Wesleyan Graduate Students Excel

Grants, Honors, and Awards

Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2015: Article recognition. "A mixed diet of toxic plants enables increased feeding and anti-predator defense by an insect herbivore", Oecologia, 2014, has been recommended in F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field by F1000 Faculty Member Patrick Tobin. 

Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2015: Awarded $18,500 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for project titled “Nutrient-mediated manipulation of host feeding behavior by a parasitoid."

Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2014: Awarded Entomological Society of America President’s Prize – 2nd Place in Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition for talk titled “ Evidence for manipulation in caterpillar feeding behavior by a parasitoid wasp ” Presented at the national conference in Portland, OR.

Bernardo, Melissa (PhD student). 2014: Research Coordination Network for Ecoimmunology Research Exchange Grant. Learning and standardizing techniques for measuring diet and parasite mediated immune responses in Grammia incorrupta caterpillars.  

Bernardo, Melissa (Ph.D. student). 2013: Poster Competition President's Prize Runner-up for "A battle for control in a host-parasitoid system?". Entomological Society of America. Austin, TX.

Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). 2014: Awarded $12,000 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for project titled “A mechanistic test of the keystone mutualism hypothesis.”

Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). 2014: Awarded Entomological Society of America President’s Prize – 2nd Place in Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition for talk titled “How do sap-feeding insect modify the trophic ecology of ants?  Examining the community-level consequences of a food-for-protection mutualism.” Presented at the national conference in Portland, OR.

Herman, Jacob (PhD student). 2012: Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research. Epigenetics and Transgenerational Plasticity: Does Parental Drought Influence DNA Methylation in Polygonum persicaria? 

Kopac, Sarah (Ph.D. student). 2011: Awarded a $20,000 graduate fellowship from the Connecticut Space Grant, funded by NASA.

Kopac, Sarah (Ph.D. student). 2011: Awarded a travel grant to present her poster at the 2011 meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.

Mason, Peri (Ph.D. student). 2010: National Science Foundation. DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The role of toxin complementation in herbivore defense. NSF DEB 1011503. ($10,000). With Professor Michael Singer.

Tulenko, Frank (Ph.D. student). 2010: Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research. A Lineage Analysis of Somitic and Lateral Mesoderm in Lamprey: Implications for the Origin of Paired Appendages.

Tulenko, Frank (Ph.D. student). 2010: NSF Travel Award for presenting "Investigating the Lateral Somitic Frontier in Lamprey: Implications for the Origin of Paired Appendages" at the Ninth International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Tulenko, Frank (Ph.D. student). 2009: Best Student Oral Presentation for "Body Wall Formation in Lamprey." Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology, Division of Developmental and Evolutionary Biology. Boston, Mass.

Tulenko, Frank (Ph.D. student). 2008: NSF EAPSI Grant. Investigating Body Wall Formation in the Japanese River Lamprey, Lethenteron japonicum.



B.H. Baker, S. E. Sultan, M Lopez-Ichikawa, and R Waterman. (2019) Transgenerational effects of parental light environment on progeny competitive performance and lifetime fitness Phil. Trans Roy. Soc (B): 20180182. (theme issue, Plasticity and Adaptation to Rapid Environmental Change, ed J Donelson et al.)

DeAngelis, M.W. and Johnson R.I. (2019). Dissection of the Drosophila retina for immunohistochemistry, western analysis, and RNA isolation. Journal of Visualized Experiments. March 15; 145: e59299. DOI: 10.3791/59299

GuptapJ, Bromwich M, RadellmJ, ArshadpMN, GonzalezuS, Luikart BW, Aaron GB, Naegele JR. Restrained Dendritic Growth of Adult-Born Granule Cells Innervated by Transplanted Fetal GABAergic Interneurons in Mice with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.  eNeuro 6: e0110-18, 2019.
Lanno, S. M., Shimshak, S. J., Peyser, R. D. and J.D. Coolon*. (2019) Investigating the role of Osiris genes in Drosophila sechellia larval resistance to a host plant toxin. Ecology and Evolution. 9: 1922 – 1933. * Corresponding author (All aspects done at Wesleyan).
Van Zandt M, Weiss E, Almyasheva A, Lipior S, Maisel S, Naegele JR (2019) Adeno-associated viral overexpression of neuroligin 2 in the mouse hippocampus enhances GABAergic synapses and impairs hippocampal-dependent behaviors. Behav Brain Res. 2019 Apr 19;362:7-20. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2018.12.052. Epub 2018 Dec 31. PMID: 30605713


Nickesha C. Anderson, Meghan A. Van Zandt, Swechhya Shrestha, Daniel B. Lawrence, Jyoti Gupta, Christopher Y. Chen, Felicia A. Harrsch, Trinithas Boyi, Carolyn E. Dundes, Gloster Aaron, Janice R. Naegele, Laura Grabel. 2018 October 5. Pluripotent stem cell-derived interneuron progenitors mature and restore memory deficits but do not suppress seizures in the epileptic mouse brain. Stem Cell Research (IF 1.829), DOI: 10.1016/j.scr.2018.10.007

B.H. Baker, L. J. Berg, and S. E. Sultan. (2018). Context-dependent developmental effects of parental shade versus sun are mediated by DNA methylation. Frontiers in Evolution and Ecology/ Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1251 (special theme on Ecological Epigenetics).

Bagchi, R., L.M. Brown, C.S. Elphick, D.L. Wagner, and M.S. Singer. 2018. Anthropogenic fragmentation of landscapes: mechanisms for eroding the specificity of plant-herbivore interactions. Oecologia. In press. (doi.org/10.1007/s00442-018-4115-5). (Invited for Special Topic)

Bushnell, H.L., Feiler, C.E., Ketosugbo, K.F., Hellerman, M.B., and Johnson, R.I. (2018). JNK is antagonized to ensure the correct number of interommatidial cells pattern the Drosophila retina. Developmental Biology. January 1;433(1): 94-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2017.11.002

Clark, R.E. (PhD ‘17), and M.S. Singer. 2018. Keystone mutualism strengthens top-down effects by recruiting large-bodied ants. Oecologia186: 601-610.

Clark, R.E. (PhD ‘17), and M.S. Singer. 2018. Behavioral differences between ant species determine the ecological consequences of a food-for-protection mutualism. Journal of Insect Behavior 31: 510-522.

Suriano, C., Bodznick, D. Evidence for generative homology of cerebellum and cerebellum-like structures in an elasmobranch fish based on Pax6, Cbln1 and Grid2 expression. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2018;1–17. https://doi.org/ 10.1002/cne.24473

Tom RL, Ahuja A, Maniates H, Freeland CM, Robinson MJF. Optogenetic activation of the central amygdala generates addiction-like preference for reward. Eur J Neurosci. 2018 May 23. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13967


Anderson, N. C., Chen, C. Y., and Grabel, L. Hedgehog promotes production of inhibitory interneurons in vivo and in vitro from pluripotent stem cells. Journal of Developmental Biology, In press.

Andrade López, J.M., Lanno, S.M., Auerbach, J.M., Moskowitz, E.C., Sligar, L.A., Wittkopp, P.J., Coolon, J.D. (2017) Genetic basis of octanoic acid resistance in Drosophila sechellia: functional analysis of a fine-mapped region. Molecular Ecology, 26:1148-1160. doi:10.1111/mec.14001

Asik K., Cummings J., Russell C., and Kirn, JR. Rate of Parvalbumin-Expressing Neuron Addition Is Associated With Song Copying During The Critical Period For Vocal Learning.  (Submitted)

Bernardo, M.A. (PhD candidate) and M.S. Singer. 2017. Parasite-altered feeding behavior in insects: integrating functional and mechanistic research frontiers. Invited Commentary for Journal of Experimental Biology. In press.

Chen, C. Y., Plocik, A., Anderson, N. C., Moakley, D., Boyi, T., Dundes, C., Lassiter, C., Graveley, B., and Grabel, L. Transcriptome and in vitro differentiation profile of human embryonic stem cell-derived NKX2.1-positive neural progenitors. Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, In press.

Clark, R.E. (PhD ’17), T.E. Farkas (MA '10), I.H. Lichter-Marck (MA '12), E.R. Johnson (MA '14), and M.S. Singer. 2016. Multiple interaction types determine the impact of ant predation of caterpillars in a forest community. Ecology 97: 3379-3388.

Cohan, F. M. and S. M. Kopac. 2017. A theory-based pragmatism for discovering and classifying newly divergent species of bacterial pathogens. In Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition. Edited by M. Tibayrenc. Elsevier (in press).

Lanno SM, Gregory SM, Shimshak SJ et al. (2017) Transcriptomic analysis of octanoic acid response in Drosophila sechellia using RNA-sequencing. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 7, 3867–3873.

Loui, P., Patterson, S., Sachs, M., Leung, Y., Zeng, T., Przysinda, E. (2017). White Matter Correlates of Musical Anhedonia: Implications for Evolution of Music. Frontiers in Psychology. Cognition. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01664

Matesanz, S., Horgan-Kobelski, T. and Sultan, SE (2015) Evidence for rapid ecological range expansion in a newly invasive plant. AoB Plants 7: plv 038.

Peyser, R., Lanno, S. M., Shimshak, S. J. and J.D. Coolon. Analysis of cytochrome P450 contribution to evolved plant toxin resistance in Drosophila sechellia. (Accepted at Insect Molecular Biology).

