Anisia J. Silva-Benitez, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology

Location: Medical Education Building Room 320
Phone: : 404-756-6660


University of Havana College of Biological Sciences 
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy   

Research Interests

Vibrio cholerae of serogroup O1 and O139


Wang H, Ayala JC, Benitez JA, Silva AJ. The LuxR-type regulator VpsT negatively controls the transcription of rpoS encoding the general stress response regulator in Vibrio cholerae biofilms. J Bacteriol. 2014 Mar;196(5):1020-30. doi: 10.1128/JB.00993-13. Epub 2013 Dec 20. PMID: 24363348

Wang H, Silva AJ, Rasmussen L, White EL, Benitez JA. 
A highly specific cell-based high throughput screening (HTS) assay for ligands of Gram-negative bacteria cyclic AMP receptor protein. Assay Drug Dev Technol. 2013 Jul;11(6):382-7. doi: 10.1089/adt.2013.514. Epub 2013 Aug 1. PMID: 23906348

Wang H, Zhang L, Silva AJ, Benitez JA. A quinazoline 2, 4 diamino analog suppresses Vibrio cholerae flagellar motility by interacting with the motor protein PomB and induces envelope stress. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013 Aug;57(8):3950-9. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00473-13. Epub 2013 Jun 3. PMID: 23733460 

Wang H, Ayala JC, Silva AJ, Benitez JA. The histone-like nucleoid structuring protein (H-NS) is a repressor of Vibrio cholerae exopolysaccharide biosynthesis (vps) genes. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Apr;78(7):2482-8. doi: 10.1128/AEM.07629-11. Epub 2012 Jan 27. PMID: 22287003

Wang H, Ayala JC, Benitez JA, Silva AJ. Interaction of the histone-like nucleoid structuring protein (H-NS) and the general stress response regulator RpoS at Vibrio cholerae promoters that regulate motility and hemagglutinin (HA)/protease expression. J Bacteriol. 2012 Mar;194(5):1205-15. doi: 10.1128/JB.05900-11. Epub 2011 Dec 22. PMID: 22194453 

Wang H, Wu JH, Ayala JC, Benitez JA, Silva AJ. Interplay between cyclic diguanylate, HapR and the general stress response regulator (RpoS) in the regulation of Vibrio cholerae hemagglutinin (HA)/protease. J Bacteriol. 2011 Dec;193(23):6529-38. doi: 10.1128/JB.05166-11. Epub 2011 Sep 30. PMID: 21965573

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Honors and Awards

Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship

University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, France Research Fellowship