Dr. Grethel Busot graduated from the University of Havana, Cuba with a B.S. in Biology. She joined the Ph.D. Biochemistry program at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she studied the self-incompatibility system in Nicotiana. Her doctoral research was focused on the elucidation of the biochemical pathway of pollen rejection.
After completing her Ph.D. degree, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Microbiology and Cell Science Department at the University of Florida studying transcriptional regulation in plants. Her research was focused on plant repressors (some of them members of the polycomb group) that were able to shut off reporter genes in floral tissues. She also worked with the mediator complex in plants (Arabidopsis thaliana).
She joined the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University and worked on transcriptional regulation in fungi elucidating the molecular mechanisms of action of the Aspergillus nidulans transcriptional corepressor NmrA. Dr. Busot is currently working on whole genome based comparative genomics analysis to find molecular targets for accurate diagnostic purposes in plant pathogenic bacteria. She is also studying two major systems (secretion and virulence) required for survival and reproduction in bacteria to better understand the basic differences among pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains using P. syringae as a model.