Foto del Dr. Alex J. Veglia.Dr. Alex J. Veglia

Ph.D en Ecología y Biología Evolutiva, Rice University

ORCID ID -0000-0003-3118-5127

Virus Diversity and Bioinformatics (ViDaB) Lab

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Github – AVeglia

Horas de Oficina 

  • B-314
  • Extensión 3953

Áreas de Interés/Especialidad

  • Virology
  •  Hologenomics
  •  Transcriptomics
  •  Bioinformatics
  •  Microbial Ecology


  • BIOL 3300 (Genética)
  • BIOL 4925 (Seminario)
  • BIOL 5758 (Virología)
  • BIOL 4901/4902 (Problemas Especiales en Biología)

Proyectos de investigación en progreso

  • Isolation of virus-host pairs from marine invertebrate holobionts
  • Virus consortia dynamics across coral host and disease states
  • Tracking Bacterial, Viral, and Gene Expression Shifts throughout SCTLD Development in the Dry Tortugas


  • Veglia, A.J.#, Bistolas, K.#, The Tara Pacific Consortium, Correa, A.M.S., Vega Thurber, R. L. (2023). Endogenous viral elements reveal ancient associations between a non-retroviral RNA virus and symbiotic dinoflagellate genomes. Communications Biology. DOI:
  • Beavers, K., Van Buren, E., Rossin, A., Emery, M., Veglia, A.J., Karrick, C., MacKnight, N., Dimos, B., Meiling, S., Smith T., Apprill, A., Muller, E., Holstein, D., Correa, A., Brandt, M., Mydlarz, L. (2023). Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Induces Transcriptional Signatures of in situ Degradation of Dysfunctional Symbiodiniaceae. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-38612-4
  • Howe-Kerr, L.I., Grupstra, C.G.B., Rabbitt, K., Conetta, D., Coy, S.R., Klinges, J.G., Maher, R.L., McConnell, K.M., Meiling, S.S., Messyasz, A., Schmeltzer, E.R., Seabrook, S., Sims, J., Veglia, A.J., Thurber, A.R., Vega Thurber, R.L., Correa, A.M.S. (2023). Viruses of a key coral symbiont exhibit temperature-driven productivity across a reefscape. ISME Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s43705-023-00227-7
  • Grupstra, C.G.B., Howe-Kerr, L.I., van der Meulen, J.A., Veglia, A.J., Coy, S.R., Correa, A.M.S. (2023). Consumer feces impacts coral health in guild-specific ways. Frontiers in Marine Science. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1110346
  • Veglia, A. J., Beavers, K., Van Buren, E. W., Meiling, S. S., Muller, E. M., Smith, T. B., … & Correa, A. M. S. (2022). Alphaflexivirus genomes in stony coral tissue loss disease-affected, disease-exposed, and disease-unexposed coral colonies in the US Virgin Islands. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 11(2), e01199-21.
  • Grupstra, C.G.B., Howe-Kerr, L.I.#, Veglia, A.J.#, Bryant, R., Coy, S.R., Blackwelder, P.L., Correa, A.M.S. (2022). Increased water temperatures drive rapid changes to dinorna-like virus consortia in the stony coral Pocillopora verrucosa. The ISME Journal. 16 (5), 1430-1441.
  • Meiling, S. S., Muller, E. M., Lasseigne, D., Rossin, A., Veglia, A. J., MacKnight, N., … & Brandt, M. E. (2021). Variable species responses to experimental stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) exposure. Frontiers in Marine Science. 8, 464.
  • Veglia, A.J., Milford, C.R., Schizas, N.V. (2021). Isolation and genotyping of novel T4 cyanophages associated with diverse coral reef invertebrates. Coral Reefs. 40(2), 485-504.
  • Hammerman, N.M., Williams, S., Veglia, A.J., García-Hernández, J.E., Lang, J.E., and Schizas, N.V. (2020). A new record of a cup coral (Cladopsammia manuelensis) in Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Cahiers de Biologie Marine. 62, 1-10.
  • Rivera-García, L., Rivera-Vicéns, R., Veglia, A.J., and Schizas, N.V. (2019). De novo transcriptome assembly of the soft octocoral Briareum asbestinum (digitate morphology) from southwest continental shelf of Puerto Rico. Marine Genomics. doi: 10.1016/j.margen.2019.04.001
  • Veglia, A.J., Hammerman, N.M., Rivera-Vicéns, R.E., and Schizas, N.V. (2018). De novo transcriptome assembly of the coral Agaricia lamarcki (Lamarck’s sheet coral) from mesophotic depths in southwest Puerto Rico. Marine Genomics. 41:6-11. doi: 10.1016/j.margen.2018.08.003
  • Veglia, A.J., Hammerman, N.M., Rivera Rosaly, C.R., Lucas, M., Galindo Estronza, A., Corgosinho, P.H., and Schizas, N.V. (2018). Characterizing population structure of coral- associated fauna from mesophotic and shallow habitats in the Caribbean. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 1-11. doi: