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Graduate students 


Latoya Campbell


Xhang J, Heckmann BL, Campbell LE, Liu J. GOS2: A small giant controller of lipolysis and adipose-liver fatty acid flux. Biocheimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids, 2017. PMID: 28645852

Raul Garcia


Raul Garcia, B.S, Austin R. Cotter, Kenneth Leslie, M. Foster Olive, & Janet L. Neisewander. Preclinical evidence that 5-HT1B receptor agonists show promise as medications for psychostimulant use disorders. 2017. in press

Jesus Aguilar Diaz de Leon (H)

Zaare, S., Aguilar, J., Hu, Y., Ferdosi, S., Borges, C.R.: Glycan Node Analysis: A Bottom-Up Approach to Glycomics. J Vis Exp 111:e53961, 2016. PMID: 27284957

Adrian Chavez (H)

Vega-López S, Chavez A, Farr K & Ainsworth B. Validity and reliability of two brief physical activity questionnaires among Spanish-speaking individuals of Mexican descent. BMC Research Notes. 2014;7:29. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-29. PMCID: PMC3895856

Eduardo Espiritu (H)

Olson TL, Espiritu E, Edwardraja S, Simmons CR, Williams JC, Ghirlanda G, Allen JP. Design of dinuclear manganese cofactors for bacterial reaction centers. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Sep 25. pii: S0005-2728(15)00191-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2015.09.003. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 26392146

Culbertson JE, Chung Dh, Ziebart KT, Espiritu E, Toney MD. Conversion of aminodeoxychorismate synthase into anthranilate synthase with Janus mutations: mechanism of pyruvate elimination catalyzed by chorismate enzymes. Biochemistry. 2015 Apr 14;54(14):2372-84. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.5b00013. Epub 2015 Apr 2. PMID: 25710100

Jonathan Hurtado (H)

Lai H, He J, Hurtado J, Stahnke J, Fuchs A, Mehlhop E, Gorlatov S, Loos A, Diamond MS, Chen Q. Structural and functional characterization of an anti-West Nile virus monoclonal antibody and its single-chain variant produced in glycoengineered plants. Plant Biotechnol J. 2014 Oct;12(8):1098-107. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12217. Epub 2014 Jun 29. PMID: 24975464 PMCID: PMC4175135

He J, Peng L, Lai H, Hurtado J, Stahnke J, Chen Q. A plant-produced antigen elicits potent immune responses against West Nile virus in mice. Biomed Res Int. 2014:952865. doi: 10.1155/2014/952865. Epub 2014 Apr 3. PMID: 24804264 PMCID: PMC3996298

Chen Q, Dent M, Hurtado J, Stahnke J, McNulty A, Leuzinger K, Lai H. Transient Protein Expression by Agroinfiltration in Lettuce. Methods Mol Biol. 2016;1385:55-67. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3289-4_4. PMID: 26614281

Joseph Miceli (H)

Miceli, J. Garcia-Pena, E. I,Torres C.I., and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. 2014. ”Combining Microbial Cultures for Efficient Production of Electricity from Butyrate in a Microbial Electrochemical Cell” Bioresource Technology, Vol 169, page 169-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.06.090. PMCID: PMC4284095

Miceli, J., Garcia-Pena, E. I, Torres C.I., and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. 2014. ”Combining Microbial Cultures for Efficient Production of Electricity from Butyrate in a Microbial Electrochemical Cell”  Bioresource Technology, Vol 169, page 169-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.06.090.

 Delgado AG, Kang DW, Nelson KG, Fajardo-Williams D, Miceli JF 3rd, Done HY, Popat SC, Krajmalnik-Brown R. Selective enrichment yields robust ethene-producing dechlorinating cultures from microcosms stalled at cis-dichloroethene. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 20;9(6):e100654. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100654. eCollection 2014. PMID: 24950250 PMCID: PMC4065118

Sarah Mennenga (AI)

Mennenga SE, Gerson JE, Koebele SV, Kingston ML, Tsang CW, Engler-Chiurazzi EB, Baxter LC, Bimonte-Nelson HA. Understanding the cognitive impact of the contraceptive estrogen Ethinyl Estradiol: tonic and cyclic administration impairs memory, and performance correlates with basal forebrain cholinergic system integrity. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015 Apr;54:1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.01.002. Epub 2015 Jan 12. PMID: 25679306 PMCID: PMC4433884

