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Ph.D. Program of Biotechnology and Genetic Resources of Plants and Associated Microorganisms

Agricultural Engineer – M.Sc. in Forest & Agricultural Biotechnology

ORCID 0000-0001-9256-6084 - SCOPUS Author ID 56709610800


Research experience

  • From February 2021, Plant Production Technician at Laboratoire de Biologie des Ligneux et des Grandes Cultures (LBLGC), ARCHE team (Arbres et réponses aux contraintes hydriques et environnementales), Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France
  • July 2016 to March 2020, Postdoctoral Scholar at Department of Biology. Florida State University (FSU). Dr. Kathryn M. Jones Microbiology Lab.
  • April 2016 to June 2016, Laboratory manager at Le Centre d’Evaluation Biologique at PHILAGRO France.
  • October 2008 to October 2015, Ph.D. student at Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Department of Plant Pathology, Bacteriology Lab. PhD Supervisor, Dr. Jaime Cubero. Link to PhD dissertation, introduction in Spanish
  • November-December 2011, Short term scientific mission at Dr. Jorge A. Girón Laboratory at the Emerging Pathogen Institute (EPI), and at Dr. James H. Graham`s Soil Microbiology Laboratory in Citrus Research and Education Centre (CREC) both of them from The University of Florida (USA).
  • June-August 2010, Short term scientific mission, at Dr. James H. Graham`s Soil Microbiology Laboratory in CREC, The University of Florida (USA).
  • September 2007-June 2008, M. Sc. Project at Biotechnology Department, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (ETSIA), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. Supervisor, Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Palenzuela
  • June 2006- June 2007, Final Degree Project at the Biotechnology Department, ETSIA, UPM, Spain. Supervisor, Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Palenzuela


Publications, Scientific and Technical Documents and any other publications

  1. 1. Cai, L., Jain, M., Sena-Vélez, M., Jones, K. M., Fleites, L. A., Heck, M., Gabriel D. W. Tad pilus-mediated twitching motility is Essential for DNA uptake and survival of Liberibacters. PLoS One. 2021 Oct 13;16 (10):e0258583. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258583. PMID: 34644346; PMCID: PMC8513845. Link here
  2. 2. Sena-Vélez, M. October 6th 2020. Studying Liberibacter crescens to learn more about the causal agent of Huanglongbing. Science for Citrus Health, Research Snapshots (Tools). University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. Link here.
  3. 3. Sena-Vélez, M., Graham, J.H., Giron J.A., Redondo, C. & Cubero, J. 2020. Characterization of extracellular matrix during biofilm formation for Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri strains with different host range. Tropical Plant Pathology 45 (3), 306-319; DOI s40858-020-00339-8. PDF here.
  4. 4. Sena-Vélez, M., Holland, S. D., Aggarwal, M., Cogan, N. G., Jain, M., Gabriel, D. W., & Jones, K. M. 2019. Growth dynamics and survival of Liberibacter crescens BT-1, an important model organism for the citrus Huanglongbing pathogen ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 85 (21) e01656-19; DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01656-19. PDF here.
  5. 5. Garita-Cambronero, J., Sena-Vélez, M., Ferragud, E., Sabuquillo, P., Redondo, C., & Cubero, J. 2019. Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri and Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni: Comparative analysis of two pathogens producing similar symptoms in different host plants. PloS one, 14(7), e0219797. PDF here.
  6. 6. Sena Vélez, M., Llop, P., Gell Silvente, I., López, M.M., Cubero Dabrio, J. Book Chapter 26 (471 - 486), La cancrosis o chancro de los cítricos causada por Xanthomonas spp (Citrus bacterial canker caused by Xanthomonas spp.). BOOK: Bacterias Fitopatógenas. Eds. Emilio Montesinos, Jesús Murillo, María M. López. SEF PHYTOMA, 2019. Madrid. ISBN : 978-84-685-3302-5
  7. 7. Cubero Dabrio, J., Sena-Vélez, M., Garita-Cambronero, J. Book Chapter 23 (425 – 429), El género Xanthomonas (The Xanthomonas genus). BOOK: Bacterias Fitopatógenas. Eds. Emilio Montesinos, Jesús Murillo, María M. López. SEF PHYTOMA, 2019. Madrid. ISBN : 978-84-685-3302-5
  8. 8. Johnson, M.C.*, Sena-Vélez, M.*, Washburn, B.K., Platt, G.N., Lu, S., Brewer, T.E., et al. 2017. Structure, proteome and genome of Sinorhizobium meliloti phage ΦM5: a virus with LUZ24-like morphology and a highly mosaic genome. Journal of Structural Biology 200: 343–359. *Equal contribution. PDF here.
  9. 9. Sena-Vélez, M., Redondo, C., Graham, J.H., Cubero, J. Presence of Extracellular DNA during Biofilm Formation by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri strains with different host range. PloS one 11 (6), e0156695. PDF here.
  10. 10. Cubero, J., Redondo, C., Sabuquillo, P., Sena-Vélez, M., Garita-Cambronero, J., Ferragud, E., 2015. Xanthomonas, un género de bacterias fitopatógenas con una alta especialización. Galeradas de Semáforo. Revista de la Sociedad Española de Fitopatología, 60: 38-41. PDF here.
  11. 11. Redondo, C.*, Sena-Vélez, M.*, Gell, I., Ferragud, E., Sabuquillo, M.P., Graham, J.H. and Cubero, J. 2015. Influence of selected bactericides on biofilm formation and viability of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. Crop Protection, 78: 204-213. *Equal contribution. Link here.
  12. 12. Sena-Vélez, M., Redondo, C., Gell, I., Ferragud, E., Johnson, E., Graham, J.H., Cubero, J. 2015. Biofilm formation and motility of Xanthomonas strains with different citrus host range. Plant Pathology, 64: 767–775. PDF here.
  13. 13. Garita-Cambronero, J., Sena-Vélez, M., Palacio-Bielsa, A., Cubero, J. 2014. Draft Genome sequence of Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni strain Xap33, causal agent of bacterial spot disease on almond. Genome Announcements. DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.00440-1.4. PDF here.