Singer, M.S., E.R. Johnson (MA '14), I.H. Lichter-Marck (MA '12), R.E. Clark (PhD ‘17), and K.A. Mooney. 2017. Predatory birds and ants partition caterpillar prey based on caterpillar body size and diet breadth. Journal of Animal Ecology 86: 1363-1371.

Van Zandt M, Naegele JR (2017) GABAergic Synapse Dysfunction and Repair in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Synaptic Plasticity, ISBN 978-953-51-5036-7, InTech.


Corliss, CT, and Sultan, SE (2016) Evolutionary potential for increased invasiveness: High-performance Polygonum cespitosum genotypes are competitively superior in full sun. American Journal of Botany 103: 348-354.

Cotter, R, Winnik, S, Singer, A, Aaron G.  Miniscule Temperature Differences Determine the Direction of Seizure Propagation Across the Corpus Callosum in Cingulate Cortex.   Rejected from Nature Neuroscience on 8/19/2016, resubmission to another journal is pending.

Dunlap, C. A., Saunders, L. P., Schisler, D. A., Leathers, T. D., Naeem, N., Cohan, F. M., Rooney, A. P. 2016. Bacillus nakamurai sp. nov., a black pigment producing strain. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, doi:10.1099/ijsem.0.001135.

Glickman, J.W., Cram A.E., Sheth, R.B., Thayer, K.M., Krizanc, D. and Weir, M.P. (2016).  Universal 3-Nucleotide Periodicity Drives Efficient Protein Translation through mRNA-rRNA Base Pairing Steps.  PLOS Biology, Submitted.

Herman, J.J. and Sultan, S.E. 2016. DNA methylation mediates genetic variation for adaptive transgenerational plasticity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  283: 20160988. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.0988

Horgan-Kobelski, T., Matesanz, S. and Sultan, SE (2016) Limits to future adaptation in the invasive plant Polygonum cespitosum: expression of functional and fitness traits at elevated CO2.  Journal of Heredity 107: 42-50.

Lassiter, C., Gal, J., Becker, S., Hartman, N., and Grabel, L. (2016) Embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitors transplanted to the hippocampus migrate on host vasculature. Stem Cell Research, 16(3):579-588.

Lycette, B., Roth, S.J., Cram A.E., Kim T.H., Krizanc, D. and Weir, M.P. (2016). 
N-terminal Peptide Detection with Optimized Peptide-spectrum Matching and Streamlined Sequence Libraries.  J. Proteome Res. 15 2891-2899.

Yasin, H.W.R., van Rensburg, S.H., Feiler, C.E. and Johnson, R.I. (2016).  The adaptor protein Cindr regulates JNK activity to maintain epithelial sheet integrity.  Developmental Biology S0012-1606(15), 30160-3.


Banda, E., McKinsey, A., Germain, N., Carter, J., Anderson, N. C., and Grabel, L. (2015) Cell polarity and neurogenesis in embryonic stem cell-derived neural rosettes. Stem Cells and Development 24(8):1022-1033.

Gupta J, Naegele JR (2015) The art of setting limits: lessons from GABAergic interneuron transplantation. Epilepsy Currents. Nov/December 15(6): 347-348.

Hellerman, M.B., Choe, R.H. and Johnson, R.I.  (2015). Live-imaging of the Drosophila pupal eye. Journal of Visualized Experiments. Journal of Visualized Experiments. (95), e52120.

Windner SE, Doris RA, Ferguson CM, Nelson AC, Valentin G, Tan H, Oates AC, Wardle FC, Devoto SH (2015). Tbx6, Mesp-b and Ripply1 regulate the onset of skeletal myogenesis in zebrafish. Development 142:1159-68. PubMed PMID: 25725067


Asik K, Rao JL, Kirn JR. A Method for exploring adult neurogenesis in the songbird brain.  Cold Spring Harb Protoc, 2014 Nov, doi:10.1101/pdb.prot084590.

Cohan, F. M. and A. Boesel. 2014. Herbert W. Conn: Formative decades of microbiology and evolutionary biology. Microbe 9:406-409.

Francisco, J. C., F. M. Cohan, and D. Krizanc. 2014. Accuracy and efficiency of algorithms for the demarcation of bacterial ecotypes from DNA sequence data. International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications 10 (4/5):409-425.

Henderson KW, Gupta J, Tagliatela S, Litvina E, Zheng X, Van Zandt MA, Woods N, Grund E, Lin D, Royston S, Yanagawa Y, Aaron GB, Naegele JR (2014). Long-term seizure suppression and optogenetic analyses of synaptic connectivity in epileptic mice with hippocampal grafts of GABAergic interneurons. J Neurosci 34(40): 13492-504.

