Dr. Dimuth Siritunga

Ph.D en Genética de Plantas, Universidad de Ohio

Horas de Oficina 

  • B-048
  • Extensión 3113

Áreas de Interés/Especialidad

  • Biología Molecular
  • Genética
  • Botánica


  • BIOL 3300 (Genética)
  • BIOL 4039 (Plant Biotechnology)
  • BIOL 4925 (Seminario)
  • BIOL 4901 (Problemas Especiales en Biología I)
  • BOTA 4995 (Problemas Especiales en Botánica I)
  • BIOL 5018 (Plant Physiology)
  • BIOL 6990 (Tesis)

Proyectos de investigación en progreso

  • Genetic diversity assessment of solanaceae family in Puerto Rico
  • Genetic diversity assessment of USDA Bambu collection


  • Narayanan Narayanan, Getu Beyene, Raj Deepika Chauhan, Eliana Gaitán-Solís, Jackson Gehan, Paula Butts, Dimuth Siritunga, Ihuoma Okwuonu, Arthur Woll, Dulce M. Jiménez-Aguilar, Erick Boy, Michael A. Grusak, Paul Anderson and Nigel J. Taylor. 2019. Biofortification of field-grown cassava by engineering expression of an iron transporter and ferritin, Nature Biotechnology, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41587-018-0002-1
  • Luciano-Roario, D., Cruz-Saavedra, L and Siritunga, D. 2018. Genetic Diversity of Puerto Rican Farmer-held Papaya (Carica papaya) using SSR Markers, HortScience, 53(8): 1109-1114
  • Beyene, G., Solomon, F., Chauhan, R., Gaitan-Solis, E., Narayanan, N., Gehan, J., Siritunga, D., Stevens, R., Jifon, J., Van Eck, J., Linsler, E., Gehan, M., Ilyas, M., Fregene, M., Anderson, P., Sayre, R., Taylor, N., and Cahoon, E. 2018. Provitamin A Biofortification of Cassava Enhances Shelf-Life but Reduces Dry Matter Content of Storage Roots Due to Altered Carbon Partitioning into Starch, Plant Biotechnology Journal, 16(6):1186-1200
  • Zambrana-Echevarria, C., Jenkins, D. and Siritunga, D. 2017. Occurrence and incidence of Papaya ringspot virus in Puerto Rico. International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Bioresearch, 2: 1-14.
  • Zidenga, T., Siritunga, D. and Sayre, R. 2017. Cyanogen Metabolism in Cassava roots: Impact on Protein Synthesis and Root Development. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.00220
  • Zambrana, C., De Jesus- Kim, L., Marquez-Karry, R., Jenkins, D. and Siritunga, D. 2016. Diversity of Papaya ringspot virus Isolates in Puerto Rico. HortScience, 51(4):1-8
  • Gaitan-Solis E., Taylor N., Siritunga D., Stevens W. and Schachtman D.P. (2015). Overexpression of the transporters AtZIP1 and AtMTP1 in cassava changes zinc accumulation and partitioning. Front. Plant Sci. 6:492. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00492
  • Rodriguez-Bonilla, L., Cuevas, H., Montero-Rojas, M., Bird-Pico, F., Luciano-Rosario, D., Siritunga, D. 2014. Assessment of Genetic Diversity of Sweet Potato in Puerto Rico, Plos One, *DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116184
  • Salcedo A, Zambrana C and Siritunga D. 2014. Comparative expression analysis of reference genes in field-grown cassava, Tropical Plant Biology 7:53-64
  • Echeverry-Solarte, M., Ocasio-Ramirez, V., Figueroa, A., González, E. and Siritunga, D. 2013. Expression Profiling of Genes Associated with Cyanogenesis in Three Cassava Cultivars Containing Varying Levels of Toxic Cyanogens, American Journal of Plants Sciences 4:1533-1545
  • Montero, M., Ortiz, M., Beaver, J. and Siritunga, D. 2013. Genetic, Morphological and Cyanogen Content Evaluation of a New Collection of Caribbean Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) Landraces, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 60:2241-2252
  • Faila, M., Chitchumroonchokchai, C., Siritunga, D., De Moura, F., Fregene, M. and Sayre, F. 2012. Retention and bioaccessibility of β-Carotene in Biofortified Cassava. The FASEB Journal 25:976
