Dr. Fernando Gabriel Noriega

Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University 

Fernando G. Noriega

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
HLS 227
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
USA

Phone: 305-348 6632
E-mail:
noriegaf@fiu.edu

 

       Current members of our laboratory

Dr. Marcela Nouzova

Dr. Jaime G. Mayoral

Mario Perez

Marianne Goodwin

Mark Clifton

 

The research in our laboratory combines physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to address Insect biology fundamental questions.

Currently, we are working on two main projects:

1.        The study of the nutritional regulation of juvenile hormone levels in mosquitoes.
2.        Functional proteomics analysis of the mosquito neuroendocrine system.

I have also interest in the fields of insect immune response and thermoregulation.

If you are interested in pursuing a Doctoral degree under my supervision please contact me
 

Courses I am offering at FIU:

1. Functional Genomics and Proteomics

2. Comparative Physiology

Dr. Noriega's CV

Education

 

 

1981                             University of La Plata          Argentina

Licenciado en Zoologia

1987                             University of La Plata          Argentina

Ph.D   Zoology

Professional experience

 

Associate Professor (2007-Present) Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University 

 

Assistant Professor (2004-2007) Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University 

 

Adjunct Associate Professor (2003-present) College of Natural Sciences, University of La Plata. Argentina

 

Research Associate Professor (2002-2003) Department of Biochemistry, University of Arizona

 

Research Assistant Professor (1994-2002) Department of Biochemistry, University of Arizona.

 

Visiting Scientist (1994) Institute of Parasitology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

 

Research Associate (1992-1994) Department of Biochemistry, University of Arizona.

 

Research Associate (1989-1992) Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona.

 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (1989) National Council of Scientific Research. Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

 

Laboratory Teaching Assistant Chief in Animal Physiology, University of La Plata, 1980-1983, 1988-1989.

Graduate Fellow (1981-1988) Center for Parasites and Vectors Studies, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina

 

Honors and Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invited speaker

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Teaching experience in

international courses

 

 

RO1 NIH grant award (PI) Regulation of Juvenile Hormone levels in mosquitoes (2005-2010). Total Cost: $1,844,038

 

RO1 NIH grant award (PI) Regulation of Juvenile Hormone levels in mosquitoes (2001-2004). Total Cost: $ 888,399

 

Distinguish Visiting Professor Award. Mexico-United States Foundation for Sciences. University of La Paz, Mexico (2001).

 

RO1  NIH grant award  (coPI) . Blood digestion in Vectors 1996-2001

Total cost $1,237,432.

 

Biomedical Research Abroad (BRAVO-NIH) award, Visiting Scientist. University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic (1994).

 

Fullbright Foundation Travel Grant Award (1989).

 

National Council of Scientific Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Argentina) (1989).

 

Competitive Research Grant Award Third World Association for the Advance of the Science (Trieste, Italy)(1989).

 

Research Grant Award from S.P.I.D.E.R. (Ecological Research Development Program) University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1987)

 

National Council of Scientific Research Fellowship (Argentina)(1981-1988).

 

  • Institute of Parasitology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, 1994, 1999.

  • Department of Zoology, University of Stockholm, Sweden, 1994.

  • Department of Natural Sciences, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1995, 2000, 2003.

  • Campomar Institute of Biochemical Research, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995. 

  • National Institute of Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1997, 2001. 

  • CINVESTAD, Center of Advanced Studied, Mexico DF, Mexico, 1997, 2001.

  • Department of Zoology, University of Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1998. 

  • Department of Entomology Seminar Series. University of Arizona, April, 1999. 

  • Imperial College, London, England, 1999. 

  • Institute of Virology, University of Oxford, England, 1999. 

  • University of Keele, England, 1999.

  • University of Wales, Bangor, Wales, 1999. 

  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1999. 

  • Norwestern Research Center (CIBNOR), La Paz, BCS, Mexico, 2000, 2001. 

