Dr. Labandeira-Rey is originally from Spain and completed her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (with an emphasis on microbial pathogenesis) at Texas A&M University in 2002. Her postdoctoral training experiences include the Institute for Biosciences and Technology (Texas A&M Health Science System) in Houston (2004-2006), and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (2007-2009). Dr. Labandeira-Rey is a novice runner and enjoys painting in her spare time.


Undergraduate California University of Pennsylvania (1997), Biology
Graduate School Texas A & M University (2002)

Research Interest

  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Bacterial pathogenesis
  • Burkholderia cepacia complex
  • Novel therapeutics


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Haemophilus ducreyi Hfq contributes to virulence gene regulation as cells enter stationary phase.
Gangaiah D, Labandeira-Rey M, Zhang X, Fortney KR, Ellinger S, Zwickl B, Baker B, Liu Y, Janowicz DM, Katz BP, Brautigam CA, Munson RS, Hansen EJ, Spinola SM MBio 2014 5 1 e01081-13
The Haemophilus ducreyi Fis Protein Is Involved In Controlling Expression of the lspB-lspA2 Operon and Other Virulence Factors.
Labandeira-Rey M, Dodd DA, Brautigam CA, Fortney KR, Spinola SM, Hansen EJ Infect. Immun. 2013 Aug
Staphylococcus aureus Panton-Valentine leukocidin causes necrotizing pneumonia.
Labandeira-Rey M, Couzon F, Boisset S, Brown EL, Bes M, Benito Y, Barbu EM, Vazquez V, Höök M, Etienne J, Vandenesch F, Bowden MG Science 2007 Feb 315 5815 1130-3
Inactivation of the fibronectin-binding adhesin gene bbk32 significantly attenuates the infectivity potential of Borrelia burgdorferi.
Seshu J, Esteve-Gassent MD, Labandeira-Rey M, Kim JH, Trzeciakowski JP, Höök M, Skare JT Mol. Microbiol. 2006 Mar 59 5 1591-601


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Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society for Microbiology (1998)