Selected works presented in conferences at the national or international level

  • Liberibacter crescens rapid death phase in rich medium is due to medium alkalinization via ammonia evolution. Marta Sena Vélez; Manu Aggarwal; Sean D. Holland; Nick Cogan; Mukesh Jain; Dean W. Gabriel; Kathryn M. Jones. Riverside, California.2019. International Research Conference on Huanglongbing VI (IRCHLB).
  • Liberibacter crescens exhibits both flagellar swimming and Type IV pili-mediated twitching motility in culture. Lulu Cai; Mukesh Jain; Alejandra Muñoz-Bonar; Laura Fleites; Marta Sena Vélez; Michelle Heck; Kathryn M. Jones; Dean W. Gabriel. Riverside, California.2019. International Research Conference on Huanglongbing VI (IRCHLB). Poster.
  • ⋅ ’Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus ́bacteriophage search and the role of OmpA in Liberibacter species. Marta Sena Vélez; Mukesh Jain; Dean W. Gabriel; Kathryn M. Jones. Boston, Massachusetts. 2018. ICPP2018: Plant Health in a Global Economy. Poster.
  • ⋅ Motility and biofilm formation of Sinorhizobium strains with defects in succinoglycan cleavage and modification. Amanpreet K. Brar; Georgia N. Platt; Hajeewaka C. Mendis; Marta Sena Velez; Kathryn M. Jones. Winnipeg, Canada. 2018. 24th North American Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation Conference. Poster.
  • ⋅ Outer Membrane Protein (OmpA) in ‘Candidatus Liberibacter’ species, characterization and role as phage receptor. Marta Sena Vélez; Mukesh Jain; Dean W. Gabriel; Kathryn M. Jones. 2017. St. Petersburg, Florida. American Society for Microbiology's 103rd Southeastern Branch Annual Meeting.
  • ⋅ Biopelículas en Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri: papel del ADN extracelular y expresión de genes relacionados con adhesión y motilidad (Biofilms in Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri: role of extracellular DNA and adhesion and motility gene expression) Marta Sena Vélez; Cristina Redondo; Elisa Ferragud; Jaime Cubero, J. Lérida (Spain) 2014. XVII Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Fitopatología.
  • ⋅ Comparative study of different host range strains of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri: chemotaxis and biofilm formation. Marta Sena Vélez; Elisa Ferragud; Cristina Redondo; Evan G. Johnson; James H. Graham; Jorge A. Girón; Jaime Cubero. Valencia (Spain) 2012. XII International Citrus Congress.
  • ⋅ Estudio de quimiotaxis en Xanthomonas causantes de enfermedades de cítricos. (Chemotaxis study of citrus pathogenic Xanthomonas) Marta Sena Vélez; Cristina Redondo; Elisa Ferragud; Jaime Cubero, J. Vitoria-Gasteiz 2010 (Spain). XV Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Fitopatología.
  • ⋅ Clonaje mutagénesis y caracterización en Dickeya dadantii de genes relacionados con patogénesis. (Pathogenic genes description in Dickeya dadantii) Marta Sena Vélez and Pablo Rodríguez-Palenzuela. Benalmádena 2007. II Reunión del Grupo Especializado Microbiología de plantas de la Sociedad Española de Microbiología.


