Joanne   Rampersad-Ammons

Associate Professor  

Office: ESCNE 3.118
Phone: (956) 665-2097
Email: joanne.rampersadammons@utrgv.edu

Dr. Joanne Rampersad-Ammons





Selected Publications


  • David Ammons, John Short, Jeffery Bailey, Gabriela Hinojosa, Lourdes Tavarez, Martha Salazar, and Joanne Rampersad. "Anti-cancer Parasporin Toxins are Associated with Different Environments: Discovery of Two Novel Parasporin 5-like Genes," Current Microbiology 72, no. 2 (February 2016): 184-189.

  • David Ammons, Graham Toal, Angel Roman, Luz Rojas-Avelizapa, Antonio Ventura-Suárez, and Joanne Rampersad. "Cry-like genes, in an uncommon gene configuration, produce a crystal that localizes within the exosporium when expressed in an acrystalliferous strain of Bacillus thuringiensis," FEMS Microbiology Letters (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016): fnw010.

  • David Ammons and Joanne Rampersad. "The Use of Polystyrene Beads to Prepare Arrayed Samples of Bacillus thuringiensis for Microscopic Examination," Current Microbiology 71, no. 3 (September 2015): 412-414.

  • D. Ammons, Reyna Antonio, J. Granados, A. Ventura-Suarez, L. Rojas-Avelizapa, J. Short, and Joanne Rampersad. "A Novel Bacillus thuringiensis Cry-Like Protein from a Rare Filamentous Strain Promotes Crystal Localization within the Exosporium," Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79, no. 18 (September 2013): 5774-5776.

  • David Ammons, Joel Manrrique, and Joanne Rampersad. "An apparatus to control and automate the formation of continuous density gradients," Analytical Biochemistry 427, no. 2 (August 2012): 124-126.

  • David Rios, Artem Chebotko, Christine Reilly, Ralph Carlson, Emmett Tomai, Amy Weimer, Nicholas Weimer, Thomas Pearson, Francis Andoh-Baidoo, Robert Wrinkle, David Ammons, and Joanne Rampersad. "Improving STEM Education in Research: Preliminary Report on the Development of a Computer-Assisted Student-Mentor Research Community," Creative Education 03, no. 05 (March 2012): 612-618.

  • Eric Gonzalez, Jose Granados, John Short, David Ammons, and Joanne Rampersad. "Parasporins from a Caribbean Island: Evidence for a Globally Dispersed Bacillus thuringiensis Strain," Current Microbiology 62, no. 5 (May 2011): 1643-1648.

  • Antonio Ventura-Suárez, Ramón Cruz-Camarillo, Joanne Rampersad, David Ammons, Edgar López-Villegas, Jorge Ibarra, and Luz Rojas-Avelizapa. "Characterization of a Novel Bacillus thuringiensis Phenotype Possessing Multiple Appendages Attached to a Parasporal Body," Current Microbiology 62, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2011): 307-312.

  • David Ammons and Joanne Rampersad. "MicroTracker: a Data Management Tool for Facilitating the Education of Undergraduate Students in Laboratory Research Environments," Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education 11, no. 2 (December 2010): 162-163.

  • David Ammons, Raghuveer Puttagunta, Jose Granados, Georgina de la Garza, George Eyambe, and Joanne Rampersad. "An Exploratory Study of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and SCCmec Elements Obtained from a Community Setting Along the Texas Border with Mexico," Current Microbiology 60, no. 5 (May 2010): 321-326.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Mark Chu. MRI: Acquisition of a PC Cluster, High Performance Rio Grande Valley Cluster (HiRGV) , NSF, $976,250.42 ( )

  • Dongchul Kim. Applying Computer Vision Technologies To Honey Bee Health And Surveillance: Building Capacity in Agricultural Engineering at a HSI, USDA, $337,862.00 ( )

  • Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. Germination Workshop on Food and Water Security, University of Illinois via an NSF EAGER grant, (February 2018)

  • Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. Developing a naturally occurring high salinity oyster for use in both inshore and offshore culture in the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA, $51,757.00 ( )

  • John Trant. UTPA/UTRGV HHMI Leaders in Research Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, $1,200,000.00 (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2017)

  • Dora Saavedra. Faculty Collegiality and a Healthy Workplace: A Baseline Study of Campus Climates (2014), Faculty Research Council, (August 2014 - December 2015)

  • Luis Colom. BUILD planning and BUILD, NIH, ( )

  • Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. Geosciences Ideas Lab, National Science Foundation, $1,500.00 (March 2, 2014 - March 7, 2014)

  • Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. Parasporins against Cancer cells, UTPA Undergraduate Research Initiative, $2,000.00 (October 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013)

  • Hassan Ahmad. HHMI grant renewal Student Research and Broadening access to Science, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, $1,200,000.00 (March 2008 - August 2012)



Selected Presentations


  • Daniela de la Criz and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Bacterial Assassins- The Future in Combating Bacterial Diseases in Shrimp ," LSAMP Summer Research Academy Student Presentations, UTRGV LSAMP Program, Edinburg, Texas (July 2018)

  • Sonal Jha and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Viability of the API ammonium testing kit for measuring ammonium concentrations," UTRGV College of Science Annual Research Conference, UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas (April 2018)

  • Daniel Gonzalez, David Ammons, Kai Ammons, and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Dermo Presence in Lower Laguna Madre Oysters and Clams," Texas Academy of Science , Texas Academy of Science, Midland, Texas (March 2018)

  • Gilberto Vento and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Identifying Potential Bacillus thuringiensis Candidates to Control Aethina tumida," Texas Academy of Science , Texas Academy of Science, Midland, Texas (March 2018)

  • Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Aquaponics," Grow Local South Texas 3rd Conference, Grow Local South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (January 2018)

  • Daniel Gonzalez, David Ammons, Kai Ammons, and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Dermo Presence in Lower Laguna Madre Oysters and Clams," School of Medicine Inaugural Research Symposium, UTRGV, (August 2017)

  • Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "UTPA/UTRGV Leaders in Science Synthesis," HHMI Synthesis Meeting, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland (April 2017)

  • Daniel Gonzalez, David Ammons, and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Dermo Presence in Lower Laguna Madre Oysters," Undergraduate Research Conference Engaged Scholar Symposium ES2, UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas, USA (April 2017)

  • Gilberto Vento and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Development of a Deterrent Response Assay to Test the Effect of Neonicotinoids," Undergraduate Research Conference Engaged Scholar Symposium ES2, UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas, USA (April 2017)

  • Dora Saavedra, Jessica Lavariega Monforti, and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons. "Building Young Hispanic Leaders in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). ," International Research Conference, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Oct 24-26, 2016 , International Research Conference, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2016)

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