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Dr. Kevin Edwards

Associate Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 415.Sec 001 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BSC 203.Sec 001 Cell Biology
  • BSC 299.Sec 004 Independent Honor Study
  • BSC 499.Sec 022 Independent Research For The Masters Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 012 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 310.Sec 001 Senior Seminar In Molecular And Cellular Biology
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Drosophila molecular genetics; cell & developmental biology; biological microscopy.
  • Ph D Cell Biology - 1996
  • Duke University
  • Durham, NC
  • MS Molecular Biology - 1990
  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, CA
  • BS Biology (Genetics) - 1986
  • Oregon State University
  • Corvallis, OR
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Javeed N, Tardi NJ, Maher M, Singari S, Edwards KA. 2015. Controlled expression of Drosophila homeobox loci using the Hostile takeover system. Developmental Dynamics 244:808–825. [Cover article]
  • 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

  • Guarner A, Manjón C, Edwards K, Steller H, Suzanne M, Sánchez-Herrero E. 2014. The zinc finger homeodomain-2 gene of Drosophila controls Notch targets and regulates apoptosis in the tarsal segments. Developmental Biology 385:350-365. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.10.011
  • Singari S, Javeed N, Tardi NJ, Marada SK, Carlson JC, Kirk S, Thorn JM, Edwards KA. 2014. Inducible protein traps with dominant phenotypes for functional analysis of the Drosophila genome. Genetics 196:91-105. doi: 10.1534/genetics.113.157529 [featured in Jan. Issue Highlights]
  • Perea D, Molohon K*, Edwards K, Díaz-Benjumea FJ. 2013. Multiple roles of the gene zinc finger homeodomain-2 in the development of the Drosophila wing. Mechanisms of Development 130:467-81. doi: 10.1016/j.mod.2013.06.002. [*ISU Undergraduate researcher]
  • Tardi NJ, Cook ME, Edwards KA. 2012. Rapid phenotypic analysis of uncoated Drosophila samples with low-vacuum scanning electron microscopy. Fly (Austin) 6:184-192. doi: 10.4161/fly.20525. [Cover article]
  • Gummalla M, Maeda RK, Castro Alvarez JJ, Gyurkovics H, Singari S, Edwards KA, Karch F, Bender, W. 2012. abd-A regulation by the iab-8 noncoding RNA. PLoS Genetics 8(5):e1002720. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002720.
  • Poernbacher I, Baumgartner R, Marada SK, Edwards K, and Stocker H. 2012. Drosophila Pez acts in Hippo signaling to restrict intestinal stem cell proliferation. Current Biology 22:389-96. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.01.019
  • Zimmerman, L. M., L. A. Vogel, K. A. Edwards, and R. M. Bowden. 2010. Phagocytic B cells in a reptile. Biology Letters 6:270-273.
  • J. B. Morgenthaler, S. J. Peters, D. L. Cedeño, M. H. Constantino, K. A. Edwards, E. M. Kamowski, J. C. Passini, B. E. Butkus, A. M. Young, T. D. Lash and M. A. Jones, “Carbaporphyrin ketals as potential agents for a new photodynamic therapy treatment of leishmaniasis”, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry 2008, 16, 7033-7038.

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • 1R15AR068583-01A1. Vidal-Gadea (PI). 06/01/2016 - 05/31/2019. Genetic Repair of Muscular Degeneration Associated with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy