Mary Shaw
Professor of Biology


Mary Shaw
Photo: Dr. Mary Shaw


Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, CA BA 1976 Biology
University of California, Davis MS 1981 Agricultural Ecology
University of California, Davis Ph.D. 1991 Plant Pathology
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Post Doctoral 1991-3 Plant Pathology

Professional Experience

1993-2000 Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Department, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM.
2000 - present Associate Professor, Department of Biology, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM.


Phi Kappa Phi, 1996-present (vice-president, 1997-1999).
Sigma Xi Society, 1992-present. 2000-2002, Chapter vice-president.
National Science Teachers Association, 2003-present
American Phytopathological Society, 1987-2004


Faculty Advisor, American Indians in Science and Engineering Student Group, NMHU, 1993-present.
Strengthening Quality Schools-New Mexico, NMHU coordinator 2003-present
Steering Committee member, New Mexico BRIN, 2001-2004
NMHU Math and Science Education Council, Chair 1998-2003


Biology for Non-majors
General Biology 1 for science Majors
Research Methods
Advanced Topics in Genetics
Teaching Science and Mathematics in Secondary School
Electron microscopy


Lia W. Liefting, Mary E. Shaw, and Bruce C. Kirkpatrick. 2004. Sequence analysis of two plasmids from the phytoplasma, Beet-Leafhopper Transmitted Virescence Agent. Microbiology 2004; 150(6): 1809-1817.
Bruton, B. D., Fletcher, J., Pair, S. D. Shaw, M., and Sittertz-Bhatkar, H. 1998. Association of a phloem-limited bacterium with yellow vine disease in cucurbits. Plant Disease 82:512-520
Fletcher, J., Shaw, M. E., Baker, G. R., Dugan, K. J., Ye, F., Sha, Y.-S., Zuck, P., and Myers, G. D. 1996. Molecular characterization of Spiroplasma citri lines that differ in transmissibility by the leafhopper Circulifer tenellus. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 42: 124-131.
Shaw, M. E., Kirkpatrick, B. C. and Golino, D.A. 1992. The beet leafhopper-transmitted virescence agent causes tomato big bud disease in California. Plant Disease 77:290-295.
Schultz, T. R. and Shaw, M. E. 1991. Occurrence of the beet leafhopper transmitted virescence agent in red and daikon radish plants in Washington State. Plant Disease 75:751.
Shaw, M. E., Kirkpatrick, B. C. and Golino, D. G. 1990. The beet leafhopper transmitted virescence agent MLO infecting Idaho radish Plant Disease. 74:252.
Golino, D. A., Shaw, M. E. and Rappaport, L. 1988. Infection of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. with a mycoplasma-like organism, the beet leafhopper transmitted virescence agent. Arabidopsis Information Service. 26:9-14.

Presentations with students since 2000

Nsamenang, K., Etarock, F. and Shaw, M. 2005. Partial Sequencing of a DNA fragment from a phytoplasma plasmid. Poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Nov. 10-13, 2005, Dallas TX.
Etarock, F. and Shaw, M. 2005 Sequencing of a Plasmid from the Severe strain of Aster Yellow Phytoplasma, Poster presentation at the New Mexico Bioinformatics Symposium March 31 - April 1, 2005, Santa Fe NM.
Etarock, F. and Shaw, M. 2005. Sequence Analysis of a Recombinant Plasmid from Severe Aster Yellows Phytoplasma, Second place student presentation NMHU Research Day, April 22, 2005.
Tumban, E. R. Richens and M.E. Shaw. 2003. Changes in Gene Expression in Periwinkle Plants (Catharanthus roseus) infected with Vince Virescence Phytoplasma, American Phytopathological Society Annual meeting, Aug. 9 -13, 2003, Charlotte, NC
Tumban, E., J. Rascoe, and M. Shaw 2002. Phytoplasma typing based on PCR of 16S rDNA and genetic sequences. Phytopathology 92:S82.
Rir-Sima-ah, J. and M.E. Shaw. 2001. Single-stranded DNA-binding (SSB) protein gene in plasmid (ppsa45) isolated from severe strain of western aster yellows phytoplasma. Phytopathology 91:S76.
Rascoe, J. and M.E. Shaw. 2001. Sequence analysis of a chromosomal fragment of severe strain of western aster yellows phytoplasma. Phytopathology 91:S74.
Rir-sima-ah, Jules and Mary E. Shaw. 2001. An Extrachromosomal DNA of the severe strain of the Western Aster Yellows (SAY) phytoplasma encodes a Single Stranded DNA Binding Protein. 2001 Functional Genomics Conference, Seattle, WA. Oct. 16-18, 2001

Other Collaborators

Marcy Osgood, Manuel Varela, Snezna Rogelj

Graduate Students (Thesis advisor)

Sandra Diaz deLeon, Mu Wang, Kenneth Rodriguez, Jules Rir-Sima-ah, Zing Wang, Nicole Sieym, Franklin Etarock, Marlina Montano

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