Mennenga SE, Gerson JE, Dunckley T, Bimonte-Nelson HA. Harmine treatment enhances short-term memory in old rats: Dissociation of cognition and the ability to perform the procedural requirements of maze testing. Physiol Behav. 2015 Jan;138:260-5. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.09.001. Epub 2014 Sep 22. PMID: 25250831 PMCID: PMC4406242

Mennenga SE, Baxter LC, Grunfeld IS, Brewer GA, Aiken LS, Engler-Chiurazzi EB, Camp BW, Acosta JI, Braden BB, Schaefer KR, Gerson JE, Lavery CN, Tsang CW, Hewitt LT, Kingston ML, Koebele SV, Patten KJ, Ball BH, McBeath MK, Bimonte-Nelson HA. Navigating to new frontiers in behavioral neuroscience: traditional neuropsychological tests predict human performance on a rodent-inspired radial-arm maze. Front Behav Neurosci. 2014 Sep 9;8:294. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00294. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25249951 PMCID: PMC4158810

Mennenga SE, Koebele SV, Mousa AA, Alderete TJ, Tsang CW, Acosta JI, Camp BW, Demers LM, Bimonte-Nelson HA. Pharmacological blockade of the aromatase enzyme, but not the androgen receptor, reverses androstenedione-induced cognitive impairments in young surgically menopausal rats. Steroids. 2015 Jul;99(Pt A):16-25. doi: 10.1016/j.steroids.2014.08.010. Epub 2014 Aug 23. PMID: 25159107 PMCID: PMC4398574

Mennenga SE, Bimonte-Nelson HA. Translational cognitive endocrinology: designing rodent experiments with the goal to ultimately enhance cognitive health in women. Brain Res. 2013 Jun 13;1514:50-62. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2013.01.020. Epub 2013 Feb 4. Review. PMID: 23391594 PMCID: PMC3936018

Engler-Chiurazzi EB, Talboom JS, Braden BB, Tsang CW, Mennenga S, Andrews M, Demers LM, Bimonte-Nelson HA. Continuous estrone treatment impairs spatial memory and does not impact number of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons in the surgically menopausal middle-aged rat. Horm Behav. 2012 Jun;62(1):1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2012.04.004. Epub 2012 Apr 13. PMID: 22522079 PMCID: PMC3397199

Digby GJ, Noetzel MJ, Bubser M, Utley TJ, Walker AG, Byun NE, Lebois EP, Xiang Z, Sheffler DJ, Cho HP, Davis AA, Nemirovsky NE, Mennenga SE, Camp BW, Bimonte-Nelson HA, Bode J, Italiano K, Morrison R, Daniels JS, Niswender CM, Olive MF, Lindsley CW, Jones CK, Conn PJ. Novel allosteric agonists of M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors induce brain region-specific responses that correspond with behavioral effects in animal models. J Neurosci. 2012 Jun 20;32(25):8532-44. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0337-12.2012. PMID: 22723693 PMCID: PMC3398407

J. Bryce Ortiz (H)

Ortiz JB, Taylor SB, Hoffman AN, Campbell AN, Lucas LR, Conrad CD. Sex-specific impairment and recovery of spatial learning following the end of chronic unpredictable restraint stress: potential relevance of limbic GAD. Behav Brain Res. 2015 Apr 1;282:176-84 PMCID: PMC4324367

Ortiz JB, Mathewson CM, Hoffman AN, Hanavan PD, Terwilliger EF, Conrad CD. Hippocampal brain-derived neurotrophic factor mediates recovery from chronic stress-induced spatial reference memory deficits. Eur J Neurosci. 2014 Nov;40(9):3351-62

Ortiz JB, McLaughlin KJ, Hamilton GF, Baran SE, Campbell AN, Conrad CD. Cholesterol and perhaps estradiol protect against corticosterone-induced hippocampal CA3 dendritic retraction in gonadectomized female and male rats. Neuroscience. 2013 Aug 29;246:409-21. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.04.027. Epub 2013 Apr 22. PMID: 23618757 PMCID: PMC3703463

Natasha Weatherspoon- Griffin (AA)

Weatherspoon-Griffin N, Yang D, Kong W, Hua Z, Shi Y. The CpxR/CpxA two-component regulatory system up-regulates the multidrug resistance cascade to facilitate Escherichia coli resistance to a model antimicrobial peptide. J Biol Chem. 2014 Nov 21;289(47):32571-82. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.565762. Epub 2014 Oct 6. PMID: 25294881 PMCID: PMC4239611

