Siela Nikolova Maximova, Ph.D.

Siela Nikolova Maximova, Ph.D.

  • Research Professor of Plant Biotechnology
421 Life Sciences Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Functional Genomics
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Disease Resistance
  • Plant – Microbes Interactions

Education

  • Ph.D. Plant Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • M.S. Agricultural Engineering & Horticulture, Agricultural University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • B.S. Agricultural Engineering & Horticulture, Agricultural University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Publications

Gene Expression Modularity Reveals Footprints of Polygenic Adaptation in Theobroma cacao.
Molecular biology and evolution, Hämälä, T, Guiltinan, Mark, Marden, James, Maximova, Siela, dePamphilis, Claude, Tiffin, P, 2020

Metabolomic profile of cacao cell suspensions growing in blue light/dark conditions with potential in food biotechnology
Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, Gallego, Adriana M., Rojas, Luisa F., Rodriguez, Héctor A., Mora, Conrado, Atehortúa, Lucía, Urrea, Aura I., Guiltinan, Mark, Maximova, Siela, Gaquerel, Emmanuel, Zuluaga, Martha, Pabón-Mora, Natalia, 2019

Resistant and susceptible cacao genotypes exhibit defense gene polymorphism and unique early responses to Phytophthora megakarya inoculation
Plant molecular biology, Pokou, Désiré N., Fister, Andrew S., Winters, Noah, Tahi, Mathias, Klotioloma, Coulibaly, Sebastian, Aswathy, Marden, James Harold, Maximova, Siela, Guiltinan, Mark, 2019

Widely distributed variation in tolerance to Phytophthora palmivora in four genetic groups of cacao
TREE GENETICS & GENOMES, Fister, Andrew, Leandro-Munoz, Mariela, Zhang, Dapeng, Marden, James, Tiffin, Peter, dePamphilis, Claude, Maximova, Siela, Guiltinan, Mark, 2019

Transcriptomic analyses of cacao cell suspensions in light and dark provide target genes for controlled flavonoid production
Scientific reports, Gallego, Adriana M., Rojas, Luisa F., Parra, Oriana, Rodriguez, Héctor A., Mazo Rivas, Juan C., Urrea, Aura Inés, Atehortúa, Lucía, Fister, Andrew S., Guiltinan, Mark, Maximova, Siela, Pabón-Mora, Natalia, 2018

Transient expression of CRISPR/Cas9 machinery targeting TcNPR3 enhances defense response in theobroma cacao
Frontiers in Plant Science, Fister, Andrew S., Landherr, Lena, Maximova, Siela N., Guiltinan, Mark J., 2018

Effects of microclimatic variables on the symptoms and signs onset of Moniliophthora roreri, causal agent of Moniliophthora pod rot in cacao
PloS one, Leandro-Muñoz, Mariela E., Tixier, Philippe, Germon, Amandine, Rakotobe, Veromanitra, Phillips-Mora, Wilbert, Maximova, Siela, Avelino, Jacques, 2017

Protocol
Plant Methods, Fister, Andrew S., Shi, Zi, Zhang, Yufan, Helliwell, Emily E., Maximova, Siela N., Guiltinan, Mark J., 2016

Enhanced resistance in Theobroma cacao against oomycete and fungal pathogens by secretion of phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate-binding proteins
Plant Biotechnology Journal, Helliwell, Emily E., Vega-Arreguín, Julio, Shi, Zi, Bailey, Bryan, Xiao, Shunyuan, Maximova, Siela, Tyler, Brett M., Guiltinan, Mark, 2016

Tc-MYBPA an Arabidopsis TT2-like transcription factor and functions in the regulation of proanthocyanidin synthesis in Theobroma cacao
BMC Plant Biology, Liu, Yi, Shi, Zi, Maximova, Siela, Payne, Mark J., Guiltinan, Mark, 2015

Enhanced somatic embryogenesis in Theobroma cacao using the homologous BABY BOOM transcription factor
BMC plant biology, Florez, Sergio L., Erwin, Rachel L., Maximova, Siela N., Guiltinan, Mark J., Curtis, Wayne R., 2015

