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264A Hayden Hall

Ileana Pérez-Rodríguez

Assistant Professor and Elliman Faculty Fellow



  • Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (January, 2012)
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Puerto Rico- Río Piedras Campus (June, 2005)


Research Interests



Selected Publications


  • Pérez-Rodríguez, I., Fogel, M. L., Sievert S. M. and D. I. Foustoukos. (2017): Biogeochemical N signatures from rate-yield trade-offs during in vitro chemosynthetic NO3- reduction by deep-sea vent e-Proteobacteria and Aquificae growing at different temperatures.Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta211, 214-227. (DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.05.014)
  • Pérez-Rodríguez, I., Rawls, M., Coykendall, K. and D. I. Foustoukos. (2016): Deferrisoma  palaeochoriense sp. nov., a thermophilic, iron(III)-reducing bacterium from a shallow-water hydrothermal vent in the Mediterranean Sea. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 66, 830-836. (DOI: 10.1099/ijsem.0.000798)
  • Foustoukos, D. and I. Pérez-Rodríguez. (2015): A continuous culture system for assessing microbial activities in the piezosphere. Applied and Environmental Microbiology81, 6850-6856. (doi: 10.1128/AEM.01215-15)
  • Pérez-Rodríguez, I., Bolognini, M., Ricci, J., Bini, E. and C. Vetriani. (2015) From deep-sea volcanoes to human pathogens: A conserved quorum-sensing signal in Epsilonproteobacteria. The ISME Journal9, 1222-1234. (DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2014.214)
  • Pérez-Rodríguez, I., Bonnert, A., Cuebas, M., Keddis, R. and C. Vetriani. (2013): Detection and phylogenetic analysis of the membrane-bound nitrate reductase (Nar) in pure cultures and microbial communities from deep-sea hydrothermal vents. FEMS Microbiology Ecology86, 256-267. (DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12158)
  • Pérez-Rodríguez, I., Grosche, A., *Massenburg, L., Staravoytov, V. and C. Vetriani. (2012): Phorcysia thermohydrogeniphila gen. nov., sp. nov., a thermophilic, chemolithoautotrophic, nitrate-ammonifying bacterium from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 62, 2388-2394. (DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.035642-0)


Courses Taught


  • GEOL 125: Earth and Life Through Time (Spring 2018)
  • Community College Cultivation Cohort (C4) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (Summer 2016 at the University of Southern California)


Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316