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Gerald Downes B.S., Ph.D.

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
DepartmentCollege of Natural Sciences
Address427 Morrill Science Center II
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone413-545-1266
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    1. Sant KE, Annunziato K, Conlin S, Teicher G, Chen P, Venezia O, Downes GB, Park Y, Timme-Laragy AR. Developmental exposures to perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) impact embryonic nutrition, pancreatic morphology, and adiposity in the zebrafish, Danio rerio. Environ Pollut. 2021 Apr 15; 275:116644. PMID: 33581636.
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    2. Yildiz O, Downes GB, Sagerström CG. Zebrafish prdm12b acts independently of nkx6.1 repression to promote eng1b expression in the neural tube p1 domain. Neural Dev. 2019 Feb 27; 14(1):5. PMID: 30813944.
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    3. Monesson-Olson B, McClain JJ, Case AE, Dorman HE, Turkewitz DR, Steiner AB, Downes GB. Expression of the eight GABAA receptor a subunits in the developing zebrafish central nervous system. PLoS One. 2018; 13(4):e0196083. PMID: 29702678.
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    4. Mott M, Luna VM, Park JY, Downes GB, Epley K, Ono F. Expressing acetylcholine receptors after innervation suppresses spontaneous vesicle release and causes muscle fatigue. Sci Rep. 2017 May 10; 7(1):1674. PMID: 28490756.
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    5. Johnson K, Barragan J, Bashiruddin S, Smith CJ, Tyrrell C, Parsons MJ, Doris R, Kucenas S, Downes GB, Velez CM, Schneider C, Sakai C, Pathak N, Anderson K, Stein R, Devoto SH, Mumm JS, Barresi MJ. Gfap-positive radial glial cells are an essential progenitor population for later-born neurons and glia in the zebrafish spinal cord. Glia. 2016 Jul; 64(7):1170-89. PMID: 27100776.
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    6. Zannino DA, Downes GB, Sagerström CG. prdm12b specifies the p1 progenitor domain and reveals a role for V1 interneurons in swim movements. Dev Biol. 2014 Jun 15; 390(2):247-60. PMID: 24631215.
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    7. de Soysa TY, Ulrich A, Friedrich T, Pite D, Compton SL, Ok D, Bernardos RL, Downes GB, Hsieh S, Stein R, Lagdameo MC, Halvorsen K, Kesich LR, Barresi MJ. Macondo crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disrupts specific developmental processes during zebrafish embryogenesis. BMC Biol. 2012 May 04; 10:40. PMID: 22559716.
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    8. Khan TM, Benaich N, Malone CF, Bernardos RL, Russell AR, Downes GB, Barresi MJ, Hutson LD. Vincristine and bortezomib cause axon outgrowth and behavioral defects in larval zebrafish. J Peripher Nerv Syst. 2012 Mar; 17(1):76-89. PMID: 22462669.
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    9. McKeown KA, Moreno R, Hall VL, Ribera AB, Downes GB. Disruption of Eaat2b, a glutamate transporter, results in abnormal motor behaviors in developing zebrafish. Dev Biol. 2012 Feb 15; 362(2):162-71. PMID: 22094018.
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    10. Friedrich T, Lambert AM, Masino MA, Downes GB. Mutation of zebrafish dihydrolipoamide branched-chain transacylase E2 results in motor dysfunction and models maple syrup urine disease. Dis Model Mech. 2012 Mar; 5(2):248-58. PMID: 22046030.
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    11. Olson BD, Sgourdou P, Downes GB. Analysis of a zebrafish behavioral mutant reveals a dominant mutation in atp2a1/SERCA1. Genesis. 2010 Jun; 48(6):354-61. PMID: 20533403.
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    12. McKeown KA, Downes GB, Hutson LD. Modular laboratory exercises to analyze the development of zebrafish motor behavior. Zebrafish. 2009 Jun; 6(2):179-85. PMID: 19537944.
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    13. Downes GB, Granato M. Supraspinal input is dispensable to generate glycine-mediated locomotive behaviors in the zebrafish embryo. J Neurobiol. 2006 Apr; 66(5):437-51. PMID: 16470684.
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    14. Hirata H, Saint-Amant L, Downes GB, Cui WW, Zhou W, Granato M, Kuwada JY. Zebrafish bandoneon mutants display behavioral defects due to a mutation in the glycine receptor beta-subunit. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Jun 7; 102(23):8345-50. PMID: 15928085.
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    15. Downes GB, Granato M. Acetylcholinesterase function is dispensable for sensory neurite growth but is critical for neuromuscular synapse stability. Dev Biol. 2004 Jun 1; 270(1):232-45. PMID: 15136152.
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    16. Downes GB, Waterbury JA, Granato M. Rapid in vivo labeling of identified zebrafish neurons. Genesis. 2002 Nov; 34(3):196-202. PMID: 12395384.
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