Patrick M. Ferree
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Keck Science Center 16A
Phone: 909-607-8304
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Educational Background:
B.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.S Wake Forest University

Ph.D. University of California Santa Cruz

Postdoc Cornell University

Courses Taught:
Introductory Biology (43L)

Developmental Biology

Research Interests:
Chromosome structure and function

heterochromatin and satellite DNA

mechanisms of microbial and genetic parasites

Thesis Topics:
Lethal ring-Y chromosomes

Satellite divergence and hybrid incompatibility

Effects of selfish B chromosomes

Spiroplasma-induced male killing

Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.
1.   Ferree PM, Barbash DA . (2009). Species-specific heterochromatin prevents mitotic chromosome segregation to cause hybrid lethality in Drosophila. PLoS Biology   7(10): e1000234.
2.   Ferree PM, Avery A, Azpurua J, Wilkes T and Werren JH . (2008). A Bacterium Targets Maternally Inherited Centrosomes to Kill Males in Nasonia . Current Biology   18: 1409-1414.
3.   Clark ME, Bailey-Jourdain C, Ferree PM, England SJ, Sullivan W, Windsor DM, Werren JH . (2008). Wolbachia modification of sperm does not always require residence within developing sperm . Heredity   101(5): 420-428.
4.   Ferree PM and Barbash DA . (2007). Distorted sex ratios: a window into RNAi-mediated silencing. PLoS Biology   5(11): e303.
5.   Beukeboom LW, Kamping A, Louter M, Pijnacker LP, Katju V, Ferree PM . (2007). Haploid females in the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Science   315: 206.
6.   Ferree PM, McDonald K, Fasulo B, Sullivan W . (2006). The origin of centrosomes in parthenogenetic hymenopteran insects. Current Biology   16: 801-807.
7.   Ferree PM, Sullivan W . (2006). A genetic test of the role of the maternal pronucleus in Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics   173: 839-847.
8.   Ferree PM, Frydman HM, Li JM, Cao J, Wieschaus E, Sullivan W . (2005). Wolbachia utilizes host microtubules and Dynein for anterior localization in the Drosophila oocyte . PLoS Pathogens   1: e14.
9.   Tram U, Ferree PM, Sullivan W . (2003). Identification of Wolbachia-host interacting factors through cytological analysis. Microbes and Infection   5: 999-1011.