Loren J Rivera-Vega

  • Ph.D. candidate in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development
Loren J Rivera-Vega
505A ASI Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802


  1. M.S. Entomology The Ohio State University 2011
  2. B.S. Agronomy Zamorano University 2007

Advisor: Dr. Gary W Felton 

Project: Insect Saliva and Herbivory Recognition. Main focus is on understanding how insects induce or suppress plant defenses. Working with the cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni) system.

Ray S, Basu S, Rivera-Vega L, Acevedo FE, Louis J, Felton GW, Luthe DS. 2016. Lessons from the far end: Caterpillar frass-induced defenses in maize, rice, cabbage, and tomato. J Chemical Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10886-016-0776-x

Rivera-Vega L, Krosse S, de Graaf RM, Garvi J, Garvi-Bode RD, van Dam NM. 2015. Allelopathic effects of glucosinolate breakdown products in Hanza (Boscia senegalensis (Pers.) Lam.) processing waste water. Frontiers in Plant Science. 6:532

Mamidala P, Wijeratne AJ, Wijeratne S, Kornacker K, Sudhamalla B, Rivera-Vega L, Hoelmer A, Meulia T, Jones SC, Mittapalli O. 2012. RNA-Seq and molecular docking reveal multi-level pesticide resistance in the bed bug. BMC Genomics. 13:6

Bai X, Rivera-Vega L, Mamidala P, Bonello P, Herms DA, Mittapalli O. Transcriptomic signatures of ash (Fraxinus spp) phloem. PLoS ONE. 6(1):e16368.

Rivera-Vega L, Mamidala P, Koch JL, Mason ME, Mittapalli O. 2012. Evaluation of reference genes for gene expression studies in ash (Fraxinus spp.). Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 30:242-245.

Mittapalli O, Rivera-Vega L, Bhandary B, Bautista M, Mamidala P, Michel A, Shukle R, Mian R. 2011. Cloning and characterization of mariner-like elements in the soybean aphid, Aphis glycines Matsumura. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 101(6): 697-704.

Rivera-Vega L and Mittapalli O. 2010. Molecular characterization of mariner–like elements in emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera, Polyphaga). Archives of Insect Biochemistry & Physiology. 74(4): 205-216.

Bhandary B, Rajarapu SP, Rivera-Vega L, Mittapalli O. 2010. Analysis of Gene Expression in Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Using Quantitative Real Time-PCR. Journal of Visualized Experiments (39).

Saballos A, Vermerris W, Rivera L and Ejeta G. 2008. Allelic Association, Chemical Characterization, and Saccharification Properties of brown midrib Mutants of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench). Bioenergy Research. 1: 193-204