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  • Boyce, A. S., Avent, C., Adetogun, A., Hall, C., Sametz, L., Phillips, L., Kane, A., Patton, J. C., Petersen, K. S., Schug, M. D. Examining Self-Efficacy, Science Identity, and Sense of Belonging within a Cohort-Based STEM Program. Journal of College Science Teaching. In Press 
  • Buescke, N.*, do-Amaral Silva, L.*, Adama, S., Santin JM.  Transforming a neural circuit to function without oxygen and glucose delivery. Current Biology. Accepted for Publication. *co-first authors 
  • Bueschke, N.*, do-Amaral Silva, L.*, Hu, M., Santin, JM. Lactate ions induce synaptic plasticity to enhance output from the central respiratory network. The Journal of Physiology. Accepted for Publication. *co-first authors 
  • Ligaba-Osena A, Mengistu M, Beyene G, Cushman J, Glahn R, Piñeros M. Grain mineral nutrient profiling and iron bioavailability of an ancient crop tef (Eragrostis tef). Aust J Crop Sci. In Press. 
  • Terui A, Kim S, Dolph CL, Kadoya T, Miyazaki Y. Emergent dual scaling of riverine biodiversity. PNAS. In Press. 


  • Aronne G., L.W.F.  Muthert, L.G. Izzo, L.E. Romano, M. Iovane, F. Capozzi, A. Manzano, M. Ciska, R. Herranz, F.J Medina,  J.Z. Kiss, J. J.W.A. van Loon. 2022. A novel device to study altered gravity and light interactions in seedling tropisms. Life Sciences in Space Research 32: 8-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lssr.2021.09.005 
  • Amaral-Silva, L., Candido da Silva, W., Gargaglioni, L. H., Steiner, A., Bícego, K. C. 2022. Metabolic trade-offs favor regulated hypothermia and inhibit fever in immune-challenged chicks. Journal of Experimental Boilogy. In Press. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.243115
  • J. Morris, D. Castignetti, J. Lepri & R. Relyea. 2022. Biology for the APᴿ Course. BFW/MacMillan Publ. 800+ pp. 


  • Adams S., Zubov, T., Bueschke N., Santin J.M. (2021) Neuromodulation or energy failure? Metabolic limitations silence network output in the hypoxic amphibian brainstem. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology. 320.2, R105-R116. doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00209.2020 
  • Avolio, M.L., K.J. Komatsu, S.L. Collins, E. Grman, S.E. Koerner, A. Tredennick, K.R. Wilcox, S. Baer, E.H. Boughton, A. Britton, B. Foster, L. Gough, M. Hovenden, F. Isbell, A. Jentsch, D.S. Johnson, A.K. Knapp, J. Kreylin, A. Langley, C. Lortie, R. McCulley, J. McLaren, P. Reich, E. Seabloom, M.D. Smith, K. Suding, B. Suttle, P. Tognetti.  2021. Determinants of plant community compositional change are equally affected by global change. Ecology Letters. 24(9):1892-1904. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13824
  • Bagchi R, Tinker-Kulberg R, Supakar T, Chamberlain S, Ligaba-Osena A and Josephs EA. 2021. Polyvalent Guide RNAs for CRISPR Antivirals. BioRixv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.02.25.430352 
  • Bhandari D, Elshaarrawi A, Katula KS. (2021). The human WNT5A isoforms display similar patterns of expression but distinct and overlapping activities in normal human osteoblasts. J Cell Biochem. 122(10):1262-1276. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcb.29950 
  • Bueschke, N., Amaral-Silva, L., Adams, S., Santin, J. M. 2021. Transforming a neural circuit to function without oxygen and glucose delivery. Current Biology. 31(24):R1564-R1565. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.11.003
  • Bueschke, N., Amaral-Silva L., Hu, M., Santin, J. M. 2021. Lactate ions induce synaptic plasticity to enhance output from the central respiratory network. The Journal of Physiology. 599(24):5485-5504. https://doi.org/10.1113/JP282062
  • Buton A, Bobay LM. (2021) Evolution of Chi motifs in Proteobacteria. G3 (Bethesda). 11(1):jkaa054. https://doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkaa054 
  • Colella JP, Stephens RB, Campbell ML, Kohli BA, Parsons DJ, Mclean BS. (2021) The open-specimen movement. BioScience. 71(4):405-14. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa146  
  • Damico ME, Rueppell O, Shaffer Z, Han B, Raymann K. (2021) High royal jelly production does not impact the gut microbiome of honey bees. Anim Microbiome. 3:1–11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42523-021-00124-1 
  • Dunphy A.; Patel K.; Belperain S.; Pennington A.; Chiu N.H.; Yin Z.; Zhu X.; Priebe B.; Tian S.; Wei J.; Yi X, Jia Z. Modulation of macrophage polarization by carbon nanodots and elucidation of carbon nanodot uptake routes in macrophages. Nanomaterials 2021, 11, 1116:1-16. doi: 10.3390/nano11051116.
