Alam García-Heredia

PhD Candidate in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Email: agarciahered@umass.edu / alam.garciah@gmail.com     

University of Massachusetts Amherst     

Amherst, MA 01003



TRAINING

University of Massachusetts, Amherst. PhD candidate in the Molecular and Cell Biology program, 2015-present. Advisor: Dr. M. Sloan Siegrist.

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL). Químico Bacteriólogo Parasitólogo (B. Sc. “Chemist Bacteriologist Parasitologist”), 2015. Advisors: Drs. Norma Heredia and Santos García.

AWARDS AND HONORS

-UANL Research Award in Natural Sciences, 2017.

-Honors Fellowship by Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon.

-Top Student, 2014 UANL class.

-Best presentation award in the International Meeting for Food Safety (Inocuidad Alimentaria), 2013.

-Second best poster presentation at the International Meeting for Food Safety (Inocuidad Alimentaria), 2011.  

FUNDING

-Scholarship for Underrepresented Minorities, Boston Bacterial Meeting 2019.

-Scholarship for academic excellence in Bachelor´s studies by Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, $3, 150 USD. 2010-2014.

-Scholarship for academic excellence to study German by Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, $1, 400 USD. 2009-2010.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

5.    Corzo-Ariyama, H. A., García-Heredia, A., Heredia, N., García, S., León, J., Jaykus, L., and Solís-Soto, L. (2019). Phylogroups, pathotypes, biofilm formation and antimicrobial resistance of Escherichia coli isolates in farms and packing facilities of tomato, jalapeño pepper and cantaloupe from Northern Mexico. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 290, 96-104.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2018.10.006

4.   García-Heredia, A.*, Pohane, A. A.*, Melzer, E. S., Carr, C. R., Fiolek, T. J., Rundell, S. R., Lim, H. C., Wagner, J. C., Morita, Y. S., Swarts, M. B and Siegrist, M. S. (2018). Peptidoglycan precursor synthesis along the sidewall of pole-growing mycobacteria. eLife, 7, e37243 (bioRxiv 292607). DOI: 10.7554/eLife.37243

·     Insight article in “Tuberculosis: Breaking down walls,” eLife 2018

·     Spotlight article in “Building Walls: Work that Never Ends,” Trends in Microbiology 2019

·     Finalist for the 2019 Mahoney Life Sciences Prize

3.  Puffal, J., García-Heredia, A., Rahlwes, K. C., Siegrist, M. S. and Morita, Y. S. (2018). Spatial control of cell envelope biosynthesis in mycobacteria. Pathogens and Disease, 76(4), fty027. https://doi.org/10.1093/femspd/fty027

2.  García-Heredia, A., García, S., Merino-Mascorro, J. A., Feng, P. and Heredia, N. (2016). Natural plant products inhibit growth and alter the swarming motility, biofilm formation, and expression of virulence genes in enteroaggregative and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Food Microbiology, 59: 124-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fm.2016.06.001

·     Winner of the UANL 2017 Research Award in Natural Sciences

·     Featured in the Ciencia UANL Magazine, Jan-Feb 2018

1.     García-Heredia, A., Orue, N., Heredia, N. and García, S. (2013). Efficacy of citrus-based disinfectants to inhibit growth, swarming, and biofilm formation of Salmonella and decontaminate parsley. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 11(2), 1295-1299.

NON-PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

1.     García-Heredia, A., Puffal, J., Judd, J., Gray, T. A., Morita, Y. S. and Siegrist, M. S. (2019). Membrane compartmentalization of mycobacterial peptidoglycan synthesis. bioRxiv, 544338.

BOOKS AND CHAPTERS

2.     García-Heredia A., Dávila-Aviña, J. E., Zoellner, C., Garcia-Amezquita, L. E., Heredia, N., Garcia, S. (2018). Essential oils and plant extracts as natural antimicrobial agents. In: Emerging Postharvest Treatment of Fruits and Vegetables. (eds) K. Barman, S. Sharma, M.W. Siddiqui. AAP-CRC Press. p317-352.

1.     García, S., Heredia, N., Solís-Soto, L., Dávila-Aviña, J. and García-Heredia, A. (2016). Fisiología de Microorganismos, Manual de Laboratorio. Segunda Edición. Editorial Trillas. ISBN 978-607-17-2696-4.

·     Best seller laboratory manual for training in elemental microbial physiology in Mexico

TALKS

During PhD

UMass Medical School, November 2019

Chemistry-Biology Interface Seminar, UMass Amherst. March 2019

Membrane interactions workshop Slam, UMass Amherst. February 2019

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Colloquium, UMass Amherst. September 2016, February 2019

Harvard School of Public Health, September 2018

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) retreat, UMass Amherst. October 2017

Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Chalk Talk, UMass Amherst. February 2017, November 2018

Prior UMass

Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (Mexico). XXXI Scientific-Academic week, culture and Sport: Advances and Perspectives in Biotechnology, 2013.

Annual Meeting of Inocuidad Alimentaria (Mexico), 2013.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS     

At UMass

García-Heredia, A., Puffal, J. Morita, S. Y. and Siegrist, M. S. (2018). Membrane partitioning of mycobacterial peptidoglycan synthesis. Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting, Madison WI.

García-Heredia, A., Puffal, J. Morita, S. Y. and Siegrist, M. S. (2018). Membrane partitioning of mycobacterial peptidoglycan synthesis. Boston Bacterial Meeting, Boston MA.

Prior UMass

García-Heredia, A., S. García, J. A. Merino-Mascorro, P. Feng and N. Heredia. (2016). Natural plant products inhibit growth and alter the swarming motility, biofilm formation, and expression of virulence genes in enteroaggregative and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, 2016.

García-Heredia, A., Orue, N., Heredia, N., Garcia, S. Efficacy of Commercial Citrus-based Disinfectants to Inhibit Growth, Swarming, and Biofilm Formation of Salmonella and Decontaminate Parsley. IAFP meeting, 2012.

García-Heredia, A., Orue, N., Heredia, N., Garcia, S. (2011). Effect of citric-based commercial antimicrobial in growth of different strains of Salmonella. Inocuidad Alimentaria (Food Safety) Meeting (Mexico), 2011.

TEACHING AT UMASS

Microbio 255 (Introduction to Medical Microbiology, 4 credits): TA in a laboratory course for 24 undergraduates, Spring 2017.

Microbio 265 (Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory, 2 credits): TA in a laboratory course for 24 undergraduates, Spring 2017.

Microbio 565 (Laboratory in Molecular Genetics, 4 credits): TA in a laboratory course for 24 undergraduates, Fall 2016.

Biology 151 (Introductory Biology I, 2 credits): TA in a lecturing course for 200 undergraduates, led discussion sessions, Fall 2015-Spring 2016.

SERVICE

At UMass

Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium 2020 at UMass Amherst, organizer.

Ad-hoc mentor in the IDGP On-Ramp Program at UMass, 2019-

Adjunct member and organizer, BRiDGE Scholars at UMass, 2019-

Graduate Student Liason, Microbiome faculty research for the Biology Department, February-March 2019.

Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium 2019 at UMass Amherst, organizer.

That´s Life Science Blog, member and editor, 2016.

Prior UMass

Rapid Diagnostic Methods in Microbiology 2014 workshop at UANL, volunteer staff

MEMBERSHIP

American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018-

New England Society for Microscopy, 2018-

American Society of Microbiology (ASM), 2014-

Society for Applied Microbiology (SFAM), 2012-2015

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), 2013-2014

Mexican Association for Food Protection A. C (AMEPAL), 2011-2014