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)

Johnson JL, Yaron TM, Huntsman EM, Kerelsky A, Song J, Regev A, Lin TY, Liberatore K ('19), Cizin DM, Cohen BM, Vasan N, Ma Y, Krismer K, Robles JT, van de Kooij B, van Vlimmeren AE, Andrée-Busch N, Käufer NF, Dorovkov MV, Ryazanov AG, Takagi Y, Kastenhuber ER, Goncalves MD, Hopkins BD, Elemento O, Taatjes DJ, Maucuer A, Yamashita A, Degterev A, Uduman M, Lu J, Landry SD, Zhang B, Cossentino I, Linding R, Blenis J, Hornbeck PV, Turk BE, Yaffe MB, Cantley LC. An atlas of substrate specificities for the human serine/threonine kinome. Nature. 2023 Jan;613(7945):759-766. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05575-3. Epub 2023 Jan 11. PMID: 36631611; PMCID: PMC9876800.

Wesselman HM, Wingert RA ('99). Renal interstitial cells to the rescue. Elife. 2023 Feb 21;12:e86268. doi: 10.7554/eLife.86268. PMID: 36804010; PMCID: PMC9943063.

Huynh DT, Hu J, Schneider JR ('21), Tsolova KN, Soderblom EJ, Watson AJ, Chi JT, Evans CS, Boyce M. O-GlcNAcylation regulates neurofilament-light assembly and function and is perturbed by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease mutations. bioRxiv [Preprint]. 2023 Feb 22:2023.02.22.529563. doi: 10.1101/2023.02.22.529563. PMID: 36865196; PMCID: PMC9980138.

Clupper M, Gill R, Elsayyid M, Touroutine D, Caplan JL, Tanis JE ('02). Kinesin-2 motors differentially impact biogenesis of extracellular vesicle subpopulations shed from sensory cilia. iScience. 2022 Oct 4;25(11):105262. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2022.105262. PMID: 36304122; PMCID: PMC9593189.

Wattrus SJ, Smith ML, Rodrigues CP, Hagedorn EJ, Kim JW, Budnik B, Zon LI ('79). Quality assurance of hematopoietic stem cells by macrophages determines stem cell clonality. Science. 2022 Sep 23;377(6613):1413-1419. doi: 10.1126/science.abo4837. Epub 2022 Sep 22. PMID: 36137040; PMCID: PMC9524573.

Vichas A, Riley AK ('16), Nkinsi NT, Kamlapurkar S, Parrish PCR, Lo A, Duke F, Chen J, Fung I, Watson J, Rees M, Gabel AM, Thomas JD, Bradley RK, Lee JK, Hatch EM, Baine MK, Rekhtman N, Ladanyi M, Piccioni F, Berger AH. Integrative oncogene-dependency mapping identifies RIT1 vulnerabilities and synergies in lung cancer. Nat Commun. 2021 Aug 9;12(1):4789. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24841-y. PMID: 34373451; PMCID: PMC8352964.

Cook SJ, Jarrell TA, Brittin CA, Wang Y, Bloniarz AE, Yakovlev MA, Nguyen KCQ, Tang LT, Bayer EA ('14), Duerr JS, Bülow HE, Hobert O, Hall DH, Emmons SW. Whole-animal connectomes of both Caenorhabditis elegans sexes. Nature. 2019 Jul;571(7763):63-71. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1352-7. Epub 2019 Jul 3. PMID: 31270481; PMCID: PMC6889226.

Cole EL ('10), Ilieş I and Rosengaus RB (2018) Competing Physiological Demands During Incipient Colony Foundation in a Social Insect: Consequences of Pathogenic Stress. Front. Ecol. Evol. 6:103. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00103.

Drummond BE, Wingert RA ('99). Scaling up to study brca2: the zeppelin zebrafish mutant reveals a role for brca2 in embryonic development of kidney mesoderm. Cancer Cell Microenviron. 2018;5(1). pii: e1630. doi: 10.14800/ccm.1630. Epub 2018 Apr 9. PubMed PMID: 29707605; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5922780.

Tanis JE ('02), Ma Z, Foskett JK. The NH(2) terminus regulates voltage-dependent gating of CALHM ion channels. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2017 Aug 1;313(2):C173-C186. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00318.2016. Epub 2017 May 17. PubMed PMID: 28515089; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5582874.

