College of Arts & Sciences

Biology Program

Publications & Presentations

 Papers and Published Abstracts:
(* denotes undergraduate co-author, ** denotes MS student co-author)

*Basciano, P.A., *Deacon, S., Sellers, J.R., and C. King Smith.  1999. Actin-dependent pigment granule motility and retrograde movement of surface-attached microspheres in isolated retinal pigment epithelial cells.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 10 (Suppl):138a.

*Basciano, P.A. and C. King-Smith.  2002.  Actin-dependent, retrograde motilty of surface-attached beads and aggregating pigment granules in dissociated teleost retinal pigment epithelial cells.  Pigment Cell Research 15:162-173.

*Burgos, J.M., *McBride, J.D., and J. Watrous.  2002. The Dynamical Changes in the Heart during and post Menses in College-Aged Women.16th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

*Casta, Lou, *Alessandro Oliveto and Paul M. Tefft. 1998. Effects of Gibberellin on the Development of the Soybean Cyst Nematode. Proceedings of the Eleventh National Conference on Undergraduate Research. 4: 1212-1216.

*Casta, Louis, *William Anderson, *Colby Shirk and Paul Tefft 1999. Abstract.  Influence of Gibberellin on Reproduction and Hatching of the Soybean Cyst Nematode. Journal of Nematology 31: 525

*Cottone,  N. and G.J Ettl. 1998. Growth response of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) across a precipitation and elevation gradient in the Olympic Mountains, WA. Proceedings for The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research 5: 1766-1770.

**Fischer, J., *K. Dougherty, M. McCann and K. Snetselaar. 1999. The roles of specific amino acids in cell-cell signaling and recognition during mating of Ustilago maydis. Mol. Biol. Cell 10:48a.

*Good, L. 2000. “Establishment of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) along an elevation gradient at Ramsey Peak, North Cascade Mountains, WA.” [CD-ROM] Proceedings for the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, Asheville, 2000. pp.1-5

*Hammond, M.A. 2000. “Growth reductions in eastern white pines (Pinus strobus) from climbing invasive woody vines in Ridley Creek State Park, PA.” [CD-ROM] Proceedings for The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, Asheville, 2000, pp. 1-10.

*Jennings,  D., P. Volpe and J.J. Tudor. 1998 Characterization and Complementation of Temperature-Sensitive Mutants of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109J. Abst. Ann. Meeting Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Atlanta,  GA., p.321.

*Jennings, D. and J. Tudor. 1998.  Construction of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus genomic library and successful conjugation between E. coli and prey-dependent bdellovibrios. Proc. NCUR 98: 1207-1211.

King-Smith, C., P. Basciano*, N. Pham*.  1998. Effect of the actin stabilizing drug, jasplakinolide, on pigment granule motility in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of green sunfish, Lepomis cyanellus. Pigment Cell Research 14: 14-22.

King-Smith, C., *N.B. Pham and *P. Basciano.  1998.  Motility of pigment granules in isolated retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells in response to the actin-stabilizing drug, jasplakinolide. Molecular Biology of the Cell 9 (Suppl):406a.

King-Smith, C. and *N.B. Pham.  1997.  Stabilization of F-actin by jasplakinolide inhibits pigment granule aggregation but not dispersion in isolated retinal pigment epithelial cells of teleosts.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 8 (Suppl):172a

*McElwee, K. and C. King-Smith.  2001.  Affects of micromanipulation and microsurgery on pigment granule movement within projections of isolated retinal pigment epithelial cells.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 12 (Suppl):  165a-166a.

*McNeil, E.L., *Klinger, C.A., *Stewart, B.L., Sellers, J.R., and C. King-Smith.  2001.  Pigment granules from fish retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells undergo plus-end directed motility in assays using the Characean alga, Nitella axillaris.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 12 (Suppl): 165a.

*McNeil, E.L, *Tacelosky, D., *Basciano, P., *Biallas, B., *Williams, R., *Damiani, P., *Deacon, S., * Fox, C.,  *Stewart, B., *Petruzzi, N., *Osborn, C.,  *Klinger, K., Sellers, J. R.,  and King Smith, C..  2004.  Actin-dependent motility of melanosomes from fish retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells investigated using in vitro motility assays.  Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton  58:71-82.

*McKnight, M., *Toman, S., *Trittenbach, D., and McRobert, S.P. 2001. The effect of shoal size on shoaling behavior in mosquitofish. Proceedings of the National Council on Undergraduate Research XV. in press.

McRobert, S.P., *Adams, C.R., *Wuttke, M., *Frank, J. and *Jackson, L.L. 1997. A comparison of postcopulatory behavior in Drosphila melanogastor and Drosphila biarmipes. Journal of Insect Behavior 10: 761-770.

