Publications by Faculty Members

Highlighting Recent Publications

The Department of Biology Faculty run high quality, top-tier research programs studying the intricacies of life sciences at the biochemical and genetics level, molecules up through cellular functionings, physioloical complexities and interactions within the ecosystems,climate and environment. The diversity of the faculty allows for inter-, cross-and multidisciplinary approaches in studying biological phenomenon. Here, we highlight the recent string of publications by our excellent faculty members.

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Basar MA, Williamson K, Roy SD, Finger DS, Ables ET, Duttaroy A. Spargel/dPGC-1 is essential for oogenesis and nutrient-mediated ovarian growth in Drosophila. Dev Biol. 2019 Jun 25. pii: S0012-1606(18)30592-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2019.06.020

Farina SC, Kane E, Hernandez LP. Multifunctional structures and multistructural functions: Integration in the evolution of biomechanical systems. Integr Comp Biol. 2019 Jun 5. pii: icz095. doi: 10.1093/icb/icz095

Pos KM, Farina SC, Kolmann MA, Gidmark NJ. Pharyngeal jaws converge by similar means, not to similar ends, when minnows (Cypriniformes: Leuciscidae) adapt to new dietary niches.Integr Comp Biol. 2019 Jun 4. pii: icz090. doi: 10.1093/icb/icz090

Ullah H, Hou W, Dakshanamurthy S, Tang Q. Host targeted antiviral (HTA): functional inhibitor compounds of scaffold protein RACK1 inhibit herpes simplex virus proliferation. Oncotarget. 2019 May 14;10(35):3209-3226. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.26907. eCollection 2019 May 14

Long NP, Farina SC. Enormous gill chambers of deep-sea coffinfishes (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) support unique ventilatory specialisations such as breath holding and extreme inflation. J Fish Biol. 2019 May 10. doi: 10.1111/jfb.14003.

Denver JB, Ullah H. miR393s regulate salt stress response pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana through scaffold protein RACK1A mediated ABA signaling pathways. Plant Signal Behav. 2019;14(6):1600394. doi: 10.1080/15592324.2019.1600394.

Farina SC, Knope ML, Corn KA, Summers AP, Bemis WE. Functional coupling in the evolution of suction feeding and gill ventilation of sculpins (Perciformes: Cottoidei). Integr Comp Biol. 2019 Apr 20. pii: icz022. doi: 10.1093/icb/icz022.

Elizondo DM, Brandy NZD, da Silva RLL, Haddock NL, Kacsinta AD, de Moura TR, Lipscomb MW. Allograft Inflammatory Factor-1 Governs Hematopoietic Stem Cell Differentiation Into cDC1 and Monocyte-Derived Dendritic Cells Through IRF8 and RelB in vitro. Front Immunol. 2019 Feb 8;10:173. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.00173. eCollection 2019.

Hansen MEB, Rubel MA, Bailey AG, Ranciaro A, Thompson SR, Campbell MC, Beggs W, Dave JR, Mokone GG, Mpoloka SW, Nyambo T, Abnet C, Chanock SJ, Bushman FD, Tishkoff SA. Population structure of human gut bacteria in a diverse cohort from rural Tanzania and Botswana. Genome Biol. 2019 Jan 22;20(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s13059-018-1616-9.


Bressman NR, Gibb AC, Farina SC. A walking behavior generates functional overland movements in the tidepool sculpin, Oligocottus maculosus. Zoology (Jena). 2018 Dec;131:20-28. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2018.10.003. Epub 2018 Oct 22.

Elizondo DM, Andargie TE, Haddock NL, da Silva RLL, de Moura TR, Lipscomb MW. IL-10 producing CD8+ CD122+ PD-1+ regulatory T cells are expanded by dendritic cells silenced for Allograft Inflammatory Factor-1. J Leukoc Biol. 2019 Jan;105(1):123-130. doi: 10.1002/JLB.1A0118-010RR. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Jackson L, Jackson H, Mohammed M, Guthrie N, Kim S, Okolo R, Jackson F. Cancer in an Historic Washington DC African American Population and Its Geospatial Distribution Front Oncol. 2018 Nov 13;8:383. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2018.00383. eCollection 2018.

Elizondo DM, Andargie TE, Haddock NL, Boddie TA, Lipscomb MW. Drebrin 1 in dendritic cells regulates phagocytosis and cell surface receptor expression through recycling for efficient antigen presentation. Immunology. 2019 Feb;156(2):136-146. doi: 10.1111/imm.13010. Epub 2018 Nov 8.