Zhao G, Kong W, Weatherspoon-Griffin N, Clark-Curtiss J, Shi Y. Mg2+ facilitates leader peptide translation to induce riboswitch-mediated transcription termination. EMBO J. 2011 Apr 20;30(8):1485-96. doi:10.1038/emboj.2011.66. PMID: 21399613

Weatherspoon-Griffin N, Zhao G, Kong W, Kong Y, Morigen, Andrews-Polymenis H, McClelland M, Shi Y. The CpxR/CpxA two-component system up-regulates two Tat-dependent peptidoglycan amidases to confer bacterial resistance to antimicrobial peptide. J Biol Chem. 2011 Feb 18;286(7):5529-39. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M110.200352. PMID: 21149452

Undergraduate students 


Andrew Raymundo (H)

Olzer, R, Raymundo, A, and Rutowski, R Heritability of wing coloration in a swallowtail butterfly. 2016. Heredity (submitted)

Jesus Contreras (H)

Contreras Rodriguez JC, LuPone T, Leek T, et al. Identification of systemic injury response   genes in Drosophila melanogaster. (in revision).

Contreras Rodriguez et al. Identifying a gene signature characterizing an injury response checkpoint in Drosophila. (in preparation)

Joseph Leal (H)

J. Lael, Chang, Y. A modular synthetic vaccine for nicotine cessation, Nano Letters (manuscript in preparation)

J. Lael, Chang, Y.A strategy for the identification of haptens suitable for a nicotine vaccine, Bioconjugate, (manuscript in preparation).

Oscar Murillo (H)

Filipski A, Murillo O, Freydenzon A, Tamura K, Kumar S. Prospects for building large timetrees using molecular data with incomplete gene coverage among species. Mol Biol Evol. 2014 Sep;31(9):2542-50. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu200. Epub 2014 Jun 27. PMID: 24974376 PMCID: PMC4137717

Tamura K, Battistuzzi FU, Billing-Ross P, Murillo O, Filipski A, Kumar S. Estimating divergence times in large molecular phylogenies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Nov 20;109(47):19333-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213199109. Epub 2012 Nov 5. PMID: 23129628 PMCID: PMC3511068

Battistuzzi FU, Billing-Ross P, Murillo O, Filipski A, Kumar S. A Protocol for Diagnosing the Effect of Calibration Priors on Posterior Time Estimates: A Case Study for the Cambrian Explosion of Animal Phyla. Mol Biol Evol. 2015 Jul;32(7):1907-12. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv075. Epub 2015 Mar 25. PMID: 25808541 PMCID: PMC4476164

Filipski A, Tamura K, Billing-Ross P, Murillo O, Kumar S. Phylogenetic placement of metagenomic reads using the minimum evolution principle. BMC Genomics. 2015;16 Suppl 1:S13. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-16-S1-S13. Epub 2015 Jan 15. PMID: 25923672

Rachel Olzer (AA)

Olzer, R, Raymundo, A, and Rutowski, R Heritability of wing coloration in a swallowtail butterfly. 2016. Heredity (submitted)

Valeria Fimbres (H & D)

J. Adams, T. Audhya, E. Geis, E. Gehn, V. Fimbres,  E. Pollard, J. Mitchell, J. Ingram, R. Hellmers, D. Laake, J. Matthews, R. L. Adams, D. Quig Nutritional and Dietary Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Randomized, Controlled 12 Month Trial (manuscript in preparation).

J. Adams*, D. Howsmon, U. Kruger, V. Fimbres , J. Hahn Significant association of urinary toxic metals and autism-related symptoms – a nonlinear statistical analysis with cross validation Adams, J.B., Howsmon, D., Kruger, U., Fimbres, V., Hahn, J. Significant association of urinary toxic metals and autism-related symptoms – a nonlinear statistical analysis with cross validation. (2017). PLOS one

Vanessa P. Guzman (H)

Holechek SA, McAfee MS, Nieves L, Guzman V, Manhas K, Bagley K, Fouts T, Blattman JN. Retinaldehyde Dehydrogenase 2 as a Molecular Adjuvant for Enhancement of Mucosal CD8 T Cell Immunity During DNA Vaccination, Vaccine. (2015) (submitted).

Holechek SA, Bruce CA, Idouraine L, Nieves LM, Guzman V, Antia R, Blattman JN. A Novel SIRC Ecological Model Incoporating both Horizontal and Vertical Transmission of Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, J Theor Biol. (2015) (submitted).