User:J. Cesar Ignacio Espinoza

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  • J. Cesar Ignacio Espinoza, PhD
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 315 Sahuaro Hall
  • 1110 East South Campus
  • The University of Arizona
  • Tucson, AZ 85721


  • 2015, PhD, University of Arizona

Thesis title: "Functional and Population Based Viral Ecology". Advisor Dr. Matthew B. Sullivan

  • 2010, MS, University of Arizona

Thesis title: "Phylogenomics of T4-like phages". Advisor Dr. Matthew B. Sullivan

  • 2007, BS, Instituto Tecnologico del Valle de Oaxaca

Research interests

  1. Microbial and phage genomics
  2. Microbial ecology
  3. Microbes and biogeochemical cycles


  • 7. Brum, J.R.*, Ignacio-Espinoza* J.C., Roux* S., G. Doulcier, S. Acinas, A. Alberti, S. Chaffron, L. Coppola, C. Cruaud, C. de Vargas, P. Gasol, G. Gorsky, A.C. Gregory, L. Guidi, P. Hingamp, F. Not, H. Ogata, S. Pesant, B.T. Poulos, S.M., Schwenck1, S. Speich, C. Dimier, M. Pichera, S. Searson, S. Kandels-Lewis, Tara Oceans Coordinators, P. Bork, C. Bowler, E. Karsenti, S. Sunagawa, P. Wincker, & M.B. Sullivan. Global patterns and ecological drivers of ocean viral communities. Science. In Press
  • 8. Lima-Mendez G, K. Faust, N. Henry, J. Decelle, S. Colin, F. Carcilli, S. CHaffron, J.C. Ignacio-Espinoza, S. Roux, F. Vincent, L. Bittner, Y. Darzi, J. Wang, S Audic, L Berline, G Bontempi, L. Copola, F.M. Cornejo- Castillo, F. D’Ovidio, L. Demeester, M.J. Garet-Delmas, L. Guidi, S. Pesant, G. Salazar, C. Dimier, M. Picheral, S. Searson, S. Kandels-Lewis, Tara Oceans coordinators, S.G. Acinas, G. Gorsky, F. Not, H. Ogata, S. Speich, J. Weissenbach, P. Wincker, S. Sunagawa, P. Boork, M.B. Sullivan, C. Bowler, E. Karsenti, C. de Vargas & J. Raes. Top-Down determinants of community structure in the global plankton interactome. Science. In Press
  • 9. Ignacio-Espinoza J.C., V.T. Dang, O. Jaillon, P. Winker & M.B. Sullivan. Comparative viromics across four Mediterranean Sea dsDNA viral communities from the Tara Oceans Expedition. Submitted to Environmental Microbiology
  • 10. Brum* J.R., Ignacio-Espinoza* J.C., Kim E.H*., G. Trubl, R.M. Jones, N.C. VerBerkmoes, V.I. Rich, & M.B. Sullivan. Virion structural metaproteomics sheds light on marine ‘viral dark matter’. In preparation.
  • 11. Ignacio-Espinoza J.C.*, A. Gregory*, Deng, L., B.T. Poulos, P. Hugenholtz & M.B. Sullivan. Genomic population landscape of cyanophage viral communities. In preparation.
  • 12. Ignacio-Espinoza J.C., D. Anderson, B. Woodcroft, S.B. Hodgkins, J.P. Chanton, G. Tyson, S. Saleska, V. Rich. Candidatus Caldiserium septentrionalis a novel sulfate reducing bacteria in thawing permafrost. In preparation.

Star denotes shared first authorship.

Outreach and press

  • Finalist, top 10, in the Oceans180 video competition: Innocence by viral tagging, seen by more than 30 thousand students world wide.

Featured also in ScienceDaily, EurekAlert, PhysOrg, NSF, RealClearScience.