McRobert, S.P. and *Bradner, J. 1998. The influence of body colouration on shoaling preferences in fish. Animal Behaviour 56: 611-615.

McRobert, S.P., Tompkins, L., *Barr, N.B., **Bradner, J., *Lucas, D., *Rattigan, D.M. & *Tannous, A.F. 2003. Mutations in raised Drosophila melanogaster affect experience-dependent aspects of sexual behavior in both sexes. Behavior Genetics, 33: 347-356.

*Mountis, M., *M. Ginty, *S. Livingston, and J. Watrous. 1997. The Influence of  Menstrual Cycle Phases on the Chaotic Behavior of Electrocardiograms in College-Age Women. Proceedings NCUR XI: 1257-1265

*Poupard, Renee and Paul M. Tefft. 1998.  Behavior of Heterodera glycines Larvae to Selected Ions.  Proceedings of the Eleventh National Conference on Undergraduate Research. 4:1190-1193.

*Rucker, E., *C. Carre, *J. Dougherty III, M. McCann and K. Snetselaar. 2001. Using auxotrophs of the corn smut fungus to identify nutrients obtained from the plant by the pathogen during infection.  In press, Proceedings National Conference On Undergraduate Research XV.

*Scognamiglio, T. and J.J. Tudor. 1997. Macrorestriction Patterns and Genome Sizes of Two Strains of Bdellovibrio. Proc. Natl. Conf. Undergrd. Res. 11:1384-1388.

Snetselaar, K.M., *Carfioli, M. A., and *Cordisco, K. M.  2001.  Pollination can protect maize ovaries from infection by Ustilago maydis, the corn smut fungus.  Canadian Journal of Botany 79:1390-1399.

Snetselaar, K., *J. Johnson, **Y. Xiong and M. McCann. 1998. Mating mutants of Ustilago maydis. Phytopathology 88: S132.

Snetselaar, K., S. Lee, *A. Nguyen, M. McCann. 2000. Using  microdensitometry and image analysis to study nuclear cycle events in a plant pathogenic fungus. Microsc. Microanal. 6: 686-687.

*Verosko, J., *M. Potts and J. Tudor. 1998. Identification and characterization of temperature-sensitive Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus mutants via attachment kinetics assays. Proc.NCUR 98: 1259-1262.

*Walmsley, D., M. McCann and K. Snetselaar. 2001. Using 2-D gel electrophoresis to identify proteins synthesized during mating in Ustilago maydis. In press, Proceedings National Conference on Undergraduate Research XV.

*Wells, J. and P. Tefft. 2001.  Effects of Hatching Inhibitors on Eggshell Permeability in the Soybean Cyst Nematode Proceedings of the Thirteenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research. In press.

Poster presentations:

1999 Basciano, P. and S. Deacon.   Immunolocalization of myosin VIIa in teleost retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells Thirteenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Rochester

1999 Basciano, P. and S. Deacon, ibid., Saint Joseph's University Tenth Annual Sigma Xi Research Symposium

1999 Basciano, P.A. (co authors Deacon, S, Sellers, J.R., and C. King Smith)
"Actin-dependent pigment granule motility and retrograde movement of surface-attached microspheres in isolated retinal pigment epithelial cells" presented at the Annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, Washington, DC.

2000 Basciano, P.A. ibid., Saint Joseph's University Eleventh Annual Sigma Xi Symposium

1999. Casta, Louis*, William Anderson*, Colby Shirk*, and Paul M. Tefft. Effects of Gibberellin on the Soybean Cyst Nematode. Presented at the National Soybean Cyst Nematode Conference. Orlando, FL.

1999 Cheney M. "Phagosome movement in the ciliated protozoan, Tetrahymena pyriformis.  Tenth Annual Sigma Xi Research Symposium

1999 Carey, T. and M. Cheney.  "Immunolocalization of tubulin in the ciliated protozoan, Tetrahymena pyriformis.  Saint Joseph's University Tenth Annual Sigma Xi Research Symposium

2004.*Davis, J., *M. Panichella, *A. Zwolak, and J. J. Tudor.  Isolation of predation-deficient mutants of Bdellovibrio.  Abst. Ann. Meeting Amer. Soc. Microbiol., New Orleans, LA. p.

2004. *Davis, J., *M. Panichella. Isolation of predation mutants of Bdellovibrio  bacteriovorus using transposon mutagenesis.  Proc. NCUR. 2004:210.

2003. *Fertala, J., and M. McCann.  Cloning and characterization of the MET2 gene from Ustialgo maydis. Joint meeting of Mycological Society of America and British Mycological Society. Asilomar, CA.