  • Department of Parasitology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2000. 

  • Department of Biochemistry, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, 2000. 

  • Department of Parasitology, Naresuan University, Pitsanulok, Thailand, 2001. 

  • Max Plank Institute, Goettingen, Germany, 2001. 

  • Invited speaker symposium: Arthropod adaptations for hematophagy Meeting of the Society of Vector Ecologists, Albuquerque, USA, 2002.

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. 2002.

  • Boston College, USA , January 2003.

  • Kansas State University, USA,  February 2003.

  • Florida International University, USA, March 2003.

  • University of Almeria, Spain, August 2003.  

  • Center for Biological Research, Madrid. Spain. September 2003. 

  • Molecular Biology Institute, Barcelona. Spain.  September 2003. 

  • Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bariloche, Argentina.  November 2003
  • Invited speaker International Symposium on Genetic Resources and Functional Studies in Insects. Tsukuba, Japan. March 2005.
  • University of Riverside, February 2006
  • University of Georgia, February 2006
  • University of Almeria, Spain. July 2006
  • CICYTTP, Argentina, May 2007
  • Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bariloche, Argentina.  May 2007
  • Center for genomic Studies, Universidad Nacional de La Plata,  Argentina,  May 2007.
  • Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, July 2007
  • Department of Biology. MIT. Boston. May 2008
  • Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) October 2008
  • Invited Speaker, Brazilian congress of Parasitology. October 2008
  • University of Florida, Department of Entomology, March 2009

 

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Vectors (Director). Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, 2000.

 

Proteases in Invertebrates (Director). Norwestern Research Center (CIBNOR), La Paz, BCS, Mexico,  2001.

 

International Course on Biology of Disease Vectors, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, 2001. sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).

 

Post-graduate course:  New approaches in Insect research: functional genomic and proteomic studies.  Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, 2002.

 

International Course on Biology of Disease Vectors, Cuernavaca, Mexico, June 14-29,  2003. sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).

 

International course on Insect Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, 2004.

 

Summer School on Vector Biology, University of South Bohemia,  Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, June 20-25, 2005.

 

International Course on Biology of Disease Vectors, Manaus, Brazil, June 3-16,  2007. sponsored by FioCruz and the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).

 

List of publications: click on the publication and get a pdf copy

 

Navare, A., Nouzova,  M., Noriega, F.G., Martinez-Hernandez, S., Menzel, C. and Fernandez, F.M. (2009) On-Chip Solid-phase Extraction Preconcentration/Focusing Substrates Coupled to Atmospheric Pressure Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry for High Sensitivity biomolecule analysis. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 23:447-486.

 
Jaime G. Mayoral, Marcela Nouzova, Michiyo Yoshiyama, Tetsuro Shinoda, Salvador Hernandez-Martinez, Elena Dolghih, Adrian G. Turjanski, Adrian E. Roitberg, Horacio Priestap, Mario Perez, Lucy Mackenzie, 
Yiping Li,and Fernando G. Noriega (2009) Molecular and functional characterization of a juvenile hormone acid methyltransferase expressed in the corpora allata of mosquitoes. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 
39:31-37.

Berry, J.P., Gantar, M., Perez, M.H., Berry, G., and Noriega F.G. (2008) Cyanobacterial Toxins as Allelochemicals with Potential as Algaecides, Herbicides and Insecticides. Marine drugs 6: 117-146.

Navare, A., Zhou, M., McDonald, J.,   Noriega, F.G., Sullards, C. and Fernandez, F.M. (2008) Serum Biomarker Profiling by Solid-Phase Extraction with Particle-Embedded Micro Tips and Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 22:997-1008.

