Cristina Howard-Varona

Cristina Howard-Varona

Cristina Howard-Varona

Postdoctoral Scholar

Room 932, Riffe Building
496 W 12th Ave,
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Bacteriophages
  • Phage-host interactions
  • Multi-omics


  • B.S./M.S. in Biotechnology, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 2011
  • Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2015

Lab: Matthew Sullivan



  • Staff Career Development Grant, The Ohio State University, 2020
  • NIH/NIAID T32 Fellowship, 2016-2018
  • Gordon Research Conferences Award, 2016
  • American Society for Microbiology Student Award, 2015


Selected Publications

Howard-Varona C., Lindback M. L., Bastien G. E., Solonenko N., Zayed A. A., Jang H-B., Andreopoulos B., Brewer H. M., Glavina del Rio T., Adkins J. N., Paul S., Sullivan M. B. & Duhaime M. B. 2020. Phage-specific metabolic reprogramming of virocells. ISME J. 14: 881-895.

Zimmerman A. E., Howard-Varona C., Needham D. M., John S. G., Worden A. Z., Sullivan M. B., Waldbauer J. R., Coleman M. L. Metabolic and biogeochemical consequences of viral infection in aquatic ecosystems. 2019. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 18: 21-34.

Howard-Varona C.* & Vik D. R.*, Solonenko N. E., Gazitua M. C., Hobbs Z., Honaker R. W., Kinkhabwala A. A., Sullivan M. B. 2018. Whole-genome sequence of phages p000v and p000y infecting the bacterial pathogen Shigatoxigenic Escherichia coli. Genome Announc,  7: e01400-18. *co-first authors.

Howard-Varona C.* & Vik D. R.*, Solonenko N. E., Gazitua M. C., Chittick L., Li Y-F., Samiec J. K., Anderson P., Jensen A. E., Howard-Varona A., Kinkhabwala A. A., Abedon S. T. & Sullivan M. B. 2018. Fighting fire with fire: phage potential for treatment of E. coli O157 infection.   Antibiotics 7: 101     *co-first authors.

Howard-Varona C., Hargreaves K. R., Solonenko N., Markillie L. M., White III R. A., Brewer H. M., Ansong C., Adkins J. N., Orr G., Sullivan M. B. 2018. Multiple mechanisms drive phage infection efficiency in nearly-identical hosts. ISME J. 12: 1605-1618.


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