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Cecilia Tamborindeguy

Tamborindeguy, Cecilia
Cecilia Tamborindeguy
Associate Professor
Heep Center 516
(979) 845-2619
Undergraduate Education
Agronomic engineer, INP-ENSAT, France 2000
Graduate Education
Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University, 2006-2008
Ph.D., Plant Biosciences, INP-ENSAT, France 2004
M.S., Plant Biosciences, INP-ENSAT, France 2000


Our research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying plant pathogen transmission by insects. We study the interaction between plants, insects and pathogens. Our central questions are (1) how pathogens affect host plants and vectors,  (2) what are the molecular mechanisms involved in pathogen transmission, and (3) how plants respond to insects and pathogens. Our main study systems are psyllid – Liberibacter and aphid – viruses.
More recently we started a line of research on fire ants.


Albuquerque Tomilhero Frias, A., Ibanez, F., Mendoza-Herrera, A., de Carvalho Nunes, W. M., Tamborindeguy, C. 2019 Effects of ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ (haplotype B) on Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) during first oviposition cycle: fitness and vitellogenesis. Insect Science, In press. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12599.

Tang, X, Ibanez, F, Tamborindeguy, C. 2019 Quenching autofluorescence in the alimentary canal tissues of Bactericera cockerelli (Hemiptera: Triozidae) for immunofluorescence labeling. Insect Science. In press doi:10.1111/1744-7917.12660

Calkins, T; Tamborindeguy, C; Pietrantonio P. 2018 GPCR annotation, G protein expression analyses, and transcriptomics of Solenopsis invicta queen and worker brain: an improved view of signaling in an invasive superorganism. General and Comparative Endocrinology, In press. doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.12.008

Harrison, K., Tamborindeguy, C., Scheuring, D.C., Herrera, A.M., Silva, A., Badillo-Vargas, I.E., Miller, J.C., Levy, J.G. 2018 Differences in zebra chip severity between ‘Candidatus Liberibacter Solanacearum’ haplotypes in Texas. American Journal of Potato Research.:1-8

Hawkings, C, Tamborindeguy, C. Expression analysis of vitellogenins in the workers of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). PeerJ, e4875 do:10.7717/peerj.4875.

Mendoza-Herrera, A., Levy, J., Harrison, K., Yao, J., Ibanez, F., Tamborindeguy, C. 2018 Infection by ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ haplotypes A and B in Solanum lycopersicum ‘Moneymaker’. Plant Disease, 102:2009-2015. doi: 10.1094/PDIS-12-17-1982-RE

Huot O., Levy J., Tamborindeguy C. 2018 The comparative transcriptome analyses of plant (Solanum lycopersicum) responding to vector (Bactericera cockerelli) feeding and pathogen (‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’) infection. Plant Molecular Biology, 97:57-7.

Calkins, T; Chen, M; Arora, A; Hawkings, C; Tamborindeguy, C; Pietrantonio, P 2018 Brain gene expression analyses in virgin and mated queens of fire ants reveal mating- independent and socially-regulated changes. Ecology and Evolution, 8:4312-4327.

Levy, J., Tamborindeguy, C., Athrey, G., Scheuring, D.C., Koym, J.W. and Miller, J.C., 2018. Transcriptome of Russet Norkotah and its clonal selection, TXNS278. BMC research notes, 11(1), p.160.

Ravindran A., Saenkham P., Levy J., Tamborindeguy C., Lin H., Gross D., Pierson E. 2018 Characterization of the Serralysin-like gene of ‘Ca. Liberibacter  solanacearum’ associated with potato zebra chip disease. Phytopathology, 108(3):327-335

Ibanez F., Tang X., Tamborindeguy C. 2018 Bactericera cockerelli vitellogenin-6 like, a vitellogenin without a direct reproductive function?. Insect Molecular Biology, 27:166-176

Levy J., Mendoza A., Miller C, Jr, Tamborindeguy C., Pierson E. 2017 Global gene expression in two potato cultivars in response to ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ infection. BMC Genomics, 18:960

Huot O., Tamborindeguy C. 2017 Water stress affects Solanum lycopersicum susceptibility to Bactericera cockerelli colonization. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 165: 70-82

Tamborindeguy C., Huot O., Ibanez F., Levy J. 2017 The influence of bacteria on multi‐trophic interactions among plants, psyllids, and pathogen Insect Science, 24: 961-974

Ibanez F., Levy J., Tamborindeguy C. 2017. Identification and expression analyses of vitellogenin in Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc). Journal of Insect Physiology 98, 205-213

Yao J., Saenkham P., Levy J., Ibanez F., Noroy C., Mendoza A., Huot O., Meyer D., Tamborindeguy C. 2016 Interactions ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ – Bactericera cockerelli: haplotype effect on vector fitness and gene expression analyses Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Vol.6, doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2016.00062

Ibanez F., Tamborindeguy C. 2016 Selection of reference genes for expression analysis in the potato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli. Insect Molecular Biology, 25: 227-238.

Lévy J., Scheuring D., Koym  J, Henne D., Tamborindeguy C., Pierson E., and Miller JC., Jr. 2015 Investigations on putative Zebra Chip tolerant potato selections. American Journal of Potato Research, 92:417-425.

Thinakaran J., Pierson E.A., Longnecker M., Tamborindeguy C., Henne D. C. 2015 Settling and ovipositional behavior of the potato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) (Hemiptera: Triozidae), on solanaceous hosts under field and laboratory conditions. Journal of Economic Entomology, 108:904-916.