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Eli Borrego

Assistant Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science

585-475-2184
Office Hours
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Office Mailing Address
85 Lomb Memorial Dr. Rochester NY, 14623, USA

Eli Borrego

Assistant Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science

Education

BS, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Ph.D, Texas A&M University

Bio

My group explores oxylipin biology in plant interactions with microbes, insects, and other stresses. Oxylipins are a chemical group of oxygenated lipids found ubiquitously throughout all kingdoms of life and possess potent signaling activity. With very few exceptions, their role in plants is largely unknown. The two best-studied plant oxylipins are jasmonic acid, a classic phytohormone involved in insect and pathogen defense, and green leaf volatiles, the smell of freshly cut grass used by plants to warn themselves and each other of incoming danger. Our inspiration comes from mammalian systems, where oxylipin analogs regulate all known biological processes and where nearly 80% of the drugs on the market target pathways under oxylipin control. The Borrego lab seeks to characterize the function of oxylipins in agro-economically relevant processes for important crop species. We utilize genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches with transcriptomic, metabolomic, and lipidomic technologies to address problems such as insect and pathogen resistance, drought tolerance, and heavy metal accumulation.

I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and graduated high school from the Science Academy of South Texas in 2004. I earned a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Texas A&M University in 2014. I started my adventures at RIT in the Fall of 2019.

I am excited to be here and passionate about oxylipins, maize genetics, and mentoring students. Please email me if you're interested in doing research with my group and check out my website for additional information.

585-475-2184

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

BIOL-498
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their final two years of study.
BIOL-495
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory or field work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
BIOL-301
1 - 4 Credits
This course allows students to assist in a class or laboratory for which they have previously earned credit. The student will assist the instructor in the operation of the course. Assistance by the student may include fielding questions, helping in workshops, and assisting in review sessions. In the case of labs, students may also be asked to help with supervising safety practices, waste manifestation, and instrumentation.
BIOL-798
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed, graduate level tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum.
BIOL-295
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their first three years of study.
BIOL-298
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their first three years of study.
BIOL-389
1 - 3 Credits
This is an advanced course on a topic that is not part of the formal curriculum. This course is structured as an ordinary course and has specific prerequisites, contact hours, and examination procedures. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Wang, Ken-Der, et al. "Oxylipins Other Than Jasmonic Acid Are Xylem-Resident Signals Regulating Systemic Resistance Induced by Trichoderma Virens in Maize." The Plant Cell 32. 1 (2020): 166-185. Print.
Gorman, Zachary, et al. "Green leaf volatiles and jasmonic acid enhance susceptibility to anthracnose diseases caused by Colletotrichum graminicola in maize." Molecular Plant Pathology. (2020): 1-14. Print.
He, Yongming, et al. "Relative contribution of LOX10, green leaf volatiles and JA to woundinduced local and systemic oxylipin and hormone signature in Zea mays (maize)." Phytochemistry 174. (2020): 112334. Print.
Adegbaju, Muyiwa S., et al. "Differential Evolution of α-Glucan Water Dikinase (GWD) in Plants." Plants. (2020): 1. Web.
Fitoussi, Nathalia, et al. "Oxylipins are implicated as communication signals in tomato–root‑knot nematode (Meloidogyne javanica) interaction." Scientific Reports 11:326. (2021): 1-16. Web.
Jochum, Michael D, et al. "Bioprospecting Plant Growth-promoting Rhizobacteria that Mitigate Drought Stress in Grasses." Frontiers in Microbiology 10. (2019): 2106. Web.
Lei, Jiaxin, et al. "CIRCADIAN CLOCK-ASSOCIATED 1 Controls Resistance to Aphids by Altering Indole Glucosinolate Production." Plant Physiology 181. 3 (2019): 1344-359. Print.
Dai, Yanwan, et al. "Rosette Core Fungal Resistance in Arabidopsis Thaliana." Planta 250. 6 (2019): 1941-1953. Print.