Herman, J.J., H.G. Spencer, K. Donohue, and S.E. Sultan. 2014.  Faculty of 1000 Recommended Article. How stable ‘should’ epigenetic modifications be? Insights from adaptive plasticity and bet-hedging. Evolution 68-3:632-643.

Kopac, S., Z. Wang, J. Wiedenbeck, J. Sherry, M. Wu, and F. M. Cohan. 2014. Genomic heterogeneity and ecological speciation within one subspecies of Bacillus subtilis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80:4842-4853.

Lin, M.S., Cherny, J.J., Fournier, C.T., Roth, S.J., Krizanc, D. and Weir, M.P. (2014). Assessment of MS/MS search algorithms with parent-protein profiling. J. Proteome Res. 13 1823–1832.

Mason, P. A.Bernardo, M. A., and Singer, M. S. (2014). A mixed diet of toxic plants enables increased feeding and anti-predator defense by and insect herbivore. Oecologia, 176: 477–86. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3029-0.

S. Matesanz, S. E. Sultan, and Tim Horgan-Kobelski (2014) Contrasting levels of evolutionary potential in populations of the invasive plant Polygonum cespitosum. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s 10530-013-0533-9.


Germain, N., Banda, E., Becker, S., Naegele, J., and Grabel, L. (2013) Derivation and isolation of NKX2.1-positive basal forebrain progenitors from human embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells and Development 15; 22(1):1477-1489.

J. Herman, H. Spencer, K. Donohue, and S.E. Sultan (2013) How stable 'should' epigenetic modifications be? Insights from adaptive plasticity and bet hedging. (invited concepts paper, Evolution special issue on Evolutionary Epigenetics). Evolution 68: 632-643.

Koeppel, A. F., J. O. Wertheim, L. Barone, N. Gentile, D. Krizanc, and F. M. Cohan. 2013. Speedy speciation in a bacterial microcosm: New species can arise as frequently as adaptations within a species. ISME Journal 7:1080-1091.

Tulenko,F., McCauley,D., MacKenzie, E., Mazan, S., Kuratani,S. Kusakabe, R. and Burke, A.C. 2013  Body wall development in lamprey and a new perspective on the origin of vertebrate paired fins. PNAS, 110 ( 29):11899–11904.


Cohan, F. M. and S. Aracena. 2012. Prokaryotic sex:  Eukaryote-like qualities of recombination in an Archaean lineage. Current Biology 22:R601-R602.

Das, S., L. M. Grady, J. Michtavy, Y. Zhou, F. M. Cohan, M. M. Hingorani, and D. B. Oliver. 2012. The variable sub-domain of Escherichia coli SecA functions to regulate SecA ATPase activity and ADP release. J. Bacteriology 194:2205-2213.

Fournier, C.T., Cherny, J.J., Truncali, K., Robbins-Pianka, A., Lin, M.S., Krizanc, D. and Weir, M.P. (2012) Amino Termini of Many Yeast Proteins Map to Downstream Start Codons. J. Proteome Res.  11: 5712-19.

Francisco, J. C., D. Krizanc, and F. M. Cohan. 2012. Demarcation of bacterial ecotypes from DNA sequence data: A comparative analysis of four algorithms. 2nd IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS) (doi: 10.1109/ICCABS.2012.6182633).

Germain N., Hartman, N; Cai, C., Becker S., Naegele, J., and Grabel, L. (2012). Teratocarcinoma formation in embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitor (ESNP) hippocampal transplants. Cell Transplantation 21: 1603-1611.

Herman J.J., S.E. Sultan, T. Horgan-Kobelski, and C. Riggs. (2012).  Adaptive Transgenerational Plasticity in an Annual Plant: Grandparental and Parental Drought Stress Enhance Performance of Seedlings in Dry Soil. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52(1): 77-88.

Kim, J.-S., M. Makama, J . Petito, N.-H. Park, F. M. Cohan, and R. S. Dungan. 2012. Diversity of Bacteria and Archaea in hypersaline sediment from Death Valley National Park, California. MicrobiologyOpen 1:135-148.

Kopac, S. and F. M. Cohan. 2012. Comment on “Population genomics of early events in the ecological differentiation of bacteria.” Science (doi:  http://comments.sciencemag.org/content/10.1126/science.1218198 ).

LaMonica K., and Grabel. L. (2012). The planar cell polarity pathway and parietal endoderm cell migration. To appear in “Planar Cell Polarity: Methods and Protocols. pp. 187-200 doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-510-7_15 K. Turksen ed, Springer/Human Press.