Bayer EA ('14), Hobert O. Past experience shapes sexually dimorphic neuronal wiring through monoaminergic signalling. Nature. 2018 Sep;561(7721):117-121. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0452-0. Epub 2018 Aug 27. PubMed PMID: 30150774; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6126987.

Guan J, Bywaters SM ('10), Brendle SA, Ashley RE, Makhov AM, Conway JF, Christensen ND, Hafenstein S. High-Resolution Structure Analysis of Antibody V5 and U4 Conformational Epitopes on Human Papillomavirus 16. Viruses. 2017 Dec 6;9(12).pii: E374. doi: 10.3390/v9120374. PubMed PMID: 29211035.

Oren-Suissa M, Bayer EA ('14), Hobert O. Sex-specific pruning of neuronal synapses in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature. 2016 May 4; 533:206-211. PubMed PMID: 27144354.

Poureetezadi SJ, Wingert RA ('99). Little fish, big catch: zebrafish as a model for kidney disease. Kidney Int. 2016 Jun;89(6):1204-10. Epub 2016 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 27165832; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4868790.

Kaufman CK, Mosimann C, Fan ZP, Yang S, Thomas AJ, Ablain J, Tan JL, Fogley RD, van Rooijen E, Hagedorn EJ, Ciarlo C, White RM, Matos DA, Puller AC, Santoriello C, Liao EC, Young RA, Zon LI ('79). A zebrafish melanoma model reveals emergence of neural crest identity during melanoma initiation. Science. 2016 Jan 29;351(6272):aad2197. Epub 2016 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 26823433; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4868069.

Jennings JH, Ung RL, Resendez SL, Stamatakis AM, Taylor JG, Huang J, Veleta K, Kantak PA, Aita M, Shilling-Scrivo K ('13), Ramakrishnan C, Deisseroth K, Otte S, Stuber GD. Visualizing hypothalamic network dynamics for appetitive and consummatory behaviors. Cell. 2015 Jan 29;160(3):516-27. PubMed PMID: 25635459; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4312416.

Vais H, Mallilankaraman K, Mak DO, Hoff H, Payne R, Tanis JE ('02), Foskett JK. EMRE Is a Matrix Ca(2+) Sensor that Governs Gatekeeping of the Mitochondrial Ca(2+) Uniporter. Cell Rep. 2016 Jan 26;14(3):403-10. Epub 2016 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 26774479; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4731249.

Alvaro CG ('10), Aindow A, Thorner J. Differential Phosphorylation Provides a Switch to Control How α-Arrestin Rod1 Down-Regulates Mating Pheromone Response in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genetics. 2016 Feb 26. . [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26920760.

Alvaro CG ('10), Thorner J. Heterotrimeric G Protein-coupled Receptor Signaling in Yeast Mating Pheromone Response. J Biol Chem. 2016 Apr 8;291(15):7788-95. Epub 2016 Feb 23. Review. PubMed PMID: 26907689; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4824985.

Drummond BE, Wingert RA ('99). Insights into kidney stem cell development and regeneration using zebrafish. World J Stem Cells. 2016 Feb 26;8(2):22-31. Review. PubMed PMID: 26981168; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4766248.

Marra AN, Wingert RA ('99). Epithelial cell fate in the nephron tubule is mediated by the ETS transcription factors etv5a and etv4 during zebrafish kidney development. Dev Biol. 2016 Mar 15;411(2):231-45. Epub 2016 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 26827902; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4783290.

Ma Z, Tanis JE ('02), Taruno A, Foskett JK. Calcium homeostasis modulator (CALHM) ion channels. Pflugers Arch. 2016 Mar;468(3):395-403. Epub 2015 Nov 25. PubMed PMID: 26603282.

Iyer R, Wehrmann L, Golden RL ('15), Naraparaju K, Croucher JL, MacFarland SP, Guan P, Kolla V, Wei G, Cam N, Li G, Hornby Z, Brodeur GM.Entrectinib is a potent inhibitor of Trk-driven neuroblastomas in a xenograft mouse model. Cancer Lett. 2016 Mar 28;372(2):179-86. Epub 2016 Jan 18.

