Fall 2014 Newsletter | Biology | Marquette University




Dr. Anita ManogaranDr. Anita Manogaran came to Marquette in 2011 as full time teaching faculty.  In addition to teaching full time, she mentored several undergraduate students in the laboratory on her research of Fungal prions, and served on the undergraduate committee in the department.  This year,Dr. Manogaran was awarded a research grant through the National Institutes of Health and was hired on as a tenure track assistant professor.  She is currently mentoring first year graduate students in her lab and teaches one section of the large freshman general biology course in the fall.

Dr. Rosemary Stuart has a new position as the College of Arts and Sciences’ Associate Dean for Planning. Dr. Stuart’s duties as Associate Dean include providing administrative support on all matters pertaining to college-wide strategic planning such as undergraduate enrollment planning and management, interdisciplinary program development, summer school, strategic planning, and allocation of departmental office and laboratory space. With this new position, Dr. Stuart is really enjoying gaining a new perspective on University operations. Dr. Stuart is continuing to lead her research lab studying mitochondrial biogenesis and function in the Biological Sciences Department.



The National Science Foundation has funded Dr. Edward Blumenthal’s grant for “Regulation of epithelial barrier formation in Drosophila”. Epithelial barriers are structures in insects, such as the eggshell and the exoskeleton, that literally form the boundary between the insect and its environment.  Even though these barriers differ from one another, the Blumenthal lab has discovered a gene in the fruit fly that is required for the proper development of all such barriers.  This three-year grant will allow the lab to better understand the genetic and biochemical pathways that underlie barrier formation and stabilization.  In addition to advancing our understanding of insect biology, this work could lead to novel strategies for the control of insect pests or insect-borne diseases.





Dr. Michael Schläppi has been invited to serve as a guest editor for “Frontiers in Plant Physiology”. Frontiers is an open access journal, and has invited Schläppi to host a “Research Topic”. In all he will be editing 3-5 manuscripts, and the first of which was published in August.


Cassie Nelson and Robert Fitts, Effects of low cell pH and elevated inorganic phosphate on the pCa-force relationship in single muscle fibers at near-physiological temperatures. American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology. Vol 306, Issue 7, C670-678, April 2014.


Anthony Kappell, Wei, Y., Newton, R., Van Nostrand, J., Zhou, J., McLellan, S., Krassimira Hristova,  The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation potential of the Gulf of Mexico coastal microbial communities after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Frontiers in Microbiology. Volume 5, article 205. May 2014.


Rachel Morris, Schauer-Gimenez, A. E., Bhattad, U., Kearney, C., Struble, C. A., Zitomer, D., James Maki (2014). Methyl coenzyme M reductase (mcrA) gene abundance correlates with activity measurements of methanogenic H2/CO2 enriched anaerobic biomass. Microbial Biotechnology, 7 (1), 77-84. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1751-7915.


Pablo Cabrero, Selim Terhzaz, Michael F. Romero, Shireen A. Davies, Edward M. Blumenthal, and Julian A. T. Dow.  (2014) Chloride channels in stellate cells are essential for uniquely high secretion rates in neuropeptide-stimulated Drosophila diuresis Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111 (39) 14301-14306

Smooth Muscle-Protein Translocation and Tissue Function. Thomas J Eddinger. The Anatomical Record. 297:1734-1746, 2014.


Tiezheng Li, Simonds, L., Kovrigin, E. L., K. Dale Noel (2014). In Vitro Biosynthesis and Chemical Identification of UDP-N-acetyl-d-quinovosamine (UDP-d-QuiNAc). Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289, 18110-18120.


Adam Lietzan, Yi Lin, Martin St. Maurice, The role of biotin and oxamate in the carboxyl transferase reaction of pyruvate carboxylase. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 562C: 70-79. doi: 10.1016/j.abb.2014.08.008.


Adam Lietzan, Martin St. Maurice (2014). Functionally diverse biotin-dependent enzymes with oxaloacetate decarboxylase activity. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 544, 75-86. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.abb.2013.10.014


Xiaoyan Zhu, Yi Liu, Priyanka Sivadas, Anjali Gupta, Pinfen Yang. In Wallace Marshall (Ed.). Chapter 2: Molecular Tools for studying the radial spoke. Methods in Enzymology (vol. 524, pp. Chapter 2, 19 pages): Methods in Enzymology/Elsevier.


Pinfen Yang. Targeted NGS gene panel identifies mutations in RSPH1 causing primary ciliary dyskinesia and a common mechanism for ciliary central pair agenesis due to radial spoke defects. Human Molecular Genetics, vol 23, Issue 13, p3363-3374.  Published July 2014




Dr. Edward Blumenthal was an invited speaker at the 2014 American Physiology Society Intersociety Meeting: Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology in San Diego, CA. He presented on the “Regulation of ion transport by tyramine in the Drosophila Malpighian tubule: identification of multiple tyramine receptors”.


Dr. Michael Schlappi presented at two back-to-back conferences this summer with two different posters. At the Gordon Research Conference on Plant Molecular Biology in Holderness, NH, he presented, "Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of cold stress tolerance in rice". Dr. Schlappi then presented, "Germinability as a "reader" of heterologous gene effects in response to abiotic stress" at the 25th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research in Vancouver, Canada.




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