Luis Fernando Rivera Serna

Center Operations Team

Senior Bioinformatics Engineer



Research Interests

My current interests in bioinformatics are focused on (1) the generation of new biological databases from omics research in plants,(2) optimize the usage of HPC environments for biological data analysis, (3) the usage of advanced visualization tools for structural variation researches, and (4) the discovery of new agronomical interest molecules using machine learning algorithms. 

Selected Publications

  • J.C. Stein, Y. Yu, D. Copetti, D.J. Zwick, L. Zhang, C. Zhang, K. Chougule, D. Gao, A. Iwata, J.L. Goicoechea, S. Wei, J. Wang, Y. Liao, M. Wang, J. Jacquemin, C. Becker, D. Kudrna, J. Zhang, C.E.M. Londono, X. Song, S. Lee, P. Sanchez, A. Zuccolo, J.S.S. Amiraju, J. Talag, A. Danowitz, L.F. Rivera, A.R. Gschwend, C. Noutsos, C. Wu, S. Kao, J. Zeng, F. Wei, Q. Zhao, Q. Feng, M. Elbaidouri, M.C. Carpentier, E. Lasserre, R. Cooke, D.R. Farias, L.C. Maia, R.S. Santos, K.G. Nyberg, C. Fan, D. Weigel, K.K. Jena, T. Wicker, M. Chen, B. Han, R. Henry, Y.C. Hsing, N. Kurata, A.C. Oliveira, O. Panaud, S.A. Jackson, C.A. Machado, M.J. Sanderson, M. Long, D. Ware & R.A. Wing. 2018. Genomes of 13 domesticated and wild rice relatives reveal genetic conservation, turnover and innovation across the genus Oryza. 2018. Nature Genetics [Article & Cover] 50:285-296.
  • Jacquemin, J., J.S.S. Ammiraju, G. Haberer2, D.D. Billheimer, Y. Yu., L.C. Liu, L.F. Rivera, K. Mayer, M. Chen, & R.A. Wing. 2013. 15 MYA of evolution in the Oryza genus shows extensive gene family expansion. Molecular Plant (10.1093/mp/sst149).
  • Cristancho, M. A., Botero-Rozo, D. O., Giraldo, W., Tabima, J., Riaño-Pachón, D. M., Escobar, C., Rivera. L.F... & Eilam, T. (2014). Annotation of a hybrid partial genome of the coffee rust (Hemileia vastatrix) contributes to the gene repertoire catalog of the Pucciniales. Frontiers in plant science, 5, 594.
  • Herrera, J. C., Camayo, G., De-La-Torre, G., Galeano, N., Salcedo, E., Rivera, L. F., & Duran, A. (2013). Identification and chromosomal distribution of copia-like retrotransposon sequences in the coffee (Coffea L.) genome. Agronomía Colombiana, 31(3), 269-278.
  • Rivera, L. F., Orozco, C. E., Chalarca, A., Gaitán, Á. L., & Cristancho, M. A. (2008). Sistema de información para el manejo de datos moleculares en café: 1. Desarrollo y uso de herramientas. Rev Acad Colomb Cienc, 32(124), 317-324.


  • B.A., System and Telecommunication Engineer, UAM, Manizales, Colombia, 2000
  • MSc., Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UM, Manizales, Colombia, 2018 

Professional Profile

  • 2001-2003: Young Research fellow, CENICAFE, Chinchiná, Colombia.
  • 2003-2011: Associate Researcher, CENICAFE, Chinchiná, Colombia.
  • 2011-2013: Bioinformatics Specialist, AGI, Tucson, USA.
  • 2013-2015: Project Manager, KOMMIT, Miami, USA.
  • 2015-2019: Associate Researcher, BIOS, Manizales, Colombia.
  • 2019-Current: System Administrator, KAUST-CDA, Saudi Arabia. 

KAUST Affiliations

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Bioinformatics Omics Tools Machine Learning Biological DB HPC