Student Publications

DRSB students produce substantial bodies of work that lead to high quality, peer-reviewed publications. The menus below highlight the first-author papers our students have published in recent years.


Beiriger A, Narayan S, Singh N, Prince V, Development and Migration of the zebrafish rhomencephalic octavolateral efferent neurons. Journal af Comparative Neurology, 1-15.

Cavanaugh KE, Staddon MF, Munro, E Banerjee S, Gardel ML, RhoA mediates epithelial cell shape changes via mechanosensitive endocytosis. Developmental Cell, 52(2), 152-166.

Cavanaugh KE, Staddon MF, Banerjee S, Gardel ML. Adaptive viscoeslasticity of epithelial cell junctions: from models to methods. Current Opinion in Genetics and Development, 63, 86-94.

Cavanaugh KE, Oakes PW, Gardel ML. Optogenetic control of RhoA to probe subcellular mechanochemical circuitry. Current Protocols in Cell Biology. 86(1).

Cavanaugh KE, Chmiel TA, Gardel ML, Caveolae spelunking: Exploring a new modality in tensional homeostasis. Developmental Cell, 54(1), 3-5.

Feng W, Li Y, Dao P, Aburas J, Islam P, Elbaz B, Kolarzyk A, Brown AE, Kratsios P. A terminal selector prevents a Hox transcriptional switch to safeguard motor neuron identity throughout life. eLife.

King SA, Liu H, Wu X, Biomedical potential of mammalian spectroplakin proteins: Progress and prospect. Experimetnal Biology and Medicine.

Quintanilla CA and Ho RK. The Cdx transcription factors and retinoic acid play parallel roles in antero-posterior position of the pectoral fin field during gastrulation. Mechanisms of Development 164.


Briscoe SD and Ragsdale CW. Evolution of the chordate telencephalon. Current Biology, 29(13): R647-R662.

Ahsan K, Singh N, Rocha M, Huang C, Prince VE. Prickle 1 is required for EMT and migration of zebrafish cranial neural crest. Developmental Biology, 448(1) 16-35.

Stedden CG, Menegas W, Zajac AL, Williams AM, Cheng S, Ozkan E, Horne-Badovinac S. Planar-polarized Semaphorin-5c and Plexin A promote the collective migration of epithelial cells in Drosophila. Current Biology, 29(6) 908-920.

Xu J, Su T, Fehon, RG. Live imaging of Hippo pathway components in Drosophila imaginal discs. Methods in Molecular Biology.


Boyle Anderson EAT and Ho RK. A transcriptomics analysis of the Tbx5 paralogues in zebrafish. PLoS One, Dec 10:13(12):e0208766.

Briscoe SD and Ragsdale CW. Homology, neocortex, and the evolution of developmental mechanisms. Science, 362(6411), 190-193.

Briscoe SD, Albertin CB, Rowell JJ, and Ragsdale CW. Neocortical association cell types in the forebrain of birds and alligators. Current Biology, 28(5), 686-696.

Briscoe SD and Ragsdale CW. Molecular anatomy of the alligator dorsal telencephalon. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 526(10), 1613-1646.

Davis TL and Rebay I. Pleiotropy in Drosophila organogenesis: Mechanistic insights from Combgap and the retinal determination gene network. Fly, 12(1), 62-70.

Steimle JD, Rankin SA, Slagle CE, Bekeny J, Rydeen AB, Chan SS, Kweon J, Yang XH, Ikegami K, Nadadur RD, Rowton M, Hoffmann AD, Lazarevic S, Thomas W, Boyle Anderson EAT, Horb ME, Luna-Zurita L, Ho RK, Kyba M, Jensen B, Zorn AM, Conlon FL, Moskowitz IP. Evolutionarily conserved Tbx5-Wnt2/2b pathway orchestrates cardiopulmonary development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 15(45):E10615-E10624. 

Xu J, Vanderzalm PJ. Ludwig M, Su T, Tokamov SA and Fehon RG. Yorkie functions at the cell cortex to promote myosin activation in a non-transcriptional manner. Developmental Cell, 46(3) 271-284.


Davis TL and Rebay I. Antagonistic regulation of the second mitotic wave by Eyes absent-Sine oculis and Combgap coordinates proliferation and specification of the Drosophila retina. Development, 144(14), 2460-2651.