Maisano X, Litvina E, Tagliatela S, Aaron G, Grabel L, Naegele JR. (2012)  Differentiation and Functional Incorporation of Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived GABAergic Interneurons in the Dentate Gyrus of Mice with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Journal of Neuroscience 32(1): 46-61.

Štefaniĉ, P., Decorosi, F., Viti, C., Petito, J., Cohan, F. M. & Mandić-Mulec, I. 2012. Quorum sensing diversity within and between ecotypes of Bacillus subtilis. Environmental Microbiology 14:1378-1389.

S.E. Sultan, Tim Horgan-Kobelski, L. M. Nichols, C. E. Riggs, and R. K. Waples (2012) A resurrection study reveals rapid adaptive evolution within populations of an invasive plant. Evolutionary Applications: ISSN 1752-4571doi:10.1111/j.1752-4571.2012.00287.x

Walker JD, Storch G, Quach-Wong B, Sonnenfeld J, Aaron G.  Propagation of epileptiform events across the corpus callosum in a cingulate cortical slice preparation.  PLoS ONE.  PLoS ONE 7(2): e31415, 2012. 

Windner SE, Bird NC, Patterson SE, Doris R, Devoto SH (2012) Fss/Tbx6 is required for central dermomyotome cell fate in zebrafish. Biology Open 1: 806-14. 

Windner, SE, NC Bird, SE Patterson, RA Doris, and SH Devoto (2012). Fss/Tbx6 is required for central dermomyotome cell fate in zebrafish. Biology Open 1:805-814.

Bird NC, Windner SE, Devoto SH (2012). Immunocytochemistry to Study Myogenesis in Zebrafish. J. DiMario (ed.) Methods in Molecular Biology 798:153-69. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-343-1_9 Humana Press.


Bird NC, Windner SE, and Devoto SH (2011).  Immunocytochemisty to study myogenesis in zebrafish, in Myogenesis: Methods and Protocols", edited by Joseph DiMario; part of a series called "Methods in Molecular Biology" edited by John Walker, published by Humana Press.  

Briggs SW, Walker JD, Asik K, Lombroso PL, Naegele JR, Aaron G. STEP regulation of seizure thresholds in the hippocampus. Epilepsia 52: 497–506, 2011

Cohan, F. M. & Kopac, S. M. (2011). Microbial genomics: E. coli relatives out of doors and out of body. Curr Biol 21, R587-589.

Hartman N., Grabel, L., and Naegele, J (2011) Migration of transplanted neural stem cells in experimental models of neurodegenerative diseases. In: Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, pp. 315-336. Springer/Humana Press.

Herman J.J. and Sultan S.E. (2011) Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in plants: case studies, mechanisms, and implications for natural populations. Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics 2:102. doi:10.3389/fpls.2011.00102.

Kopac S. & Cohan, F. M. (2011). A theory-based pragmatism for discovering and classifying newly divergent bacterial species. In Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, pp. 21-41. Edited by M. Tibayrenc. London: Elsevier.

Mason  P.A., S.R. Wilkes, J.T. Lill, and M.S. Singer. (2011). Abundance trumps quality: bi-trophic performance and parasitism risk fail to explain host use in the fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea, Arctiidae). Oikos 120(10): 1509-1518.

Shearman R.M, Tulenko F.J., Burke A.C. (2011). 3D reconstructions of quail-chick chimeras provide a new fate map of the avian scapula. Developmental Biology 355(1): 1-11.

Smilanich, A.M., P.A. Mason, L. Sprung, T.R. Chase, and M.S. Singer. (2011). Complex effects of parasitoids on pharmacophagy and diet choice of a polyphagous caterpillar. Oecologia 165: 995-1005.

Wiedenbeck  J. & Cohan, F. M. (2011). Origins of bacterial diversity through horizontal gene transfer and adaptation to new ecological niches. FEMS Microbiology Reviews 35: 957-976.

Windner SE, Steinbacher P, Obermayer A, Kasiba B, Zweimüller-Mayer J, Stoiber W (2011) Distinct modes of vertebrate hypaxial muscle formation contribute to the teleost body wall musculature. Development, Genes and Evololution 221:167–78.


Germain N, Banda E, Grabel L. (2010). Embryonic stem cell neurogenesis and neural specification. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 111(3):535-42.

Hartman N., Carpentino, J., LaMonica, K., Mor, D., Naegele, J., and Grabel, L. (2010). CXCL12-Mediated Guidance of Migrating Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Neural Progenitors Transplanted into the Hippocampus. PLOS One 5(12): e15856. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015856.

Winslow, B.B. and A.C Burke (2010) Atypical molecular profile for joint development in the avian costal joint. Developmental Dynamics, 239(10):2547-57.


LaMonica K, Bass M, Grabel L. (2009). The planar cell polarity pathway directs parietal endoderm migration. Developmental Biology 330(1):44-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2009.03.008.

