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Cell Biology
Genetics and Genomics
Structural Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Professional Science Master’s

Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
University of Connecticut
91 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3125
Storrs, CT  06269-3125
P:  860-486-4329
F:  860-486-4331

Recent Publications

Dick AA, Harlow TJ, Gogarten JP (2017) Short branches lead to systematic artifacts when BLAST searches are used as surrogate for phylogenetic reconstruction. Mol Phylogenet 107:338-344. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.11.016. [Epub ahead of print]

Omer S, Harlow TJ, GogartenJP (2017) Does Sequence Conservation Provide Evidence for Biological Function? Trends in Microbiology 25(1):11-18, doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2016.09.010

Gogarten JP , Deamer D (2016) Is LUCA a thermophilic progenote? Nature Microbiology 1, 16229; doi: 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.229

Albert A, Alexander D, Boesze-Battaglia K (2016). Cholesterol in the rod outer segment: A complex role in a “simple” system. Chem Phys Lipids 2016 Sep;199:94-105. doi: 10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2016.04.008.

Kopac SM and Klassen JL (2016) Can They Make It on Their Own? Hosts, Microbes, and the Holobiont Niche. Front. Microbiol. 7:1647. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01647.

Samantha M. Gromek, Anne A. Sung, Jonathan L. Klassen, Marcy J. Balunas (2016). Draft Genome Sequence of Streptomyces sp. Strain PTY087I2, Isolated from Styela canopus, a Panamanian Tunicate. Genome Announc. September/October 2016 vol. 4 no. 5 e00856-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00856-16.

Gromek SM, Suria AM, Fullmer MS, Garcia JL, Gogarten JP, Nyholm SV and Balunas MJ (2016) Leisingera sp. JC1, a Bacterial Isolate from Hawaiian Bobtail Squid Eggs, Produces Indigoidine and Differentially Inhibits Vibrios. Front. Microbiol. 7:1342. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01342.

Raja Dey,Yan Xia, Mu-Ping Nieh, and Peter Burkhard. (2016) Molecular Design of a Minimal Peptide Nanoparticle. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering DOI:10.1021/acsbiomaterials.6b00243.

Ram-Mohan, N., Oren, A., and Papke, R.T. (2016) Analysis of the bacteriorhodopsin-producing haloarchaea reveals a core community that is stable over time in the salt crystallizer pond in Eilat, Israel. Extremophiles DOI: 10.1007/s00792-016-0864-4.

Benjamino J, Graf J. 2016. Characterization of the Core and Caste-Specific Microbiota in the Termite, Reticulitermes flavipes. Front Microbiol 7:171 (PMC4756164).

Crapser J, Ritzel R, Verma R, Venna VR, Liu F, Chauhan A, Koellhoffer E, Patel A, Ricker A, Maas K, Graf J, McCullough LD. 2016. Ischemic stroke induces gut permeability and enhances bacterial translocation leading to sepsis in aged mice. Aging (Albany NY) 8(5):1049-63 (PMC4931853).

Cong X, Xu W, Janton S, Henderson WA, Matson A, McGrath JM, Maas K, Graf J. 2016. Gut Microbiome Developmental Patterns in Early Life of Preterm Infants: Impacts of Feeding and Gender. PLoS ONE 11(4):e0152751 (PMC4844123).

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  • Dr. Benson named AAAS Fellow Dr. Benson named AAAS Fellow
    Four UConn professors, including three from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one from UConn Health, were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this week.

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