Journal Articles Co-Authored by Students and Recent Alumni

* denotes Middlebury student co-author


Merchant, A.T.* and G. Spatafora. 2014. A role for the DtxR family of metalloregulators in gram positive pathogenesis.  Mol. Oral Microbiol. 29:1-10. Invited review

Leanne M. Shulman*, Mark D. Spritzer 2014. Changes in sexual behavior and testosterone levels of males rats in response to daily interactions with estrus females. Physiology and Behavior 133: 8-13.

Qiao, H., Prasada Rao, H. B. D., Yang, Y., Fong, J. H., Cloutier, J. M.*, Deacon, D. C.*, Nagel, K. E.*, Swartz, R.K.*, Strong, E., Holloway, J.K., Cohen, P.E., Schimenti, J., Ward, J., and Hunter, N.(2014). Antagonistic roles of ubiquitin ligase HEI10 and SUMO ligase RNF212 regulate meiotic recombination. Nat Genet, 2014 Jan 5. doi:10.1038/ng.2858


Downey, J., E. Ayala, D. Senadheera*, W. Hendrickson*, L. McCall*, J. Sweet, D. Cvitkovitch, S. Goodman, and G. Spatafora. 2013. In vitro manganese-dependent cross-talk between Streptocococus mutans VicK and GcrR: implications for overlapping stress response pathways. PLoSOne (submitted).  

Mark D. Spritzer, Elliott C. Fox*, Gregory D. Larsen*, Christopher G. Batson*, Benjamin A. Wagner*, and Jack Maher*. 2013. Testosterone influences spatial strategy preferences among adult male rats. Hormones and Behavior. 63: 800-812.

*Haswell, J.R., B.W. Pruitt*, L.P. Cornacchione*, C.L. Coe*, E.G. Smith*, and G.A. Spatafora.  2013.  Characterization of the functional domains of the SloR metalloregulatory protein in Streptococcus mutans.  J. Bacteriology, 195:126-134.

Hennet*, M.L., Yu*, H.Y., and Combelles, C.M.H.  2013.  Follicular fluid hydrogen peroxide and lipid hydroperoxide in bovine antral follicles of various size, atresia, and dominance status. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, 30, 333-340

Schimenti, K. J., Feuer, S. K*., Griffin, L. B*., Graham, N. R., Bovet, C. A*., Hartford, S., Pendola, J., Lessard C, Schimenti JC, Ward JO (2013). AKAP9 is essential for spermatogenesis and sertoli cell maturation in mice. Genetics,194(2), 447-57. 2013 Jun.


Al-Abdulrazzak, D.*, and S.C. Trombulak. 2012.  Classifying levels of protection in marine protected areas.  Marine Policy 36: 576-582.

Chester, C.C., J.A. Hilty*, and S.C. Trombulak. 2012. Climate change science, impacts, and opportunities. In Climate and Conservation: Landscape and seascape science, planning, and action (J.A. Hilty, C.C. Chester, and M.S. Cross, eds.).  Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Combelles, C.M.H., Holick*, E.A., and Racowsky, C.  2012.  Release of superoxide dismutase-1 by day 3 embryos of varying quality and implantation potential.  Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics 29, 305-311. 
Combelles, C.M.H. and Hennet*, M.L. 2012. Media composition: antioxidants/chelators and   cellular function. In Embryo Culture: Advances, Controversies, and Future Considerations. Methods in Molecular Biology. Editors: Smith, G.D., Swain, J.E., and Pool, T.B.  912, 129-159.
Combelles, C.M.H. and Chateau*, G. 2012. The use of immature oocytes in the fertility preservation for cancer patients: current promises and challenges. International Journal of Developmental Biology. Special issue on Female Germ Cells in Development and Cancer, Editors: Garagna, S., Redi, C.A., and Zuccotti, M.  In Press

Combelles, C.M.H. and Hennet*, M.L. 2012. Oxidative stress in assisted reproductive technologies.  In Studies on Women’s Health: Oxidative Stress in Applied Basic Research and Clinical Practice. Editors: Agarwal, A., Rizk, B, and Aziz, N. Humana Press, Springer Science and Business Media.

Feuer, S.K.*, L. Camarano and P.F. Rinaudo.  ART and health: clinical outcomes and insights on molecular mechanisms from rodent studies. Molecular Human Reproduction, 10.1093/molehr/gas066 

Feuer, S.K.* and P. Rinaudo. 2012 Preimplantation Stress and Development.  Birth Defects Research (Part C) 96:299–314 (2012)

Hennet*, M.L. and Combelles, C.M.H. 2012. The antral follicle: a microenvironment for oocyte differentiation.  International Journal of Developmental Biology. Special issue on Female Germ Cells in Development and Cancer, Editors: Garagna, S., Redi, C.A., and Zuccotti, M. In Press


Gupta, S., Choi, A., Yu*, H., Czerniak*, S.M., Holick*, E.A., Paolella*, L.J., Agarwal, A., and Combelles, C.M.H. 2011. Fluctuations in total antioxidant capacity, catalase activity and hydrogen peroxide levels of follicular fluid during bovine folliculogenesis. Reproduction, Fertility, and Development 23, 673-680. 

Smith, E.G. and G. Spatafora. 2011. Gene Regulation in Streptococcus mutans: Complex Control in a Complex Environment. J. Dent. Res. (featured as a Critical Review in Oral Biology and Medicine) 91(2):133-141.

