Vivian Molina

Master's Students

Master's student

Research Interests

Throughout my Bachelor studies, my research encompassed testing bioleaching bacterial strains from mine tailings, identifying Mycoplasma gallisepticum in House Finches, and molecular diagnostics projects in tomatoes, strawberries, and potatoes. I also conducted the first viral metagenomic analysis of Mexican grapevines. The culmination of these projects sparked my interest in the potential of the Red Sea, particularly due to its unexplored opportunities. I believe molecular biology and ecological genomics are vital for understanding interactions among viromes, microbiomes, and the environment.

Selected Publications

●       Potential Implications and Management of Grapevine Viruses in Mexico: A Review (2023)

Alfredo Diaz-Lara*,Vivian Hayde Aguilar-Molina,José Irving Monjarás-Barrera,Darko Vončina,Teresa M. Erickson and Maher Al Rwahnih


●       High-Throughput Sequencing of Grapevine in Mexico Reveals a High Incidence of Viruses including a New Member of the Genus Enamovirus (2023)

Alfredo Diaz-Lara, Kristian Stevens, Vivian Hayde Aguilar-Molina,José Miguel Fernández-Cortés,Víctor Manuel Chabacano León,Marcos De Donato,Ashutosh Sharma,Teresa M. Erickson and Maher Al Rwahnih


●       Viruses of Economic Impact on Tomato Crops in Mexico: From Diagnosis to Management—A Review (2022)

Raymundo Saúl García-Estrada,Alfredo Diaz-Lara,Vivian Hayde Aguilar-Molina and Juan Manuel Tovar-Pedraza


●       Bioleaching of Iron and Zinc from a galvanized steel waste from automotive industry using Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans: a case of study of the bajío area in México (2023)

Francisco Armando Granados-Contreras, Vivian Hayde Aguilar-Molina, Grisel Fierros-Romero, David Enrique Zazueta-Álvarez, Hiram Medrano-Roldán, Marlenne Gómez Ramírez, Norma Gabriela Rojas-Avelizapa


  • Bs in Biotechnology Engineering with Professional Concentration in Biocatalysis and Molecular Biology (2017-2022)

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Querétaro, México

Professional Profile

  • (2021- 2023) - Internship Collaboration with 14 vineyards in Queretaro and Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey
  • (2022) - Internship Collaboration with University of Cornell
  • (2021) - Mitacs Globalink Internship Program, University of Toronto, Scaraborough
  • (2019-2021) - Internship Collaboration Universidad Politécnica de Durango, México

Scientific and Professional Membership

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


  • Academic Excellence Award, ITESM, México
  • Student Development Diploma, ITESM, México
  • Young Investigator Award, Agrigenomics for Food and Health International Congress, México

KAUST Affiliations


Research Interests Keywords

Biotechnology Molecular Biology Ecological Genomics Marine viruses Climate Change Bioleaching of corals