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alexis a.nagengast, phd, associate professor

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Alexis A. Nagengast PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Genetics 2003

    Case Western Reserve University (OH)

  • MA Biochemistry 1996

    University of Delaware (DE)

  • BCH 452/454 Biochemistry II Lecture and Laboratory

  • BCH 453 Biochemistry Lab I

  • CHEM 105 General, Organic, and Biochemistry

Using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster, I involve many undergraduate students in my research on how alternative splicing affects lipid metabolism in an effort to better understand gene regulation mechanisms related to obesity. I am also interested in the effect of diet and supplements on lifespan and fitness in both male and female fruit flies. Additionally, I collaborate on a project to identify regulatory genes involved in sexual dimorphism in the jumping stick Stiphra sp.

Selected Awards

  • Primarily Undergraduate Institution Representative on the North American Drosophila Board, 2014–2017

  • Braude Award for Research with Undergraduates, Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society, 2013

  • Chair of the Genetics Society of America Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award Committee (Fly Meeting)

Selected Publications

  • Leung, W., Morris, R.W., Nagengast, A.A., Azarewicz, J., Carr, T.J., Chichearo, N., Colgan, M., Donegan, M., Gardner, B., Kolba, N., Krumm, J.L., Lytle, S., MacMillian, L., Miller, M., Montgomery, A., Moretti, A., Offenbacker, B., Polen, M., Toth, J., Woytanowski, J., & Elgin, S.C.R., et al. (2015). Drosophila Muller F elements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 5(5), 719–740.

  • Krumm, J.L., Nagengast, A.A., Moretti, A., Colgan, M., Fisher, K.E., Hy, K.L., Castellante, R.M., & Poslusny, M. (2014). Summer research program on a shoestring budget: Increasing participation in undergraduate research. PURM, 3(2), 1–10.

  • Gingras, R.M., Warren, M.E., Nagengast, A.A., & DiAngelo J.R. (2014). The control of lipid metabolism by mRNA splicing in Drosophila. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 443(2), 672–676.

Genetics Society of America (GSA), Genomics Education Partnership (GEP)