Knight CA, Bowman MJ, Frederick L, Day A, Lee C, Dunlap CA. The first report of antifungal lipopeptide production by a Bacillus subtilis subsp. inaquosorum strain. Microbiol Res. 2018 Nov;216:40-46. doi: 10.1016/j.micres.2018.08.001. Epub 2018 Aug 2.

Corn KA, Farina SC, Summers AP, Gibb AC. Effects of organism and substrate size on burial mechanics of English sole, Parophrys vetulus. J Exp Biol. 2018 Sep 25;221(Pt 18). pii: jeb176131. doi: 10.1242/jeb.176131.

JM Burke, FA Michelangeli. Six new species of Miconia (Miconieae, Melastomataceae) from the Andes. Phytotaxa 361 (2), 131-150

Campbell MC, Smith LT, Harvey J. Population genetic evidence for positive and purifying selection acting at the human IFN-γ locus in Africa. Genes Immun. 2019 Feb;20(2):143-157. doi: 10.1038/s41435-018-0016-1. Epub 2018 Mar 29.

Boateng R, Allen AK. New Role for an Old Protein: An Educational Primer for Use with "The Identification of a Novel Mutant Allele of topoisomerase II in Caenorhabditis elegans Reveals a Unique Role in Chromosome Segregation During Spermatogenesis". Genetics. 2018 Jan;208(1):79-88. doi: 10.1534/genetics.117.300482. Review.

Magalhães LS, Bomfim LG, Mota SG, Cruz GS, Corrêa CB, Tanajura DM, Lipscomb MW, Borges VM, Jesus AR, Almeida RP, Moura TR. Increased thiol levels in antimony-resistant Leishmania infantum isolated from treatment-refractory visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2018 Feb;113(2):119-125. doi: 10.1590/0074-02760170289.

Frankel T, Yonkos L, Ampy F, Frankel J. Exposure to levonorgestrel increases nest acquisition success and decreases sperm motility in the male fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas). Environ Toxicol Chem. 2018 Apr;37(4):1131-1137. doi: 10.1002/etc.4054. Epub 2018 Feb 5.


Elizondo DM, Andargie TE, Yang D, Kacsinta AD, Lipscomb MW. Inhibition of Allograft Inflammatory Factor-1 in Dendritic Cells Restrains CD4+ T Cell Effector Responses and Induces CD25+Foxp3+ T Regulatory Subsets. Front Immunol. 2017 Nov 8;8:1502. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.01502. eCollection 2017.

Mao L, Fang Y, Campbell M, Southerland WM. Population differentiation in allele frequencies of obesity-associated SNPs.BMC Genomics. 2017 Nov 10;18(1):861. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-4262-9.

Crawford NG, et. al. Campbell MC Tishkoff SA. Loci associated with skin pigmentation identified in African populations. Science. 2017 Nov 17;358(6365). pii: eaan8433. doi: 10.1126/science.aan8433. Epub 2017 Oct 12.

Elizondo DM, Andargie TE, Kubar DM, Gugssa A, Lipscomb MW. CD40-CD40L crosstalk drives fascin expression in dendritic cells for efficient antigen presentation to CD4+ T cells. International Immunology. 2017

Zhao ZM, Campbell MC, Li N, Lee DSW, Zhang Z, Townsend JP. Detection of Regional Variation in Selection Intensity within Protein-Coding Genes Using DNA Sequence Polymorphism and Divergence. Mol Biol Evol. 2017 Nov 1;34(11):3006-3022. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msx213.

Li L, Jia Z, Peng Y, Godar S, Getov I, Teng S, Alper J, Alexov E. Forces and Disease: Electrostatic force differences caused by mutations in kinesin motor domains can distinguish between disease-causing and non-disease-causing mutations. Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 15;7(1):8237. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08419-7.

JM Burke, F Michelangeli, D Fernández-Fernández. Miconia complanata (Miconieae: Melastomataceae), a new species from the border between Ecuador and Peru. Brittonia 69 (3), 370-375  2017

Frankel T, Yonkos L, Frankel J. Exposure effects of levonorgestrel on oogenesis in the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas). Environ Toxicol Chem. 2017 Dec;36(12):3299-3304. doi: 10.1002/etc.3906. Epub 2017 Aug 23.

Boateng R, Nguyen KCQ, Hall DH, Golden A, Allen AK. Novel functions for the RNA-binding protein ETR-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans reproduction and engulfment of germline apoptotic cell corpses. Dev Biol. 2017 Sep 1;429(1):306-320. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2017.06.015. Epub 2017 Jun 23.

Teng S, Thomson PA, McCarthy S, Kramer M, Muller S, Lihm J, Morris S, Soares DC, Hennah W, Harris S, Camargo LM, Malkov V, McIntosh AM, Millar JK, Blackwood DH, Evans KL, Deary IJ, Porteous DJ, McCombie WR. Rare disruptive variants in the DISC1 Interactome and Regulome: association with cognitive ability and schizophrenia. Mol Psychiatry. 2018 May;23(5):1270-1277. doi: 10.1038/mp.2017.115. Epub 2017 Jun 20.

