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Heather Driscoll received her BS and MS in botany from the University of Vermont, where she completed research on the origin and evolution of beech ferns (genus Thelypteris) in Vermont and sword ferns (genus Polystichum) on the Hawaiian Islands.

She continued molecular phylogenetic research with non-model plants at the University of California, Berkeley as a research associate in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology.

In 2011, she returned to Vermont to become a bioinformatics analyst with the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) based at Norwich University. Currently, Driscoll provides bioinformatics support and hands-on training in genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data analysis for faculty and students at VGN baccalaureate partner institutions, including Norwich University, Castleton University, Green Mountain College, Middlebury, Saint Michael’s College, Johnson State College, and Lyndon State College, as well at the University of Vermont. Recent projects include differential gene expression and functional analysis of microarray data (human, mouse, yeast), functional enrichment analysis of proteomic data, and taxonomic and functional profiling of microbial communities using whole metagenome sequence data analysis. Driscoll has also taught short courses in microarray data analysis and introductory data mining and co-advised Norwich University students whose research involved bioinformatics.

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Fairfield H., C. Falank, M. Farrell, C. Varya, J.M. Bouchera, H. Driscoll, L. Liaw, C.J. Rosen, and M.R. Reagan. Development of a 3D Bone Marrow Adipose Tissue Model. Bone. Available online 21 January 2018:

Murray J., H. Driscoll, and K. Pivarski. Connecting human disease phenotype to genetic mutation and protein function: A modular data mining short course with an independent project sequence for lecture or lab. GSA Prep. Accepted October 2017.

Driscoll H., J. Murray, E. English, T. Hunter, K. Pivarski, and E. Dolci. 2017. Microarray data and gene expression statistics for Saccharomyces cerevisiae exposed to simulated asbestos mine drainage. Data in Brief 13: 37-45. Available online 14 May 2017:

Emerson S.E., R. St. Clair, A. Waldron, S. Bruno, A. Duong, H. Driscoll, B. Ballif, S. McFarlane, and A. Ebert. 2016. Identification of target genes downstream of Semaphorin6A/PlexinA2 signaling in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics. Available online 25 April 2017:

Iles W.J., C. Sass, L. Lagomarsino, G. Benson-Martin, H. Driscoll and C.D. Specht. 2016. The phylogeny of Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) and the evolution of floral presentation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Available online 18 Dec 2016:

Driscoll H., J. Vincent, E. English and E. Dolci. 2016. Metagenomic investigation of the microbial diversity in a chrysotile asbestos mine pit pond, Lowell, Vermont, USA. Genomics Data 10: 67551.

Balcom I. N., H. Driscoll, J. Vincent and Megan LeDuc. 2016. Metagenomic analysis of an ecological wastewater treatment plant's microbial communities and their potential to metabolize pharmaceuticals. F1000Research 5: 1881.

Salzman S., H.E. Driscoll, T. Renner, T. Andre, S. Shen, and C.D. Specht. 2015. Spiraling into history: A molecular phylogeny and pollination ancestral state reconstruction of Costus Nakai (Costaceae). Systematic Botany 40(1): 104-115.

Long P.M., S.W. Tighe, H.E. Driscoll, K.A. Fortner, M.S. Viapiano, and D.M. Jaworski. 2015. Acetate supplementation as a means of inducing glioblastoma stem-like cell growth arrest, Journal of Cellular Physiology 230(8): 1929-43.

Ufkin M.L., S. Peterson, X. Yang, H. Driscoll, C. Duarte, and P. Sathyanarayana. 2014. miR-125a regulates cell cycle, proliferation, and apoptosis by targeting ErbB pathway in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Leukemia Research 38: 420-410.

Tsen A.R., P.M. Long, H.E. Driscoll, M.T. Davies, B.A. Teasdale, P.L. Penar, W.W. Pendlebury, J.L. Spees, S.E. Lawler, M.S. Viapiano, and D.M. Jaworski. 2014. Triacetin-based acetate supplementation as a chemotherapeutic adjuvant therapy in glioma. Int. J. Cancer 134: 1300-1310.

Long P.M., S.W. Tighe, H.E. Driscoll, J.R. Moffett, A.M.A. Namboodiri, M.S. Viapiano, S.E. Lawler, and D.M. Jaworski. 2013. Acetate Supplementation Induces Growth Arrest of NG2/PDGFRα-Positive Oligodendroglioma-Derived Tumor-Initiating Cells. PLoS One 8(11): e80714.

Trissal M., H. Driscoll, C.W. Duarte, and D.C. Link. 2013. Dissecting the mechanism and functional role of silenced microRNA-125a In Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Blood, 122(21): 3803.

Renner T., J. Bragg, H.E. Driscoll, J. Cho, A.O. Jackson, and C.D. Specht. 2009. Viral-Induced Gene Silencing as a tool for investigating floral developmental genetics in the Zingiberales. Molecular Plant 2(5): 1084-1094.

Nguyen N., H.E. Driscoll, and C.D. Specht. 2008. A molecular phylogeny of the wild onions (Allium; Alliaceae) with a focus on the w. North American center of diversity. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 47: 1157-1172.

Driscoll H.E. and D.S. Barrington. 2007. Origin of Hawaiian Polystichum: evidence from coding and non-coding chloroplast sequences. American Journal of Botany 94: 1413-1424.

Driscoll H.E., D.S. Barrington, and A.V. Gilman. 2003. A re-examination of the apogamous tetraploid Phegopteris (Thelypteridaceae) from northeastern North America. Rhodora 105: 309-321.

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