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Publications of Our Undergraduate Researchers

Many of our undergraduate students, about 65-80 or so any given year, perform significant research in the various laboratories within the Biological Sciences Department.  A number of these have made contributions significant enough for them to serve as co-authors on publications in scientific journals. Several of these students are co-authors on more than one paper, and some are even the first author of the publication. Many undergraduates also have served as co-authors on posters presented at national and international meetings. Some examples of the publications of which our undergraduates are co-authors and contributors to are given below, with the undergraduate students' names highlighted. In addition, powerpoint presentations of several recent undergraduate research projects can be found here.

Boppana, S., and J.F. Hillyer. 2014. Hemolymph circulation in insect sensory appendages: functional mechanics of antennal accessory pulsatile organs (auxiliary hearts) in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae.  Journal of Experimental Biology. 217(17):3006-3014

Ciarleglio CM, Resuehr HE, Axley JC, Deneris ES, McMahon DG (2014) Pet-1 deficiency alters the
circadian clock and its temporal organization of behavior. PLoS One. 2014 May 15;9(5):e97412.

Elmore, M. H.*, K. L. McGary*, J. H. Wisecaver, J. C. Slot, D. M. Geiser, S. Sink, K. O’Donnell, & A. Rokas (2015). Clustering of two genes putatively involved in cyanate detoxification evolved recently and independently in multiple fungal lineages. Genome Biol. Evol. doi:10.1093/gbe/evv025 (*Equal contributors)

Gatto CL, Pereira D, Broadie K. (2014). GABAergic circuit dysfunction in the Drosophila Fragile X syndrome model.  Neurobiol Dis. 2014 May; 65:142-59

Greene, G. H., K. L. McGary, A. Rokas, and J. C. Slot (2014). Ecology drives the distribution of specialized tyrosine metabolism modules in fungi. Genome Biol. Evol. 6: 121-132

Hillyer, J.F., T.Y. Estévez-Lao, and L.E. de la Parte. 2014. Myotropic effects of FMRFamide containing peptides on the heart of the mosquito Anopheles gambiae. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 202:15-25.

Lawson SP, Christian N, & Abbot P. Comparative analysis of the biodiversity of fungal endophytes in insect-induced galls and surrounding foliar tissue Fungal Diversity 66:89–97

Lawson, S. P., A. W. Legan, C. Graham, and P. Abbot. 2014. Comparative phenotyping across a social transition in aphids. Animal Behaviour 96:117–125.

Mason AC, Rambo RP, Greer BH, Pritchett M, Tainer JA, Cortez D, and Eichman BF (2014) A structure-specific nucleic acid-binding domain conserved among DNA repair proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci, USA, 111: 7618-7623

Metcalf, J.A., M. Jo, S.R. Bordenstein, J. Jaenike, and S.R. Bordenstein. 2014 Recent genome reduction of Wolbachia in Drosophila recens targets phage WO and narrows candidates for reproductive parasitism. PeerJ 2: e529.

Rajaram, K., Summerbell, E.R., and Patton, J.G. (2014) Constant intense light exposure to lesion and initiate regeneration in normally pigmented zebrafish. Molecular Vision 20: 1075-1084.

Campbell, M. A., M. Staats, J. L. A. van Kan, A. Rokas, and J. C. Slot (2013). Repeated loss of an anciently horizontally transferred gene cluster in Botrytis. Mycologia. 105:1126-1134; Preliminary version published online: August 6, 2013, doi:10.3852/12-390.

Chen, W., and J.F. Hillyer (2013). FlyNap (triethylamine) increases the heart rate of mosquitoes and eliminates the cardioacceleratory effect of the neuropeptide CCAP. PLoS ONE. 8(7):e70414.

Estevez-Lao, T.Y, D.S. Boyce, H.-W. Honegger, and J.F. Hillyer (2013). Cardioacceleratory function of the neurohormone CCAP in the mosquito Anopheles gambiaeJournal of Experimental Biology. 216(4):601-613.

Garren, M., S. Sexauer, and T.L. Page (2013). Effect of circadian phase on memory acquisition and recall: Operant conditioning vs. classical conditioning. PLoS ONE. 8: e58693 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058693.

Clanton, J.A., K.D. Hope, and J.T. Gamse (2013). Fgf signaling governs cell fate in the zebrafish pineal complexDevelopment 140. 323-332 doi:10.1242/dev.083709.

Wei, C., E.J. Thatcher, A.F. Olena, A.L. Perdigoto, A. Marshall, B.D. Carter, K. Broadie, and J.G. Patton (2013). miR-153 regulates SNAP-25, Synaptic Transmission, and Neuronal DevelopmentPLoS ONE. 8: e57080.

