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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
100158
Status
Published
Date of creation
2008-11-12 21:45 UTC (wrojas@ambiente.gov.ec)
Date of last update
2009-07-03 16:39 UTC (philippe.leblond@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2009-07-03 16:39 UTC (philippe.leblond@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Ecuador
Profile of the Expert
Maria de Lourdes Torres has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology of Plants from de Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She works as a full time Professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito since 1995. She became the Head of the Biotechnology Department in 1997 and since 2007 is the Vice Dean of the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences. She is the Co-Director of the Plant Biotechnology Department at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. She is member of the National Biosafety Committee of Ecuador and has advised the Minster of Environment in biosafety issues the last 10 years. She has followed the Cartagena Protocol meetings as official delegate of Ecuador, specially the ones related with the discussion of Article 18 and 27. Since 2007, she is a regional advisor of the BCH Project UNEP-GEF
Personal Information
Coordinates
Ph.D. Maria de Lourdes Torres
Francisco Salazar 36o y Coruna. Edificio Vistaleste. Casa 5
Quito, Pichincha
Ecuador
Phone:+593 9 982-6522
Fax:+593 2 289 0070
Email:ltorres@usfq.edu.ec,lourdes@usfq.edu.ec
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Ecuadorian
Date of birth
1965-02-11
Place of birth
Ecuador
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Universidad San Francisco Quito
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Biotechnology Department
Start date
1995-01-10
Main responsibilities
As a professor and researcher working in Biotechnology, I have had the opportunity to deal with biosafety issues. In Ecuador until now there are no specific regulations in Biosafety, but since 1997 I have worked mainly with the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador trying to create a Biosafety National Framework. I have been involved in the discussions of the Cartagena Protocol, and in the development of the Biosafety Projects of my country. I have taken part in many international and regional biosafety workshops, as participant or speaker, and I have gathered a great experience in this field interacting and discussing this issue with several academic and social organizations.
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.SC. in Biology
Name of academic institution
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
Start date
1984-09-01
Ending date
1988-09-15
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology of Plants
Name of academic institution
Freie Universität Berlin - Germany
Start date
1990-02-06
Ending date
1994-12-15
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Regional Advisor
National Coordinator REDBIO FAO
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Botany, forestry and plant agricultural sciences
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Teaching
  • Abiotic stress tolerance (drought, heat, cold, etc)
  • Marker genes
  • Nutritional traits
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Torres, AF, AS Arias, V Arahana y ML Torres. 2008. Preliminary Assessment of Genetic Diversity and Phenetic Relations for Section Lasiocarpa by Means of Heterologous SSR Markers. Crop Sci. 48:1
Torres M., Siemens J., Meixner M. and Sacristán M.D. 1997. Direct gene transfer and inheritance of the transgene in Arabidopsis thaliana, ecotype Landsberg erecta and two marker lines. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture, 47: 111 - 118
Siemens J., Torres M., Morgner M. and Sacristán M.D. 1993. Plant regeneration from mesophyll-protoplasts of four ecotypes and two marker lines from Arabidopsis thaliana using a unique protocol. Plant Cell Reports, 12:569 -572.
List of other publications
Siemens J., Torres M., Morgner M. and Sacristán M.D. 1993. Plant regeneration from mesophyll-protoplasts of four ecotypes and two marker lines from Arabidopsis thaliana using a unique protocol. Plant Cell Reports, 12:569 -572.
Torres M. 1994. Plant regeneration from protoplasts and transformation using direct gene transfer in three lines of Arabidopsis thaliana  (L.) Heynh. Doctoral thesis. Freie Universität Berlin.
Torres M.L. 2001. Diversidad Genética en La Biodiversidad del Ecuador. Informe 2000 editado por Carmen Josse. Capítulo IV. Ministerio del Ambiente, Ecocienca, Unión Mundial para la Naturaleza (UICN). Quito, Ecuador.
Torres M.L. 2002. Organismos Genéticamente Modificados, Situación en el Ecuador. En: Transgénicos, un destino tecnológico para América Latina, editado por María Luisa Pfeiffer. Ediciones Suárez, Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Torres M.L. 2002. Organismos Genéticamente Modificados, Situación en el Ecuador. En: Transgénicos, un destino tecnológico para América Latina, editado por María Luisa Pfeiffer. Ediciones Suárez, Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Torres M.L. 1998. Biodiversidad y Biotecnología. En: Conservación de la Biodiversidad. Ed. Suárez L. IUCN.
Torres M.L. (Editora). 1999. Memorias del II Encuentro de Biotecnología del Ecuador. UNESCO.
Woolfson J. y Torres María de Lourdes. 2001. Propuesta de Políticas Nacionales sobre Biosguridad. Ministerio del Ambiente. Ecociencia.
Torres M.L. (Editora). 2002. Memorias del III Encuentro de Biotecnología del Ecuador, 1er Curso Regional de Bioseguridad. UNESCO.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
- UNU/BIOLAC. Beca para la participación en el entrenamiento: "Métodos moleculares utilizados en la detección de OGMs en semillas, granos y alimentos procesados". Instituto de Biotecnología, INTA-Castelar. 15 - 26 de Julio, 2002.
Buenos Aires - Argentina.

- UNU/BIOLAC. Beca para la participación en el curso: "Biosafety of GMOs in Agro Food Sector", Baruta - Venezuela.  Marzo 2001.

- Frau Förderung Stiftung, Freie Universität Berlin. Beca para finalización del trabajo de investigación del doctorado. Octubre - Diciembre 1993.

- Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer Dienst (KAAD). Beca para realización de la práctica de Inmunología en Boston, USA. Febrero - Marzo 1991.

- KAAD. Beca para realización del doctorado en Alemania. Febrero 1990 - Diciembre 1994.
Professional memberships
- Member REDBIO - FAO
- Board Member, Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental. Quito - Ecuador.
- Member RNBio, Universidad de las Naciones Unidas

Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Delegate from the academic sector to the National Biosafety Committee
Official delegate from Ecuador to the international meetings for discussing articles 18 and 27 from the Cartagena Protocol.
National Coordinator, REDBIO FAO
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Spanish
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/B
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/
References
Key Professional References
Dr. Johannes Siemens
Dresden University - Germany
[Johannes.Siemens@tu-dresden.de]
Dr. Juan Izquierdo
Principal Official Plant Production and Protection
FAO - CHILE
[Juan.Izquierdo@fao.org]
Dr. Carlos Montúfar
Chancellor
Universidad San Francisco de Quito - Ecuador
cmontufar@usfq.edu.ec