Glineur D, Papadatos S, Grau JB, Shaw RE, Kuschner CE ('15), Aphram G, Mairy Y, Vanbelighen C, Etienne PY. Complete myocardial revascularization using only bilateral internal thoracic arteries provides a low-risk and durable 10-year clinical outcome. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Apr 15.

Cheng CN, Wingert RA ('99). Nephron proximal tubule patterning and corpuscles of Stannius formation are regulated by the sim1a transcription factor and retinoic acid in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 2015 Mar 1;399(1):100-16. Epub 2014 Dec 25. PubMed PMID: 25542995; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4339448.

Grau JB, Kuschner CE ('15), Johnson CK, Ferrari G, Zapolanski A, Brizzio ME, Shaw RE. The effects of using a radial artery in patients already receiving bilateral internal mammary arteries during coronary bypass grafting: 30-day outcomes and 14-year survival in a propensity-matched cohort. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Jan;49(1):203-10. Epub 2015 May 23.

Grau JB, Kuschner CE ('15), Ferrari G, Wilson SR, Brizzio ME, Zapolanski A, Yallowitz J, Shaw RE. Effects of a protocol-based management of type A aortic dissections. J Surg Res. 2015 Aug;197(2):265-9. Epub 2015 Apr 9.

Vais H, Tanis JE ('02), Müller M, Payne R, Mallilankaraman K, Foskett JK. MCUR1, CCDC90A, Is a Regulator of the Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter. Cell Metab. 2015 Oct 6;22(4):533-5. PubMed PMID: 26445506.

Marjoram L ('04), Bagnat M. Infection, Inflammation and Healing in Zebrafish:Intestinal Inflammation. Curr Pathobiol Rep. 2015 Jun 1;3(2):147-153. PubMed PMID: 26236567; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4520400.

Marjoram L ('04), Alvers A, Deerhake ME, Bagwell J, Mankiewicz J, Cocchiaro JL, Beerman RW, Willer J, Sumigray KD, Katsanis N, Tobin DM, Rawls JF, Goll MG, Bagnat M. Epigenetic control of intestinal barrier function and inflammation inzebrafish. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Mar 3;112(9):2770-5. Epub 2015 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 25730872; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4352795.

Weyand AC, Lombel RM ('04), Pipe SW, Shavit JA. The Role of Platelets and ε-Aminocaproic Acid in Arthrogryposis, Renal Dysfunction, and Cholestasis (ARC) Syndrome Associated Hemorrhage. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26505894.

Alvaro CG ('10), O'Donnell AF, Prosser DC, Augustine AA, Goldman A, Brodsky JL, Cyert MS, Wendland B, Thorner J. Specific α-arrestins negatively regulate Saccharomyces cerevisiae pheromone response by down-modulating the G-protein-coupled receptor Ste2. Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Jul;34(14):2660-81. PubMed PMID: 24820415; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4097657.

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.

Gallagher MD ('07) et al., TMEM106B is a genetic modifier of frontotemporal lobar degeneration with C9orf72  hexanucleotide repeat expansions. Acta Neuropathol. 2014 Mar;127(3):407-18. Epub 2014 Jan 19. PubMed PMID: 24442578; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4003885.

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.

Chen-Plotkin AS, Unger TL, Gallagher MD ('07), Bill E, Kwong LK, Volpicelli-Daley L, Busch JI, Akle S, Grossman M, Van Deerlin V, Trojanowski JQ, Lee VM. TMEM106B, the risk gene for frontotemporal dementia, is regulated by the microRNA-132/212 cluster and affects progranulin pathways. J Neurosci. 2012 Aug 15;32(33):11213-27. PubMed PMID: 22895706; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3446826.

Lombel RM ('04), Gipson DS, Hodson EM; Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes. Treatment of steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome: new guidelines from KDIGO. Pediatr Nephrol. 2013 Mar;28(3):415-26. doi: 10.1007/s00467-012-2310-x. Epub 2012
Oct 3. Review. PubMed PMID: 23052651.

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.

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

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, JH, TL Ashman, JA Steets ('01), A Harmon-Threatt, and TM 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, BB, Chappell, MJ, Vandermeer, J, Smith, G, Quintero, E, Bezner-Kerr, R, Griffith, DM, Ketcham, S, Latta, SC, McMichael, P, McGuire, KL ('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, ASD, McGuire, KL ('01), Sparks, JP 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