Spritzer, M.D., E. Ibler*, W. Inglis*, and M.G. Curtis*. 2011. Testosterone and social isolation influence adult neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of male rats. Neuroscience, 195: 180-190.

Spritzer, M.D., E.D. Daviau*, M.K. Coneeny*, S.M. Engelman*, W.T. Prince*, K.N. Rodriguez-Wisdom*. 2011. Effects of testosterone on spatial learning and memory in adult male rats. Hormones and Behavior, 59: 484-496.

Strimaitis, A. M. * and S. P. Sheldon. 2011. A Comparison of macroinvertebrate and epiphyte density and diversity on native and exotic complex macrophytes in three Vermont lakes.  Northeastern Naturalist 18:149-160. 2011.


Combelles, C. M., Holick*, E. A., Paolella*, L. J., Walker*, D. C., Wu*, Q., 2010. Profiling of superoxide dismutase isoenzymes in compartments of the developing bovine antral follicles. Reproduction. 139, 871-81.

Combelles, C.M.H., Morozumi, K., Yanagimachi, R., Zhu, L., Fox, J.H., and Racowsky C.  2010. Diagnosing cellular defects in an unexplained case of total fertilization failure. Human Reproduction 25, 1666-1671.

Deacon DC*, Nevis KR, Cashman TJ, Zhou Y, Zhao L, Washko D, Guner-Ataman B, Burns CG, Burns CE.  2010.  The miR-143-adducin3 pathway is essential for cardiac chamber morphogenesis.  Development. 2010 Jun;137(11):1887-96

Levine, R.B.*, M.S. Constanza-Robinson and G. Spatafora. 2010.  Neochloris oleoabundans grown on anaerobically digested dairy manure for concomitant nutrient removal and biodiesel feedstock production. 2011.  Biomass and Bioenergy 35:40-49 (doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.08.035).

O'Rourke, K.P*., J.D. Shaw*, M.W. Pesesky*, B.T. Cook*, S.M. Roberts*, J.P. Bond and G.A. Spatafora. 2010.  Genome-wide characterization of the SloR metalloregulome in Streptococcus mutans.  J. Bacteriol. 192:1433-1443.

Yosef, R., and *A. Wineman. 2010. Differential stopover of blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) by sex and age at Eilat, Israel.  Journal of Arid Environments 74: 360-367.  (Based on senior thesis in 2004 with thesis advisor Professor Stephen Trombulak.)


McCalley, Carmody K.* and Jed P. Sparks. 2009. Abiotic Gas Formation Drives Nitrogen Loss from a Desert Ecosystem.  Science. Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 837 - 840

K. Dziedzic, J. Heaphy*, H. Prescott*, J. Kavaler. 2009. The transcription factor D-Pax2 regulates crystallin production during eye development in Drosophila melanogaster. Developmental Dynamics 238:10 2530-2539.

Richmond, L.*, and S.C Trombulak.  2009.  Distribution of red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus) with respect to cover-object characteristics in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Northeastern Naturalist 16: 13-26.


*Dunning, D.W., *L.W. McCall, *W.F. Powell, *W. T. Arscott, *E. M. McConocha, S. D. Goodman, and G. Spatafora. 2008. SloR modulatioin of the Streptococcus mutans acid tolerance response involves the GcrR response regulator as an essential intermediary. Microbiology 154:1132-43.


Lloyd, A.H., C.L. Fastie, and H. Eisen*.  2007.  Fire and substrate interact to control the northern range limit of black spruce (Picea mariana) in Alaska. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  37:2480-2493.

Ward JO, Reinholdt LG, Motley WW*, Niswander LM*, Deacon DC*, Griffin LB* et al. (2007) Mutation in Mouse Hei10, an E3 Ubiquitin Ligase, Disrupts Meiotic Crossing Over. PLoS Genet 3(8): e139 doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.0030139

Kim S, Namekawa SH, Niswander LM*, Ward JO, Lee JT, et al. (2007) A mammal-specific Doublesex homolog associates with male sex chromatin and is required for male meiosis. PLoS Genet 3(4): e62. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.0030062

Senadheera, M.D*, A.W.C. Lee, D.C.I. Huang, G. Spatafora, S.D. Goodman, and D.G. Cvitkovitch.  2007.  The Streptococcus mutans vicX gene product modulates gtfB/C expression, biofilm formation, genetic competence and oxidative stress tolerance.  J. Bacteriol. 189:1451-58.

Young, H.J., D.W. Dunning*, K.W. von Hasseln*. 2007. "Foraging behavior affects pollen removal and deposition in Impatiens capensis (Balsaminacaeae)." American Journal of Botany 94(7): 1267-1271.


*Rolerson, E., *A. Swick, *L. Newlon, *C. Palmer, *Y. Pan, *B. Keeshan and G. Spatafora.  The SloR/Dlg Metalloregulator Modulates Streptococcus mutans Virulence Gene Expression.  J. Bacteriol. July, 2006, No.14


Lloyd, A.H., *A.E. Wilson, C. L. Fastie, R. M. Landis. 2005. "Population dynamics of black and white spruce in the southern Brooks Range, Alaska." Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35 (9): 2073-2081.

M. Dilani Senadheera*, B. Guggenheim, G. Spatafora, Y.-C. C. Huang, J. Choi, D. Hung, J. Treglown, S. Goodman, R. Ellen and D. Cvitkovitch.  2005.  A VickRK Signal Transduction System in Streptococcus mutans Affects gtfBCD, gbpD, and ftf Expression, Biofilm Formation, and Genetic Competence Development.  J. Bacteriol. 187:4064-4076.


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