Proteome analysis during pod, zygotic and somatic embryo maturation of Theobroma cacao
Journal of Plant Physiology, Niemenak, Nicolas, Kaiser, Edward, Maximova, Siela, Laremore, Tatiana Nikolaevna, Guiltinan, Mark, 2015

Characterization of a stearoyl-acyl carrier protein desaturase gene family from chocolate tree, theobroma cacao L
Frontiers in Plant Science, Zhang, Yufan, Maximova, Siela N., Guiltinan, Mark J., 2015

Enhanced resistance in Theobroma cacao against oomycete and fungal pathogens by secretion of phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate-binding proteins
Plant Biotechnol J, Helliwell, E., Vega-Arreguin, J., Shi, Z., Bailey, B., Xiao, S., Maximova, Siela, Tyler, B., Guiltinan, Mark, 2015

Applications of Genomics to the Improvement of Cacao
CHOCOLATE AND HEALTH: CHEMISTRY, NUTRITION AND THERAPY, Guiltinan, Mark, Maximova, Siela, 2015

Yield Performance and Bean Quality Traits of Cacao Propagated by Grafting and Somatic Embryo-derived Cuttings
HORTSCIENCE, Goenaga, Ricardo, Guiltinan, Mark, Maximova, Siela, Seguine, Ed, Irizarry, Heber, 2015

Pervasive effects of a dominant foliar endophytic fungus on host genetic and phenotypic expression in a tropical tree
Frontiers in Microbiology, Mejía, Luis C., Herre, Edward A., Sparks, Jed P., Winter, Klaus, García, Milton N., Van Bael, Sunshine A., Stitt, Joseph, Shi, Zi, Zhang, Yufan, Guiltinan, Mark J., Maximova, Siela N., 2014

TcNPR3 from Theobroma cacao functions as a repressor of the pathogen defense response
BMC plant biology, Shi, Zi, Zhang, Yufan, Maximova, Siela N., Guiltinan, Mark J., 2013

Proanthocyanidin synthesis in Theobroma cacao: Genes encoding anthocyanidin synthase, anthocyanidin reductase, and leucoanthocyanidin reductase
BMC plant biology, Liu, Yi, Shi, Zi, Maximova, Siela, Payne, Mark J., Guiltinan, Mark J., 2013

The salicylic acid receptor NPR3 is a negative regulator of the transcriptional defense response during early flower development in Arabidopsis
Molecular plant, Shi, Zi, Maximova, Siela, Liu, Yi, Verica, Joseph, Guiltinan, Mark J., 2013

Characterization of the basal angiosperm Aristolochia fimbriata
BMC plant biology, Bliss, Barbara J., Wanke, Stefan, Barakat, Abdelali, Ayyampalayam, Saravanaraj, Wickett, Norman, Wall, P. Kerr, Jiao, Yuannian, Landherr, Lena, Ralph, Paula E., Hu, Yi, Neinhuis, Christoph, Leebens-Mack, Jim, Arumuganathan, Kathiravetpilla, Clifton, Sandra W., Maximova, Siela N., Ma, Hong, dePamphilis, Claude W., 2013

Dynamic changes in pod and fungal physiology associated with the shift from biotrophy to necrotrophy during the infection of Theobroma cacao by Moniliophthora roreri
Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, Bailey, Bryan A., Crozier, Jayne, Sicher, Richard C., Strem, Mary D., Melnick, Rachel, Carazzolle, Marcelo F., Costa, Gustavo G.L., Pereira, Gonçalo A.G., Zhang, Dapeng, Maximova, Siela, Guiltinan, Mark, Meinhardt, Lyndel, 2013

Knockdown of FIBRILLIN4 gene expression in apple decreases plastoglobule plastoquinone content
PLoS One, Singh, Dharmendra K., Laremore, Tatiana N., Smith, Philip B., Maximova, Siela N., McNellis, Timothy W., 2012

Rootstock-regulated gene expression patterns associated with fire blight resistance in apple
BMC genomics, Jensen, Philip J., Halbrendt, Noemi, Fazio, Gennaro, Makalowska, Izabela, Altman, Naomi, Praul, Craig, Maximova, Siela N., Ngugi, Henry K., Crassweller, Robert M., Travis, James W., McNellis, Timothy W., 2012

