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Dr. Tom Hammond

Assistant Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • The Hammond Lab investigates fundamental processes of meiosis using fungi as model organisms.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 219.Sec 001 Genetics
  • BSC 495.Sec 002 Graduate Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 299.Sec 010 Independent Honor Study
  • BSC 499.Sec 020 Independent Research For The Masters Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 040 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 599.Sec 020 Research In The Biological Sciences
  • BSC 420.37Sec 001 Seminar In Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • BSC 370.03Sec 001 Topics In Molecular And Cellular Biology : Programming For Biology
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Mycology, Plant Pathology, Fungal genetics
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Genome Biology; Fungi; Selfish Genetic Elements;
  • Post-Doc Meiotic Silencing by Unpaired DNA - 2012
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Columbia, MO
  • Ph D Plant Pathology - 2007
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Madison, WI
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Applied, biological and evolutionary aspects of RNA silencing in Aspergillus fungi
  • MS Biochemistry - 2001
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester, MA
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Turnip crinkle virus suppresses the hypersensitive response
  • BA Biochemistry - 1997
  • Connecticut College
  • New London, CT
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Harvey, A. M., D. G. Rehard, K. M. Groskreutz, D. R. Kuntz, K. J. Sharp, P. K. Shiu, and T. M. Hammond* (2014) “A Critical Component of Meiotic Drive in Neurospora Is Located Near a Chromosome Rearrangement” Genetics 197:1165-1174, PMID: 24931406.

  • Hammond, T.M., W. Spollen, L. Decker, S. Blake, G. Springer, and P.K.T. Shiu (2013) “Identification of small RNAs associated with meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA” Genetics, 194:279–284. PMID: 23502674.

  • Hammond, T.M., H. Xiao, E. Boone, L. Decker, S. Lee, T. Perdue, P. Pukkila, and P. K. T. Shiu (2013) “Novel proteins required for meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA and siRNA generation in Neurospora crassa.” Genetics, 194:91-100. PMID: 23502675.

  • Hammond, T.M., D.G. Rehard, H. Xiao, and P.K.T. Shiu* (2012) "Molecular dissection of Neurospora Spore killer meiotic drive elements" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A 109:12093-12098, PMID: 22753473.

  • Hammond, T.M., D.G. Rehard, B.C.Harris, and P.K.T. Shiu (2012) "Fine-scale mapping in Neurospora crassa by using genome-wide knockout strains" Mycologia 104(1):231-3, PMID:22067301

  • Hammond, T.M., H. Xiao, D.G. Rehard, and P.K.T. Shiu (2011) "Fluorescent and bimolecular fluorescent protein tagging of genes at their native loci in Neurospora crassa using specialized double joint PCR plasmids." Fungal Genet. Biol. 48:866-73. PMID: 21664475.

  • Hammond, T.M., H. Xiao, E.C. Boone, T.D. Perdue, P.J. Pukkila, and P.K.T. Shiu (2011) "SAD-3, a Putative Helicase Required for Meiotic Silencing by Unpaired DNA, Interacts with Other Components of the Silencing Machinery" G3 1:369-376. PMC3276149.

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • 1R15HD076309-01 Hammond (PI) 03/01/2013 – 02/29/2016 Identifying and characterizing proteins that detect unpaired DNA during meiosis.

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • NIH
  • 2009
  • University of Missouri Life Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • University of Missouri
  • 2007
  • The Eukaryotic Cell Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology Poster Award
  • Gordon Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology
  • 2006
  • Richard Weiss Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation
  • The 23rd Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar
  • 2005
  • August M. Gorenz Scholarship
  • Department of Plant Pathology
  • 2004
  • I.E. Melhus Symposium Award
  • The American Phytopathological Society
  • 2003
  • Paul Abel Schwartz Memorial Prize for Excellence in Chemistry
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Connecticut College
  • 1997
  • Dr. Joseph Nunes Pereira Memorial Prize for Excellence in Biochemistry
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Connecticut College
  • 1996