Nicolas E. Figueroa Fuentealba

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Nicolas E. Figueroa Fuentealba is interested in the identification of small molecule-protein complexes associated with plant stress granules.

Selected Publications

  • Contrasting dynamics in abscisic acid metabolism in different Fragaria spp. during fruit ripening and identification of the enzymes involved, Figueroa, N. E., Hoffmann, T., Olbricht, K., Abrams, S. R., & Schwab, W., Journal of Experimental Botany, 2021, 72(4), 1245-1259.
  • Jasmonate signalling pathway in strawberry: Genome-wide identification, molecular characterization and expression of JAZ s and MYC s during fruit development and ripening, Garrido-Bigotes, A., Figueroa, N. E., Figueroa, P. M., & Figueroa, C. R., PloS one, 2018, 13(5), e0197118.
  • Effects of preharvest applications of methyl jasmonate and chitosan on postharvest decay, quality and chemical attributes of Fragaria chiloensis fruit, Saavedra, G. M., Figueroa, N. E., Poblete, L. A., Cherian, S., & Figueroa, C. R., Food Chemistry, 2016, 190, 448-453.
  • Methyl jasmonate treatment induces changes in fruit ripening by modifying the expression of several ripening genes in Fragaria chiloensis fruit, Concha, C. M., Figueroa, N. E., Poblete, L. A., Oñate, F. A., Schwab, W., & Figueroa, C. R., Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 2013, 70, 433-444.


  • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany, 2020
  • Plant Biotechnology Engineer, Universidad de Concepción, Chile, 2015

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2016: Research Assistant, Institute of Biological Sciences, Universidad de Talca, Chile


  • 2015 Premio Universidad de Concepción
  • 2016-2020 DAAD/Becas Chile Scholarship

Research Interests Keywords

plant molecular biology plant physiology stress granules phytohormones