Claudia Rückert

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 330
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-6092
Cell: 970-372-9356

Building: Howard Medical Science,  Office 146D
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Gymnasium Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, 2005
University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2008
University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2010
University of Edinburgh, UK, 2014


Rückert's main research interest is virus-vector interactions. She is establishing a research program focusing on mosquito antiviral responses with the aim of identifying targets for arbovirus transmission control. Further projects will focus on mosquito biology, vector control and molecular biology of viruses that are transmitted by arthropod vectors. I am also interested in virus-tick interactions.


C. B. F. Vogels, C. Rückert, S. M. Cavany, T. A. Perkins, G. D. Ebel, N. D. Grubaugh 2019, Arbovirus co-infection and co-transmission: a neglected public health concern? Unsolved Mystery, PLoS Biology.
C. Rückert, A. N. Prasad, A. Robison, N. D. Grubaugh, J. Weger-Lucarelli, G. D. Ebel 2019, Profiling of small RNA responses of Culex cells and mosquitoes during acute and persistent virus infection., Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2019;
J. Weger-Lucarelli, C. Rückert, N. D. Grubaugh, M. J. Misencik, P. M. Armstrong, M. D. Stenglein, G. D. Ebel, D. Brackney. 2018, Adventitious viruses persistently infect three commonly used mosquito cell lines., Virology. 2018;
C. Rückert, G. D. Ebel 2018, How do virus-mosquito interactions lead to viral emergence?, Trends in Parasitology. 2018;
C. Rückert, J. Weger-Lucarelli, S. M. Garcia-Luna, M. C. Young, A. D. Byas, R.A. Murrieta, J. R. Fauver, G. D. Ebel 2018, Impact of simultaneous exposure to arboviruses on infection and transmission by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes., Nature Communications. 2017;
S. M. Garcia-Luna, J. Weger-Lucarelli, C. Rückert, R. A Murrieta, M. C. Young, A. D. Byas, J. R. Fauver, R. Perera, A. E. Flores-Suarez, G. Ponce-Garcia, A. D. Rodriguez, G. D. Ebel, W. C. Black IV 2018, Variation in competence for ZIKV transmission by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus is dependent on salivary gland infection and escape barriers., PLoS NTD. 2018;
N. D. Grubaugh, J. R. Fauver, C. Rückert, J. Weger-Lucarelli, S. Garcia-Luna, R. A. Murrieta, A. Gendernalik, D. R. Smith, D. E. Brackney, G. D. Ebel 2017, Mosquitoes transmit unique West Nile virus populations during each feeding episode., Cell Reports. 2017;
N. D. Grubaugh, C. Rückert, P. M. Armstrong, A. Bransfield, J. Anderson, G. D. Ebel, D. E. Brackney 2016, The influence of genetic bottlenecks, RNA interference-mediated diversification, and selective constraint on the evolution of a tick-borne virus., Virus evolution.
C. Rückert, L. Bell-Sakyi, J. K. Fazakerley & R. Fragkoudis 2014, Antiviral responses of arthropod vectors: an update on recent advances’ Review article,, VirusDisease,
A. Moniuszko, C. Rückert, M. P. Alberdi, G. Barry, B. Stevenson, J. K. Fazakerley, A. Kohl & L. Bell-Sakyi 2014, Co-infection of tick cell lines affects replication of intracellular bacterial and viral pathogens, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases;
S. F. Muhd Radzi, C. Rückert, S. S. Sam, B. T. Teoh, P. F. Jee, W. H. Phoon, S. Abubakar, K. Zandi. 2015, Detection of Langat virus by TaqMan real-time one-step qRT-PCR method., Scientific Reports.