The genome of Theobroma cacao
Nature Genetics, Argout, Xavier, Salse, Jerome, Aury, Jean Marc, Guiltinan, Mark, Droc, Gaetan, Gouzy, Jerome, Allegre, Mathilde, Chaparro, Cristian, Legavre, Thierry, Maximova, Siela, Abrouk, Michael, Murat, Florent, Fouet, Olivier, Poulain, Julie, Ruiz, Manuel, Roguet, Yolande, Rodier-Goud, Maguy, Barbosa-Neto, Jose Fernandes, Sabot, Francois, Kudrna, Dave, Ammiraju, Jetty Siva S., Schuster, Stephan C., Carlson, John Edward, Sallet, Erika, Schiex, Thomas, Dievart, Anne, Kramer, Melissa, Gelley, Laura, Shi, Zi, Bérard, Aurélie, Viot, Christopher, Boccara, Michel, Risterucci, Ange Marie, Guignon, Valentin, Sabau, Xavier, Axtell, Michael, Ma, Zhaorong, Zhang, Yufan, Brown, Spencer, Bourge, Mickael, Golser, Wolfgang, Song, Xiang, Clement, Didier, Rivallan, Ronan, Tahi, Mathias, Akaza, Joseph Moroh, Pitollat, Bertrand, Gramacho, Karina, D'Hont, Anglique, Brunel, Dominique, Infante, Diogenes, Kebe, Ismael, Costet, Pierre, Wing, Rod, McCombie, W. Richard, Guiderdoni, Emmanuel, Quetier, Francis, Panaud, Olivier, Wincker, Patrick, Bocs, Stephanie, Lanaud, Claire, 2011

(*These authors contributed equally to this work) The genome of Theobroma cacao
Nature Genetics, *Argout, X, None, *Salse, J, None, *Aury, J, None, Guiltinan, Mark, Droc, G, Gouzy, J, Allegre, M, Chaparro, C, Legavre, T, Maximova, Siela, Abrouk, M, Murat, F, Fouet, O, Poulain, J, Ruiz, M, Roguet, Y, Rodier-Goud, M, Barbosa-Neto, J, Sabot, F, Kudrna, D, Ammiraju, J, Schuster, Stephan, Carlson, John, Sallet, E, Schiex, T, Dievart, A, Kramer, M, Gelley, L, Shi, Z, Bérard, A, Viot, C, Boccara, M, Risterucci, A, Guignon, V, Sabau, X, Axtell, Michael, Ma, Z, Zhang, Y, Brown, S, Bourge, M, Golser, W, Song, X, Clement, D, Rivallan, R, Tahi, M, Akaza, J, Pitollat, B, Gramacho, K, D’Hont, A, Brunel, D, Infante, D, Kebe, I, Costet, P, Wing, R, McCombie, W, Guiderdoni, E, Quetier, F, Panaud, O, Wincker, P, Sidibe-Bocs, S, Lanaud, C, 2011

Functional analysis of the theobroma cacao NPR1 gene in arabidopsis
BMC Plant Biology, Shi, Zi, Maximova, Siela, Liu, Yi, Verica, Joseph, Guiltinan, Mark, 2010

FIBRILLIN4 is required for plastoglobule development and stress resistance in apple and arabidopsis
Plant physiology, Singh, Dharmendra K., Maximova, Siela N., Jensen, Philip J., Lehman, Brian L., Ngugi, Henry K., McNellis, Timothy W., 2010

Functional genomics of cacao
Advances in Botanical Research, Micheli, Fabienne, Guiltinan, Mark, Gramacho, Karina Peres, Wilkinson, Mike J., Figueira, Antonio Vargas de Oliveira, Cascardo, Júlio Cézar de Mattos, Maximova, Siela, Lanaud, Claire, 2010

Rootstock-regulated gene expression patterns in apple tree scions
Tree Genetics and Genomes, Jensen, Philip J., Makalowska, Izabela, Altman, Naomi S., Fazio, Gennaro, Praul, Craig, Maximova, Siela, Crassweller, Robert Michael, Travis, James W., McNellis, Timothy W., 2010