Leticia Márquez-Magaña, PhD is Professor of Biology and the Director of the Health Equity Research (HER) Laboratory at San Francisco State University. She is the first-born daughter of Mexican immigrants and began her education in the U.S. as a monolingual Spanish speaker. Professor Márquez-Magaña attended Stanford University as the first member of her extended U.S. family to complete high school. She earned a co-terminal BS/MS degree in Biological Sciences at Stanford, and went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley.
Interests: Plant evolutionary ecology, pollinator conservation and climate change.
My lab focuses on the effects of anthropogenic change on plant and animal communities from local to continental scales.We are currently working on the effect of wildfire on pollinator communities, the impacts of climate warming on urban pollinators and the montane meadow pollinators.
My Lab's Research focuses Include Molecular Mechanisms of Cell-Cell and Cell-Environment Communications in Plant Development, Vitamin B6 and Ultraviolet B (UV-B) Signaling, Plant Stress Physiology.
I did my undergraduate work in Biology at the University of Rochester, and obtained a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at Purdue University in 1981. Turning to human genetics, I completed two fellowships in Medical Genetics, one at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the other at the University of Washington in Seattle. I joined the faculty at San Francisco State University in 1988, where I am currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology.
B.Sc. University of Toronto, Mathematics/Biology, 1987
M.Sc. York University, Biology: Supervisor: Dr. K.G. Davey, 1990
Ph.D. University of Toronto, Zoology: Supervisor: Dr. I. Orchard, 1998
University of California, Irvine B.S. 1987 Biological Sciences
University of California, Berkeley Ph.D 1995 Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley Fellow 1997 Integrative Biology
Positions and Employment
BS, Biology: Concentration in Botany, San Francisco State University, 1983
MA, Ecology and Systematic Biology, San Francisco State University, 1985
PhD, Botany: Mycology, University of Tennessee, 1989
- AB in Molecular Biology from the University of Californa, Berkeley
- PhD in Biochemistry & Biophysics from the University of California, San Francisco
- Post-doctoral Research in Microbial Ecology & Genomics at the University of California at Berkeley, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and the University of Washington, Seattle