Faculty Profile

Mauricio Antunes

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Biological Sciences
College
College of Science

    

Education

PhD, Purdue University, 2003.
Major: Plant Molecular Biology
MSc, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, 1995.
Major: Crop Sciences
BS, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, 1993.
Major: Agronomy

Current Scheduled Teaching*

BIOL 5950.715, Master's Thesis, Summer 2021

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

BIOL 1710.002, Biology for Science Majors I, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
BIOL 6940.715, Individual Research, Spring 2021
BIOC 5950.715, Master's Thesis, Spring 2021
BIOC 4570.001, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
BIOC 5340.001, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
BIOL 4570.001, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
BIOL 5340.001, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
BIOL 4005.009, Contemporary Topics in Biology, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
BIOC 6940.715, Individual Research, Fall 2020
BIOC 5950.715, Master's Thesis, Fall 2020
BIOC 5950.715, Master's Thesis, Summer 10W 2020
BIOL 1710.002, Biology for Science Majors I, Spring 2020 Syllabus
BIOL 6940.715, Individual Research, Spring 2020
BIOL 4900.715, Special Problems, Spring 2020
BIOC 4570.001, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
BIOL 4570.001, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
BIOC 6940.715, Individual Research, Fall 2019
BIOL 1710.002, Biology for Science Majors I, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
BIOL 6940.715, Individual Research, Spring 2019