Singer, M.S., K.C. Mace, and E.A. Bernays. (2009). Self-medication as adaptive plasticity: Increased ingestion of plant toxins by parasitized caterpillars. Public Library of Science One 4: e4796.


Cai C, Thorne J, Grabel L. (2008). Hedgehog serves as a mitogen and survival factor during embryonic stem cell neurogenesis. Stem Cells. 26(5): 1097-108

Carpentino JE, Hartman NW, Grabel LB, Naegele JR. (2008). Region-specific differentiation of embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitor transplants into the adult mouse hippocampus following seizures. Journal of Neuroscience Research 86(3): 512-524.

Durland, J. L., Sferlazzo, M., Logan, M. and A.C.Burke (2008). Visualizing the lateral somitic frontier in the Mouse using the Prx1Cre transgenic. Journal of Anatomy. 212: 590-602.

Hurley P, Pytte C., and JR Kirn (2008). Nest of origin predicts adult vocal control neuron addition rates in the zebra finch. Brain, Behavior & Evolution 71: 263-270.


Cai C, Grabel L. (2007). Directing the differentiation of embryonic stem cells to neural stem cells. Developmental Dynamics 236(12): 3255-3266.


Hong T, Grabel LB. (2006). Migration of F9 parietal endoderm cells is regulated by the ERK pathway. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 97(6): 1339-1349.

Mills E, LaMonica K, Hong T, Pagliaruli T, Mulrooney J, Grabel L. (2005). Roles for Rho/ROCK and vinculin in parietal endoderm migration. Cell Communication and Adhesion 12(1-2): 9-12.

Presentations and Posters


Miles DeAngelis (PhD candidate, Johnson Lab.) The Hippo pathway component Mask acts as a novel regulator of cell adhesion and morphogenesis. Presented at the 60th annual Drosophila Reserach Conference in Dallas Texas, March 2019


Kayla Anatone (PhD candidate, Chernoff Lab).  The Evolutionary Consequences of Living in a Historically Metal Polluted River: the Genetic Variation of Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys atratulus). Presented at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Rochester, NY, 8-15 July 2018.


Kayla Anatone (PhD candidate, Chernoff Lab). Barriers to Gene Flow for One Species of Dace (Rhinichthys atratulus) in Three Connecticut Streams. Presented at the Joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Austin, Texas, 11-15 July 2017. 

Josephine Ho (MA 2017, Coolon Lab). Investigating the regulatory relationships between transcription factors and their targets in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using RNA-seq. Biology of Genomes Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, 9-13 May 2017.

Anderson, N.C., Van Zandt, M., Gupta, J., Shrestha, S., Chen, C.Y., Lawrence, D.,  Aaron, G, Naegele, J.R., Grabel, L (Aaron, Grabel and Naegele Labs). Differentiation and function of human embryonic stem cell derived GABAergic interneuron progenitors In vitro and in the epileptic brain.
Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Conference, Nov. 12-16, 2016, Houston, TX. 


Anatone, Kayla (Ph.D. candidate, Chernoff Lab). July 2016: Poster Presentation at the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in New Orleans, LA.  "The Genetic Structure of Longnose Dace, Rhinichthys cataractae, from two Waterfalls in Connecticut".

Dingzhong Andrew Sun (PhD candidate, Cohen Lab) 2016. Time, resources, and isolation: Exploring the conditions for allopatric speciation in Bacillus subtilis via experimental evolution. Presented at American Society for Microbiology meeting on Experimental Microbial Evolution, August 2016.


Anatone, Kayla (Ph.D. student).July 2015: Poster Presentation at the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in Reno, NV. "Over the Falls: the Effect of Waterfalls on the Genetic Structure of the Eastern Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus, in Connecticut."

Herman, Jacob (PhD student). Participant in the NSF microMORPH workshop “Phenotypic Plasticity: Evolution at the Intersection of Ecology, Genetics, and Development”. Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Boston, MA. May 1-3, 2015. Oral presentation: Drought-induced transgenerational plasticity depends on DNA methylation in the annual plant Polygonum persicaria.


Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). January 2014: Poster presentation at the American Society of Naturalists meeting in Pacific Grove, CA.  “A keystone mutualism between a community of ants and sap-feeders indirectly benefits plants."

Jacob Herman (PhD student), June 22, 2014 (oral presentation). Preliminary Evidence for DNA Methylation as a Mechanism of Adaptive Transgenerational Plasticity in the Annual Plant Polygonum persicaria. Society for the Study of Evolution and American Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.


Clark, Robert (Ph.D. student). April 2013:  Invited talk at the Northeastern Natural History Conference in Springfield, MA.  “An ant-treehopper mutualism strengthens the predatory effects of ants by altering ant community structure.”

