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Julian Avila-Pacheco


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Avila J, Lee JS, Tori, KU. Co-immunoprecipitation of membrane receptors. Arabidopsis Book. 2015;13:e0180.

Lee, JS, Hnilova M, Maes M., et al. Competitive binding of antagonistic peptides fine-tunes stomatal patterning. Nature. 2015;522:439–443.

Avila J, Gregory OG, Su D, et al. The β-subunit of the SnRK1 complex is phosphorylated by the plant cell death suppressor Adi3. Plant Physiol. 2012;159:1277–1290.

Julian Avila-Pacheco, Ph.D

Julian Avila-Pacheco is a research scientist in the Metabolomics Platform of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where he works under the direction of Clary Clish. His research interests lie in developing methods for the analysis and interpretation of metabolomics data generated using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS). A key focus of his research is investigating novel enzymatic functions of mycobacterial genes, but Avila-Pacheco actively collaborates in numerous metabolic profiling projects both within the institute and with the external research community.

Avila-Pacheco joined the Broad Institute in February 2015 after serving as a research associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the Torii Lab in the biology department of the University of Washington. Originally trained as a plant biologist, Avila-Pacheco's work has focused on phosphorylation signaling using a variety of biochemical, molecular, and genetic approaches.

His doctoral studies at Texas A&M University investigated apoptosis in response to the pathogen Pseudomonas syringae in tomato plants and studied the interactors of Adi3, a protein kinase that negatively regulates cell death in tomatoes. While at Texas A&M, he received the Toni-Ann Mistretta Biochemistry & Biophysics Service Award along with numerous competition prizes and travel awards.

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February 2017