Davis TL and Rebay I. Master regulators in development: Views from the Drosophila retinal determination and mammalian pluripotency gene networks. Developmental Biology, 421 (2), 93-107.

Davis TL, Hoi CSL, and Rebay I. Mutations that impair Eyes absent tyrosine phosphatase activity in vitro reduce the robustness of the retinal determination gene network output in Drosophila. PLoS One, 12(11).

Lee P, Jiang S, Li Y, Yue J, Gou X, Chen SY, Zhao Y, Schober M, Tan M,  and Wu X. Phosphorylation of Pkp1 by RIPK4 regulates epidermal differentiation and skin tumorigenesis. EMBO Journal, 36(13), 1963-1980.

Liu Y, Yu S, Dhiman VK, Brunetti T, Eckart H, and White KP. Functional assessment of human enhancer activities using whole-genome STARR-sequencing. Genome Biology, 18(1).

Steimle JD and Moskowitz IP. TBX5: a key regulator of heart development. Current Topics in Developmental Biology, 122, 195-221.


Cetera M, Lewellyn L, and Horne-Badovinac S. Cultivation and live imaging of Drosophila egg chambers. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1478, 215-226.

Chang J, Skromme I and Ho RK. CDX4 and retinoic acid interact to position the hindbrain-spinal cord transition. Developmental Biology, 410(2), 178-189.

Isabella AJ and Horne-Badovinac S. Rab10-mediated secretion synergizes with tissue movement to build a polarized basement membrane architecture for organ morphogenesis. Developmental Cell, 38 (1), 47-60

Nadadur RD, Broman MT, Boukens B, Mazurek SR, Yang X, van den Boogaard M, Bekeny J, Gadek M, Ward T, Zhang M, Qiao Y, Martin JF, Seidman CE, Seidman J, Christoffels V, Efimov IR, McNally EM, Weber CR, Moskowitz IP. Pitx2 modulates a Tbx5-dependent gene regulatory network to maintain atrial rhythm. Science Translational Medicine, 8(354).


Cetera M and Horne-Badovinac S. Round and round gets you somewhere: collective cell migration and planar polarity in elongating Drosophila egg chambers. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 32, 10-15.

Gao QQ, Wyatt E, Goldstein JA, LoPresti P, Castillo LM, Gazda A, Petrossian N, Earley JU, Hadhazy M, Barefield DY, Demonbreun AR, Bönnemann C, Wolf M, and McNally EM. Reengineering a transmembrane protein to treat muscular dystrophy using exon skipping. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 125(11).

Gao QQ and McNally EM. The dystrophin complex: structure, function and implications for therapy. Comprehensive Physiology, 5(3), 1223-1239.

Isabella AJ and Horne-Badovinac S. Dynamic regulation of basement membrane protein levels promotes egg chamber elongation in Drosophila. Developmental Biology, 406, 212-221.

Isabella AJ and Horne-Badovinac S. Building from the ground up:  basement membranes in Drosophila development. Current Topics in Membranes, 76, 305-336.

Love CE and Prince VE. Rest represses maturation within migrating facial branchiomotor neurons. Developmental Biology, 40(12), 220-235.

Mao Q, Stinnet HK and Ho RK. Asymmetric cell convergence-driven zebrafish fin bud initiation and pre-pattern required Tbx5a control of a mesenchymal Fgf signal. Development, 142(24) 4329-4339.


Cetera M, Ramirez-San Juan GR, Oakes PW, Lewellyn L, Fairchild MJ, Tanentazapf G, Gardel ML, and Horne-Badovinac S. Epithelial rotation promotes the global alignment of contractile actin bundles during Drosophila egg chamber elongation. Nature Communications, 5:5511.

Garnatz AS, Gao Z, Broman M, Martens S, Earley JU, and Svensson EC. FOG-2 mediated recruitment of the NuRD complex regulates cardiomyocyte proliferation during heart development. Developmental Biology, 395(1), 50-61.

Hoffmann AD, Yang XH, Burnicka-Turek O, Bosman JD, Ren X, Steimle JD, Vokes SA, McMahon AP, Kalinichenko VV, Moskowitz IP. Foxf genes integrate tbx5 and hedgehog pathways in the second heart field for cardiac septation. PLoS Genetics, 10(10).

Liu Y, Zhou J, and White KP. RNA-seq differential expression studies: more sequence or more replication? Bioinformactics, 30(1), 301-304.