  • Comte L, Carvajal J, Tedesco P, Giam X, Brose U, Eros T, Filipe A, Fortin M-J, Irving K, Jacquet C, Larsen S, Sharma S, Ruhi A, Becker F, Casatti L, Castaldelli G, Dala-Corte R, Davenport S, Franssen N, García-Berthou E, Gavioli A, Gido K, Jimenez-Segura L, Leitão R, McLarney B, Meador J, Milardi M, Moffatt D, Occhi T, Pompeu P, Propst D, Pyron M, Salvador G, Stefferud J, Sutela T, Taylor C, Terui A, Urabe H, Vehanen T, Vitule J, Zeni J, Olden J. (2021) RivFishTIME: A global database of fish time-series to study global change ecology in riverine systems. Global Ecology and Biogeography 30: 38-50.  https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13210 
  • Fowler J., Tsui TK., Chavez J., Khan S., Ahmed H., Smith L., Jia Z. Methyl mercury triggers endothelial leukocyte adhesion and increases expression of cell adhesion molecules and chemokines. Experimental biology and medicine 2021, 15353702211033812. doi: 10.1177/15353702211033812.
  • Hantak MM, McLean BS, Li D, Guralnick RP. (2021) Mammalian body size is determined by interactions between climate, urbanization, and ecological traits. Communications Biology. 16;4(1):1-0. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02505-3  
  • Harris CD, Torrance EL, Raymann K, Bobay LM. (2021) CoreCruncher: Fast and Robust Construction of Core Genomes in Large Prokaryotic Data Sets. Mol Biol Evol. 38(2):727-734. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msaa224 
  • Kakumanu MK, Marayati BF, Katsumata AW, Wasserberg G, Schal C, Apperson CS, Ponnusamy L. (2021) Sphingobacterium phlebotomi sp. nov., a new member of family Sphingobacteriaceae isolated from sand fly rearing substrate. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 71(5). https://doi.org/10.1099/ijsem.0.004809
  • Khan S; Chavez J; Zhu X; Chiu NH; Zhang W; Yin Z; Han J; Yang J; Sigler R; Tian S.; Zhu H; Li Y; Wei J; Yi X, Jia Z. Carbon nanodots inhibit oxidized-LDL-induced injury and monocyte adhesion to endothelial cells through scavenging reactive oxygen species. J Biomed Nanotechnol. 2021, 1;17(8):1654-1667. doi: 10.1166/jbn.2021.3125.
