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Giridhar Akkaraju

Giridhar Akkaraju

Professor and Department Chair

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  • Nguyen TL, Akkaraju GR, Coffer JL, Formation of platinum nanocrystals on silicon nanotubes and corresponding anti-cancer activity in vitro, American Chemical Society Applied Bio Materials 3: 208-216, .
  • Johnston HM, Pota K, Barnett MM, Kinsinger O, Braden P, Schwartz TM, Hoffer E, Sadagopan N, Nguyen N, Yu Y, Gonzalez P, Tircso G, Wu H, Akkaraju G, Chumley M, Green KN, 2020 , Enhancement of the antioxidant activity and neurotherapeutic features through pyridol addition to tetraazamacrocyclic molecules, Inorganic Chemistry 58: 16771-16784.
  • Campbell, E, Hasan MdT, Rodriguez RG, Akkaraju GR, Naumov AV, Doped graphene quantum dots for intracellular multicolor imaging and cancer detections, American Chemical Biomaterials Science & Engineering 5: 4671-4682., .
  • Green KN, Pota K, Tircso G, Gogolak RA, Kinsinger O, Davda C, Blain K, Brewer SM, Gonzalez P, Johnston HM, Akkaraju G , Dialing in on pharmacological features for a therapeutic antioxidant small molecule, Dalton Transactions 48: 12430-12439, .
  • Kalluri JR, West J, Akkaraju GR, Canham LT, Coffer JL, Plant-derived tandem drug/mesoporous silicon microcarrier structures for anti-inflammatory therapy, ACS Omega 4:8359-8364, .
Matt Chumchal

Matt Chumchal

Professor and Director of the Pre-Health Professions Institute

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  • Ortega-Rodriguez CL, Chumchal MM, Drenner RW, Kennedy JH, Nowlin WH, Barst BD, Polk DK, Hall MN, Williams EB, Lauck KC, Santa-Rios A, Basu N , Relationship between methyl mercury contamination and proportion of aquatic and terrestrial prey in diets of shoreline spiders, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 38: 2503-2508., .
  • Gerstle CT, Drenner RW, Chumchal MM, Spatial patterns of mercury contamination and associated risk to piscivorous wading birds of the south central United States, Environmental Toxicology Chemistry 38: 160-166., .
  • Korstian JM, Chumchal MM, Bennett VJ, Hale AM, Mercury contamination in bats from the central United States, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 37:160-165., .
  • Becker D, Chumchal MM, Broders H., Korstian J, Rainwater T, Platt S, Simmons N, Fenton M , Mercury bioaccumulation in bats reflects phylogeny and dietary connectivity to aquatic food webs, Environmental Pollution 233:1076-1085., .
  • Burnham J, Burnham K, Chumchal MM, Johnson J, Welker J, Correspondence between mercury contamination and trophic position in marine and terrestrial avian species from northwest Greenland, Polar Biology 41: 1475-1491., .
Michael Chumley

Michael Chumley

Professor

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  • Peterman JL, White JD, Calcagno A, Hagen C, Quiring M, Paulhus K, Gurney T, Eimerbrink MJ, Curtis M, Boehm GW, Chumley MJ , Prolonged isolation stress accelerates the onset of Alzheimer's disease-related pathology in 5xFAD mice despite running wheels and environmental enrichment, Behavioural Brain Research 379:112366., .
  • White JD, Urbano CM, Taylor JO, Peterman JL, Cooksey M, Eimerbrink M, Eriksson MD, Cooper BG, Chumley MJ, Boehm GW , Intraventricular murine Aβ infusion elicits hippocampal inflammation and disrupts the consolidation, but not retrieval, of conditioned fear in C57BL6/J mice, Behavioural Brain Research 378:112303., .
  • Johnston HM, Pota K, Barnett MM, Kinsinger O, Braden P, Schwartz TM, Hoffer E, Sadagopan N, Nguyen N, Yu Y, Gonzalez P, Tircsó G, Wu H, Akkaraju G, Chumley MJ, Green KN , Enhancement of the Antioxidant Activity and Neurotherapeutic Features through Pyridol Addition to Tetraazamacrocyclic Molecules, Inorganic Chemistry 58:16771-16784., .
  • Eimerbrink, MJ, Pendry, RJ, Hodges SM, Wiles JD, Peterman JL, White JD, Hayes HB, Chumley MJ, Boehm GW , The α5-GABAAR inverse agonist MRK-016 upregulates hippocampal BDNF expression and prevents cognitive deficits in LPS-treated mice, despite elevations in hippocampal Aβ, Behavioural Brain Research 359: 871-877., .
Ray Drenner