Martinez-Hernandez, S., Mayoral, J.G., Li, Y. and Noriega, F.G. (2007). Role of Juvenile hormone and allatotropin on nutrient allocation, ovarian development and survivorship in mosquitoes. J. Insect Physiology 53: 230-234

Li, Y., Martinez-Hernandez, S., Fernandez, F.,  Mayoral, J.G., Topalis, P., Priestap, H., Perez, M., Navarete, A., and Noriega, F.G. (2006).Biochemical, molecular and functional characterization of PISCF-allatostatin, a regulator of juvenile hormone biosynthesis in the mosquito Aedes aegypti.  J. Biological Chemistry, 281(45), 34048-34055.

 Telang, A., Li, Y., Noriega F.G., and Brown M.R. (2006) Effects of larval nutrition on the endocrinology of mosquito egg development. J. Experimental Biology 209, 645-655.

 

Noriega, F.G., Ribeiro, J.M.C., Koener, J.F.,Valenzuela, J.G., Hernandez-Martinez, S., Pham, V.M and Feyereisen, R. (2006) Comparative genomics of insect juvenile hormone biosynthesis. Insect Biochem.Molec. Biology. 36: 366-374

 

Martinez-Hernandez, S., Li, Y., Rodriguez, M.H., Lanz-Mendoza H. and Noriega, F.G. (2005).  Allatotropin and PISCF- and YXFGL-amide-allatostatins distribution in Aedes aegypti and Anopheles albimanus mosquitoes.  Cell Tissue Research  321:105-113.

 

Sanborn, A.F., Heath, M.S., Heath, J.E., Noriega, F.G. and Polly, P.K. (2004) Convergence and Parallelism Among Cicadas of Argentina and the Southwestern United States (Hemiptera:  Cicadoidea).  Journal of Zoology of the Linnean Society 83: 281-288

 

Isoe, J, Noriega, F. G. and Wells, M. A. (2004) Genomics and Gene Expression in Vectors in (Marquardt WC, Black WC, Freier J, Hagedorn H, Hemingway J, Higgs S, James AA and Kondratieff, Eds.) “Biology of Disease Vectors”, 2nd ed., Elsevier, 551-563.

 

Noriega, F.G (2004) Mini review: Nutritional regulation of JH synthesis: a mechanism to control reproductive maturation in mosquitoes? Insect Biochem Molec. Biol.  34:687-693.

 

Caroci, A., Li, Y. and Noriega, F.G. (2004). Reduced juvenile hormone synthesis in mosquitoes with low teneral reserves prevents ovarian previtellogenic development in Aedes aegypti.  J. Experimental Biology 207:2685-2690

 

Li, Y., Martinez-Hernandez, S. and Noriega, F.G. (2004) Inhibition of juvenile hormone biosynthesis in mosquitoes: effect of allatostatic head-factors, PISCF- and YXFGL-amide-allatostatins. Regulatory peptides. 118: 175-182.

 

Li, Y.; Unnithan, C.;Martinez-Hernandez, S., Feyereisen, R. and Noriega, F.G. (2003) Activity of the corpora allata of adult female Aedes aegypti: effects of mating and feeding. Insect Biochem Molec. Biol. 33: 1307-1315.

 

Li, Y., Kuwano, E. and Noriega F.G. (2003) 1,5-disubstituted imidazoles inhibit juvenile hormone biosynthesis by the corpora allata of the mosquito Aedes aegypti. J. Insect Physiology 49: 1005-1011.

 

Li, Y.; Unnithan, C.; Veenstra J., Feyereisen, R. and Noriega, F.G. (2003) Stimulation of Juvinile hormone biosynthesis by the corpora allata of adult Aedes aegypti in vitro: effect of farnesoic acid and Aedes allatotropin. J. Experiemental Biology, 206

 

Caroci, A. and Noriega, F.G. (2003) Free amino acids are important for the retention of protein and non-protein meals by the midgut of Aedes aegypti females.  Journal of Insect Physiology 49: 839-844.