  • Li, H., Petric, R., Allazzawi, Z., Kauzlarich, J., Mahmoud, R. H., McFadden, R., Perslow, N., Rodriguez Flores, A., Soufi, H., Morales, K., Kalcounis-Rueppell, M. C., Schug, M. D., Zarecky, L. A. (2021). Long-term monitoring reveals different effects of constructed wetlands on urban bats. Land, 10(10), 1087.  https://doi.org/10.3390/land10101087 
  • McLean BS, Guralnick RP. (2021) Digital biodiversity data sets reveal breeding phenology and its drivers in a widespread North American mammal. Ecology. 102(3):e03258. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3258
  • Muhammad N, Serba DD. and Ligaba-Osena A. (2021) Alternative Strategies for Multi-Stress Tolerance and Yield Improvement in Millets. Genes. 12(5), 739; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12050739 
  • Shymanovich T., J.Z. Kiss. (2021) Conducting plant experiments in space and on the Moon. Methods in Molecular Biology 2368:165-198. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-1677-2_12 
  • Tamini TT, Byrd BD, Goggins AJ, Sither C, White L, and §Wasserberg G. (2021) Peridomestic conditions affect La Crosse virus entomological risk by modifying the habitat use patterns of its mosquito vectors. Journal of Vector Ecology. 46(1):34-47. https://doi.org/10.52707/1081-1710-46.1.34 
  • Terui A, Kim S, Pregler K, Kanno Y. (2021) Non-random dispersal in sympatric stream fishes: influences of natural disturbance and body size. Freshwater Biology 66: 1865-1875.  https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13796 
  • Villacampa J., M. Ciska, A. Manzano, J.P. Vandenbrink, J.Z. Kiss, R. Herranz, F.J. Medina. (2021) From spaceflight to Mars g-levels: Adaptive response of A. thaliana seedlings in a reduced gravity environment is enhanced by red light photostimulation. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22:899. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22020899 
  • Zubov, T., Silika, S., Dukkipati, S., Hartzler, L.K., Santin, J.M. (2021) Characterization of laryngeal motor neuron properties in the American bullfrog, Lithobates catesbieanus. 294, 103745. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resp.2021.103745
  • Zuo, X., S. Zhao, H. Chen, Y. Hu, S. Wang, P. Yue, L. Rentao, A.K. Knapp, M.D. Smith, Q. Yu, S.E. Koerner. Functional diversity response to geographic and experimental precipitation gradients varies with plant community type. Functional Ecology. 2021; 35: 2119-2132. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13875 


  • Bhandari, R.K., ‡Wang, X., vom Saal, F.S., Tillitt, D.E. (2020) Transcriptome analysis of testis reveals the effects of developmental exposure to bisphenol A or 17α-ethinylestradiol in medaka. Aquatic Toxicology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2020.105553 
  • Bobay LM, O’Donnell AC, Ochman H. (2020) Recombination events are concentrated in the spike protein region of Betacoronaviruses. PLoS Genet. 16(12):e1009272. Https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1009272 
  • Bobay LM, Wissel1 E.F., Raymann K. (2020) Strain structure and dynamics revealed by targeted deep-sequencing of the honeybee gut microbiome. mSphere. 5(4). https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00694-20 
  • Burton, M. T., & Santin, J.M. (2020). A direct excitatory action of lactate ions in the central respiratory network of bullfrogs, Lithobates catesbeianus. Journal of Experimental Biology. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.235705 
  • Hautier, Y., P. Zhang, M. Loreau, K.R. Wilcox, E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, J.E.K. Byrnes, S.E. Koerner, K.J. Komatsu, J.S. Lefcheck, A. Hector, P.B. Adler, J. Alberti, C.A. Arnillas, J.D. Bakker, L.A. Brudvig, M.N. Bugalho, M. Cadotte, M.C. Caldeira, O. Carroll, M. Crawley, S.L. Collins, P. Daleo, L.E. Dee, N. Eisenhauer, A. Eskelinen, P.A. Fay, B. Gilbert, A. Hansar, F. Isbell, J.M.H. Knops, A.S. MacDougall, R.L. McCulley, J.L. Moore, J.W. Morgan, A.S. Mori, P.L. Peri, E.T. Pos, S.A. Power, J. N. Price, P.B. Reich, A.C. Risch, C. Roscher, M. Sankaran, M. Schütz, M. Smith, C. Stevens, P.M. Tognetti, R. Virtanen, G.M. Wardle, P.A. Wilfahrt, and S. Wang. (2020) General destabilizing effects of eutrophication on grassland productivity at multiple spatial scales. Nature Communications. 11:5375. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-19252-4 
  • Hylton CA, Hansen K, Bourgeois A, Tomkiel Dean JE. (2020) Sex Chromosome Pairing Mediated by Euchromatic Homology in Drosophila Male Meiosis. Genetics.214(3):605-616. https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.119.302936 
