Biology Department


Alumni Publications

The Biology Department at Muhlenberg College encourages our students to become actively engaged in research. Graduates from the Biology Department have gone on to Ph.D. programs at leading research institutions. Listed below is a sampling of some recent publications in the biological sciences by Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors who graduated from Muhlenberg.

Selected Recent Alumni Publications
(alumni authors are underlined with graduation year indicated)

Tiedeken EJ ('10), Stout JC, Stevenson PC, Wright GA. Bumblebees are not deterred by ecologically relevant concentrations of nectar toxins. J Exp Biol. 2014 Feb 13.

Krajacic P, Pistilli EE, Tanis JE ('02), Khurana TS, Lamitina ST. FER-1/Dysferlin promotes cholinergic signaling at the neuromuscular junction in C. elegans and mice. Biol Open. 2013 Oct 15;2(11):1245-52. doi: 10.1242/bio.20135637. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24244862; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3828772.

Tanis JE ('02), Ma Z, Krajacic P, He L, Foskett JK, Lamitina T. CLHM-1 is a functionally conserved and conditionally toxic Ca2+-permeable ion channel in Caenorhabditis elegans. J Neurosci. 2013 Jul 24;33(30):12275-86. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5919-12.2013. PubMed PMID: 23884934; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3721838.

Kelleher, A. R ('07)., Kimball, S. R., Dennis, M. D., Schilder, R. J., & Jefferson, L. S. (2013). The mTORC1 signaling repressors REDD1/2 are rapidly induced and activation of p70S6K1 by leucine is defective in skeletal muscle of an immobilized rat hindlimb. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology And Metabolism, 304(2), E229-E236.

McGuire, K.L ('01)., Fierer, N., Bateman, C., Treseder, K.K., Turner, B.L. 2012. Fungal community composition in Neotropical rain forests: the influence of tree diversity and precipitation. Microbial Ecology 63:804-812. pdf

McGuire, K.L ('01)., Primack, R.B., Losos, E.C. 2012. Dramatic improvements and persistent challenges for women ecologists. BioScience 62:189-196. pdf

Frye, MJ ('04), J Hough-Goldstein, and K. A. Kidd. 2012. Response of Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) Seedlings and Naturalized Plants to Simulated Herbivory. Invasive Plant Science and Management October- Vol. 5, Issue 4, pg(s) 417-426.

Frye, MJ ('04), J Hough-Goldstein, and K. A. Kidd. 2012. Response of kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) to different types and levels of simulated insect herbivore damage. Biological Control 61(1)71-77.

Gevens, A.J ('99).,Seidl, A.C. 2013. First Report of Late Blight Caused by Phytophthora infestans Clonal Lineage US-24 on Potato (Solanum tuberosum) in Wisconsin. Plant Disease 97:152.

Zarnetske, PL, Skelly DK, Urban MC ('98) (2012). Biotic multipliers of climate change.Science 336: 1516-1517.

Calderón Villalobos LI, Lee S, De Oliveira C, Ivetac A, Brandt W, Armitage L, Sheard LB ('07), Tan X, Parry G, Mao H, Zheng N, Napier R, Kepinski S, Estelle M. (2012). A combinatorial TIR1/AFB-Aux/IAA co-receptor system for differential sensing of auxin. Nat Chem Biol. 8(5):477-85.

McGuire, K.L. ('01), Primack, R.B., Losos, E.C.( 2012). Dramatic improvements and persistent challenges for women ecologists. BioScience 62:189-196.

Collins MA, ('08), Bednar F, Zhang Y, Brisset JC, Galbán S, Galbán CJ, Rakshit S, Flannagan KS, Adsay NV, Pasca di Magliano M. (2012). Oncogenic Kras is required for both the initiation and maintenance of pancreatic cancer in mice. J Clin Invest 122(2):639-53.

Lengerke C, Wingert R ('99), Beeretz M, Grauer M, Schmidt AG, Konantz M, Daley GQ,
Davidson AJ.  (2011). Interactions between Cdx genes and retinoic acid modulate early
cardiogenesis. Dev Biol. 2011 Jun 1;354(1):134-42.

Diep CQ, Ma D, Deo RC, Holm TM, Naylor RW, Arora N, Wingert RA ('99), Bollig F,
Djordjevic G, Lichman B, Zhu H, Ikenaga T, Ono F, Englert C, Cowan CA, Hukriede
NA, Handin RI, Davidson AJ.(2011). Identification of adult nephron progenitors capable
of kidney regeneration in zebrafish. Nature.470(7332):95-100.

Burns, J. H., T.-L. Ashman, J. A. Steets ('01), A. Harmon-Threatt, and T. M. Knight. (2011). A phylogenetically controlled analysis of the roles of reproductive traits in plant invasions. Oecologia 166(4):1009-1017.

Andrews S, Snowflack DR ('03), Clark IE, Gavis ER (2011).  Multiple mechanisms collaborate to repress nanos translation in the Drosophila ovary and embryo. RNA. 17(5):967-77.

Marjoram (Bransom) L ('04), Wright C, (2011). Rapid differential transport of Nodal and Lefty on sulfated proteoglycan-rich extracellular matrix regulates left-right asymmetry in Xenopus. .Development. 138(3):475-85.

