Visiting Scientist, Dr. James J. Valdés Develops Plant Anatomy Research at Fairchild

Monday, June 20, 2011

• Plant anatomy is an integral part of the Garden and some of the most
important scientific contributions of Fairchild have been in this
field (see below May News on the publication of the book Palm Anatomy by Tomlinson et al. 2011). Dr. James J. Valdés, a graduate from Florida International University with ample experience in
molecular biology, bioinformatics and histology, is visiting us
between April and August to develop plant histological methods. Prior
to visiting us, Dr. Valdés was a postdoctoral fellow at the ICREA Life
Science Department
at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Barcelona, Spain). At the end of August Dr. Valdés will join the Institute of Parasitology in Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic for a position as a postdoctoral researcher to develop vaccines against tick-borne
diseases. As a Visiting Scientist at Fairchild, Dr. Valdés will be
working with our herbarium curator Dr. Brett Jestrow and FIU-Fairchild
researcher Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega on projects focusing on
Caribbean Island endemics – particularly on identifying patterns of
nickel deposition and calcium crystals (e.g., druses and cystoliths)
in plant tissue. Dr. Valdés is also assisting in mentoring Nicolas
, an undergraduate intern from Florida International
who is being supported by an NSF grant (see below May