 

Sanborn, A.F., Noriega, F.G. and Phillips, P.K (2002) Thermoregulation in the cicada Platypedia putnami variety lutea (Homoptera:  Tibicinidae) and a test of a crepitation hypothesis. J. Thermal Biology 27(5):  365-369.

 

FG .Noriega, Edgar, K.A., Bechet, R. and Wells, M.A. (2002) Midgut exopeptidase activities in Aedes aegypti are induced by blood feeding. J. Insect  Physiology 48: 65-72.

 

F.G Noriega, K. A.  Edgar, D. K.  Shah and M. A. Wells. (2001)  Neuroendocrine factors affecting the steady state levels of early trypsin mRNA in Aedes aegypti . J. Insect Physiology. 47, 515-522

 

M.J. Edwards, L.A. Moskalyk, M. Donelly-Doman, M. Vlaskova, F. G. Noriega, V.K.Walker and M. Jacobs-Lorena. (2000) Characterization of a carboxypeptidase A gene from the mosquito, Aedes aegypti  Insect Molec. Biol. 9, 33-38

 

K. Edgar, F.G. Noriega, B. C. Bonning and M. A. Wells (2000). Recombinant juvenile hormone esterase, an effective tool to modify juvenile hormone-dependent expression of the early trypsin gene in mosquitoes. Insect Molec. Biol. 9, 27-31.

 

F.G. Noriega and M. A. Wells (1999). A molecular view of protein-meal digestion in the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti J. Insect Physiol. 45, 613-620.

 

F. G. Noriega, A. E. Colonna and M. A. Wells (1999). Increase in the size of the amino acid pool is sufficient to activate translation of early trypsin mRNA in Aedes aegypti midgut. Insect Biochem Molec. Biol. 29, 243-247.

 

J.A. Veenstra, F.G. Noriega, R. Graf and  Feyereisen R. (1997) Identification of three allatostatins and their cDNA from the mosquito Aedes aegypti.  Peptides. 18:937-942 

 

Q. Jiang, M. Hall, F.G. Noriega and M. Wells (1997) Adult female-specific Aedes aegypti midgut chymotrypsin: cDNA cloning and pattern of expression. Insect Biochemistry and Molec. Biol. 27: 283-289

 

F.G. Noriega, D. Shaa and M. Wells (1997) Juvenile Hormone regulates early trypsin gene expression. Insect Molecular Biology 6: 63-66.

 

F.G. Noriega, X-Y. Wang, J. E. Pennington, C. Barillas-Mury, and M. Wells (1996). Early trypsin, a female-specific midgut protease in Aedes aegypti: isolation, amino-terminal sequence determination, and cloning and sequencing of the gene. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 26:119-126.

 

F.G. Noriega, J. E Pennington, C. Barillas-Mury, X-Y. Wang and M. Wells (1996).  Early trypsin, an Aedes aegypti female specific protease, is post-transcriptionally regulated by the blood meal. Insect Molec. Biol. 5:25-29.

 

A.F. Sanborn, M.S. Heath, J.E. Heath and F.G. Noriega (1995) Diurnal activity, Temperature responses and Endothermy in three South American cicadas (Homoptera : Cicadidae: Dorisiana bonaerensis, Quesada gigas and Fidicina mannifera). J. Therm. Biol. 20:451-460.

 

A.F. Sanborn, J.E. Heath, M.S. Heath and F.G. Noriega (1995). Thermoregulation by endogenous heat production in two south american grass dwelling cicadas (Homoptera: Cicadidae: Proarna). Florida Entomologist 78: 319-328.

 

Barillas-Mury, F.G. Noriega and M. Wells (1995). Early trypsin activity is part of the signal transduction that activates transcription of late trypsin in the midgut of the mosquito A. aegypti. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 25:241-246.

 

F.G. Noriega, C. Barillas-Mury and M. Wells (1994). Dietary control of late-trypsin gene transcription in Aedes aegypti. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 24(6): 627-631.