Elizondo DM, Andargie TE, Kubhar DS, Marshall KM, Zariwala AM, Lee CM, Lipscomb MW. siRNA Immunological Fishing Training (SIFT) Experience as a Novel Research Education Tool for Students Studying Immunology. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2017 Apr 21;18(1). pii: 18.1.110. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v18i1.1288. eCollection 2017 Apr.

Lays Gisele Santos Bomfim, Lucas Sousa Magalhães, Marcelo Augusto Anchieta Santos Filho, Nalu Teixeira de Aguiar Peres, Cristiane Bani Corrêa, Diego Moura Tanajura, Angela Maria Silva, Michael Wheeler Lipscomb, Valeria Matos Borges, Amélia Ribeiro Jesus, Roque Pacheco De Almeida, Tatiana Rodrigues De Moura. Leishmania infantum induces the release of sTREM-1 in visceral leishmaniasis. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2017

Silva RL, Santos MB, Almeida PL, Barros TS, Magalhães L, Cazzaniga RA, Souza PR, Luz NF, França-Costa J, Borges VM, Lima-Junior DS, Lipscomb MW, Duthie MS, Reed SG, Almeida RP, Jesus AR. sCD163 levels as a biomarker of disease severity in leprosy and visceral leishmaniasis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Mar 29;11(3):e0005486. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005486. eCollection 2017 Mar.

Dedrick RM, Jacobs-Sera D, Bustamante CA, Garlena RA, Mavrich TN, Pope WH, Reyes JC, Russell DA, Adair T, Alvey R, Bonilla JA, Bricker JS, Brown BR, Byrnes D, Cresawn SG, Davis WB, Dickson LA, Edgington NP, Findley AM, Golebiewska U, Grose JH, Hayes CF, Hughes LE, Hutchison KW, Isern S, Johnson AA, Kenna MA, Klyczek KK, Mageeney CM, Michael SF, Molloy SD, Montgomery MT, Neitzel J, Page ST, Pizzorno MC, Poxleitner MK, Rinehart CA, Robinson CJ, Rubin MR, Teyim JN, Vazquez E, Ware VC, Washington J, Hatfull GF. Prophage-mediated defence against viral attack and viral counter-defence. Nat Microbiol. 2017 Jan 9;2:16251. doi: 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.251.


Robinson CJ, London-Thomas LY, Dickson LA, Clinton TA, Baig H, Bute M, Fahad M, Farrakhan K, Grady N, Guthrie NE, Hafid R, Harvey J, Hunnicutt K, Larsen VL, McDuffie T, McGee EN, Pailin JY, Peacock B, Thomas A, Anderson WA .Genome Sequence of Mycobacteriophage ErnieJ. Genome Announc. 2016 Nov 23;4(6). pii: e00873-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00873-16.   

Teng S. NGS for Sequence Variants. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;939:1-20.

Elizondo DM, Andargie TE, Marshall KM, Zariwala AM, Lipscomb MW.  Dendritic cell expression of ADAM23 governs T cell proliferation and cytokine production through the α(v)β(3) integrin receptor. J Leukoc Biol. 2016 Nov;100(5):855-864. Epub 2016 Jun 17.

Ogindo CO, Khraiwesh MH, George M Jr, Brandy Y, Brandy N, Gugssa A, Ashraf M, Abbas M, Southerland WM, Lee CM, Bakare O, Fang Y. Novel drug design for Chagas disease via targeting Trypanosoma cruzi tubulin: Homology modeling and binding pocket prediction on Trypanosoma cruzi tubulin polymerization inhibition by naphthoquinone derivatives. Bioorg Med Chem. 2016 Aug 15;24(16):3849-55. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2016.06.031. Epub 2016 Jun 16.

Ogunwuyi O, Kumari N, Smith KA, Bolshakov O, Adesina S, Gugssa A, Anderson WA, Nekhai S, Akala EO. Antiretroviral Drugs-Loaded Nanoparticles Fabricated by Dispersion Polymerization with Potential for HIV/AIDS Treatment.  Infect Dis (Auckl). 2016 Mar 20;9:21-32. doi: 10.4137/IDRT.S38108. eCollection 2016.

Sabila M, Kundu N, Smalls D, Ullah HTyrosine Phosphorylation Based Homo-dimerization of Arabidopsis RACK1A Proteins Regulates Oxidative Stress Signaling Pathways in Yeast. Front Plant Sci. 2016 Feb 24;7:176. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00176. eCollection 2016.

