomics. Springer US, 389-395.
  13. Tobar-Tosse, F., Rodriguez, A. C., Velez, P. E., Zambrano, M. M. and Moreno, P. A. (2013). Exploration of noncoding sequences in metagenomes. PLoS One 8(3): e59488.
  14. Jimenez, D. J., Andreote, F. D., Chaves, D., Montana, J. S., Osorio-Forero, C., Junca, H., Zambrano, M. M. and Baena, S. (2012). Structural and functional insights from the metagenome of an acidic hot spring microbial planktonic community in the Colombian Andes. PLoS One 7(12): e52069.
  15. Bohorquez, L. C., Ruiz-Perez, C. A. and Zambrano, M. M. (2012). Proteorhodopsin-like genes present in thermoacidophilic high-mountain microbial communities. Appl Environ Microbiol 78(21): 7813-7817.
  16. Cruz, D. P., Huertas, M. G., Lozano, M., Zarate, L. and Zambrano, M. M. (2012). Comparative analysis of diguanylate cyclase and phosphodiesterase genes in Klebsiella pneumoniae. BMC Microbiol 12: 139.
  17. Zambrano, M. M. (2012). Biodiversidad y bioprospección en el parque Los Nevados. Hipótesis, Apuntes científicos uniandinos 12: 26-28.
  18. Zambrano, M. M., Hernández-Neuta, G., Hernández-Neuta, I., Sandoval, A., Cubillos-Ruiz, A., Reyes, A. and Del Portillo, P. (2012). Genomic Variability of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In: Cardona, P. (Ed.). Understanding Tuberculosis - Deciphering the Secret Life of the Bacilli, InTech.
  19. Reyes, A., Sandoval, A., Cubillos-Ruiz, A., Varley, K. E., Hernandez-Neuta, I., Samper, S., Martin, C., Garcia, M. J., Ritacco, V., Lopez, L., Robledo, J., Zambrano, M. M., Mitra, R. D. and Del Portillo, P. (2012). IS-seq: a novel high throughput survey of in vivo IS6110 transposition in multiple Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomes. BMC Genomics 13: 249.
  20. Bohorquez, L. C., Delgado-Serrano, L., Lopez, G., Osorio-Forero, C., Klepac-Ceraj, V., Kolter, R., Junca, H., Baena, S. and Zambrano, M. M. (2012). In-depth characterization via complementing culture-independent approaches of the microbial community in an acidic hot spring of the Colombian Andes. Microb Ecol 63(1): 103-115.
  21. Huertas, M. G. and Zambrano, M. M. (2011). Biopelículas bacterianas y su importancia clínica. Revista Innovación y Ciencia.