2003. *Fox, C., *Damiani, P., *Williams, R. and  King-Smith, C.  Usinsg SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting to test cross-reactivity of proteins important in pigment granule transport in retinal pigment epithelial cells of fish.  Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2003. *Gaweska, H., *A. Zwolak, J. Tudor. Sizing and Macrorestriction Mapping of the   Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109D Genome.  National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2000. *Good, L. and G.J. Ettl. Establishment of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) along an elevation gradient at Ramsey Peak, North Cascade Mountains, WA.  National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, April 27-29.

2003.  Grogan, E. D., R. Lund., and *N. Dierks.  Three Actinopterygians from the Bear Gulch Limestone (Namurian E2B, Serpukhovian) and the Relationships of the Platysomiformes. Annual meetings of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: St. Paul, Minn.

2000. *Hammond, M.A. and G.J. Ettl. Growth reductions in eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) from climbing invasive woody vines in Ridley Creek State Park, PA.  National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, April 27-29.

2004. *Hannon, E., DeGennaro, M.* and McRobert, S.P.. Analysis of aggressive behavior in the poison frogs Dendrobates auratus and Dendrobates azureus.15th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

2002. *Hiller, K. and G.J. Ettl.  Cone crop and seedling establishment of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) in the Pacific Northwest.  Sigma Xi Regional Symposia for Undergraduate Research, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

2000. Laino, J.A.*, Georgopanos, S.*, and J. Watrous. Dynamical analysis of changes in heart rate induced by body position and autonomic tone. The 11th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium., April 28, 2000

2003. Lucchi, John*, David O’gurek*, Pannaiah Merella** and Paul M. Tefft. Effect of Auxin on Egg Hatching in the Soybean Cyst Nematode. Annual Meeting of Society of Nematologists, Ithaca ,NY Cornell University.

2003. Lucchi, John*, David O’Gurek*, and Paul M. Tefft .  Effect of Auxin on Development in the Soybean Cyst nematode. Proceedings of the Fifteenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salt lake City Utah.

2001. *McElwee, K., and C. King-Smith.  Affects of micromanipulation and microsurgery on pigment granule movement within projections of isolated retinal pigment epithelial cells.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 12 (Suppl):  165a-166a.

2004. *Marchese, R., *J. McLaughlin, *L. Voisey, *L. Gorgol, M. McCann, and K. Snetselaar. Isolation of Ustilago maydis from soil. Meeting of the Mycological Society of America, Ashville, N.C

2001. *McNeil, E.L., *Klinger, C.A., *Stewart, B.L., Sellers, J.R., and C. King-Smith.  2001.  Pigment granules from fish retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells undergo plus-end directed motility in assays using the Characean alga, Nitella axillaris.  Molecular Biology of the Cell 12 (Suppl): 165a.

2004. Pham*, P.,  *A. Walsh, *A.Pekala and J. Watrous. Geometric Model of Voltage Oscillations in Barnacle Muscle Fiber Using SNNAP. Thomas Jefferson University Sigma Xi Student Research Day.

2000. *Pizza, A., *L. Good and G.J. Ettl. Establishment of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) along and elevation gradient in the North Cascade Mountains, WA. Sigma Xi Symposium for Undergraduate Research, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

2001. *Rogers, J. and G.J. Ettl. Climatic effects on the establishment of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir along an elevation gradient in central Washington. Sigma Xi Symposium for Undergraduate Research, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

1999. Shirk, Colby*, William Anderson* and Paul Tefft. Changes in hatching and permeability in eggs of the soybean cyst nematode. Proceedings of the Eleventh National Conference on Undergraduate Research.3: 588-593.1998.

2001. *Skalak, K., *Drnach, A. and G.J. Ettl. Dendroecological analysis of the decline of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) in the Greater North Cascades Ecosystem in Response to white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola).  Sigma Xi Symposium for Undergraduate Research, St. Joseph’s University. Philadelphia, PA.

1999. *Strano, D., *Hammond, M.A. and G.J. Ettl. Effects of invasive vines on growth rates of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) in Ridley Creek State Park, PA.  Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, March 27.

2003. *Tacelosky, D., and King-Smith, C. Observing Actin-dependent Motility of Melanosomes Isolated From Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells of Green Sunfish, Lepomis Cyanellus, in a Sliding Filament Assay. Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

2003. *Tudor, M. and McRobert, S.P. Behavioral plasticity in the shoaling behavior of Painted Tetras. Proceedings of the Seventeenth National Council on Undergraduate Research. 1-4.

2000. Wells, Justin* and Paul Tefft.  Lipid Utilization in the Soybean Cyst Nematode.  11th annual St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Student Research symposium.  Philadelphia, PA

2004. *Zwolak, A. and J. Tudor. Generation of a physical map of the prey-independent  Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109JA.  Proc. NCUR. 2004:202.