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Department of Biology at Illinois State University
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Dr. Erik Larson

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
  • Mechanisms of genome instability
  • Post-Doc Biochemistry and Immunology - 2007
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Seattle, WA
  • Ph D Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology / Molecular Biology, Biochemistry - 2001
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Bloomington Indiana
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: The response of human mismatch repair in vitro to DNA interacting and modifying agents
  • MS Molecular Evolution/Ecology - 1997
  • University of North Dakota
  • Grand Forks, ND
  • BS Molecular Biology - 1994
  • University of Oregon
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Williams, J. Berroyer, A. Fleetwood, S. Kim, N. Larson, E. (2015). Sites of instability in the human TCF3 (E2A) gene adopt G-quadruplex DNA structures in vitro, Frontiers in Genetics. ( 6:177 )

  • Samarajeewa, D. Sauls, P. Sharp, K. Smith, Z. Xiao, H. Groskreutz, K. Malone, T. Boone, E. Edwards, K. Shiu, P. Larson, E. Hammond, T. (2014). Efficient Detection of Unpaired DNA Requires a Member of the Rad54-Like Family of Homologous Recombination Proteins, Genetics. Vol. 198 pp. 895-904

  • Samarajeewa, D. A., P. A. Sauls, K. J. Sharp, Z. J. Smith, H. Xiao, K. Groskreutz, T. L. Malone, E. C. Boone, K. A. Edwards, P. K. T. Shiu, E. D. Larson, and T. M. Hammond (2014) “Efficient detection of unpaired DNA requires a member of the Rad54-Like Family of homologous recombination proteins” Genetics 198:895-904 PMID:25146971

  • Filshtein TJ, Mackenzie CO, Dale MD, Dela-Cruz PS, Ernst DM, Frankenberger EA, He C, Heath KL, Jones AS, Jones DK, King ER, Maher MB, Mitchell TJ, Morgan RR, Sirobhushanam S, Halkyard SD, Tiwari KB, Rubin DA, Borchert GM and Larson ED. 2012. OrbId: Origin-based Identification of MicroRNA Targets. Mobile Genetic Elements. 2(3):1-9.
  • Ehrat, E. Johnson, B. Borchert, G. Williams, J. Larson, E. (2012). G quadruplex recognition activities of E. coli MutS, BMC Molecular Biology. ( 2:23 )

  • Filshtein, T. Mackenzie, C. Dale, M. Dela-Cruz, P. Ernst, M. Frankenberger, E. He, C. K, H. Jones, D. Jones, A. King, E. Maher, M. Mitchell, T. Morgan, R. Sirobhushanam, S. Halkyard, S. Tiwari, K. Borchert, G. Rubin, D. Larson, E. (2012). Orbid: Origin-based identification of microRNA targets, Mobile Genetic Elements. Vol. 2 ( 4 ) pp. 184-92

  • Borchert, G. Holton, N. Larson, E. (2011). Repression of human Activation Induced cytidine Deaminase by miR-93 and miR-155, BMC Cancer. Vol. 11 pp. 347

  • Borchert, G. Holton, N. Williams, J. Bishop, I. Dembosky, J. Elste, J. Gregoire, N. Hernan, W. Kim, J. Koehler, W. Lengerich, J. Medema, A. Nguyen, M. Ower, G. Rarick, M. Strong, B. Tardi, N. Tasker, N. Wozniak, D. Gatto, C. Larson, E. (2011). Comprehensive Analysis of MicroRNA Genomic Loci Identifies Pervasive Repetitive-Element Orgins, Mob. Gen. Elements . Vol. 1 ( 1 )

  • Chair, American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • American Cancer Society, Mclean County
  • 2012
  • University Research Initiative Award
  • ISU
  • 2010