Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz Tenured Professor; Chair, Biology; Cullen Trust/ Harry K. Smith Chair in Biology

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Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz’s areas of research include prokaryotic genome evolution, particularly in light of horizontal gene transfer, which is the transmission of genetic information across species and not by heredity, experimental evolution, molecular biology and bioinformatics. She can speak on biology, bioinformatics, genomics, microbial genomics, the genome and personalized medicine and evolution.

Areas of Expertise
Biology, Genomics, Evolution, Bioinformatics


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Biochemistry - University of Houston (2003)
  • Master of Science - Biology - University of Houston (1997)


  • Metagenomic analysis of viral populations in mosquitos
  • Microbial community studies in petroleum systems
  • Temperature effects on the genome
  • The Operon Database
  • The STQ tool
  • Understanding horizontal gene transfer using experimental evolution in bacteria


  • "Not Just in My Neighborhood: Service-Learning in Higher Education on a Local and Global Scale. " (2013)
    Fifth International Symposium on Service-Learning
    Co-presenters: Faletta, J.P., Garcia-Contreras, R., Gonzalez, A.L., Heard, T. L., Krustchinsky, R., Larios-Sanz, M., LeBlanc, R.M., Rosell, R.C., and Soffer, R.
  • "Bringing research into laboratory courses" (2013)
    EDULEARN13, 5th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
    Co-presenters: Ribes-Zamora A., Lauver A., Simmons-Nout A., Larios-Sanz M. and Rosell, R. C
  • "Genome Evolution" (2012)
    UH Alumni Lecture Series
  • "DNA as a Shared Resource - Experimental studies on horizontal gene transfer" (2012)
    Shreiner University Harry Crate Lecture Series
  • "Teaching to Promote Active Learning" (2011)
    National IRACDA Conference

Honors and Awards

  • Fellowship - Nat. Library of Medi (2005)
  • Honor - Space Medicine Young (2002)
  • Teaching - Assist. Year Biol.UH (1997)
  • Teaching - Teach Excellence UH (1996)

Language Skills

  • Spanish

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