Nicolas E. Figueroa Fuentealba

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Identification of small molecule-protein complexes associated with plant stress granules.

Selected Publications

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


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

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

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Monika Chodasiewicz's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Plant Molecular Biology Plant Physiology Stress granules Phytohormones