Maria Teresa Fernandez-Luna PhD

Maria Teresa Fernandez-Luna PhD
Lecturer in Biology
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  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico, 2010
  • M.S. in Biochemistry, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico, 2005
  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad de Guadalajara (UdG), Mexico, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, Department of Biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX, 2018-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB), Belton, TX, 2017-2018
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2013-2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside, CA, 2010-2012

Major areas of research

  • Microbiology
  • Bacterial Toxins
  • Molecular Biology

Courses currently teaching

  • Modern Concepts of Bioscience I (BIO 1305) Fall Term
  • Modern Concepts of Bioscience II (BIO 1306) Spring Term
  • Current Issues in Human Biology (BIO 1401) Fall and Spring Term
  • Genetics (BIO 2306) Fall and Spring Term


Tetreau, G., Banneville, A.S., Andreeva, E.A., Brewster, A.S., Hunter, M.S., Sierra, R.G., Teulon, J.M., Young, I.D., Burke, N., Grünewald, T.A., Beaudouin, J., Snigireva, I., Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Burt, A., Park, H.W., Signor, L., Bafna, J.A., Sadir, R., Fenel, D., Boeri-Erba, E., Bacia, M., Zala, N., Laporte, F., Després, L., Weik, M., Boutet, S., Rosenthal, M., Coquelle, N., Burghammer, M., Cascio, D., Sawaya, M.R., Winterhalter, M., Gratton, E., Gutsche, I., Federici, B., Pellequer, J.L., Sauter, N.K., Colletier, J.P. Serial femtosecond crystallography on in vivo-grown crystals drives elucidation of mosquitocidal Cyt1Aa bioactivation cascade. Nature Communications 11 (2020), 1153.

Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Hall, D.G., Mitchell, T., Blackburn, M.B., Bonning, B.C. Identification of Bacillus thuringiensis strains and individual toxins with activity against Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera). Toxins 11(2019), 173.

Deist, M., Rausch, M., Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Adang, M.J., Bonning, B.C. Bt toxin modification for enhanced efficacy. Toxins 6(2014), 3005-3027.

Bideshi, D.K., Waldrop, G., Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Diaz-Mendoza, M., Wirth, M.C., Johnson, J.J., Park, H.W., Federici, B.A. Intermolecular interaction between Cry2Aa and Cyt1Aa and its effect on larvicidal activity against Culex quinquefasciatus. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 23 (2013), 1107-1115.

Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Tabashnik, B.E., Lanz-Mendoza, H., Bravo, A., Soberon, M., Miranda-Rios, J. Single-concentration tests show synergism among Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis toxins against the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles albimanus. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 104 (2010), 231-233.

Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Lanz-Mendoza, H., Gill, S.S., Bravo, A., Soberon, M., Miranda-Rios, J. An alpha-amylase is a novel receptor for Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. israelensis Cry4Ba and Cry11Aa toxins in the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles albimanus (Diptera: Culicidae). Environmental Microbiology 12 (2010), 746-757.

Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Miranda-Rios, J. Riboswitch folding: one at a time and step by step. RNA Biology 5 (2008), 20-23.

Mendez, E., Fernandez-Luna, M.T., Lopez, S., Mendez-Toss, M., Arias, C.F. Proteolytic processing of a serotype 8 human Astrovirus ORF2 polyprotein. Journal of Virology 76 (2002), 7996-8002.


Publication number: 20180127771. Publication date: May 10, 2018. Insecticidal Toxins for Plant Resistance to Hemiptera.

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