Ray Drenner

Professor

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  • Ortega-Rodriguez CL, Chumchal MM, Drenner RW, Kennedy JH, Nowlin WH, Barst BD, Polk DK, Hall MN, Williams EB, Lauck KC, Santa-Rios A, Basu N , Relationship between methyl mercury contamination and proportion of aquatic and terrestrial prey in diets of shoreline spiders, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 38: 2503-2508., .
  • Gerstle CT, Drenner RW, Chumchal MM, Spatial patterns of mercury contamination and associated risk to piscivorous wading birds of the south central United States, Environmental Toxicology Chemistry 38: 160-166., .
  • Chumchal MM, Drenner RW, Hall MN, Polk DK, Williams EB, Ortega-Rodriguez CL, Kennedy JH , Seasonality of dipteran-mediated methyl mercury flux from ponds, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 37: 1846-1851. , .
Amanda  Hale

Amanda Hale

Professor & Graduate Program Director

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  • Chipps AS, Hale AM, Weaver SP, Williams DA, Genetic approaches are necessary to accurately understand bat-wind turbine impacts, Diversity 12: 236., .
  • Huzzen BE, Hale AM, Bennett VJ, An effective survey method for studying volant species activity and behavior at tall structures, PeerJ 8:e8438., .
  • Allison TD, Diffendorfer JE, Baerwald EF, Beston JA, Drake D, Hale AM, Hein CD, Huso MM, Loss SR, Lovich JE, Stickland MD, Williams KA, Winder VL , Impacts to wildlife of wind energy siting and operation in the United States, Issues in Ecology 21: 1-24., .
  • Williams DA, Rains ND, Hale AM, Population genetic structure of Texas horned lizards: implications for reintroductions and captive breeding, PeerJ 7:e7746., .
  • Bennett VJ, Hale AM, esource availability may not be a useful predictor of migratory bat fatalities or activity at wind turbines, Diversity 10, 44., .
Matt Hale

Matt Hale

Associate Professor

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  • Weinstein SY, Thrower FP, Nichols KM, Hale MC, A large-scale chromosomal inversion is not associated with life history development in rainbow trout from Southeast Alaska, PLoS One 14(9): e0223018., .
  • Campbell MA, Hale MC, McKinney GJ, Nichols KM, Pearse DE, Long-term conservation of ohnologs through partial tetrasomy following whole-genome duplication in Salmonidae, G3: Genes,Genomes, Genetics 9: 2017-2028., .
  • Claunch KC, Bush M, Evans CR, Malmquist JA, Hale MC, McGillivray SM, Transcriptional profiling of the clpX mutant in Bacillus anthracis reveals regulatory connection with the lrgAB operon, Microbiology 164: 659-669., .
  • Hale MC, McKinney GJ, Thrower FP, Nichols KM, Evidence of sex-bias in gene expression in the brain transcriptome of two populations of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) with divergent life histories, PLoS One 13(2): e0193009., .
  • Beal AP, Martin FD, Hale MC, Using RNA-seq to determine patterns of sex-bias in gene expression in the brain of the sex-role reversed Gulf Pipefish (Syngnathus scovelli), Marine Genomics 37: 120-127., .
Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Dean and Professor

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  • Dennis EJ, Dobosiewicz M, Jin X, Duval L, Hartman PS, Bargmann CI, Vosshall L, A natural variant and engineered mutation in a GPCR promote DEET resistance in C. elegans, Nature 562:119-123., .
John Horner

John Horner

Professor

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  • Carmickle RN, Horner JD, Impact of the specialist herbivore Exyra semicrocea on the carnivorous plant Sarracenia alata: a field experiment testing the effects of tissue loss and diminished prey capture on plant growth, Plant Ecology 220: 553-561., .
  • Darnowski D, Bauer U, Méndez M, Horner J, Płachno B, Prey selection and specialization by carnivorous plants, In: A. M. Ellison and L. Adamec (eds.), Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, ecology, and evolution, Oxford University Press, Oxford, p. 285-293. , .
Marlo Jeffries

