With D. Arizanovska and J. King. “Syndecan affects odor response as well as learning and memory in Drosophila melanogaster.” American Journal of Undergraduate Research 15(1): 23-32, 2018.
With M. Nguyen, J., Kwong, J. Chang, V.G. Gillet, R.M. Lee. “The Extracellular and Cytoplasmic domains of Syndecan cooperate postsynaptically to promote synapse growth at the Drosophilaneuromuscular junction.” PLOS One 11(3):e0151621, 2016.
With E. Özkan, R.A. Carrillo, C.L. Eastman, R. Weiszmann, D. Waghray, K. Zinn, S.E. Celniker, K.C. Garcia. “An Extracellular Interactome of Immunoglobulin and LRR Proteins Reveals Receptor-Ligand Networks.” Cell 154(1):228-239, 2013.
With I. Vilinsky. “Electroretinograms in Drosophila: A robust and genetically accessible electrophysiological system for the undergraduate laboratory.” Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 11(1); A149-157, . 2012.
With A.D. Smart, M.M. Course, J. Rawson, S. Selleck, D. Van Vactor. Heparan sulfate proteoglycan specificity during axon pathway formation in the Drosophila embryo. Developmental Neurobiology 71(7):608-618, 2011
With A.P. Wright, A.N. Fox, and K. Zinn. "Systematic screening of Drosophila deficiency mutations for embryonic phenotypes and orphan receptor ligands. PLoS ONE 5(8): e12288, 2010
With E. Stryker ('07), "LAR, liprin-alpha and the regulation of active zone morphogenesis, " Journal of Cell Science, 120: 3723-3728, 2007
With A.P. Tenney, A. Duckworth, K. Parfitt, O. Marcu, T. Heslip, J. L. Marsh, J.G. Flanagan and D. Van Vactor, "The HSPGs Syndecan and Dallylike bind the receptor phosphatase LAR and exert opposing effects on synapse growth," Neuron, 49(4): 517-531, 2006
With D. Van Vactor and D.P. Wahl, "Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans and the emergence of neuronal connectivity, " Curr. Op. Neurobiology, 16(1): 40-51, 2006
With J.M. Rawson, B. Dimitroff, X. Ge, D. Van Vactor and S. B. Selleck, "The heparan sulfate proteoglycans Dallylike and Syndecan have distinct functions in axon guidance and visual system assembly in Drosophila," Current Biology, Vol. 15:833-838, May 10, 2005
With A. Ghose, E. Epstein, J. Lincecum, M. B. O'Connor and D. Van Vactor, "Axonal heparan sulfate proteoglycans regulate the distribution and efficiency of the repellent Slit during midline axon guidance," Current Biology, 14:499-504, 2004
Awards & Honors
Awards & Honors
National Science Foundation, Research at Undergraduate Institutions. Division of Integrative Organismal Systems – Neural Systems Cluster. “Investigating the mechanisms of Syndecan function during nervous system development” $519,925 9/2009-8/2013
National Institutes of Health, Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA), three-year $216,556 grant for the project "Characterizing the function of Syndecan during CNS [central nervous system] development," 2008 (Declined)
Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008 & 2014
National Science Foundation and Davidson College, $10,000 SOMAS grant, designed to support the research of new neuroscience faculty and their students at predominantly undergraduate institutions, 2008
Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002-2005
Cambridge Overseas Research Studentship, 1997-2000
Phi Beta Kappa, member, 1995-present