  • Li, H., Crihfield, C., Feng, Y., Gaje, G., Guzman, E., Heckman, T., Mellis, A., Moore, L., Bechara, N. R., Sanchez, S., Whittington, S., Wolf, J. G., Garshong, R., Morales, K., Petric, R., Zarecky, L., Schug, M. D. (2020). The weekend effect on urban bat activity suggests fine scale human induced bat movements. Animals, 10, 1636. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10091636 
  • Manzano A., A. Villacampa, J. Sáez-Vásquez, J.Z. Kiss, F.J. Medina, R. Herranz. (2020) The importance of Earth reference controls in spaceflight –omics research: Characterization of nucleolin mutants from the Seedling Growth experiments. iScience 23 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101686 
  • Marshall MM, Remington DL, Lacey EP. (2020) Two reproductive traits show contrasting genetic architectures in Plantago lanceolata. Molecular Ecology. 29:272-291. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15320 
  • **Song, X., ‡Wang, X., Bhandari, R.K. (2020) Developmental abnormalities and epigenetic effects in medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryo induced by triclosan exposure. Chemospherehttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127613 
  • Sui D, Coleman J. Convergence Research in the age of big data: (2020) Team science, institutional strategies, and beyond. Merrill Center Report. 123: 23-35.   https://doi.org/10.17161/merrill.2019.13291 
  • ‡ Wang, X., Bhandari, R.K. (2020). The Dynamics of DNA methylation during epigenetic reprogramming of primordial germ cells in medaka (Oryzias latipes), Epigenetics 15: 483-498 https://doi.org/10.1080/15592294.2019.1695341 
  • ‡Wang, X., Bhandari, R.K., (2020). DNA methylation reprogramming in medaka fish, a promising animal model for environmental epigenetics research. Environmental Epigenetics.6. https://doi.org/10.1093/eep/dvaa008 

Past Publications 

  • Marshall MM, Batten LC, Remington DL, Lacey EP.  (2019) Natural selection contributes to geographic patterns of thermal plasticity in Plantago lanceolataEcology and Evolution. 9:2945-2963. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4977 
  • Northcutt, N.J., Kick, D.R., Otopalik, A.G., Goetz, B.M., Harris, R.M., Santin, J.M., Hoffman, H.A., Marder, E., Schulz, D.J. (2019) Molecular profiling of single neurons of known identity in two ganglia from the crab Cancer borealis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceshttps://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1911413116 
  • Binder AM , Wakimoto BT , Davis C , Chmielewski J, Tomkiel Dean JE. (2017) Versager is expressed at the histone-to-protamine transition during spermiogenesis and is required for embryonic chromosome transmission in Drosophila melanogaster. Research Journal of Developmental Biology. ISSN 2055-4796 | Volume 4 | Article 1: 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.7243/2055-4796-4-1 
  • F. Bell & J. Lepri. (2015) Strive for a Five, Preparing for the APᴿ Biology Exam. BFW/Sinauer Publ. 503+ pp. 
  • Remington, DL. (2015) Alleles versus mutations: understanding the evolution of genetic architecture requires a molecular perspective on allelic origins. Evolution. 69:3025-3038. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.12775
  • Gould, GC, Jones CG, Rifleman P, Perez A, Coleman JS.  (2014) Variation in eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides Bartr.) phloem sap content caused by leaf development may affect the feeding site selection behavior of the aphid, Chaitophorus populicola Thomas (Homoptera:Aphididae). Environmental Entomology. 36:121-1225. https://doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X(2007)36[1212:VIECPD]2.0.CO;2 
  • B. Alston-Mills, J. J. Lepri & C. A. Martin. (2011) Modulation of mammary gland development in pre-pubertal mice as affected by soya and milk protein supplements. British Journal of Nutrition. 106(4): 502-509.https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114511000389 
  • Matsui M, Sharma KC, Cooke C, Wakimoto BT, Rasool M, Hayworth M, Hylton CA, Tomkiel JE. (2011) Nuclear structure and chromosome segregation in Drosophila male meiosis depend on the ubiquitin ligase dTopors. Genetics. 189(3):779-93. https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.111.133819 
  • Arnone JA, Verburg PSJ, Johnson DW, Larsen JD, Jasoni RL, Lucchessi AJ, Batts CM, von Nagy, C, Coulombe WG, Schorran DE, Buck PE., Braswell BH, Coleman JS, Sherry RA, Wallace LL, Luo Y, Schimel DS. (2008) Prolonged suppression of ecosystem carbon dioxide uptake after an anomalously warm year. Nature. 455:383-386. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature07296