Marlo Jeffries

Associate Professor

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  • Krzykwa JC, Sellin Jeffries MK, Development of a larval fathead minnow optomotor response assay for assessing visual function, MethodX 7: 100971., .
  • Thornton Hamptom LM, Sellin Jeffries MK, Venables BJ, A practical guide for assessing respiratory burst and phagocytic cell activity in the fathead minnow, an emerging model for immunotoxicity, MethodX 7: 100992., .
  • Krzykwa JC, Sellin Jeffries MK, Comparison of behavioral assays for assessing toxicant-induced alterations in neurological function in larval fathead minnows, Chemosphere 257: 126825., .
  • Thornton Hamptom LM, Martyniuk CJ, Venables BJ, Sellin Jeffries MK, Advancing the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) as a model for immunotoxicity testing: Characterization of the renal transcriptome following Yersinia ruckeri infection, Fish and Shellfish Immunology 103:472-480., .
  • Roush KS, Sellin Jeffries MK, Sexual maturity status as a confounding variable in fish-based screening assays for the detection of anti-estrogens and non-aromatizable androgens, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 38:603-615., .
Shauna McGillivray

Shauna McGillivray

Associate Professor

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  • Malmquist JA, Rogan MR, McGillivray SM., Galleria mellonella as an infection model for Bacillus anthracis Sterne, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 9: 360., .
  • Huang Y, Alumasa JN, Callaghan LT, Baugh RS, Rae CD, Keiler KC, McGillivray SM., A small-molecule inhibitor of transtranslation synergistically interacts with cathelicidin antimicrobial peptides to impair survival of Staphylococcus aureus, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 63: e02362-18. , .
  • Claunch KC, Bush M, Evans CR, Malmquist JA, Hale MC, McGillivray SM, ranscriptional profiling of the clpX mutant in Bacillus anthracis reveals regulatory connection with the lrgAB operon, Microbiology 164: 659-669., .
Mikaela Stewart

Mikaela Stewart

Assistant Professor

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  • Pierce SB, Stewart MD, Gulsuner S, Walsh T, Dhall A, Lee MK, McClellan JM, Klevit RE, King MC , Neurodevelopmental consequences of a RING1 mutation disrupting histone H2A ubiquitylation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 1558-1563., .
  • Stewart MD, Zelin E, Dhall A, Walsh T, Upadhyay E, Corn JE, Chatterjee C, King MC, Klevit RE , BARD1 is necessary for ubiquitylation of nucleosomal histone H2A and for transcriptional regulation of estrogen metabolism genes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 1316-1321., .
Dean Williams

Dean Williams

Professor

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  • Frankel AM and DA Williams, Multiple paternity in a reintroduced rookery of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles on South Padre Island, Texas, Journal of Herpetology, .
  • Chipps AS, Hale AM, Weaver SP, Williams DA, Genetic approaches are necessary to accurately understand bat-wind turbine impacts, Diversity 12: 236, .
  • Williams D.A., Rains N.R., and A.M. Hale., Population genetic structure of Texas horned lizards: Implications for reintroduction and captive breeding, PeerJ 7:e7746., .
  • Heuring C., Barber D., Rains N.R., Erxleben D., Martin C., Williams D.A., and E.J. McElroy , Genetics, morphology and diet of introduced populations of the ant-eating Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), Scientific Reports 9:11470., .
  • Metz MA, Wheeler GS, Landry LF, Williams DA, McKay F, A new genus and species of Gelechiini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) feeding on Brazilian peppertree, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 121:63‐80., .
Floyd Wormley

Floyd Wormley

Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

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  • Wall G, Chaturvedi AK, Wormley Jr. FL, Wiederhold NP, Patterson HP, Lopez-Ribot JL, Screening a repurposing library for inhibitors of multi-drug resistant Candida auris identifies ebselen as a repositionable candidate for antifungal drug development, Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy 62(10): e01084-18., .
  • CR Hole CR, Leopold Wager CM, Campuzano A, Castro-Lopez N, Cai H, Wozniak KL, Wang Y, Wormley Jr. FL , Induction of Memory-like Dendritic Cell Responses in vivo, Nature Communications 10: 2955., .
  • Leopold Wager CM, Hole CR, Campuzano A, Castro-Lopez N, Wozniak KL, Cai H, Wang Y, Wormley Jr. FL , IFN-y immune priming of macrophages in vivo induces prolonged stat1 binding and protection against Cryptococcus neoformans, PLOS Pathogens 14(10):e1007358., .
  • Esher SK, Ost KS, Kohlbrenner MA, Pianalto KM, Telzrow CL, Campuzano A, Nichols CB, Munro C, Wormley Jr. FL, Alspaugh JA , Defects in intracellular trafficking of fungal cell wall synthases lead to aberrant host immune recognition, PLOS Pathogens 14(6): e1007126., .