Heather Hernandez

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

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Graduate Student Profile


  • M.S. in Biology, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, 2018
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Texas-Pan American, 2014


  • Hernandez, H.M., Martinez, F. A., and Vitek, C. J. (2022). Insecticide Resistance in Aedes aegypti(Diptera:Cullicidae) and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes in United States/ Mexico border cities. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 38(1), 59-69.
  • Park, R., Chandrasekaran, P., Hernandez, H., Lakhal-Naouar, I., Peachman, K.K., Hack, H.R., et al. (2022) Validation of SARS-CoV-2 pooled testing for surveillance using the Panther Fusion® system: Impact of pool size, automation, and assay chemistry. PLoS ONE 17(11): e0276729.
  • Mayton, E. H., H. M. Hernandez, C. J. Vitek, and R. C. Christofferson. (2021). A method for repeated, longitudinal sampling of individual Aedes aegypti for transmission potential of arboviruses. Insects.12 (4)292.
  • Wuerts, K.M., Barkei, E.K., Chen, WH et al. (2021) .A SARS-CoV-2 spike ferritin nanoparticle vaccine protects hamsters against Alpha and Beta virus variant challenge, npj Vaccines. (6)129
  • Heinz, K.M., P.A. Harding, M.J. Ek-Ramos, H. Hernandez, P.C. Krauter, and G.A. Sword. (2018).  Fungal endophytes in knock out rose and performance effects of entomopathogens on marigold and zinnia. HortScience. 53(12).