Polanco TA, Crismale-Gann C ('04) Cohick WS.(2011). Alcohol Exposure In Utero Leads to Enhanced Prepubertal Mammary Development and Alterations in Mammary IGF and Estradiol Systems. Horm Cancer 2(4):239-48.

Lin, B.B., Chappell, M.J., Vandermeer, J., Smith, G., Quintero, E., Bezner-Kerr, R., Griffith, D.M., Ketcham, S., Latta, S.C., McMichael, P., McGuire, K.L. ('01), Nigh, R., Rocheleau, D., Soluri, J., Perfecto, I. 2011. Effects of industrial agriculture on climate change and the mitigation potential of small-scale agroecological farms. CAB Reviews 6:1-18.

Eller, A.S.D., McGuire, K.L. ('01), Sparks, J.P. 2011. Responses of sugar maple and hemlock seedlings to elevated carbon dioxide under altered above- and belowground nitrogen sources. Tree Physiology 31:391-401.

Tavernia, B ('04), M. Reed.(2011). Spatial, temporal, and life history assumptions influence consistency of landscape effects on species distributions. Landscape Ecology, Vol. 25

Sheard LB ('07), Tan X, Mao H, Withers J, Ben-Nissan G, Hinds TR, Kobayashi Y, Hsu F-F, Sharon M, Browse J, He SY,Rizo J, Howe GA and Zheng N (2010). Jasmonate perception by inositol-phosphate-potentiated COI1–JAZ co-receptor. Nature (6 October 2010).

Polanco TA, Crismale-Gann C ('04), Reuhl KR, Sarkar DK, and Cohick WS (2010).  Fetal Alcohol Exposure Increases Mammary Tumor Susceptibility and Alters Tumor Phenotype in Rats. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2010 Jul 21.

Rinehart J, Maksimova YD, Tanis JE ('02), Stone KL, Hodson CA, Zhang J, Risinger M, Pan W, Wu D, Colangelo CM, Forbush B, Joiner CH, Gulcicek EE, Gallagher PG, Lifton RP. (2009). Sites of regulated phosphorylation that control K-Cl cotransporter activity. Cell 138(3):525-36.

Tanis JE ('02), Bellemer A, Moresco JJ, Forbush B, Koelle MR. (2009). The potassium chloride cotransporter KCC-2 coordinates development of inhibitory neurotransmission and synapse structure in Caenorhabditis elegans. J Neurosci. Aug 12;29(32):9943-54.

Sheard LB ('07), Zheng N. (2009). Signal advance for abscisic acid. Nature 462: 575-6.

Alff PJ ('02), Sen N, Gorbunova E, Gavrilovskaya IN, Mackow ER. (2008). The NY-1 hantavirus Gn cytoplasmic tail coprecipitates TRAF3 and inhibits cellular interferon responses by disrupting TBK1-TRAF3 complex formation. J Virol. 82(18):9115-22.

McGuire KL ('02), Henkel TW, Granzow de la Cerda I, Villa G, Edmund F, Andrew C. (2008). Dual mycorrhizal colonization of forest-dominating tropical trees and the mycorrhizal status of non-dominant tree and liana species. Mycorrhiza. 18(4):217-22.

Tanis JE ('02), Moresco JJ, Lindquist RA, Koelle MR. (2008). Regulation of serotonin biosynthesis by the G proteins Galphao and Galphaq controls serotonin signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans. Genetics. 178(1):157-69.

Smith EL ('02), Schuchman EH. The unexpected role of acid sphingomyelinase in cell death and the pathophysiology of common diseases. FASEB J. 2008 Oct;22(10):3419-31. doi: 10.1096/fj.08-108043. Epub 2008 Jun 20. Review. PubMed PMID: 18567738; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2537423.

Smith EL ('02), Schuchman EH. (2008). Acid sphingomyelinase overexpression enhances the antineoplastic effects of irradiation in vitro and in vivo. Mol Ther. (9):1565-71.

Sandrow HR ('02), Shumsky JS, Amin A, Houle JD. (2008). Aspiration of a cervical spinal contusion injury in preparation for delayed peripheral nerve grafting does not impair forelimb behavior or axon regeneration.  Exp Neurol. 210(2):489-500.

Stehman SA ('02), Chen Y, McKenney RJ, Vallee RB. (2007). NudE and NudEL are required for mitotic progression and are involved in dynein recruitment to kinetochores.
J Cell Biol. 178(4):583-94.

Steets JA ('00), Wolf DE, Auld JR, Ashman TL. (2007). The role of natural enemies in the expression and evolution of mixed mating in hermaphroditic plants and animals. Evolution. 61(9):2043-55.

Holbert MA, Sikorski T, Carten J, Snowflack D ('03), Hodawadekar S, Marmorstein R. (2007). The human monocytic leukemia zinc finger histone acetyltransferase domain contains DNA-binding activity implicated in chromatin targeting. J Biol Chem. 282(50):36603-13.

Wingert RA ('99), Selleck R, Yu J, Song HD, Chen Z, Song A, Zhou Y, Thisse B, Thisse C, McMahon AP, Davidson AJ. (2007). The cdx genes and retinoic acid control the positioning and segmentation of the zebrafish pronephros. PLoS Genet. 3(10):1922-38.

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