Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
group photo

For information about our faculty visit the "Research and Facilities" page (click here or the above tab). Choose a topic which will give you the list of faculty and links to their website. For staff contacts see "About Us" (click here or the above tab).

Dr. Kevin Edwards

Associate Professor
  • BSC 450.53Sec 001 Advanced Studies In Specialized Fields: Advances In Genomics
  • BSC 351.Sec 001 Cell Signaling And Regulation
  • BSC 299.Sec 009 Independent Honor Study
  • BSC 499.Sec 023 Independent Research For The Master's Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 012 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 599.Sec 025 Research In The Biological Sciences
  • BSC 304.Sec 001 Senior Seminar In Biology
  • 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
  • Samarajeewa DA, Manitchotpisit P, Henderson M, Xiao H, Rehard DG, Edwards KA, Shiu PKT, and TM Hammond (2017) An RNA Recognition Motif-Containing Protein Functions in Meiotic Silencing by Unpaired DNA. G3 (Bethesda). 7(8):2871-2882. doi: 10.1534/g3.117.041848.
  • http://flybase.org/reports/FBgg0000221.html
  • 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.

  • Villarreal M, Goel S, Sathyamurthy L, Vidal-Gadea A, Edwards K. 2017. Dystrophin's structure, subcellular organization, and roles in development. 2017 Midwest Drosophila Conference, Allerton Pk, IL. [Poster Presentation]
  • Edwards, K. Dystrophin: Providing a Supportive, Well-Structured Environment. Sanford Bernstein Symposium on Muscle Biology, San Diego State Univ., San Diego CA. June 9, 2017
  • 1R15AR068583-01A1. Vidal-Gadea (PI). 06/01/2016 - 05/31/2019. Genetic Repair of Muscular Degeneration Associated with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy