Accomplishments

Below you will find a list of notable accomplishments made by some of our members.

Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Michelle Jonika"The Aggie Beetles"1st Place in the Genetics Science Art Contest
Sydney Tippelt"The Leg Head"2nd Place in the Genetics Science Art Contest
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Victor Fanniel"Simple mid-western family"3rd Place in the Genetics Science Art Contest
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Matt Jevit  2019 GGSA Travel AwardAttended the ISOCARD 2019 (International Society of Camelid Research and Development) in Laayoune, Morocco
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Joseph Dubie2019 GGSA Travel AwardAttended the SMBE 2019 in Manchester,UK. He presented a poster titled: “The Conflict Within: Origin, Proliferation, and Persistence of a Spontaneously Arising Selfish Mitochondrial Genome”
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Kevin Brendemeyer2019 GGSA Travel AwardAttended the 10th International Conference on Canine and Feline Genetics and Genomics 2019 in Bern, Switzerland. He presented a talk titled: “DXZ4 and its role in MSCI and hybrid sterility."
Jonathon Leach2019 GGSA Travel AwardAttended the 2019 Gordon Research Conference in Mammary Gland Biology in Newry, Maine. He presented a poster titled: “Effect of Singleminded2s on Metabolic Homeostasis in the Mouse Mammary Gland”
Michelle Jonika2019 GGSA Travel AwardAttended the Evolution 2019 Conference in Providence, Rhode Island in June 2019. She presented a talk titled: "Mode and Tempo of Microsatellite Evolution Across 300 Million Years of Divergence."
Lily Sanchez2019 GGSA Travel AwardAttended the 2019 Gordon Research Conference in Mammary Gland Biology in Newry, Maine from June 9-14, 2019. She presented a poster titled "Singleminded2s Connects Mitochondrial Dynamics and Mammary Epithelial Cell Differentiation."
Rebecca Booth2019 GGSA Travel AwardRebecca attended the Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA from April 3-6, 2019. She presented a poster titled "DNA delivery to cells by Ultrabithorax protein-based materials."
Gabriela Mendes2019 GGSA Travel AwardGabriela attended the Society For Biomaterials 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Seattle, WA in April 2019. She presented an oral presentation"Engineering Ubx-based Materials to Promote and Guide Neovascularization”
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Jennifer Jung2019 GGSA Travel AwardJennifer attended the 30th Fungal Genetics Conference at Pacific Grove, CA organized by GSA - Genetics Society of America in March 2019. She presented a poster entitled: “A clock-regulated transcription factor network controls the phase of ADV-1 and its downstream clock-controlled genes”
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Jonathan Leach2019 Student Choice Award for Teaching
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Timothy SveegenTeaching Excellence Award
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Matt JevitAward for most participative and supportive GENE Student
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Tejas KarhadkarResearch Excellence Award1st Place
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Ben GreenwellResearch Excellence Award2nd Place
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David ForgasTravel AwardCollege of VetMed to attend 2019 Plant and Animal Genome Conference
Caitlin CurryTravel AwardCollege of VetMed to attend 2019 Plant and Animal Genome Conference
Kristin ScogginScholarship RecipientInternational Mammalian Genome Society
Rebecca BoothFellowship Recipient2018 GENE Fellows Program
Caitlin CurryFellowship Recipient2018 GENE Fellows Program
Diana MedinaFellowship Recipient2018 GENE Fellows Program
Joseph ModarelliFellowship Recipient2018 GENE Fellows Program
Ben GreenwellAwardeeMerit Award, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
Samantha IiamsAwardeeExcellence Award for Physiology, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
Andrew "Collin" OsborneAwardeeAward for Teaching Excellence, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Kathryn "Casey" PflugAwardeeStudent Choice Award for Teaching, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Miguel GonzalesFellowship RecipientNSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017
Wesley BrashearFellowship Recipient2017 Genetics Summer Fellowship
David ForgacsFellowship Recipient2017 Genetics Summer Fellowship
Ramesh GunaratnaFellowship Recipient2017 Genetics Summer Fellowship
Scott PearsonFellowship Recipient2017 Genetics Summer Fellowship
Carolina RojasFellowship Recipient2017 Genetics Summer Fellowship
Alexandra TrottFellowship Recipient2017 Genetics Summer Fellowship
Caitlin CurryAward RecipientHigh Impact Achievement Award, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, 2017
Caitlin CurryAward RecipientDan L. Duncan Scholarship for Animal Conservation presented by Houston Safari Club, 2017

 

Meetings and Presentations
Luis DeSantiagoInvited SpeakerPlant and Animal Genome XXVII Conference
Luis DeSantiago1st place Graduate Student Oral Presentation2019 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference

Luis (center) among other graduate student winners.

Samantha IiamsPoster Competition WinnerBest Poster Award, Texas Society for Circadian Biology and Medicine Meeting 2018
Rebecca BoothPoster Competition WinnerBest Poster Award, Graduate Category, 45th Annual Texas Genetics Society Meeting
Elyssa GarzaPoster Competition Winner1st Place, TAMU DNA Day
Caitlin CurryPoster Competition Winner2nd Place, TAMU DNA Day
Jessica ElswoodFlash Talk1st Place, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Samantha IiamsFlash Talk2nd Place & People's Choice, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Caitlin CurryFlash Talk3rd Place tie, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Carolina RojasFlash Talk3rd Place tie, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium

Flash Talk Winners (from left): Jessica, Caitlin, and Samantha (Not pictured: Carolina)

Heather EgglestonPoster1st Place, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Rebecca BoothPoster2nd Place, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Diana MedinaPoster3rd Place, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Alexandra TrottPosterPeople's Choice, 2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium

Poster Winners (from left): Alexandra, Rebecca, and Diana (Not pictured: Heather)

Caitlin CurryInvited SpeakerPopulation and Conservation Genomics Workshop, Plant and Animal Genome XXVI Conference
Matt JevitInvited SpeakerCamelids Workshop, Plant and Animal Genome XXVI Conference
Luis DeSantiago2nd place Graduate Student Oral Presentation2017 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference
Kathy ScienskiInvited SpeakerKarmowski Ranch in Radzicz, Poland on July 25, 2017: Read more
Samantha IiamsPosterBest Pre-Prelim Student Poster, 2017 Biology Student Post-Doc Research Conference
Alexandra TrottPosterBest Post-Prelim Student Poster, 2017 Biology Student Post-Doc Research Conference

Samantha (Left), Alexandra (Right)

  Camille DuranPoster1st Place, Health Sciences, 2017 TAMU Student Research Week
Hilary ScottFlash TalkPeople's Choice, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Camille DuranFlash Talk1st Place, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Alexandra TrottFlash Talk2nd Place, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Jessica ElswoodFlash Talk3rd Place tie, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Scott PearsonFlash Talk3rd Place tie, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium

From Left: Hilary, Alexandra, Scott, Jessica, Camile

Scott PearsonPosterPeople's Choice, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Kathy ScienskiPoster1st Place, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Camille DuranPoster2nd Place, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium
Jessica ElswoodPoster3rd Place, 2017 Genetics Recruitment Symposium

From Left: Kathy, Scott, Jessica, Camille

Jessica ElswoodPoster2nd Place & People’s Choice, 2017 CVM Graduate Student & Postdoc Research Symposium, Graduate Student Poster Presentation
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Caitlin (middle) at the Houston Safari Club Awards banquet.

Ramesh GunaratnaCompetitionFinalist, 2017 TAMU 3 Minute Thesis
Samantha FletcherOral Presentation1st Place, 13th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium, Doctoral Oral Overall & Doctoral Life Sciences Oral
Meghan KinderOral Presentation2nd Place, 13th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium, Doctoral Oral Overall & Doctoral Life Sciences Oral
Wes BrashearPoster3rd Place, TIGSS Annual Symposium 2016, Sex & Gender Category
Alexandra TrottPoster1st Place, TIGSS Annual Symposium 2016, Genetics & Genomics Category
Camille DuranPoster2nd Place, TIGSS Annual Symposium 2016, Genetics & Genomics Category
Carolina Mantilla RojasPoster3rd Place, TIGSS Annual Symposium 2016, Genetics & Genomics Category
From left: Alex Trott, Carolina Mantilla Rojas, Camille Duran, Wes Brashear

TIGGS symposium poster contest winners (from left) Alexandra, Carolina, Camille and Wes.

Kathy ScienskiSymposium Speaker2nd Place Oral Presentation, VIIth International Scientific Symposium: Read more…
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Kathy presenting at the International Scientific Symposium

Reed StubbendieckPoster1st Place, 2016 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting
Reed (third from left, top) at the Conference

Reed (top, third from left) at the Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting

 

Selected Publications

Caitlin CurryFirst Author2019Development of Lion MiniSTRs for Use with Modern and Historical DNA Samples. African Journal of Wildlife Research. 2019.
Caitlin CurryFirst Author2019Genetic Analysis of African Lions in Zambia Support Movement across Anthropogenic and Geological Barriers. PLoS ONE. 2019
David ForgacsFirst Author2019Evaluation of fecal samples as a valid source of DNA by comparing paired blood and fecal samples from American bison (Bison bison). BMC Genetics. 2019.
Joseph DubieFirst Author2019The conflict within: origin, proliferation and persistence of a spontaneously arising selfish mitochondrial genome. Royal Society Publishing. 2019.
Kelsi WestFirst Author2019The Splicing Factor hnRNP M Is a Critical Regulator of Innate Immune Gene Expression in Macrophages. Cell Reports. 2019.
Samantha IiamsFirst Author2019Photoperiodic and clock regulation of the vitamin A pathway in the brain mediates seasonal responsiveness in the monarch butterfly. PNAS. 2019.
Ben GreenwellFirst Author2019Rhythmic Food Intake Drives Rhythmic Gene Expression More Potently than the Hepatic Circadian Clock in Mice. Cell Reports. 2019.
Selene HoweCo-author2019Chronic exposure to e-cig aerosols during early development causes vascular dysfunction and offspring growth deficits. Transl Res. 2019.
Wesley BrashearCo-author2018Horse Y chromosome assembly displays unique evolutionary features and putative stallion fertility genes. Nat Commun. 2018.
Wesley BrashearFirst author2018Evoultionary conservation of Y chromosome ampliconic gene families despite extensive structural variation. Genome Res. 2018 Dec; 28(12);1841-1851.
Gabriela Mendes & Rebecca BoothFirst & Co-author2018Generating novel materials using the intrinsically disordered protein Ubx. Methods Enzymol. 2018.
Carolina Mancillas RojasCo-author2018Improving metabolic health through precision dietetics in mice. Genetics. 2018.
Rebecca BoothCo-author2018Evolution of the activation domain in a Hox transcription factor. Int J Dev Biol. 2018.
Angelina BernardiniCo-author2018Book Chapter in Insect Genomics: Methods and Protocols, Genome Size Estimation and Quantitative Cytogenetics in Insects
Scott Pearson & Jessica ElswoodFirst &Co-author2018ATM-dependent activation of SIM2s regulates homologous recombination and epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Oncogene. 2018 Dec 10. doi: 10.1038/s41388-018-0622-4
Alexandra Trott&Ben GreenwellFirst&Co-author2018Regulation of circadian clock transcriptional output by CLOCK:BMAL1. PLos Genet. 2018 Jan4; 14(1):e1007156. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007156. eCollection 2018 Jan.
Elyssa GarzaCo-author2017Transcriptome signatures of selection, drift, introgression and gene duplication in the evolution of an extremophile endemic plant. Genome Biol Evol. 2017.
Wesley BrashearCo-author2017Annotated draft genome assemblies for the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) and the scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) reveal disparate estimates of modern genome diversity and historic effective population size. G3 (Bethesda). 2017.
Luis DeSantiagoCo-author2017Insights into Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) genetic recombination based on three High-Density SNP and a consensus map developed independently with common parents. Genomics Insights. 2017. https://doi.org/10.1177/1178631017735104
Tejas KarhadkarCo-author2017Monocyte differentiation and macrophage priming are regulated differentially by pentraxins and their ligands. BMC Immunol. 2017.
Tejas KarhadkarFirst author2017Sialidase inhibitors attenuate pulmonary fibrosis in a mouse model. Sci Rep. 2017.
Allison MillerFirst author2016A DNA-binding protein defines the precise region of chromosome capture during Bacillius sporulation. Mol Microbiol. 2016.
David ForgacsFirst author2016Mitochondrial Genome Analysis Reveals Historical Lineages in Yellowstone Bison. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0166081. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.01660811
Caitlin CurryFirst author2016A Century of Conservation Genetics: Comparative study on the African Lion. Applied Biodiversity Science Perspectives Series No. 6. October 2016
Reed Stubbendieck & Carol Vargas-BautistaFirst & Co-author2016Bacterial Communities: Interactions to Scale. Front Microbiol. 2016 Aug 8;7:1234. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01234. eCollection 2016.
Reed StubbendieckFirst author2016Multifaceted Interfaces of Bacterial Competition. J Bacteriol. 2016 Jul 28;198(16):2145-55. doi: 10.1128/JB.00275-16.
Wesley BrashearCo-author2015Mechanisms underlying mammalian hybrid sterility in two feline interspecies models. Mol Biol Evol. 2015.
Cory ThurmanCo-author2014Structure, activity, and inhibition of the carboxyltransferase β-subunit of acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase (AccD6) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014.
Cory ThurmanCo-author2009Structural insights into the mechanism of the allosteric transitions of Mycobacterium tuberculosis cAMP receptor protein. J Biol Chem. 2009.