Krista Venecia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Education


Ph.D., Philosophy of Microbiology, University of California, Davis, 2004
B.A., Biology, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, 1998

Professional and Service Experience

Administrative Experience:

  • Director, CALTeach/UC Science and Math Initiative, University of California, Merced, 2006-2013
  • On-Site Co-Coordinator, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Basic and Advanced Science and Technology Academies of Research, University of California, Merced, 2007
  • American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellow, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Washington D.C., 2005-2006
  • Laboratory Technician, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998-1999

Teaching Experience:

  • Lecturer, Introduction to Molecular Biology, University of California, Merced, 2011
  • Instructor, Success in Natural Science, University of California, Merced, 2010-2011
  • Guest Lecturer, Intro to Teaching Science and Math in Elementary, Middle and High School, 2007-present
  • Instructor, Intro to Anatomy and Physiology, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA, 2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Natural History of Infectious Disease, Introductory Biology, Food Microbiology Laboratory, University of California, Davis, 2001-2003


  • Guest speaker for UC Merced Grad Prep Programs, 2007-present
  • UC Merced Women's Club Basketball Assistant Coach, 2011-2012
  • UC Merced Women's Club Volleyball Head Coach, 2007-2011
  • Career panel speaker, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Anaheim, CA, 2006
  • Volunteer, Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., 2006
  • Welcome committee chair, Microbiology Graduate Student Association (MGSA), UC Davis, 2004
  • Treasurer and website committee chair, MGSA, UC Davis, 2003-2004
  • Volunteer, Discovery Science Museum, Sacramento, CA, 2003-2004
  • Mentor, McNair Scholars Program, UC Davis, 2003, 2004
  • Volunteer, ABRCMS, New Orleans, LA, 2002, and San Diego, CA, 2003
  • NIH-IMSD outreach to Minority Access to Research Careers/ Minority Biomedical Research Report students, San Francisco State University, Modesto Junior College, California State University, Sacramento, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • AAAS/American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Congressional Fellow, 2005-2006
  • ASM, Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Fellowship, 2001-2004
  • NIH Initiative for Minority Student Development (IMSD) Graduate Fellowship, 1999-2001
  • UC Davis, Department of Food Science and Technology, Carpenter Fellowship, 2001, 2003
  • Jastro-Shields Graduate Research Award, 2000, 2001
  • Member of Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society

Publications and Presentations

  • Venecia, K. G. and G. M. Young, "Environmental Regulation and Virulence Attributes of the Ysa Type III Secretion System of Yersinia enterocolitica Biovar 1B," Infection and Immunity, September 2005, p. 5961-5977, Vol. 73, No. 9.


  • "Two Different Signal Transduction Systems Regulate the Expression of the Ysa Type III Secretion System of Yersinia enterocolitica," with G.M. Young, Minority Research Training Forum and Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Aventura, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana, 2004
  • "Transcriptional Regulation of Genes Encoding the Ysa Type III Secretion System of Yersinia enterocolitica," with G.M. Young, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C., 2003
  • "Regulation of Genes Encoding the Ysa Type III Secretion System of Yersinia enterocolitica," with G.M. Young, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Student and Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, Louisiana and Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002
  • "A Genetic Approach to Identify Yersinia enterocolitica Genes Encoding Protein Exported by the Flagellar Type III Secretion System, with G.M. Young, SILCIBIO-Nocardiae Meeting, Davis, California, 2000