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

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 Feb 12:mbcE19070390. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E19-07-0390

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

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: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.00002.

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: 10.1105/tpc.19.00279

Lakdawala MF, Madhu B, Faure L, Vora M, Padgett RW, Gumienny TL.  Genetic interactions between the DBL-1/BMP-like pathway and dpy body size-associated genes in Caenorhabditis elegansMol Biol Cell. 2019 Dec 15;30(26):3151-3160. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E19-09-0500

Basu P, Meza E, Bergel M, and  Maier C. Estrogenic, antiestrogenic and antiproliferative activities of Euphorbia bicolor (Euphorbiaceae) latex extracts and its phytochemicals. Nutrients. 2019 December; 12(1). pii: E59. doi: 10.3390/nu12010059.

Basu P, Hornung RS, Averitt DL, and Maier C. Euphorbia bicolor (Euphorbiaceae) latex extract reduces inflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress in a rat model of orofacial pain. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2019 Sep; 8594375. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/8594375

Kechko OI, Petrushanko IY, Brower CS, Adzhubei AA, Moskalev AA, Piatkov KI, Mitkevich VA, Makarov AA.  Beta-amyloid induces apoptosis of neuronal cells by inhibition of the Arg/N-end rule pathway proteolytic activity.  Aging (Albany NY). 2019 Aug 24;11(16):6134-6152. doi: 10.18632/aging.102177.

Pislariu CI, Sinharoy S, Torres-Jerez I, Nakashima J, Blancaflor EB, Udvardi MK.  The Nodule-Specific PLAT Domain Protein NPD1 Is Required for Nitrogen-Fixing Symbiosis.  Plant Physiol. 2019 Jul;180(3):1480-1497. doi: 10.1104/pp.18.01613

Averitt DL, Eidson LN, Doyle HH, Murphy AZ. Neuronal and glial factors contributing to sex differences in opioid modulation of pain. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019 Jan;44(1):155-165

King SD, Gray CF, Song L, Nechushtai R, Gumienny TL, Mittler R, Padilla PA. The cisd gene family regulates physiological germline apoptosis through ced-13 and the canonical cell death pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans. Cell Death Differ. 2019 Jan;26(1):162-178

Dutta D, Park I, Guililat H, Sang S, Talapatra A, Hanson L, Mills NC. Ethylene dimethane sulfonate (EDS) ablation of Leydig cells in adult rat depletes testosterone resulting in epididymal sperm granuloma: Testosterone replacement prevents granuloma formation.  Reprod Biol. 2018 Dec 5; pii: S1642-431X(18)30204-3. 

Ingle BL, Shrestha B, De Jesus MC, Conrad-Webb HM, Anderson ME, Cundari TR.  Genetic Mutations in the S-loop of Human Glutathione Synthetase: Links Between Substrate Binding, Active Site Structure and Allostery.  Comput Struct Biotechnol J. 2018 Nov 29;17:31-38.

Basu P and Maier C. Phytoestrogens and breast cancer: in vitro anticancer activities of isoflavones, lignans, coumestans, stilbenes and their analogs and derivatives. Biomed Pharmacother. 2018 Nov; 107:1648-1666.

Basu P, Tongkhuya S, Harris TL, Riley AR, Maier C, Granger J, Wojtaszek J, and Averitt DL. Euphorbia bicolor (Euphorbiaceae) latex phytochemicals induce long-lasting non-opioid peripheral analgesia in a rat model of inflammatory pain. Front Pharmacol. 2018 Sep; 10:958.

Kaur S, Benton WL, Tongkhuya SA, Lopez CMC, Uphouse L, Averitt DL. Sex Differences and Estrous Cycle Effects of Peripheral Serotonin-Evoked Rodent Pain Behaviors.  Neuroscience. 2018 Aug 1;384:87-100.

Boeck JM, Stowell GA, O'Connor CM, Spencer JV. The Human Cytomegalovirus US27 Gene Product Constitutively Activates Antioxidant Response Element-Mediated Transcription through Gβγ, Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase, and Nuclear Respiratory Factor 1. J Virol. 2018 Nov 12;92(23). pii: e00644-18.

Kasu YAT, Alemu S, Lamari A, Loew N, Brower CS. The N Termini of TAR DNA-Binding Protein 43 (TDP43) C-Terminal Fragments Influence Degradation, Aggregation Propensity, and Morphology. Mol Cell Biol. 2018 Sep 14;38(19). pii: e00243-18.

Kryvoruchko IS, Routray P, Sinharoy S, Torres-Jerez I, Tejada-Jiménez M, Finney LA, Nakashima J, Pislariu CI, Benedito VA, González-Guerrero M, Roberts DM, Udvardi MK.  An Iron-Activated Citrate Transporter, MtMATE67, Is Required for Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation. Plant Physiol. 2018 Mar;176(3):2315-2329.

Tu CC, Arnolds KL, O'Connor CM, Spencer JV. Human Cytomegalovirus UL111A and US27 Gene Products Enhance the CXCL12/CXCR4 Signaling Axis via Distinct Mechanisms. J Virol. 2018 Feb 12;92(5). pii: e01981-17.

Science Education

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: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 http://abt.ucpress.edu/content/81/3/187.article-info

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 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 

National Institutes of Health  R15  NS095317 $372,857  2016   PI:  BROWER, C. S. 
UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF TDP43 IN NEURODEGENERATION AND ITS DEGRADATION BY THE N-END RULE PATHWAY          

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