  • Siritunga, D., Navas, V. and Diffoot, N. 2012. Enhancing Hispanic Minority Undergraduates’ Botany laboratory experiences: Implementation of an inquiry-based plant tissue culture module exercise. International Education Studies 5:14-24
  • Zidenga, T., Leyva-Guerrero, E., Moon, H, Siritunga, D. and Sayre, R. 2012. Extending cassava root shelf life via reduction of reactive oxygen species production. Plant Physiology 159:1-13
  • Montero, M., Beaver, J. and Siritunga, D. 2012. Assessment of genetic diversity among Lima bean landraces from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Coop. 55:129-130.
  • Failla, M., Chitchumroonchokchai, C., Siritunga, D., De Moura, F., Fregene, M., Manary, M. and Sayre, R. 2012. Retention during Processing and Bioaccessibility of β-Carotene in High β-Carotene Transgenic Cassava Root, Journal of Agric. Food Chem., 60: 3861-3866
  • Babilonia, K. and Siritunga, D. 2012. Cysteine Biosynthesis in plants: Essential step in sulfur-metabolism, In: Cysteine: Biosynthesis, Chemical Structure and Toxicity, Nova Science Publishers, NY, USA
  • Salcedo, A. and Siritunga, D. 2011. Insights into the Physiological, Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Postharvest Deterioration in Cassava (Manihot esculenta) Roots, American Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 1(4): 414-431
  • Narayanan, N., Ihemre, U., Chiu, W., Siritunga, D., Rajamani, S., Singh, S., Oda, S. and Sayre, R. 2011. The Iron Assimilatory Protein, FEA1, from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Facilitates Iron-Specific Metal Uptake in Yeast and Plants, Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology (2:67. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2011.00067)
  • Siritunga, D., Montero-Rojas, M., Carrero, K., Toro, G., Vélez, A. and Carrero-Martínez, A. 2011. Culturally relevant research to the masses: Large-scale laboratory module implementations in upper-division genetics and cell biology teaching laboratories, Life Science Education Journal, 10: 287-297
  • Montero Rojas, M., Correa, A. and Siritunga, D. 2011. Molecular differentiation and diversity of cassava (Manihot esculenta) taken from 162 locations across Puerto Rico and assessed with microsatellite markers. Annals of Botany Plants (in press; doi:10.1093/aobpla/plr010)
  • Sayre, R., Beeching, J., Cahoon, E., Egesi, C., Fauquet, C., Fellman, J., Fregene, M., Gruissem, W., Mallowa, S., Manary, M., Maziya-Dixon, B., Mbanaso, A., Shachtman, D., Siritunga, D., Taylor, N., Vanderschuren, H., Zhang, P. 2011. The BioCassava Plus Program: Biofortification of Cassava for Sub-Saharan Africa, Annual Review of Plant Biology, 62: 251-271
  • Zidenga, T., Moon, H, Siritunga, D. and Sayre, R. 2010. Investigating the Mechanism and Control of Post-Harvest Physiological Deterioration in Cassava (Manihot Esculenta). In Vitro Cellular and Development Biology, 46:S88-88
  • Salcedo, A., Del Valle, A., Sanchez, B., Ocasio, V., Ortiz, A., Marquez, P. and Siritunga, D. 2010. Comparative evaluation of physiological post-harvest root deterioration of 25 cassava (Manihot esculenta) accessions: visual vs hydroxycoumarins fluorescent accumulation analysis. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 5: 3138-3144
  • Marrero-Degro, J., Marcano, J. and Siritunga, D. 2010. Isolation and Characterization of Novel β-Cyanoalanine Synthase and Cysteine Synthase Genes from Cassava. Plant Molecular Biology Reported, 29: 514-524
  • Ihemre, U., Sayre, R. and Siritunga, D. 2008. Transgenic Cassava, In Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants: Transgenic Sugar, Tuber and Fiber Crops. Kole, C. and Hall, T. C. (eds.), Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2008, pp 177-198