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Abstracts and Proceedings
Kiwimagi, K., Antunes, M., Xu, W., Kassaw, T., Zalewski, C., Medford, J., Prasad, A. (2020). Synthetic genetic circuits using plant protoplasts. Bulletin of the American Physical Society. 65(1), . APS Physics. https://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR20/Session/U26.2
Shaw, A. K., Medford, J. I., Antunes, M., McCormick, W. S., Wicker, D. (2007). Hyperspectral Exploitation with Plant Sentinels. SPIE: The International Society for Optics and Photonics. 6554(65540S), 12.
Conference Proceeding
Schaumberg, K., Xu, W., Zalewski, C., Kassaw, T., Antunes, M., Medford, J., Prasad, A. (2015). Methods for quantitative analysis in plant synthetic biology. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 249, .
Journal Article
Amack, S. C., Antunes, M. (2020). CaMV35S promoter--a plant biology and biotechnology workhorse in the era of synthetic biology. Other. 100179. Elsevier.
Vasconcelos, M. V., Antunes, M., Oliveira, M. F., Lopes, M. A., Figueiredo, J. F. (2018). Callus induction and plant regeneration from immature embryos culture of tropical maize. Other. 17(3), 359-368.
Kassaw, T. K., Donayre-Torres, A. J., Antunes, M., Morey, K. J., Medford, J. I. (2018). Engineering synthetic regulatory circuits in plants. Plant Science. 273, 13-22.
Bick, M. J., Greisen, P. J., Morey, K. J., Antunes, M., La, D., Sankaran, B., Reymond, L., Johnsson, K., Medford, J. I., Baker, D. (2017). Computational design of environmental sensors for the potent opioid fentanyl. eLife. 6, 23.
Antunes, M., Hodges, T. K., Carpita, N. C. (2016). A benzoate-activated promoter from Aspergillus niger and regulation of its activity. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 100(12), 5479-5489.
Yang, H., Wei, H., Ma, G., Antunes, M., Vogt, S., Cox, J., Zhang, X., Liu, X., Bu, L., Gleber, S. C., Carpita, N. C., Makowski, L., Himmel, M. E., Tucker, M. P., McCann, M. C., Murphy, A. S., Peer, W. A. (2016). Cell wall targeted in planta iron accumulation enhances biomass conversion and seed iron concentration in Arabidopsis and rice. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 14(10), 1998-2009.
Schaumberg, K. A., Antunes, M., Kassaw, T. K., Xu, W., Zalewski, C. S., Medford, J. I., Prasad, A. (2016). Quantitative characterization of genetic parts and circuits for plant synthetic biology. Other. 13(1), 94-100.
Feng, J., Jester, B. W., Tinberg, C. E., Mandell, D. J., Antunes, M., Chari, R., Morey, K. J., Rios, X., Medford, J. I., Church, G. M., Fields, S., Baker, D. (2015). A general strategy to construct small molecule biosensors in eukaryotes. eLife. 4, .
Antunes, M., Smith, J. J., Jantz, D., Medford, J. I. (2012). Targeted DNA excision in Arabidopsis by a re-engineered homing endonuclease. Other. 12, 12.
Antunes, M., Morey, K. J., Smith, J. J., Albrecht, K. D., Bowen, T. A., Zdunek, J. K., Troupe, J. F., Cuneo, M. J., Webb, C. T., Hellinga, H. W., Medford, J. I. (2011). Programmable Ligand Detection System in Plants through a Synthetic Signal Transduction Pathway. PLOS One. 6(1), 11.
Antunes, M., Morey, K. J., Tewari-Singh, N., Bowen, T. A., Smith, J. J., Webb, C. T., Hellinga, H. W., Medford, J. I. (2009). Engineering key components in a synthetic eukaryotic signal transduction pathway. Other. 5(270), 11.
Antunes, M., Ha, S., Tewari-Singh, N., Morey, K. J., Trofka, A. M., Kugrens, P., Deyholos, M., Medford, J. I. (2006). A synthetic de-greening gene circuit provides a reporting system that is remotely detectable and has a re-set capacity. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 4(6), 605-622.
Review
Morey, K. J., Antunes, M., Barrow, M. J., Solorzano, F. A., Havens, K. L., Smith, J. J., Medford, J. (2012). Crosstalk between endogenous and synthetic components - synthetic signaling meets endogenous components. Biotechnology Journal. 7(7), 846-855.
Morey, K. J., Antunes, M., Albrecht, K. D., Bowen, T. A., Troupe, J. F., Havens, K. L., Medford, J. I. (2011). DEVELOPING A SYNTHETIC SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION SYSTEM IN PLANTS. Other. Methods in Enzymology. 497, 581-602.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Contract
Antunes, M. (Principal), Medford, J. (Co-Principal), Kipper, M. (Co-Principal), "Engineering synthetic production of durable polymers in plants," Sponsored by DARPA - U.S. Department of Defense, Federal, $1700000 Funded. (April 2018June 2019).
Antunes, M. (Co-Principal), Medford, J. I. (Principal), "Synthetic Biological Desalination," Sponsored by DARPA - U.S. Department of Defense, Federal, $2070000 Funded. (20152018).
Antunes, M. (Co-Principal), Medford, J. I. (Principal), "Quantitative analysis of synthetic gene parts for plants," Sponsored by Office of Naval Research - U.S. Department of Defense, Federal, $150000 Funded. (20142016).
Grant - Research
Antunes, M., "Establishing the biochemical determinants of microRNA long-distance mobility in plants," Sponsored by Welch Foundation, State, $240000 Funded. (June 1, 2021May 31, 2024).
Antunes, M. (Principal), Alonso, A. (Co-Principal), "Malonyl-CoA sensing and activation of lipid synthesis in pennycress plants," Sponsored by UNT College of Science, University of North Texas, $9000 Funded. (June 1, 2021May 31, 2022).
Berman, D. (Co-Principal), Ayre, B. G. (Co-Principal), Antunes, M. (Co-Principal), "Plant fiber-based structures with integrated functional components for enhanced utility.," Sponsored by UNT BioDiscovery Institute, University of North Texas, $10000 Funded. (September 1, 2019August 31, 2021).
Antunes, M. (Principal), "Global analysis of gene expression in Arabidopsis plants treated with a biostimulant," Sponsored by Agricen Sciences, Inc., Private, $22005 Funded. (May 2020September 2020).
Antunes, M. (Co-Principal), Medford, J. I. (Principal), Prasad, A. (Co-Principal), "Synthetic Gene Circuits to Enhance Production of Transgenic Bioenergy Crops," Sponsored by ARPA-e, Federal, $2150000 Funded. (20132015).
Grant - Teaching
Antunes, M. (Principal), Henard, C. (Co-Principal), Alberts, A. (Supporting), Hughes, L. (Co-Principal), "HHMI SEA-GENES Project," Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Private, Funded. (2019 – Present).
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