Windner Stefanie (PhD student), Ferguson CM, Doris RA, Devoto SH. April 19-21, 2013. Genetic regulation of dermomyotome progenitors in zebrafish. Oral presentation at the Northeast Regional meeting of the Society of Developmental Biology, Woods Hole, MA.


Herman, Jacob (PhD student). November 15, 2012 (poster presentation). Adaptive response to drought stress persists over multiple generations in the annual plant Polygonum persicaria. Symposium: Global Change in the Mediterranean: Learning from Experiences Worldwide. Seville, Spain.

Herman, Jacob (PhD student). July 9, 2012 (oral presentation).  Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in an annual plant: Grandparental and parental drought stress enhance seedling performance in dry soil.  First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology.  Ottawa, Canada.


Kopac, Sarah
(PhD student), Jane Wiedenbeck (MA), Menherit Goodwyn, S. Aracena, M. Koren, J. Sherry, A. Rooney, and F. M. Cohan. Diversification of Bacillus subtilis ecotypes along a salinity gradient. June 2011. Presented at the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. July 2011 Presented at Gordon Research Conference on Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Fournier, Claire (PhD student). 2011. Assessment of Protein Translation in Yeast through Amino Terminal Peptide Identification. American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference, Sanibel Florida.

Herman, Jacob (PhD student).  April 22-24, 2011. Selected for participation in microMORPH, an NSF sponsored workshop on the microevolution of plant development. Boulder, CO. Oral presentation: Adaptive transgenerational plasticity persists over two generations in the generalist annual Polygonum persicaria.


Windner Stefanie (PhD student). October 1, 2010. Myotome patterning and growth – The role of Tbx24. Oral presentation at the Connecticut Valley Zebrafish Meeting, Wesleyan University, CT
Windner Stefanie (PhD student) and Devoto SH. August 5-9, 2010. Myotome Patterning and Growth in Zebrafish - The Role of Tbx24. Poster presentation at the Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Kopac, Sarah (PhD student), Jane Wiedenbeck (MA), Menherit Goodwyn, S. Aracena, M. Koren, A. Rooney, and F. M. Cohan.  August 2010.  Diversification of Bacillus ecotypes in desert rhizospheres. Presented at the International Symposium of Microbial Ecology.

Wiedenbeck, Jane (MA), (MA), Z.Wang, M. Wu, and F.M. Cohan. August 2010. Genomic heterogeneity among extremely close relatives in Bacillus. Presented at the International Symposium of Microbial Ecology.

Fournier, Claire, (PhD student) Cherny, Justin (PhD student) and Truncali, Kris. September 2010. Amino Termini of Many Yeast proteins Map to Downstream Start Codons. Wesleyan Biophysics Retreat.

Mace, Kevi (MA 08). 2008. Adaptive plasticity in the use of plant secondary chemicals: A woolly bear caterpillar self-medicates. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.  With Professor Michael Singer.

Mason, Peri (PhD Student). 2010. Abundance trumps quality: Bi-trophic performance and parasitism risk fail to predict host use in the fall webworm. Society for the Study of Evolution Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. With Professor Michael Singer, Stephen Wilkes and John T. Lill.

McMichael, Collin (MA 10). 2010. Host-plant mediated effects on three larval lepidopteran immune systems. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. With Professor Michael Singer.

Miller, Kate (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. March 2010. Bat activity and the aquatic community in two Connecticut rivers. Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources. Oral presentation.

Miller, Kate (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. August 2010. Bat activity and the aquatic community. Ecological Society of America, Annual Conference, Aquatic Ecology: Streams and Rivers Section. Oral presentation.

Tipton, Michelle (PhD student). 2010. The Effects of Drought on Marcroinvertebrates and Fish in Connecticut Streams. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists.

Tipton, Michelle (PhD student), Phoebe Stonebraker, Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Barry Chernoff. 2010. Phylogeography of the Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus, in the Connecticut and Adjacent River Basins. 2010. Speed Presentation & Poster at the Southern New England Chapter American Fisheries Society, Winter Meeting.

Tipton, Michelle (PhD student). 2010. Phylogeography of the Blacknose Dace, and complications with Rhinichthys obtusus. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Tipton, Michelle (PhD student), Doug Carlson and Barry Chernoff. 2010. Eastern and Western Blacknose Dace Genetic Differences in New York Streams. New York Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting.

Wiedenbeck, Jane, M Wu, and F Cohan. 2010. Genomic heterogeneity among extremely close relatives of Bacillus; POSTER: International Society of Microbial Ecology, Seattle, WA, (August, 2010)

Kopac, Sarah (PhD student), Wiedenbeck, Jane (MA), A Dombroski, and F Cohan. 2010. Bacillus speciation in the rhizosphere; POSTER: Microbial Pathogenesis Retreat, Dartmouth University. (February, 2010).

