Julia Massimelli Sewall

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Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE), Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
School of Biological Sciences

B.S., Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina), 2002, Microbiology

PhD, Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina), 2008, Biology

Phone: (949) 824-7998
Email: julia.massimelli@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
2232 McGaugh Hall
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Mail Code: 3900
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Education, Microbiology, Gene Expression
Academic Distinctions
2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
2018 Small World Initiative’s “Do Something About Antibiotics” Challenge NIH award.
2015 Biology Scholars Program Assessment Residency selection and travel award.
2015 ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) seed grant award
2014 ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) travel award.
2014 ASMCUE 2014 Early-career Travel Award.
2013 Selected as participant for the 2013-2014 ASM Science Teaching Fellows program.
2008 EMBO (European Molecular Biology organization)-Institut Pasteur Travel award to take course: “Advanced course on bioinformatics and comparative genome analysis”, Unidersidade Federal de Santa Catalina, Florianópolis, Brazil, June 20th to July 12th, 2008.
2007 EMBO Travel Award to take course: “Computational biology: from genomes to cells and ecosystems” Cuernavaca, Mexico, August 20-26th, 2007.
2006 EMBO Travel Award to take course: “Functional analysis of microbial genomes”. IIBCE-MEC, Montevideo, Uruguay October 23rd to November 4th, 2006.
2006 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) international fellowship award.
2006 1st place in graduate student poster competition, for a research poster at the American Society for Microbiology-Rocky Mountain Branch meeting on April, 2006 in Laramie, Wyoming, USA.
2002 BS in Microbiology with honors UNRC, (1era escolta de la Bandera Nacional, Res. 288)
Catherine Vrentas, Adam Kleinschmit, Jacob Adler, and Julia Massimelli. Assessment of a Model-based Riboswitch Activity for Instruction on Microbial Gene Regulation. 2018 19:2 http://asmscience.org/content/journal/jmbe/19/2 (in press)
Timothy D. Paustian, Amy G. Briggs, Robert E. Brennan, Nancy Boury, John Buchner5, Shannon Harris, Rachel E. A. Horak, Lee E. Hughes, D. Sue Katz-Amburn, Maria J. Massimelli, Ann H. McDonald, Todd P. Primm, Ann C. Smith, Ann M. Stevens, Sunny. B. Yung. Development, Validation and Application of the Microbiology Concept Inventory. J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. 2017 18:3 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v18i3.1320
Maria Julia Massimelli, Vladimir Majerciak, Jeong-Gu Kang, David J. Liewehr, Seth M. Steinberg, Zhi-Ming Zheng. Multiple regions of Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus ORF59 RNA are required for its expression mediated by viral ORF57 and cellular RBM15. Viruses 2015, 7, 496-510; doi:10.3390/v7020496
Maria J. Massimelli, Vladimir Majerciak, Shu-Yun Le, Michael Kruhlak and Zhi-Ming Zheng. Interplay between PABPC1 and KSHV ORF57 in accumulation of PAN, a viral lncRNA. Journal of Virology , 2013 Jan;87(1):243-56. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01693-12
Maria J. Massimelli, Jeong-Gu Kang, Vladimir Majerciak, Shu-Yun Le, David J. Liewehr, Seth M. Steinberg and Zhi-Ming Zheng. Stability of a Long Noncoding Viral RNA Depends on a 9-Nt Core Element at the RNA 5' End to Interact with Viral ORF57 and Cellular PABPC1. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 2011; 7(8):1145-1160
Vladimir Majerciak, Hiroaki Uranishi, Michael Kruhlak, Guy R. Pilkington, Maria J. Massimelli, Jenifer Bear, George N. Pavlakis, Barbara K. Felber, and Zhi-Ming Zheng. Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus ORF57 interacts with cellular RNA export cofactors RBM15 and OTT3 promoting viral ORF59 expression. Journal of Virology, 2011, 85(4):1528-40
Massimelli, M.J.; Sanchez, D.G.; Buchieri, M.V.; Olvera, L. Beassoni, P.R.; Schweizer, H.P.; Morett, E.; Lisa, A.T. Choline catabolism, sigma-54 factor and NtrC are required for the full expression of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa phosphorylcholine phosphatase gene. Microbiological research, 2011; 166(5):380-90.
Lisa, A.T.; Beassoni, P.R.; Massimelli, M.J.; Otero, L.H.; Domenech, C.E. A Glance on Pseudomonas aeruginosa Phosphorylcholine Phosphatase, an Enzyme whose Synthesis Depends on the Presence of Choline in its Environment. Review, Communicating Current Research and Educational Topics and Trends in Applied Microbiology, Editorial:A. Méndez-Vilas (Ed.) 2007, Vol 1: 255-262. Series: ISBN-13: 978-84-611-9421-6.Vol. 1: ISBN-13: 978-84-611-9422-3
Liffourrena, A.; Massimelli, M.J.; Forrellad, M.; Lisa, A.T.; Domenech, C.E.; Lucchesi, G.I. Tetradecyltrimethylammonium inhibits Pseudomonas aeruginosa hemolytic phospholipase C induced by choline. Current Microbiology, 2007, 55(6): 530-536.
Beassoni, P.; Otero, L.; Massimelli, M.J.; Lisa, A.T.; Domenech, C.E. Critical active-site residues identified by site-directed mutagenesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa phosphorylcholine phosphatase, a new member of the haloacid dehalogenases hydrolase superfamily. Current Microbiol. 2006, 53: 534-539
Massimelli, M.J.; Beassoni, P.R.; Forrellad, M.A.; Barra, J.L.; Garrido, M.N.; Domenech, C.E.; Lisa, A.T. Identification, cloning, and expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa phosphorylcholine phosphatase gene. Curr. Microbiol. 2005, 50 (5):251-256.
Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) RFP 5 grant. The purpose of the grant is to develop a microbiology hybrid course by offering online modules and videos that cover basic topics and address common misconceptions while increasing the number of interactive active learning classroom exercises and class discussions.
Professional Society
American Society for Microbiology
Other Experience
Postdoctoral Fellow-Virology and RNA biology
National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute 2008—2011

Visiting Assistant Professor
Keck Science Department, Claremont Mckenna, Scripps and Pitzer Colleges 2011—2014

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