Jackson F, Jackson L, Cross C, Clarke C. What could you do with 400 years of biological history on african americans? Evaluating the potential scientific benefit of systematic studies of dental and skeletal materials on African Americans from the 17th through 20th centuries. Am J Hum Biol. 2016 Jul;28(4):510-3. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22821. Epub 2016 Jan 9.



Omokanwaye T, Wilson OC Jr, Gugssa A, Anderson W. Biomineralization of nanoscale single crystal hydroxyapatite. Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl. 2015 Nov 1;56:84-7. doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2015.05.073. Epub 2015 May 30.

Islas-Flores T, Rahman A, Ullah H, Villanueva MA. The Receptor for Activated C Kinase in Plant Signaling: Tale of a Promiscuous Little Molecule. Front Plant Sci. 2015 Dec 8;6:1090. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.01090. eCollection 2015. Review.

Bakare R, Hawthrone S, Vails C, Gugssa A, Karim A, Stubbs J 3rd, Raghavan D. Antimicrobial and cell viability measurement of bovine serum albumin capped silver nanoparticles (Ag/BSA) loaded collagen immobilized poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) film. J Colloid Interface Sci. 2016 Mar 1;465:140-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2015.11.041. Epub 2015 Nov 21.

Dickinson-Copeland CM, Wilson NO, Liu M, Driss A, Salifu H, Adjei AA, Wilson M, Gyan B, Oduro D, Badu K, Botchway F, Anderson W, Bond V, Bacanamwo M, Singh S, Stiles JK. Heme-Mediated Induction of CXCL10 and Depletion of CD34+ Progenitor Cells Is Toll-Like Receptor 4 Dependent. PLoS One. 2015 Nov 10;10(11):e0142328. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142328. eCollection 2015. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2016;11(1):e0147460.

Ghosh S, Mitra PS, Loffredo CA, Trnovec T, Murinova L, Sovcikova E, Ghimbovschi S, Zang S, Hoffman EP, Dutta SK. Transcriptional profiling and biological pathway analysis of human equivalence PCB exposure in vitro: indicator of disease and disorder development in humans. Environ Res. 2015 Apr;138:202-16. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.12.031. Epub 2015 Feb 27.

Zhang J, Teng S, Zhong C, Wang B, Wu J. Current Developments in RNA Sequence Analysis. Bioinform Biol Insights. 2016 May 15;9(Suppl 1):61-3. doi: 10.4137/BBI.S39980. eCollection 2015.

Li X, Teng S. RNA Sequencing in Schizophrenia. Bioinform Biol Insights. 2016 Mar 31;9(Suppl 1):53-60. doi: 10.4137/BBI.S28992. eCollection 2015. Review.


Jackson FL. Gene-environment interactions in human health: case studies and strategies for developing new paradigms and research methodologies. Front Genet. 2014 Aug 29;5:271. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00271. eCollection 2014.

Jackson FL, Lee CM, Taylor S. Let minority-serving institutions lead. Science. 2014 Aug 22;345(6199):885. doi: 10.1126/science.345.6199.885-c. No abstract available.

Mukherjee S, Basar MA, Davis C, Duttaroy A. Emerging functional similarities and divergences between Drosophila Spargel/dPGC-1 and mammalian PGC-1 protein. Front Genet. 2014 Jul 10;5:216. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00216. eCollection 2014.

Kim JR, Hayes KA, Yeung NW, Cowie RH. Diverse gastropod hosts of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm, globally and with a focus on the Hawaiian Islands. PLoS One. 2014 May 2;9(5):e94969. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094969.


Mwendwa DT, Ali MK, Sims RC, Cole AP, Lipscomb MW, Levy SA, Callender CO, Campbell AL. Dispositional depression and hostility are associated with inflammatory markers of cardiovascular disease in African Americans.

Mukherjee S, Duttaroy A. Spargel/dPGC-1 is a new downstream effector in the insulin-TOR signaling pathway in Drosophila. Genetics. 2013 Oct;195(2):433-41. doi: 10.1534/genetics.113.154583. Epub 2013 Aug 9.

Kundu N, Dozier U, Deslandes L, Somssich IE, Ullah H. Arabidopsis scaffold protein RACK1A interacts with diverse environmental stress and photosynthesis related proteins. Plant Signal Behav. 2013 May;8(5):e24012. doi: 10.4161/psb.24012. Epub 2013 Feb 22.

Armstrong N, Ramamoorthy M, Lyon D, Jones K, Duttaroy A. Mechanism of silver nanoparticles action on insect pigmentation reveals intervention of copper homeostasis. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e53186. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053186. Epub 2013 Jan 7.