Campbell, M. A., A. Rokas, and J. C. Slot(2012). Horizontal transfer and death of a fungal secondary metabolic gene cluster. Genome Biology and Evolution. 4: 289-293.

Coggins, S.A., T.Y. Estévez-Lao, and J.F. Hillyer (2012). Increased survivorship following bacterial infection by the mosquito Aedes aegypti as compared to Anopheles gambiae correlates with increased transcriptional induction of antimicrobial peptides. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 37(3-4):390-401.

Coffee R.L. Jr, A.J. Williamson, C.M. Adkins, M.C. Gray, T.L. Page, and K. Broadie (2012). In vivo neuronal function of the fragile X mental retardation protein is regulated by phosphorylation. Human Molecular Genetics. 2012 Feb 15. 21(4):900-15.

 Elmore, M. H. * , J. G. Gibbons*, and A. Rokas (2012). Assessing the genome-wide effect of promoter region tandem repeat natural variation on gene expression. G3 2: 1643-1649. (*Equal contributors)

Erickson D.M., E.A. Wood, K.M. Oliver, I. Billick, and P. Abbot (2012). The effect of ants on the population dynamics of a protective symbiont of aphids, Hamiltonella defensa. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 105: 447-453.

Mandel J.R., E.V. McAssey, K.M. Roland, and D.E. McCauley (20120. Mitochondrial gene diversity associated with the atp9 stop codon in natural populations of wild carrot (Daucus carota ssp. carota). Journal of Heredity. 103: 418-425.

McDonald, M., H. Box, W. Bian, A. Kendall, R. Tycko, and G. Stubbs, G. (2012). Fiber diffraction data indicate a hollow core for the Alzheimer's Aβ 3-fold symmetric fibril. Journal of Molecular Biology. 423, 454-461.

Siller S.S. and K. Broadie (2012). Matrix metalloproteinases and minocycline: therapeutic avenues for fragile X syndrome. Neural Plasticity. 2012:124548. Epub 2012 May 20.

Rushton, E., J. Rohrbough, K. Deutsch, and K. Broadie (2012). Structure-function analysis of endogenous lectin mind-the-gap in synaptogenesis. Developmental Neurobiology. 2012 Aug. 72(8):1161-79.

Singleton, C. K., Y. Xiong, J. Kirsten, and K. Pendleton (2012). eIF2a kinases regulate development through the BzpR transcription factor in Dictyostelium discoideumPloS One. 7, e325000.

Zhang, H., A. Rokas, and J. C. Slot (2012). Two different secondary metabolism gene clusters occupied the same ancestral locus in fungal dermatophytes of the Arthrodermataceae. PLoS ONE. 7: e41903.

Zhou B., D.R. Arnett, X. Yu, A. Brewster, G.A. Sowd, C.L. Xie, S. Vila, D. Gai, E. Fanning, and X.S. Chen (2012). J Biol. Chem. 287, 26854-26866.

Bowman, R., Y. Xiong, J. Kirsten, and C.K. Singleton (2011). eIF2a Kinases Control Chalone Production In Dictyostelium discoideum.  Euk. Cell. 10, 494-501.    

Brett, C.L., L. Kallay, Z. Hua, R. Green, A. Chyou, Y. Zhang, T.R. Graham, M. Donowitz, and R. Rao (2011). Genome-wide analysis reveals the vacuolar pH-stat of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  PLoS One. 6:e17619.

Chafee, M.E., C.N. Zecher, M.L Gourley, V.T. Schmidt, J. H. Chen, S.R. Bordenstein, M.E. Clark, and S.R. Bordenstein (2011). Decoupling of host-symbiont-phage coadaptations following transfer to a new host species. Genetics. 187: 203-215.

Ciarleglio, C.M., J. Axley, B.R. Strauss, K.L. Gamble, and D.G. McMahon (2011). Perinatal photoperiod imprints the circadian clock.  Nature Neuroscience. 14:25-27.

de Borsetti N.H., B.J. Dean, E.J. Bain, J.A. Clanton, R.W. Taylor, and J.T. Gamse (2011).  Light and melatonin schedule neuronal differentiation in the habenular nuclei. Developmental Biology. 358:251-61.

Doll, C.A., J.T. Burkart, K.D. Hope M.E. Halpern, and J.T. Gamse (2011). Subnuclear development of the zebrafish habenular nuclei requires ER translocon function. Developmental Biology. 360:44-57.

