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  • Virata, M. and R. Zeller. 2010. Ascidians. Disease Models & Mechanisms: 5-6.

  • Keshavan, R., M. Virata, A. Keshavan and R. Zeller. 2010. Computational Identification of Ciona intestinalis MicroRNAs. Zoological Science (Tokyo): 162-170.

  • Matsumoto, J., K. Dewar, J. Wasserscheid, G. Wiley, S. Macmil, B. Roe, R. Zeller, Y. Satou and K. Hastings. 2010. High-throughput sequence analysis of Ciona intestinalis SL trans-spliced mRNAs. Genome Research: 636-645.

  • Zeller, R. 2010. Computational Analysis of Ciona intestinalis Operons. Integrative and Comparative Biology: 75-85.

  • (...) Yamada, L., J. Matsumoto, J. Wasserscheid, K. Dewar, G. Wiley, S. Macmil, B. Roe, (...) and K. Inaba. 2008. Improved genome assembly and evidence-based global gene model set for the chordate Ciona intestinalis. Genome Biology.

  • Zeller, R., D. Weldon, M. Pellatiro and A. Cone. 2006. Optimized green fluorescent protein variants provide improved single cell resolution of transgene expression in ascidian embryos. Developmental Dynamics: 456-467.

  • Zeller, R., M. Virata and A. Cone. 2006. Predictable mosaic transgene expression in ascidian embryos produced with a simple electroporation device. Developmental Dynamics: 1921-1932.

  • Cone, A. and R. Zeller. 2005. Using ascidian embryos to study the evolution of developmental gene regulatory networks. Canadian Journal of Zoology 83: 75-89.

  • Bower, K., R. Zeller, W. Wachsman, T. Martinez and K. McGuire. 2002. Correlation of transcriptional repression by p21SNFT with changes in DNAcntdotNF-AT complex interactions. Journal of Biological Chemistry: 34967-34977.

  • Takahashi, H., K. Hotta, A. Erives, A. Di Gregorio, R. Zeller, M. Levine and N. Satoh. 1999. Brachyury downstream notochord differentiation in the ascidian embryo. Genes and Development: 1519-1523.

  • Corbo, J., M. Levine and R. Zeller. 1997. Characterization of a notochord-specific enhancer from the Brachyury promoter region of the ascidian, Ciona intestinalis. Development (Cambridge): 589-602.

  • Zeller, R., J. Griffith, J. Moore, C. Kirchhamer, R. Britten and E. Davidson. 1995. multimerizing transcription factor of sea urchin embryos capable of looping DNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: 2989-2993.

  • Zeller, R., J. Coffman, M. Harrington, R. Britten and E. Davidson. 1995. SpGCF1, a sea urchin embryo DNA-binding protein, exists as five nested variants encoded by a single mRNA. Developmental Biology: 713-727.

  • Zeller, R., R. Britten and E. Davidson. 1995. Developmental utilization of SpP3A1 and SpP3A2. Developmental Biology: 75-82.

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Educational Background

  • 1995-2000 – Postdoc, UC San Diego (Developmental Biology)

  • 1995 – Ph.D., California Insitute of Technology (Developmental Biology)

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  • NSF DBI-1034788 FSML: Improvements for a Flow-through Seawater System at the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory, San Diego Bay

  • NSF IOS-0951347: The regulation and function of miR-124 in ascidian neural development

  • NSF IBN-0347937 CAREER: Development of the Ascidian Peripheral Nervous System

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Positions & Honors

  • 2010 – Member of the Corporation , Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

  • 2008 – Visiting Scientist, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii

  • 2007 – Associate Professor, Biology, San Diego State University

  • 2006 – Biology Department Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award, San Diego State University

  • 2006 – Visiting Associate in Biology, Caltech Biological Imaging Center

  • 2001 – Assistant Professor, Biology, San Diego State University

  • 1998-2011 – Faculty, Embryology Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

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