Marcus V. Merfa

PHD STUDENT

Entomology and Plant Pathology

EDUCATION:

2015 M.Sc. Genetics and Molecular Biology. Area: Genetics of Microorganisms. Alessandra Alves de Souza, State University of Campinas, Brazil. Thesis: Study of the biological role of the toxin-antitoxin system XF2490/XF2491 of Xylella fastidiosa under copper stress.

2010 B.Sc. Biotechnology. Federal University of São Carlos, Araras, Brazil.

 

CURRENT RESEARCH:

Development of new techniques to culture Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Merfa, M. V.; Niza, B.; Takita, M. A.; De Souza, A. A. The mqsra toxin-antitoxin system from xylella fastidiosa plays a key role in bacterial fitness, pathogenicity, and persister cell formation. Front. Microbiol. 7:904, 2016.

Sahoo, P. K.; Janissen, R.; Monteiro, M. P.; Cavalli, A.; Murillo, D. M.; Merfa, M. V.; Cesar, C. L.; Carvalho, H. F.; De Souza, A. A.; Bakkers, E. P.; Cotta, M. A. Nanowire arrays as cell force sensors to investigate adhesin-enhanced holdfast of single cell bacteria and biofilm stability. Nano Lett., v. 16, p. 4656-4664, 2016.

Niza, B ; Merfa, M. V. ; Alencar, V. C. ; Menegidio, F. B. ; Nunes, L. R. ; Machado, M. A. ; Takita, M. A. ; De Souza, A. A. Draft genome sequence of 11399, a transformable citrus-pathogenic strain of Xylella fastidiosa. Genome Announcements, v. 4, p. e01124-16, 2016.

Niza, B.; Coletta-Filho, H. D.; Merfa, M. V.; Takita, M. A.; De Souza, A. A. Differential colonization patterns of Xylella fastidiosa infecting citrus genotypes. plant pathology, v. 64, p. 1259-1269, 2015.

Generoso, W. C.; Borges, M. T. M. R.; Ceccato-Antonini, S. R.; Marino, A. L. F.; Silva, M. V. M.; Nassu, R. T.; Verruma-Bernardi, M. R. Avaliação microbiológica e físico-química de açúcares mascavo comerciais. Revista do instituto adolfo lutz, v. 68, p. 259-268, 2009.