Andrea Corona-Ramirez

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PhD student

Office A221b

Phone: +41 32 718 22 64


Research Interest


I have been always fascinated by the huge impact that microbes have in the environment. Now, as a doctoral student in microbial ecology, I am interested in the biodiversity of bacterial spores in the environment and the different mechanism that bacteria use to survive harsh environmental conditions. We are trying to develop a non-destructive method to identify and isolate bacteria spores from environmental samples. This new method will allow us to explore non-standard models of sporulation.

A long-term goal for my research would be to use this knowledge to find an effective way to apply bio-controls in agriculture.

The name of my PhD thesis "A step closer to Unveiling the Environmental diversity of Spores and Lysis-resistant cells in Bacteria, Archaea and Fungi"





  • July 2018 - present PhD at the Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Subject title “Unveiling Bacterial Spore Biodiversity”. Under the supervision of Pr. Pilar JUNIER.


  • September, 2016 – March 2018 Master in Environmental Science at University of Zurich.

Master thesis, “Effect of land use intensity on soil nitrogen cycling processes in vegetable farming systems” at Agroscope Reckenholz, Switzerland


  • August, 2011- May 2016 Bachelor in Environmental Engineering at “Universidad Iberoamericana”, Mexico




 Corona Ramírez, A., Cailleau, G., Fatton, M., Dorador, C., & Junier, P. (2022). Diversity of Lysis-Resistant Bacteria and Archaea in the Polyextreme Environment of Salar de Huasco. Frontiers in Microbiology, 13(April), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.826117

Junier, T., Paul, C., Corona Ramírez, A., Filippidou, S., Fatton, M., Lehmann, A., Chain, P. S., Ariztegui, D., Vennemann, T., Viollier, P. H., & Junier, P. (2022). High diversity of lysis‐resistant cells upon the application of targeted physical and chemical lysis to environmental samples originating from three different water bodies. Environmental DNA, April, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.309

Yang, B., Banerjee, S., Herzog, C., Ramírez, A. C., Dahlin, P., & van der Heijden, M. G. A. (2021). Impact of land use type and organic farming on the abundance, diversity, community composition and functional properties of soil nematode communities in vegetable farming. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 318, 107488. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2021.107488