 

F.G. Noriega and M. Wells (1993). A comparison of three methods to isolate RNA from mosquitoes. Insect Molecular Biology. 2(1): 21-24.  

 

F.G. Noriega and M. Wells (1992). Oxygen-Carrying Perfluorochemicals Emulsions Improve Fat Body Culture Performance. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 22:6, 585-590.

 

F.G. Noriega (1992). Autogeny in three species of Triatominae: Rhodnius prolixus, Triatoma rubrovaria and Triatoma infestans. J. Med. Entomology 29(2):273-277.

 

F.G. Noriega (1990). Ecdysteroid Metabolism and Titre in Triatominae. Invertebrate Reprod.Devel.18:1-2,123.

 

Stoka, D. Salomon and F.G. Noriega (1987). Reproductive Physiology of Triatominae in Chagas Disease Vectors, Ed. R.R. Brenner, CRC press Florida. 110-124.

 

Stoka and F.G. Noriega  (1982).Ecdysteroids: Biochemical mechanism of 20-OH-ecdysone inactivation in Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera,Reduviidae),

Acta Physiol. Latinoam.;32,321-329.

 

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My family: I have 3 children from my first marriage and one from my second marriage. Fernando (29) is a Construction and Civil Engineer. Francisco (27) has a degree in Business Administration  and Soledad (23) is studying Graphic Design. Martin (born in march 2008) is still undecided about his future.

My daughter Soledad and my son Francisco

Soledad, Francisco and my Fernando with me at Soledad's high school graduation party (December 2002)

Martin sleeping with his dad,  and in the arms of a proud mother (April 2008)

 

 

 

Martin taking a nap with Yoda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My wife: Marcela is from Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic). She has a Ph.D in molecular biology and is a research associate at Florida International University in Miami.

 

Just Married in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, 2003

 

Above: With Marcela in Monument Valley, Arizona, 2004.

Below: Marcela and our friend Carolina Reisenman in Arches, Utah, 2004

Marcela at home in January 2008. She is 6 month pregnant of Martin. 

 

 

 

 

Taj Mahal in Agra (India) October 1998 and Jerusalem Israel (August 1999) with my former undergraduate student Kyle Edgar

At the University of Sao Paulo (Brasil) with several students including my former Research collaborator Abrahim Caroci  (white T-shirt). September 2000

With my daughter Soledad and my friend and colleague Somchai visiting Khmer ruins on eastern Thailand. January 2001.

 

Marcela and Fernando in the great wall, China 2002

 

With my friend Diego Anon Suarez in the Catavina area of Baja California, Mexico 2001

 

With my son Francisco in the Andes, Patagonia, Argentina 2001

 

With My friend Claudia Billourou in Katmandu, Nepal 1998

 

With my friend Randi Van Heusden in Grand Canyon, Arizona  1989

 

Amazing Baobab trees in Western Madagascar. 2003

Playing futbol (soccer) in Tucson with my friend Gonzalo Rivera -left- (2002)

 

With my 1986 Honda Rebel at the University of Arizona (Tucson) in 1996.

 

Hiking in the Andes, Patagonia, Argentina with my sister Maria Jose, my nieces Malena and Sofia, Marcela and my friend Diego. 2002.

 

 

Diving with the whales in Patagonia. With my university friends Mariano Martinez and Pepe Prado. 1983

 

In Fukuoka, Japan with my colleagues and friends Kozo Tsuchida and Yoshi Toshiga. 2005

 

My 3 kids, Fernando, Francisco and Soledad. 2002

 

With my daughter Soledad in 2001.

 

With my friend and colleague Rafael Canteras in Sweden 1994.

 

Visiting my friend and colleague Carolina Barillas at the EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany, 1994

 

 

With my friend and colleague Vasek Hypsa working at the Institute of Parasitology in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. 1994.

 

In paradise: collecting giant mosquitoes and cicadas in Key West, Florida, USA 2005.