Departmental Highlights

Departmental Highlights and News from the Academic Year '22 - '23


Publications and News from Biological Sciences (student publications in bold; * denotes Wellesley students; Biological Sciences faculty underlined


Isolation and Characterization of Cyanobacterial Extracellular Vesicles.

Biller SJ, Muñoz-Marín MDC, Lima S, Matinha-Cardoso J, Tamagnini P, Oliveira P.

J Vis Exp. 2022 Feb 3;(180). 



Marine viral particles reveal an expansive repertoire of phage-parasitizing mobile elements.

Eppley JM, Biller SJ, Luo E, Burger A, DeLong EF.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Oct 25;119(43):e2212722119.


Evolutionary assembly and disassembly of the mammalian sternum.

Brent AE, Buchholtz EA, Mansfield JH.

Curr Biol. 2023 Jan 9;33(1):197-205.e2.


Recommendations for quantifying and reducing uncertainty in climate projections of species distributions.

Brodie S, Smith JA, Muhling BA, Barnett LAK, Carroll G, Fiedler P, Bograd SJ, Hazen EL, Jacox MG, Andrews KS, Barnes CL, Crozier LG, Fiechter J, Fredston A, Haltuch MA, Harvey CJ, Holmes E, Karp MA, Liu OR, Malick MJ, Pozo Buil M, Richerson K, Rooper CN, Samhouri J, Seary R, Selden RL, Thompson AR, Tommasi D, Ward EJ, Kaplan IC.

Glob Chang Biol. 2022 Nov;28(22):6586-6601.


Role of human milk oligosaccharide metabolizing bacteria in the development of atopic dermatitis/eczema.

Rahman T*, Sarwar PF, Potter C*, Comstock SS, Klepac-Ceraj V.

Front Pediatr. 2023 Mar 20;11:1090048.


Environmental and Taxonomic Drivers of Bacterial Extracellular Vesicle Production in Marine Ecosystems.

Biller SJ, Coe A, Arellano AA, Dooley K, Silvestri SM, Gong JS*, Yeager EA*, Becker JW, Chisholm SW.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2023 May 18:e0059423.


Draft genomes of three closely related low light-adapted Prochlorococcus.

Berta-Thompson JW, Thomas E, Cubillos-Ruiz A, Hackl T, Becker JW, Coe A, Biller SJ, Berube PM, Chisholm SW.

BMC Genom Data. 2023 Feb 24;24(1):11.


Analysis of gut microbiome profiles in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) in health and intestinal disease.

Sheh A, Artim SC, Burns MA, Molina-Mora JA, Lee MA*, Dzink-Fox J, Muthupalani S, Fox JG.

Sci Rep. 2022 Mar 15;12(1):4430.


Novel integrative elements and genomic plasticity in ocean ecosystems.

Hackl T, Laurenceau R, Ankenbrand MJ, Bliem C, Cariani Z, Thomas E, Dooley KD, Arellano AA, Hogle SL, Berube P, Leventhal GE, Luo E, Eppley JM, Zayed AA, Beaulaurier J, Stepanauskas R, Sullivan MB, DeLong EF, Biller SJ, Chisholm SW.

Cell. 2023 Jan 5;186(1):47-62.e16.


Chimeric inheritance and crown-group acquisitions of carbon fixation genes within Chlorobiales: Origins of autotrophy in Chlorobiales and implication for geological biomarkers.

Paoletti MM*, Fournier GP.

PLoS One. 2022 Oct 13;17(10):e0275539.


The role of continental shelf bathymetry in shaping marine range shifts in the face of climate change.
Kitchel ZJ, Conrad HM, Selden RL, Pinsky ML.
Glob Chang Biol. 2022 Sep;28(17):5185-5199.


Siderophores as an iron source for picocyanobacteria in deep chlorophyll maximum layers of the oligotrophic ocean.

Hogle SL, Hackl T, Bundy RM, Park J, Satinsky B, Hiltunen T, Biller S, Berube PM, Chisholm SW.

ISME J. 2022 Jun;16(6):1636-1646.


Microclimate is a strong predictor of the native and invasive plant-associated soil microbiome on San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos archipelago.

Schoenborn AA, Yannarell SM, MacVicar CT*, Barriga-Medina NN, Bonham KS, Leon-Reyes A, Riveros-Iregui D, Klepac-Ceraj V, Shank EA.

Environ Microbiol. 2023 Mar 7.


Cohen AB, Klepac-Ceraj V, Butler K, Weber F, Garber AI, Christensen L, Cram JA, McCormick ML, and Taylor GT. Deep photoautotrophic prokaryotes contribute substantially to carbon dynamics in oxygen‐deficient waters in a permanently redox‐stratified freshwater lake. Limnol Oceanogr. 2023. 68(1): 232–247.


The von Willebrand Factor Antigen Reflects the Juvenile Dermatomyositis Disease Activity Score.

Gibbs E*, Khojah A, Morgan G, Ehwerhemuepha L, Pachman LM.

Biomedicines. 2023 Feb 14;11(2):552.


Climate-mediated population dynamics of a migratory songbird differ between the trailing edge and range core.

Lewis WB, Cooper RJ, Chandler RB, Chitwood RW, Cline MH, Hallworth MT, Hatt JL, Hepinstall-Cymerman J, Kaiser SA, Rodenhouse NL, Sillett TS, Stodola KW, Webster MS, Holmes RT.

Ecol Monogr. 2023 Feb;93(1):e1559.


Characterization of membrane vesicles in Alteromonas macleodii indicates potential roles in their copiotrophic lifestyle.

Fadeev E, Carpaneto Bastos C, Hennenfeind JH, Biller SJ, Sher D, Wietz M, Herndl GJ.

Microlife. 2022 Dec 20;4:uqac025.


Koyama T., Nunes C., Khong H.*, Suzuki Y. (2022) Adaptive Meaning of Early Life Experience in Species that Go Through Metamorphosis. In: Costantini D., Marasco V. (eds) Development Strategies and Biodiversity. Fascinating Life Sciences. Springer, Cham.  


Mattila, HR, Otis GW, Billen J, Nguyen LTP, Shimano S. (2022) Comparison of the external morphology of the sternal glands for hornets in the genus Vespa. Biology 11, 245.

Mattila HR, Shimano S, Otis GW, Nguyen LTP, Maul ER *, Billen J (2022) Linking the morphology of sternal glands to rubbing behavior by Vespa soror (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 115: 202-216.


Otis GW, Taylor BA, Mattila HR (2023) Invasion potential of hornets. Frontiers in Insect Science, 3: 1145158.


Laslo, M., Hartmann, M. 2023. Developing scientific communication skills using primary literature in an 

undergraduate cell biology course. Accepted at Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.


Laslo, M., Just, J., & Angelini, D.R. 2023. Theme and variation in the evolution of insect sex determination. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 340, 162– 181.


Just, J., Laslo, M., Lee, Y.J., Yarnell, M., Zhang, Z. and Angelini, D.R. 2023. Distinct developmental mechanisms influence sexual dimorphisms in the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 290, p.20222083.


Westrick, S.E., Laslo, M. and Fischer, E.K., 2022. The Natural History of Model Organisms: The big potential of the small frog Eleutherodactylus coqui. Elife, 11, p.e73401