Sabater Muñoz

Telephone: +34 963 877 856
Extension: 79934
Investigadora en Plantilla
Científica Titular CSIC
ResearcherID: K-5989-2014
Location: Lab.1.07


  • Licenciada en CC. Biológicas, especialidad Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, por la Universidad de Valencia en 1996.
  • Tesis de licenciatura en Genética Evolutiva (1997), realizada en el departamento de Genética de la Universidad de Valencia.
  • Doctora en CC. Biológicas (2002), programa Genética Molecular y Evolutiva, por la Universidad de Valencia.
  • Postdoctoral contratado en el INRA de Rennes (Francia) Feb.-2003 a Sept.-2004.
  • Colaborador cientifico adjunto en el IVIA (Moncada, Valencia, España) Sept.-2004 a Dic.-2012, en la Unidad Asociada de Entomología IVIA-CIB CSIC – UJI.
  • Research Fellow en el Trinity College of Dublin, University of Dublin (Ireland) Jun.-2013
  • Postdoctoral IBMCP
  • Científica Titular CSIC, Abril 2019 (Julio 2020).

Featured Posts

1: Sabater-Muñoz B, Toft C, Alvarez-Ponce D, Fares MA. Chance and necessity in the genome evolution of endosymbiotic bacteria of insects. ISME J. 2017 Jun;11(6):1291-1304. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2017.18. Epub 2017 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 28323281; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5437351.

2: Fares MA, Sabater-Muñoz B, Toft C. Genome Mutational and Transcriptional Hotspots Are Traps for Duplicated Genes and Sources of Adaptations. Genome Biol Evol. 2017 May 1;9(5):1229-1240. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx085. PubMed PMID: 28459980;  PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5433386.

3: Mattenberger F, Sabater-Muñoz B, Hallsworth JE, Fares MA. Glycerol stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Cellular responses and evolved adaptations. Environ Microbiol. 2017 Mar;19(3):990-1007. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13603. Epub 2017 Jan 23. PubMed PMID: 27871139.

4: Mattenberger F, Sabater-Muñoz B, Toft C, Fares MA. The Phenotypic Plasticity of Duplicated Genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the Origin of Adaptations. G3 (Bethesda). 2017 Jan 5;7(1):63-75. doi: 10.1534/g3.116.035329. PubMed PMID: 27799339; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5217124.

5: Aguilar-Rodríguez J, Sabater-Muñoz B, Montagud-Martínez R, Berlanga V, Alvarez-Ponce D, Wagner A, Fares MA. The Molecular Chaperone DnaK Is a Source of  Mutational Robustness. Genome Biol Evol. 2016 Oct 5;8(9):2979-2991. PubMed PMID:  27497316.

6: Alvarez-Ponce D, Sabater-Muñoz B, Toft C, Ruiz-González MX, Fares MA. Essentiality Is a Strong Determinant of Protein Rates of Evolution during Mutation Accumulation Experiments in Escherichia coli. Genome Biol Evol. 2016 Sep 26;8(9):2914-2927. PubMed PMID: 27566759.

7: Sabater-Muñoz B, Prats-Escriche M, Montagud-Martínez R, López-Cerdán A, Toft C, Aguilar-Rodríguez J, Wagner A, Fares MA. Fitness Trade-Offs Determine the Role of the Molecular Chaperonin GroEL in Buffering Mutations. Mol Biol Evol. 2015 Oct;32(10):2681-93. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv144. Epub 2015 Jun 27. PubMed PMID: 26116858; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4576708.

8: Ordax M, Piquer-Salcedo JE, Santander RD, Sabater-Muñoz B, Biosca EG, López MM, Marco-Noales E. Medfly Ceratitis capitata as Potential Vector for Fire Blight Pathogen Erwinia amylovora: Survival and Transmission. PLoS One. 2015 May 15;10(5):e0127560. doi:

10.1371/journal.pone.0127560. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25978369; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4433354.

9: Juan-Blasco M, Sabater-Muñoz B, Pla I, Argilés R, Castañera P, Jacas JA, Ibáñez-Gual MV, Urbaneja A. Estimating SIT-driven population reduction in the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, from sterile mating. Bull Entomol Res. 2014 Apr;104(2):233-42. doi:

10.1017/S0007485313000692. Epub 2014 Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 24444376.

10: Pascual-Ruiz S, Gómez-Martinez MA, Ansaloni T, Segarra-Moragues JG, Sabater-Muñoz B, Jacas JA, Hurtado-Ruiz MA. Genetic structure of a phytophagous mite species affected by crop practices: the case of Tetranychus urticae in clementine mandarins. Exp Appl Acarol. 2014 Apr;62(4):477-98. PubMed PMID: 24233157.

11: Juan-Blasco M, Urbaneja A, San Andrés V, Castañera P, Sabater-Muñoz B. Improving the sterile sperm identification method for its implementation in the Area-wide Sterile Insect Technique Program against Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Spain. J Econ Entomol. 2013 Dec;106(6):2541-7. PubMed PMID: 24498756.

12: Juan-Blasco M, Sabater-Muñoz B, Argilés R, Jacas JA, Castañera P, Urbaneja A. Molecular tools for sterile sperm detection to monitor Ceratitis capitata populations under SIT programmes. Pest Manag Sci. 2013 Jul;69(7):857-64. doi: 10.1002/ps.3448. Epub 2013 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 23355333.

