Casandra started her scientific career as a food scientist at McGill University in Canada and Universidad Las Américas Puebla in Mexico, where she graduated in 2009. Afterwards, she decided to broaden her field of experience by studying a Master in Agrobiotechnology at the University of Gießen, Germany. During this time, she focused her research on the interaction between the human pathogen Salmonella typhimurium and plants under the supervision of Dr. Adam Schikora. In 2012, she received a fellowship from the Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) to obtain her doctorate degree at the same university. Her project consisted in the study of N-acyl homoserine lactones produced by rhizobacteria to induce defense in different crop plants. In Freiburg, Casandra studies the role of a set of membrane nanodomain delimited receptor-like kinases in plant innate immunity.
Abel NB*, Buschle CA*, Hernandez-Ryes C*, Burkart SS, Deroubaix AF, Mergner J, Gronnier J, Jarsch IK, Folgmann J, Braun KH, Bayer E, Germain V, Derbyshire P, Menke FLH, Kemmerling B, Zipfel C, Küster B, Mongrand S, Marín M, Ott T (2021). A hetero-oligomeric remorin-receptor complex regulates plant development
Neumann C, Fraiture M, Hernández-Reyes C, Akum FN, Virlogeux-Payant I, Chen Y, Pateyron S, Colcombet J, Kogel K-H, Hirt H, Brunner F and Schikora A (2014). The Salmonella effector protein SpvC, a phosphothreonine lyase is functional in plant cells.
Front. Microbiol. 5:548
Hernández-Reyes C, Schenk ST, Neumann C, Kogel KH and Schikora A (2014). N-acyl-homoserine lactones-producing bacteria protect plants against plant and human pathogens.
Microbial biotechnology, 7 (6): 580-588.
Schenk ST, Hernández-Reyes C, Samans B, Stein E, Neumann C, Schikora M, Reichelt M, Mithöfer A, Becker A, Kogel KH and Schikora A (2014). N-Acyl-Homoserine Lactone Primes Plants for Cell Wall Reinforcement and Induces Resistance via the Salicylic Acid/Oxylipin Pathway.
The Plant Cell, 26: 2708–23
Hernández-Reyes S and Schikora A (2013). Salmonella, a cross-kingdom pathogen infecting humans and plants.
FEMS Microbiology Letters, 343 (1): 1-7