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Paul de Figueiredo

de Figueiredo, Paul
Paul de Figueiredo
Associate Professor, Departments of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Veterinary Pathobiology, Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis
Rm 139B, Borlaug Center


Education and Training


Rice University                     Mathematics and Political Science     B.S. 1986
Stanford University              Religious Studies                                   M.S. 1989
Cornell University                 Biochemistry, Molec. Cell Biology    Ph.D. 1997
MIT                                         Vertebrate genetics                 Postdoc 1998-1999
University of Washington    Microbiology                          Postdoc 1999-2005

Professional experience

 1986-1987 Consultant, Arthur Anderson & Co.
1989-1991 Biologist, Clinical Hematology, NHLBI NIH
1999 Consultant, Neural Computing Systems, Inc.
2005 Asst. Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University
2006 Member, Faculty of Genetics, Texas A&M University
2006 Member, Program in Biotechnology, Texas A&M University
2006 Member, Faculty of Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Texas A&M University
2007 Member, Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery, Texas A&M System
2007 Member, Program in the Biology of Filamentous Fungi, Texas A&M University
2007 Joint faculty, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University
2010 Investigator, Borlaug Center, Texas A&M University
2011 Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University
2011 Joint faculty, Dept of Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis, Texas A&M Health Science Center
2013 Member, Faculty of Evolutionary and Ecology, Texas A&M University
2013 Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, Texas A&M Health Science Center



Research interests


The de Figueiredo laboratory has broad interests in molecular biology and microbiology, including elucidating the molecular mechanisms mediating interactions between hosts and pathogens, cancer biology and bioenergy


Selected honors


National Merit Scholar, Graduate Research Assistantship (Stanford), NIH Graduate Research Training Grant recipient (Cornell), Du Pont Teaching Prize (Cornell), Fuertes Writing Prize (Cornell), Biochemistry Teaching Prize (Cornell), The American Society for Cell Biology/Hybridon Predoctoral Travel Award (Cornell), Harvard Biotechnology Business Plan Competition, Runner Up (Harvard Business School), MIT 50K Business Plan Competition. Semifinalist (MIT), Mexican American and Latino Research Center Fellow (Texas A&M), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Program Mentor (Texas A&M), Hispanic Leadership Program Mentor (Texas A&M), Oak Ridge Associated University Junior Faculty Award


Professional activities

2004 Founder, AvanViva, Inc., a biotechnology company
2008, 2010 Panel Member, NSF Integrated and Organismal systems (IOS)
2008-2012 Panel Member, NIH Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group ZRG1 IDM-A, Intracellular bacterial pathogenesis
2009-2012 Panel Member, NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
2011 Panel Member, CDC-NIH Family History and Diamond Blackfan Anemia
2014 Panel Member, NSF BIOT Symbiosis Defense and Self-Recognition
2005-present Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2010-present Associate Editor, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
2011-present Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
2011-present Member, American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
2011-present Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)
2013-present Associate Editor, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
2014 Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Medicine, TAMHSC


Selected publications

1. Qin QM, Pei J, Ancona V, Shaw BD, Ficht TA, de Figueiredo P. RNAi screen of endoplasmic reticulum-associated host factors reveals a role for IRE1a in supporting Brucella replication.
PLOS PATHOG. 2008 Jul 25;4(7):e1000110 PMID: 18654626
2. Jupiter D, Ficht TA, Samuel J, Qin Q, de Figueiredo P. DNA watermarking of infectious agents: progress and prospects.
PLOS PATHOG. 2010 Jun 17;6(6):e1000950. PMID: 20585560
3. Qin, Q, Luo J, Lin X, Pei J, Ficht TA, de Figueiredo P. Functional analysis of host factors that mediate Cryptococcus neoformans intracellular trafficking.
PLOS PATHOG. 2011. Jun;7(6):e1002078. Epub 2011 Jun 16. PMID: 21698225
4. Bechler M., de Figueiredo P, Brown WJ. A PLA1-2 punch regulates the Golgi complex.
TRENDS CELL BIOL. 2011 Nov 28, PMID: 22130221
5. Dickman MB, de Figueiredo P. Comparative pathobiology of pathogenic fungi of plants and animals.
PLOS PATHOG. 2011. December; 7(12): e1002324. PMID: 22194681
6. Criscitiello M, de Figueiredo P. Fifty shades of immune defense.
PLOS PATHOG. 2013 9(2): e1003110. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003110 PMID: 23408882
7. Han A, Hou H, Li L, Kim HS, de Figueiredo P. Microfabricated devices in microbial bioenergy sciences.
TRENDS IN BIOTECHNOL. 2013. pii: S0167-7799(12)00221-1. PMID: 23453527
8. Criscitiello M, Dickman MB, Samuel JE and de Figueiredo P. Tripping on acid: trans-Kingdom perspectives on biological acids in immunity and pathogenesis
PLOS PATHOG. 2013. 9(7): e1003402. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003402. PMID: 23874196
9. Dickman and de Figueiredo. Death be not proud––cell death control in host fungal interactions
PLOS PATHOG. 2013. 9(9): e1003542. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.100354
10. Pandey, A., S. Li Deng, T.A. Ficht, de Figueiredo P. 2013. Drosophila S2 Cell Model of Brucella Infection: An Attractive Tool to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions. In Methods in Molecular Biology. Human Press (O’Callaghan, ed.) In press