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User:Cecelia Garcia

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Cecelia Garcia obtained her B.Sc. in Biology from York College of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on her Biology PhD at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Gardner.

Her work combines bioinformatics with biochemistry and microbial physiology to characterize glycoside hydrolases from the soil bacterium C. japonicus. Of particular interest are glycoside hydrolases capable of acting on small ɑ-diglucosides [1]. Cecelia has largely contributed to the functional characterization of C. japonicus GH37 trehalases [2] and is focusing on elucidating the physiology of C. japonicus strains adapted to novel alpha-diglucosides [3]. She has also contributed to developing systems for studying physiological responses to microcrystalline insoluble materials [in review].



  1. Garcia CA and Gardner JG. (2021) Bacterial α-diglucoside metabolism: perspectives and potential for biotechnology and biomedicine. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 105, 4033-4052. DOI:10.1007/s00253-021-11322-x | PubMed ID:33961116 | HubMed [Garcia2021]
  2. Garcia CA, Narrett JA, and Gardner JG. (2020) Trehalose Degradation by Cellvibrio japonicus Exhibits No Functional Redundancy and Is Solely Dependent on the Tre37A Enzyme. Appl Environ Microbiol. 86. DOI:10.1128/AEM.01639-20 | PubMed ID:32917758 | HubMed [Garcia2020]
  3. Garcia CA, Narrett JA, and Gardner JG. (2019) Complete Genome Sequences of Cellvibrio japonicus Strains with Improved Growth When Using α-Diglucosides. Microbiol Resour Announc. 8. DOI:10.1128/MRA.01077-19 | PubMed ID:31672746 | HubMed [Garcia2019]
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