13: Sabater-Muñoz B, Pascual-Ruiz S, Gómez-Martínez MA, Jacas JA, Hurtado MA. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers in Tetranychus urticae and cross amplification in other Tetranychidae and Phytoseiidae species of economic importance. Exp Appl Acarol. 2012 May;57(1):37-51. doi: 10.1007/s10493-012-9529-x. Epub 2012 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 22349944.

14: Tormos J, Asís J, Sabater-Muñoz B, Baños L, Gayubo SF, Beitia F. Superparasitism in laboratory rearing of Spalangia cameroni (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), a parasitoid of medfly (Diptera: Tephritidae). Bull Entomol Res. 2012 Feb;102(1):51-61. doi: 10.1017/S0007485311000393. Epub 2011 Aug 15. PubMed PMID: 21838957.

15: Monzó C, Sabater-Muñoz B, Urbaneja A, Castañera P. Tracking medfly predation  by the wolf spider, Pardosa cribata Simon, in citrus orchards using PCR-based gut-content analysis. Bull Entomol Res. 2010 Apr;100(2):145-52. doi: 10.1017/S0007485309006920. Epub 2009 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 19500431.

16: Le Trionnaire G, Jaubert S, Sabater-Muñoz B, Benedetto A, Bonhomme J, Prunier-Leterme N, Martinez-Torres D, Simon JC, Tagu D. Seasonal photoperiodism regulates the expression of cuticular and signalling protein genes in the pea aphid. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2007 Oct;37(10):1094-102. Epub 2007 Jun 27. PubMed PMID: 17785197.

17: San Andrés V, Urbaneja A, Sabater-Muñoz B, Castañera P. A novel molecular approach to assess mating success of sterile Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae) males in sterile insect technique programs. J Econ Entomol. 2007 Aug;100(4):1444-9. PubMed PMID: 17849900.

18: Gil R, Sabater-Muñoz B, Perez-Brocal V, Silva FJ, Latorre A. Plasmids in the  aphid endosymbiont Buchnera aphidicola with the smallest genomes. A puzzling evolutionary story. Gene. 2006 Mar 29;370:17-25. Epub 2006 Jan 18. PubMed PMID: 16413149.

19: Sabater-Muñoz B, Legeai F, Rispe C, Bonhomme J, Dearden P, Dossat C, Duclert  A, Gauthier JP, Ducray DG, Hunter W, Dang P, Kambhampati S, Martinez-Torres D, Cortes T, Moya A, Nakabachi A, Philippe C, Prunier-Leterme N, Rahbé Y, Simon JC,  Stern DL, Wincker P, Tagu D. Large-scale gene discovery in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum (Hemiptera). Genome Biol. 2006;7(3):R21. Epub 2006 Mar 10. PubMed PMID: 16542494; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1557754.

20: Mestres F, Abad L, Sabater-Muñoz B, Latorre A, Serra L. Colonization of America by Drosophila subobscura: association between Odh gene haplotypes, lethal genes and chromosomal arrangements. Genes Genet Syst. 2004 Aug;79(4):233-44. PubMed PMID: 15514443.

21: Tagu D, Prunier-Leterme N, Legeai F, Gauthier JP, Duclert A, Sabater-Muñoz B, Bonhomme J, Simon JC. Annotated expressed sequence tags for studies of the regulation of reproductive modes in aphids. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2004 Aug;34(8):809-22. PubMed PMID: 15262285.

22: Sabater-Muñoz B, van Ham RC, Moya A, Silva FJ, Latorre A. Evolution of the leucine gene cluster in Buchnera aphidicola: insights from chromosomal versions of the cluster. J Bacteriol. 2004 May;186(9):2646-54. PubMed PMID: 15090505; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC387811.

23: Delmotte F, Sabater-Muñoz B, Prunier-Leterme N, Latorre A, Sunnucks P, Rispe  C, Simon JC. Phylogenetic evidence for hybrid origins of asexual lineages in an aphid species. Evolution. 2003 Jun;57(6):1291-303. PubMed PMID: 12894937.

24: Russell JA, Latorre A, Sabater-Muñoz B, Moya A, Moran NA. Side-stepping secondary symbionts: widespread horizontal transfer across and beyond the Aphidoidea. Mol Ecol. 2003 Apr;12(4):1061-75. PubMed PMID: 12753224.

25: Moya A, Latorre A, Sabater-Muñoz B, Silva FJ. Comparative molecular evolution of primary (Buchnera) and secondary symbionts of aphids based on two protein-coding genes. J Mol Evol. 2002 Aug;55(2):127-37. PubMed PMID: 12107590.

26: Fares MA, Barrio E, Sabater-Muñoz B, Moya A. The evolution of the heat-shock  protein GroEL from Buchnera, the primary endosymbiont of aphids, is governed by positive selection. Mol Biol Evol. 2002 Jul;19(7):1162-70. PubMed PMID: 12082135.

27: Sabater-Muñoz B, Gómez-Valero L, van Ham RC, Silva FJ, Latorre A. Molecular characterization of the leucine cluster in Buchnera sp. strain PSY, a primary endosymbiont of the aphid Pemphigus spyrothecae. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2002 May;68(5):2572-5. PubMed PMID: 11976137; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC127582.

28: Gil R, Sabater-Muñoz B, Latorre A, Silva FJ, Moya A. Extreme genome reduction in Buchnera spp.: toward the minimal genome needed for symbiotic life. Proc Natl  Acad Sci U S A. 2002 Apr 2;99(7):4454-8. Epub 2002 Mar 19. PubMed PMID: 11904373; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC123669.