Iset Vera

Iset Vera, PhD

Instructor I, College of Medicine Internal Medicine

Contact Info 3720 Spectrum Blvd
Tampa FL 33612

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  • PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, Yeshiva University, 2010
  • MSc, Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 2006
  • BS, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2004

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease

Research Interests

  • – Molecular and cell biology of intracellular pathogens
  • – Parasitology/Plasmodium parasite biology
  • – Pathogen-host interactions/Pathogenesis
  • – Host cell defense mechanisms
  • – Microbe virulence mechanisms

Recent Publications

  • Real E, Rodrigues L, Cabal G, J Enguita, Mancio-Silva L, Mello-Vieira J, Beatty W, Vera IM, et al. Plasmodium UIS3 sequesters host LC3 to avoid elimination by autophagy in hepatocytes Nature Microbiology. 3: 17-25, 2018.
  • Mancio-Silva L, Clavic K, Grilo Ruivo MT, Grosso AR, Modrzynska KK, Vera IM et al. Nutrient sensing modulates malaria parasite virulence Nature. 13(5477) : 213-216, 2017.
  • Van Voorhis WC, Adams JH, Adelfio R, Ahyong V, Akabas MH, Alano P, et al. Open source drug discovery with the Malaria box compound collection for neglected diseases and beyond PLoS Pathogens. 12(7) , 2016.
  • Slavic K, Krishna S, Lahree A, Bouyer G, Hanson KK, Vera I, Pittman JK, Staines HM, Mora M. A vacuolar iron-transporter homologue acts as a detoxifier in Plasmodium Nature Communications. 7(1040) , 2016.
  • Ruivo M, Vera I, Sales-Dia J, Meireles P, Gural N, Bhatia S, Mota MM, Mancio-Silva. Host AMPK is a modulator of Plasmodium liver infection Cell Reports. 16: 2539-2545, 2016.

Positions Held

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (,, Instituto de Medicina Molecular 2011 - 2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (College of Medicine, Albert Einstein University 2010 - 2011)