Professional preparation

  • ⋅ Workshop in Proteomics and Metabolomics. College of Medicine of FSU. Tallahassee, Florida. January 2018.
  • ⋅ Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research - Basic Course. Graduate Student/Postdoctoral training. Citi Program. FSU. Tallahassee, Florida. October 16th, 2019.
  • Ph.D. Program of Biotechnology and Genetic Resources of Plants and Associated Microorganisms, Summa Cum Laude, October 2015, ETSIA, UPM, Spain.
  • ⋅ Bioinformatics: Life Science on your computer. The University John Hopkins, 2014. Coursera.
  • ⋅ Bioinformatics Methods I and II. The University of Toronto, 2014. Coursera.
  • ⋅ Technician course in animal experimentation, Category B. INIA, Madrid (Spain) 2013.
  • ⋅ Genetic markers and its applications. INIA, Madrid (Spain) 2013. Theoretical and Practical Course “Quorum Sensing in Plant Associated Bacteria” 23-26 May 2011. International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste (Italy).
  • ⋅ Real time PCR and massive sequencing; applications. Roche Applied Science (Spain).
  • ⋅ Mass spectrometry application for microorganism characterization and plant and animal tissues. Veterinary School, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain 2011.
  • ⋅ Plant Bioinformatics, Systems and Synthetic Biology Summer School. 27-31 July 2009. The University of Nottingham, UK.
  • ⋅ Workplace risks prevention course by Sociedad de Prevención ASEPEYO. Low level. 50 hours. May 2009, Madrid, Spain.
  • M.Sc. in Forest & Agricultural Biotechnology. June 2008, ETSIA, UPM, Spain.
  • Agricultural Engineer. June 2007. ETSIA, UPM, Spain.
  • ⋅ Spring semester at Nottingham University (Biosciences School) in 2006 with the Socrates/Erasmus European Exchange Program.
  • ⋅ Research Introductory Course by Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (SEBBM) at Universidad de Zaragoza. 2005.


Other professional activities

  • ⋅ Member of SIEF (Society of Spanish Researches in France, Sociedad de Investigadores Españoles en Francia) and member of the Association’s Communication Team.
  • ⋅ Member of the FSU Postdoctoral Advisory Board, 2017-2018.
  • ⋅ President of the FSU Postdoctoral Association (2018). Vicepresident of the FSU Postdoctoral Association (2017). Active member of the association from 2016 to 2020; organization of postdoctoral events and participation in new-postdoctoral-scholars orientation. Leading the committees to request to the university Postdoc Paid Parental leave and Paid Time Off among other minor requests.
  • ⋅ Reviewer for “European Journal of Plant Pathology”, “Applied and Environmental Microbiology”, “Virology”, “PeerJ” and “Microbiology Open” journals.
  • ⋅ Reviewer of APS travel awards applications for APS conferences as well as the International Plant Pathology conference organized in 2018.