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  • Cherr, G.N., M. Morisawa, C.A. Vines, Y. Yoshida, E.H. Smith, T. Matsubara, M.C. Pillai, F.J. Griffin and R. Yanagimachi. 2008. Two egg derived molecules in sperm motility initiation in the Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi). International Journal of Developmental Biology 52: 743-752.

  • Pillai, M.C., C.A. Vines, A.H. Wikramanayake and G.N. Cherr. 2003. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons disrupt axial development in sea urchin embryos through beta-catenin dependent pathway. Toxicology 186: 93-108.

  • Vines, C.A., K. Kiroku, F.J. Griffin, M.C. Pillai, M. Morisawa and G.N. Cherr. 2002. Motility initiation in herring sperm is regulated by reverse sodium-calcium exchange. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 99: 2026-2031.

  • Pillai, M., M.C. Pillai, H.S. Blethrow, R.M. Higashi, and G.N. Cherr. 1997. Inhibition of the sea urchin sperm acrosome reaction by a lignin-derived macromolecule. Aquatic Toxicology 37: 139-156.

  • Griffin, F.J., C.A. Vines, M.c. Pillai, R. Yanagimachi and G.N. Cherr. 1996. The sperm motility initiation factor (SMIF) of the Pacific herring egg chorion: A minor component of major function. Development, Growth &Differentiation 38: 193-202.

  • Pillai, M.c., R. Yanagimachi and G.N. Cherr. 1994. In Vivo and in vitro initiation of sperm motility using fresh and cryopreserved gametes from the Pacific herring, Clupea pallasi. Journal of Experimental Zoology 265: 336-342.

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Educational Background

  • 1988 – Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Reproductive Biology)

  • 1982 – M.Phil., University of Calicut, India (Invertebrate Reproduction)

  • 1980 – M.Sc., University of Poona, India (Zoology)

  • 1977 – B.Sc., University of Kerala, India (Zoology)

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