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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.

Brooks, Saulsberry, A., M. Pinchas, A. Noll, J.A. Lynch, R.M. Brucker, and S.R. Bordenstein. (2017) Rapid evolution of hybrid mortality in laboratory populations. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:37

Kara, N., Wei, C., Commanday, A., & Patton, J. (2017) miR-27 regulates chondrogenesis by suppressing focal adhesion kinase during pharyngeal arch development.  Developmental Biology, online publication, June 16, 2017. 

Lawson SP, Sigle L, Lind A, Legan AW, Mezzanote JN, Honegger HW, & Abbot P. An alternative pathway to eusociality: exploring the molecular and functional basis of fortress defense. Evolution, in press. 

LePage, D.P.*, J.A. Metcalf*, S.R. Bordenstein. J. On, J.I. Perlmutter, J.D. Shropshire, E.M. Layton, L.J. Funkhouser-Jones, J.F. Beckmann, S.R. Bordenstein (2017) Prophage WO genes recapitulate and enhance Wolbachia-inducedcytoplasmic incompatibility. Nature doi: 10.1038/nature21391, online publication Feb. 27, 2017. *Co-first authors 

Parsons ZD, Bland JM, Mullins EA, and Eichman BF (2016) A catalytic role for C-H/π interactions in base excision repair by Bacillus cereus DNA glycosylase AlkD. J Am Chem Soc, 138: 11485-8. 

Pitts, J.*, Derryberry, S.*, Zhang, Z, and Zwiebel, L. Variant Ionotropic Receptors in the Malaria Vector Mosquito Anopheles gambiae Tuned to Amines and Carboxylic Acids, Scientific Reports 7:40297, Jan. 9, 2017, doi:10.1038/srep40297. 

Wisecaver, J. H., A. T. Borowsky, V. Tzin, G. Jander, D. J. Kliebenstein, & A. Rokas (2017). A global co-expression network approach for connecting genes to specialized metabolic pathways in plants. The Plant Cell 29: 944–959. 

Doran CR, Estévez-Lao TY, Hillyer JF. J Insect Physiol. 2017 Aug. Mosquito aging modulates the heart rate and the proportional directionality of heart contractions.; 101:47-56. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2017.06.013. Epub 2017 Jun 24.
PMID: 28655496 

Brown LD, Thompson GA, Hillyer JF (2018) Transstadial transmission of larval hemocoelic infection negatively affects development and adult female longevity in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae..
J Invertebr Pathol. 151:21-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2017.10.008. Epub 2017 Oct 27.
PMID: 29111355 

Shropshire, J.D., J. On, E.M. Layton Ψ, H. Zhou Ψ, and S.R. Bordenstein. One prophage WO gene rescues cytoplasmic incompatibility in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Funkhouser-Jones, L.J.*, E.J. van Opstal*, A. Sharma Ψ, and S.R. Bordenstein. The maternal effect gene Wds controls Wolbachia titer in Nasonia. Current Biology. DOI:

Xu P, Hankins HM, MacDonald C, Erlinger SJ, Frazier MN, Diab NS, Piper RC, Jackson LP, MacGurn JA, Graham TR. COPI mediates recycling of an exocytic SNARE by recognition of a ubiquitin sorting signal. Elife. 2017 Oct 23;6. pii: e28342. doi: 10.7554/eLife.28342. PubMed PMID: 29058666; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5663479. 

Archuleta TL, Frazier MN, Monken AE, Kendall AK, Harp J, McCoy AJ, Creanza N, Jackson LP. Structure and evolution of ENTH and VHS/ENTH-like domains in tepsin.Traffic. 2017 Sep;18(9):590-603. doi: 10.1111/tra.12499. PubMed PMID: 28691777; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5567745. 

K. Y. B. Lamm, M. L. Johnson, J. B. Phillips, M. B. Muntifering, J. M. James, H. N. Jones, R. W. Redline, A. Rokas, & L. J. Muglia (2018). Inverted formin 2 regulates intracellular trafficking, placentation, and pregnancy outcome. eLife 7: e31150. 

Sivley RM, Dou X, Meiler J, Bush WS, and Capra JA (2018) Comprehensive Analysis of Constraint on the Spatial Distribution of Missense Variants in Human Protein Structures American Journal of Human Genetics, 102:415–426. 

Patel VD and Capra JA (2017) Ancient human miRNAs are more likely to have broad functions and disease associations than young miRNAs. BMC Genomics, 18:672. 

Xu, P., H.M. Hankins, C. MacDonald, S.J. Erlinger, M.N. Frazier, N.S. Diab, R.C. Piper, L.P. Jackson, J.A. MacGurn, and T.R. Graham (2017) COPI mediates recycling of an exocytic SNARE by recognition of a ubiquitin sorting signal. Elife 6:e28342 

Funkhouser-Jones, L.J.*, E.J. van Opstal*, A. Sharma Ψ , and S.R. Bordenstein. (2018) The maternal effect gene Wds controls Wolbachia titer in Nasonia. Current Biology 28(11):1692-1702. 

Zhang J*, Simonti CN*, and Capra JA. (2018)  Genome-wide maps of distal gene regulatory regions active in the human placenta. PLOS One, 13(12): e0209611. 

Hinger, S.S., Cha, D.J., Franklin, J.L., Higginbotham, J.N., Dou, Y., Ping, J., Shu, L., Prasad, N., Levy, S. Zhang, B., Liu, Q., Weaver, A.M., Coffey, R.J., and Patton, J.G. (2018) Diverse long-RNAs are differentially sorted into exosomes secreted bycolorectal cancer cells.  Cell Reports 25: 715-725. 

Munden A, Rong Z, Sun A, Gangula R, Mallal S, Nordman JT., 2018 Rif1 inhibits replication fork progression and controls DNA copy number in Drosophila. eLife. 7. pii: e39140. doi: 10.7554/eLife.39140. 

Roland BP, Naito T, Best JT, Arnaiz-Yépez C, Takatsu H, Yu RJ, Shin HW, Graham TR. (2019) Yeast and human P4-ATPases transport glycosphingolipids using conserved structural motifs. J Biol Chem, 294(6):1794-1806. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.005876. Epub 2018 Dec 10.PMID:30530492

Shropshire, J.D., J. On, E.M. Layton Ψ , H. Zhou Ψ , and S.R. Bordenstein. (2018) One prophage WO gene rescues cytoplasmic incompatibility in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  

Siemann JK, Green NH, Reddy N, et. al (2019) Sequential Photoperiodic Programming of Serotonin Neurons, Signaling and Behaviors During Prenatal and Postnatal Development. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 13:459. 

Sivley RM, Dou X, MeilerJ, Bush WS, and Capra JA (2018) Comprehensive Analysis of Constraint on the Spatial Distribution of Missense Variants in Human Protein Structures. American Journal of Human Genetics, 102:415–426, 2018. 

Smith, S. P., J. B. Phillips, M. L. Johnson, P. Abbot, J. A Capra, & A. Rokas (2019). Genome wide association analysis identifies genetic variants associated with reproductive variation across domestic dog breeds and uncovers links to domestication. (*Equal contributors) Evol. Med. Public Health: in press. 

Takar M, Huang Y, Graham TR. (2019) The PQ-loop protein Any1 segregates Drs2 and Neo1 functions required for viability and plasma membrane phospholipid asymmetry. J Lipid Res. May;60(5):1032-1042. doi: 10.1194/jlr.M093526. Epub 2019 Mar 1. PMID: 30824614 

Surowiec A, Snyder KT, Creanza N (2019). A worldwide view of matriliny: Using genetic data to shed light on the evolution of human kinship systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374(1780), 20180077

Brown, L.D., L.L.M. Shapiro, G.A. Thompson, T.Y. Estévez-Lao, and J.F. Hillyer. (2019). Transstadial immune activation in a mosquito: adults that emerge from infected larvae have stronger antibacterial activity in their hemocoel yet increased susceptibility to malaria infection. Ecology and Evolution. 9:6082–6095. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5192.

Gadbery JE*, Abraham A*, Needle C, Moth C, Sheehan J, Capra JA, Jackson LP. (2020). Integrating Structural and Evolutionary Data to Interpret Genetic Variation and Pathogenicity in Adaptor Protein Complex 4 (AP-4). Protein Sci 29 (6): 1535-1549. (*joint first authors) 

Mead ME*, Borowsky AT*, Joehnk B, Steenwyk JL, Shen XX, Sil A, Rokas A (2020). Recurrent loss of abaA, a master regulator of asexual development in filamentous fungi, correlates with changes in genomic and morphological traits. (*Equal contributors) Genome Biol. Evol.: in press:

Ely ZA, Moon JM, Sliwoski GR, Sangha AK, Shen XX, LaBella AL, Meiler J, Capra JA, Rokas A (2019). The impact of natural selection on the evolution and function of placentally expressed galectins. Genome Biol. Evol. 11: 2574–2592

Jent, D.G, Perry, Abby., Critchlow, J.T., Tate, A.T.* 2019. Natural variation in the contribution of microbial density to inducible immune dynamics. Molecular Ecology. 28:5360-5372. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15293. 

Zi Ye, HuaHua Sun, Alex Liu, Mackenzie Barker, R. Jason Pitts and LJ Zwiebel (2020). Heterogeneous Expression of the Ammonium Transporter AgAmt in Chemosensory Appendages of the Malaria Vector. Anopheles gambiae. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. May;120:103360. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2020.103360. Epub 2020 Feb 29. PMID: 32126276. 

Stephen T. Ferguson, Alexandra R. Ruff, Kyu Y. Park, Isaac Bakis and Laurence J. Zwiebel (2020) ,Odor Coding of Nestmate Recognition in the Eusocial Ant Camponotus floridanus. Journal of Experimental Biology. doi:10.1242/jeb.215400. PMID: 31900348. 

Wright MT, Kouba L, Plate L. Thyroglobulin Interactome Profiling Uncovers Molecular Mechanisms of Thyroid Dyshormonogenesis. [bioRxiv preprint]. 2020 April; doi: 10.1101/2020.04.08.032482 

Layton, E., J. On, J.I. Perlmutter, S.R. Bordenstein, J.D. Shropshire (2019) Paternal grandmother age affects the strength of Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in Drosophila melanogaster. mBio 10(6): e01879-19. 

Strassberg SS, Creanza N (2020). Cultural evolution and prehistoric demography. In press. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 

Surowiec A, Pichkar Y, Creanza N (2020). Cultures of cooperation: human evolution in the context of cultural variability. Current Anthropology 61(2) 207-208.