Wiedenbeck, Jane (MA), V Neino, S Allison, and A Martiny. 2010. Enzyme Activity in Coastal Marine Waters: response to temperature and metal ion availability; POSTER: American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Conference, Portland, OR, (February, 2010)


Tipton, Michelle (PhD student), Phoebe Stonebraker, Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Barry Chernoff. 2009. Phylogeography of the Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus, in the Connecticut and Adjacent River Basins. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Miller, Kate (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. August 2009. Environmental conditions influencing the strucure and interactions of biological communities in CT streams. Ecological Society of America, Annual Conference. Riparian and Floodplain Habitats section. Poster.

McDonald, Kate and John Kirn. 2009. Anatomical correlates of adult song plasticity in the zebra finch. Poster. Society for Neuroscience.

Mason, Peri (PhD Student). 2009. Geographic mosaic in host-plant use: Regional variability in host preference and tri-trophic performance of the fall webworm. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. With Professor Michael Singer, Stephen Wilkes and John T. Lill.

Windner Stefanie, Steinbacher P, Sänger AM, Stoiber W. May 28-June 2, 2009. Teleost ventral body wall formation combines myogenic cell migration and direct myotomal extension. Making Muscle in the Embryo and Adult, Columbia University, NY.

Farkas, Tim (MA 09). 2009. Influence of host plant species identity on herbivore-parasitoid interactions: Disentangling trait-mediated from density-mediated effects. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM. With Professor Michael Singer.

Miller, Kate (PhD Student), Michelle Tipton (PhD Student) and Barry Chernoff. March 2009. The effect of dam removal on BMI and fish communities. Northeast Association of Environmental Biologists Annual Conference. Poster.

Miller, Kate (PhD student), Michelle Tipton (PhD student) and Barry Chernoff. 2009. The Effects of Dam Removal on BMI and Fish Communities. 33rd Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists.


Mason, Peri (PhD student). 2008. Ecological determinants of polyphagy by an insect herbivore (Hyphantria cunea, Arctiidae). Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. With Professor Michael Singer.

Farkas, Tim (MA 09). 2008. Top-down impacts on insect herbivores: Bird and spider predation on temperate forest caterpillars. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. With Professor Michael Singer.


Liu, Jiang (PhD student), Keily, Owen, Wes Fuhrman, John Kirn. 2007. The young and the restless: Preferential induction of gene expression by singing in adult-formed neurons added to a pre-motor vocal control region. Society for Neuroscience.

Classes and Travel

Mason, Peri (PhD student). 2010. Student in the Organization for Tropical Studies Graduate Specialty Course, Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions in the Tropics. La Selva Biological Station.

Tulenko, Frank (PhD student). 2009.MBL Class: Student in "Embryology: Concepts and Techniques in Modern Developmental Biology" at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Wood's Hole, MA.


Meghan Van Zandt PhD., postdoctoral fellow, Pittenger Lab, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Jyoti Gupta, PhD., Postdoctoral fellow, Higley Lab, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Pavrithra Vivekanand (Weir Lab) is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Susquehanna University (appointed 2016).

Frank Stellabotte. Associate Professor, MxCC

Michael Barresi. Professor, Smith College

Lisa D'Angelo. Teacher, Hopkins School

Stefanie Windner. Postdoc, Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center

Sarah Patterson. Manager, Clinical Analytics and Curation at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

X. Feng. Research Fellow, Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation, NIAMS

Claire Fournier (Weir Lab) is now a faculty member at Trinity College (appointed 2014).

Rob Clark (Singer Lab) defended his PhD thesis in December 2016 and received his degree in May 2017. He begins his postdoc in the Entomology Department at Washington State University, on July 1, 2017.

Mattheau Comerford (Singer Lab) defended his MA thesis in August 2016 and received his degree in May 2017. Matt is now in a PhD program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University.

Josephine Ho (MA 2017, Coolon Lab) secured a position as a research assistant in the lab of Diana Hargreaves at the Salk Institute

Christina Feiler (Masters, 2013, Johnson Lab & University of Regensburg) completed her PhD at Tubingen University and began her postdoc at the Technical University of Munich.

Jacob Herman (Sultan Lab) is a Dropkin Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, working in Joy Bergelson's host-pathogen evolution research group. His was awarded a 4-year competitive postdoc fellowship for his work. Jacob completed his PhD in May 2016.


The 12th edition of the Developmental Biology textbook Dev Dyn. 2019 Aug 6. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.95., coauthored by Michael Barresi (PhD 2001, Devoto Lab) and Scott Gilbert (Wes B.A., 1971).