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by Ledwell, Brian A last modified Jul 26, 2016 08:02 AM

Recent Publications  

*denotes student author

  • Laursen WF, Schneider ER, Merriman DK, Bagriantsev SN, Gracheva EO (2016). Low-cost functional plasticity of TRPV1 supports heat tolerance in squirrels and camels. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in press.
  • Merriman DK, Sajdak BS*, Li W, Jones BW (2016).  Seasonal and post-trauma remodeling in cone-dominant ground squirrel retina. Experimental Eye Research, in press.  [*B. Sajdak is a former undergraduate McNair Scholar from the Merriman lab.]  link to article

  • Sajdak B*, Sulai YN, Langlo CS, Luna G, Fisher SK, Merriman DK, Dubra A (2016). Noninvasive imaging of ground squirrel photoreceptors using adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy. Visual Neuroscience, in press.   [*B. Sajdak is a former undergraduate McNair Scholar from the Merriman lab.]  URL: 

  • Lahvis G, Panksepp J, Kennedy B, Merriman DK (2015). Social conditioned place preference by captive ground squirrels: social reward as natural phenotype.  Journal of Comparative Psychology 129:291-303. 

  • Laursen WJ, Mastrotto M, Pesta D, Funk OH, Goodman JB, Merriman DK, Ingolia N, Shulman GI, Bagriantsev SN, Gracheva EO (2015). Neuronal UCP1 expression suggests a mechanism for local thermogenesis during hibernation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112: 1607-12. 

  • Fujino K, Horie M, Honda T, Merriman DK, Tomonaga K (2014). Inhibition of Borna disease virus replication by an endogenous bornavirus-like element in the ground squirrel genome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 13175-80. 

  • Xu R, Andres-Mateos E, Mejias R, MacDonald EM, Leinwand LA, Merriman DK, Fink R, Cohn RD (2013). Hibernating squirrel muscle activates the endurance exercise pathway despite prolonged immobilization.  Experimental Neurology 247:392-401.

  • Andreas-Mateos E, Brinkmeier H, Burks T, Mejias R, Files C, Steinberger M, Solemaini A, Marx R, Simmers J, Lin BM, Finanger Hedderick E, Marr TG, Hourde C, Leinwand L,Kuh D, Foller M, S Vogelsang S, Hernandez-Diaz I, Merriman DK, Alvarez de la Rosa D, Lang F, Cohn RD (2013).  Activation of serum/glucocorticoid-induced kinase (SGK) is sufficient to maintain skeletal muscle homeostasis and prevent atrophy.  EMBO Molecular Medicine  5(1):80-91. 
  • Andres-Mateos E, Mejias R, Soleimani A, Lin BM, Burks TN, Marx R, Lin B, Zellars RC, Zhang Y, Huso DL, Marr TG, Leinwand LA, Merriman DK, Cohn RD (2012). Impaired skeletal muscle regeneration in the absence of fibrosis during hibernation in 13-lined ground squirrels. PLoS One 7(11):e48884. 
  • DK Merriman, GP Lahvis, M Jooss*, JA Gesicki*, K Schill (2012).  Five years on: Current practices in a captive breeding colony of 13-lined ground squirrels. Lab Animal NY 41:315-25.  *UWO alumni from our undergraduate program.
  • DT Organisciak, DK Vaughan (2010). Retinal light damage: mechanisms and protection.  Progress in Retinal and Eye Research 29:113-134.



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by Ledwell, Brian A last modified Jul 26, 2016 08:02 AM