Recent Publications and Grants

Biology faculty and students at TWU's annual Celebration of Science event.
Biology faculty and students at TWU's annual Celebration of Science event.

Research

Basu P, Averitt DL, Maier C. Euphorbia bicolor (Euphorbiaceae) Latex Phytochemicals and Applications to Analgesia. 2022. In Rajendram R, Patel V, Preedy VR (eds). The Neuroscience of Anesthetics and Analgesics. Cambridge (MA): Elsevier Science.

Kaur S, McDonald H, Tongkhuya S, Lopez CMC, Ananth S, Hickman TM, Averitt DL. Estrogen exacerbates nociceptive effects of peripheral serotonin on rat trigeminal sensory neurons. Neurobiol of Pain. 2021;10:100073. doi: 10.1016/j.ynpai.2021.100073

Vallabhanani AR, Kabashi M, Haymowicz M, Bhatt K, Wayman V, Ahmed S, Conrad-Webb H. HSF1 induces RNA polymerase II synthesis of ribosomal RNA in S. cerevisiae during nitrogen deprivation. Curr Genet. 2021. doi: 10.1007/s00294-021-01197-w

Branch KM, Garcia EC, Chen YM, McGregor M, Min M, Prosser R, Whitney N, Spencer JV. Productive infection of human breast cancer cell lines with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). Pathogens. 2021;10:641. doi: 10.3390/pathogens10060641.

Basu P, Maier C, Basu A. Effects of curcumin and its different formulations in preclinical and clinical studies of peripheral neuropathic and postoperative pain: A comprehensive review. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Apr 28;22(9):4666. doi: 10.3390/ijms22094666.

Young VP, Mariano MC, Faure L, Spencer JV. Detection of Cytomegalovirus Interleukin 10 (cmvIL-10) by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). Methods Mol Biol. 2021; 2244:291-299. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1111-1_15.

Varma P, Lybrand ZR, Antopia MC, Hsieh J. Novel targets of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in human fetal brain development suggest early pregnancy vulnerability. Front Neurosci. 2021 Jan 21;14:614680. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.614680.

Arva A, Kasu YAT, Duncan J, Alkhatatbeh MA, Brower CS. The Ligand of Ate1 is intrinsically disordered and participates in nucleolar phase separation regulated by Jumonji Domain Containing 6. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Jan 5;118(1):e2015887118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2015887118.

Chinta P, Garcia EC, Tajuddin KH, Akhidenor N, Davis A, Faure L, Spencer JV. Control of cytokines in latent cytomegalovirus infection. Pathogens. 2020 Oct 21; 9(10): 858. doi: 10.3390/pathogens9100858

Mody PH, Pathak S, Hanson LK, Spencer JV. Herpes simplex virus: A versatile tool for insights into evolution, gene delivery, and tumor immunotherapy. Virology: Research and Treatment. 2020; 11: 1-12. doi: 10.1177/1178122X20913274

Tu CC, O’Connor CM, Spencer JV. Identification of a novel signaling complex containing host chemokine receptor CXCR4, Interleukin-10 receptor, and human cytomegalovirus US27. Virology. 2020 Sept; 548:49-58. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2020.06.006 

Khosla A, Morfy N, Li Q, Faure L, Chang SH, Yao J, Zheng J, Cai ML, Stanga J, Flematti GR, Waters MT, Nelson DC. Structure-Function Analysis of SMAX1 Reveals Domains That Mediate Its Karrikin-Induced Proteolysis and Interaction with the Receptor KAI2. Plant Cell. 2020 Aug; 32(8): 2639-2659. doi: 10.1105/tpc.19.00752

Lybrand ZR, Goswami S, Hsieh J. Stem cells: A path towards improved epilepsy therapies. Neuropharmacology. 2020 May 15;168:107781. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2019.107781.

Hornung R, Benton W, Tongkhuya S, Uphouse L, Kramer P, Averitt DL. Progesterone and allopregnanolone rapidly attenuate estrogen-associated mechanical allodynia in rats with persistent temporomandibular joint inflammation. Front Int Neurosci. 2020 May 8; 14:26. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2020.00026

Spencer JV, Editor. Lokau J, Kleinegger F, Garbers Y, Waetzig GH, Grötzinger J, Rose-John S, Haybaeck J, Garbers C. Tocilizumab does not block interleukin-6 (IL-6) signaling in murine cells. PLoS ONE. 2020 May 4; 15(5): e0232612. doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232612 

Madaan U, Faure L, Chowdhury A, Ahmed S, Ciccarelli EJ, Gumienny TL, Savage-Dunn C. Feedback regulation of BMP signaling by C. elegans cuticle collagens. Mol Biol Cell. 2020 Apr 1; 12:mbcE19070390. doi: https://doi.org/10.1091/mbc.E19-07-0390 

Coulon D, Faure L, Grison M, Pascal S, Wattelet-Boyer V, Clark J, Guedard ML, Testet E, Bessoule JJ. LPIAT, a lyso-phosphatidylinositol acyltransferase, modulates seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana through PIP signaling pathways and is involved in hyperosmotic response. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Feb 28; 21(5):1654. doi: 10.3390/ijms21051654

Lybrand ZR, Martinez-Acosta VG, Zoran MJ. Coupled sensory interneurons mediate escape neural circuit processing in an aquatic annelid worm, Lumbriculus variegatus. J Comp Neurol. 2020 Feb 15;528(3):468-480. doi: 10.1002/cne.24769.