Talley, J.M, D.C. DeZwaan, L.D. Maness, B.C. Freeman, and K.L. Friedman (2011). Stimulation of yeast telomerase activity by the Ever Shorter Telomeres 3 (Est3) subunit is dependent on direct interaction with the catalytic protein Est2. J. Biol. Chem. 286. 26431-26439.

Majumdar, D., C.A. Nebhan, L. Hu, B. Anderson, and D.J. Webb (2011). An APPL1/Akt Signaling Complex Regulates Dendritic Spine and Synapse Formation in Hippocampal Neurons.  Mol. Cell. Neurosci.  46:633-644.

Bairley, R.C.B., G. Guillaume, L.R. Vega, and K.L. Friedman (2011). A mutation in the catalytic subunit of yeast telomerase alters primer/template alignment while promoting processivity and protein/DNA binding. J. Cell Sci. 124. 4241-52.

Siller S. S. and K. Broadie (2011). Neural circuit architecture defects in a Drosophila model of Fragile X syndrome are alleviated by minocycline treatment and genetic removal of matrix metalloproteinase.   Disease Models & Mechanisms. (5):673-85.

Talley J.M., D.C. DeZwaan, L.D. Maness, B.C. Freeman, and K.L. Friedman (2011). Stimulation of yeast telomerase activity by the ever shorter telomere 3 (Est3) subunit is dependent on direct interaction with the catalytic protein Est2. J Biol Chem. 286(30): 26431-9.

Taylor, R.W., J.Y. Qi, A.K. Talaga, T.P. Ma, L.P. Pan, C.R. Bartholomew, D.J. Klionsky, C.B. Moens, and J.T. Gamse (2011). Asymmetric inhibition of Ulk2 causes left-right differences in habenular neuropil formation. Journal of Neuroscience. 31:9869-78.

Andereck, J.W., J.G. King, and J.F. Hillyer (2010). Contraction of the ventral abdomen potentiates extracardiac retrograde hemolymph propulsion in the mosquito hemocoel. PLoS ONE. 5(9):e12943.

Glenn, J.D., J.G. King, and J.F. Hillyer (2010). Structural mechanics of the mosquito heart and its function in bidirectional hemolymph transport. Journal of Experimental Biology. 213(4):541-50.

Huang, H., B.E. Weiner, H. Zhang, B.E. Fuller, Y. Gao, B. Wile, K. Zhao, D. R. Arnett, W.J. Chazin, and E. Fanning (2010). Structure of a DNA polymerase -primase domain that docks on the SV40 helicase and activates the viral primosome. J. Biol. Chem. 285, 17112-17122.

Janson, E.M., E.R. Peeden, J.O. Stireman, and P. Abbot (2010). Complexity without co-evolution in a mutualistic symbiosis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 2212-2228.

Grogan, K, V. Chhatre, and P. Abbot (2010). The cost of conflict in aphid societies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 185-193.

McDonald, M., A. Kendall, W. Bian, I. McCullough, E. Lio, W.M. Havens, S.A. Ghabrial, and G. Stubbs (2010). Architecture of the potyviruses. Virology. 405, 309-313.       

LJZ lab Publications with Undergraduate Co-Authors:

Merrill, E.C., Sherertz, T., Walker, W.B. & L.J. Zwiebel. (2005). Odorant-specific requirements for arrestin funciton in drosophila olfaction. Neurobiology, 63(1), 15-28.

Xia, Y., Wang, G., B uscariollo, D., Pitts, J.R.,  Wegner, H. & Zwiebel, L.J. (2008, April 29).  The molecular and cellular basis of olfactory behavior in anopheles gambiae larvae. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(17): 6433-8. Epub 2008 Apr 21.

Pitts, R.J., Liu, C., Zhou, X., Malpartida, J.C., & Zweibel, L.J. (2014).  Odorant receptor-mediated sperm activation in disease vector mosquitoes.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 111(7), 2566-2571. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1322923111.Epup 2014 Feb 3.

Turner, R.M., Derryberry, S., Kumar, B.N., Brittain, T., Zwiebel, L.J., Newcomb, R.D., & Christie, D.L. (2014).  Mutational analysis of cycteine residues of the insect odorant co-receptor (orco) from drosophila melanogaster reveals differential effects on agonist- and odorant/tuning receptor-dependent activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry. jbc. M114.603993. doi:  10.1074/jbc.M114.603993

Pitts, J.R., Derryberry, S., Pulous, F., & Zweibel, L.J. (n.d.). Antennal-expressed ammonium transporters in the malaria vector mosquito anopheles gambiae. PLoS ONE, in press.