Spencer JV, Religa P, Lehmann MH. Editorial: Cytokine-Mediated Organ Dysfunction and Tissue Damage Induced by Viruses. Front Immunol. 2020 Jan 22; 11:2. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2020.00002 

Reddy JM, Raut NGR, Seifert JL, Hynds DL.  Regulation of Small GTPase Prenylation in the Nervous System.  Mol Neurobiol. 2020 Jan 27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12035-020-01870-0 

Roy S, Liu W, Nandety RS, Crook A, Mysore KS, Pislariu CI, Frugoli J, Dickstein R, Udvardi MK.  Celebrating 20 Years of Genetic Discoveries in Legume Nodulation and Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation.  Plant Cell. 2020 Jan;32(1):15-41. doi: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00279

Science Education

Serrano MJ, Ahmed S. Teaching through COVID. Science Education and Civic Engagement. 2020;12(2): 68-69. https://new.seceij.net/articletype/summer-2020-from-the-editors/

Spencer JV, Hammett AJM, and FitzGerald Y. Making lemonade for adjunct faculty. The Department Chair. 2021;31(4):7. doi: 10.1002/dch.30377.

Ahmed SA and Spencer JV. Why you should be a selfish instructor. Faculty Focus. 2021 Mar 5. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/why-you-should-be-a-selfish-instructor/

Scott G and Ahmed SA. A writing-to-learn approach for improving students’ evaluation of science web sources. American Biology Teacher. 2020 Nov/Dec; 82(9):638-40. doi: 10.1525/abt.2020.82.9.638.

Rosen, L. and Ahmed, S. (2020). Fostering Future Faculty: How Chairs Can Support Graduate Teaching Assistants. The Department Chair, 30(3): 24-25.

Ahmed, S. and Rosen, L. (2018). Graduate students: Present instructors and future faculty. Faculty Focus. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/graduate-students-present-instructors-and-future-faculty/

Hammett, A.J.M., and Spencer JV (2019).  Who let the dogs out? A plea for official guidelines on service animals in the teaching laboratory. J Microbiol Biol Educ 20(3). doi: https://doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v20i3.1861 

Bhatt, K., Davis, A.M., Ahmed, S. 2019. Heating Up Enzyme Kinetics: A Safe, Inexpensive & Quantitative Inquiry Activity. American Biology Teacher 81(3):187-192 https://online.ucpress.edu/abt/article/81/3/187/91894/Heating-Up-Enzyme-Kinetics-A-Safe-Inexpensive-amp

Ahmed, S., Rosen, L. 2019. Growth Mindset: Essential for Student and Faculty Success. Faculty Focus. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/a-growth-mindset-essential-for-student-and-faculty-success/

Tennakoon, D.K., Raut, N.G.R., Ahmed, S. 2019. Engaging the Entire Learning Cycle to Ignite Enthusiasm and Learning. Faculty Focus. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/engaging-the-entire-learning-cycle-to-ignite-enthusiasm-and-learning/

Extramural Grants

National Science Foundation #2130361  $1,500,000  2021  PI: SPENCER J, GULLION J, ELROD D, & PIERCE S.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES LEADING TO EXCELLENCE IN THE BIOTECHNOLOGY WORKFORCE.

National Institutes of Health R15 NS095317 $383,343 2021 PI: BROWER, C.S. EVALUATING PROTEIN QUALITY CONTROL IN THE TOXICITY OF TDP43 FRAGMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH ALS AND FTD

National Science Foundation #1953448  $2,448,091  2020  PI: ELROD D, DUNLAP K, GARDNER D, PETROS R, & WALTJE J.
TWU-PRIME: CAPACITY BUILDING FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS, RESEARCH, INNOVATION, MENTORING, & ENGAGEMENT

National Science Foundation #1930042  $999,794  2019  PI:  ELROD D, PETROS R, GARDNER D, DUNLAP K.
TWU STAR: DEVELOPING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS’ SCIENCE IDENTITY THROUGH SCHOLARSHIP, TEAMS, AND RESEARCH.

National Institutes of Health R15  DE025970  $385,514   2018  PI:  AVERITT, D.L. 
SEX DIFFERENCES IN SEROTONERGIC MODULATION OF TRIGEMINAL PAIN

National Institutes of Health R03  AG060202  2018  $65,527  PI:  GUMIENNY, T. & BERGEL, M. 
CHROMATIN CONDENSATION AS A DNA PROTECTIVE RESPONSE TO UV RADIATION IN HUMAN MELANOCYTES AND AGING C. ELEGANS

Environmental Protection Agency  SV839357  $75,000  2018  PI:  MAIER, C.
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE POLLINATOR GARDENS FOR HABITAT, WATER CONSERVATION, AND EDUCATION

National Science Foundation   #1733470  $300,000  2018  Co-PI:  PILSARIU, C.
FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS OF BENEFICIAL LEGUME-MICROBE INTERACTIONS

US Department of Agriculture.  $100,000  2018  PI:  GUMIENNY, T.
INVESTIGATION OF THE BIOCHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF ROUNDWORM EPICUTICLE FORMATION TO IDENTIFY NOVEL TARGET PROTEINS FOR ANTHELMINTIC DRUG DEVELOPMENT     

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