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Research Assistant Professor

Portrait photo of Heather Driscoll

Heather Driscoll received her B.S. and M.S. in botany from the University of Vermont, where she completed research on the origin and evolution of two fern lineages using molecular data: beech ferns (genus Thelypteris) in Vermont and sword ferns (genus Polystichum) on the Hawaiian Islands.

Her work with plants continued as a research associate at the UC Herbarium as well as in the Plant and Microbial Biology Department at University of California, Berkeley, where she researched the molecular phylogenetics of non-model plants.

In 2011, she returned to Vermont to become a bioinformatics analyst with the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) based at Norwich University. Currently, she provides bioinformatics support and hands-on training in genomic and transcriptomic data analysis for faculty and students at VGN baccalaureate partner institutions, including Norwich University, Castleton University, Middlebury College, Saint Michael’s College, Northern Vermont University, and the University of Vermont.

Recent projects include the differential gene expression and functional analysis of RNA-Seq and microarray data, functional enrichment analysis of proteomic data, and taxonomic and functional profiling of microbial communities through analysis of whole metagenome sequence data. Heather has also taught short courses on microarray data analysis and introductory data mining and co-advises Norwich University students whose research involves bioinformatics.

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Preston J.C., Powers B., Kostyun J.L., Driscoll, H., Zhang, F. and and Zhong, J. Regional Control of Partially Fused Petunia Corollas. The Plant Journal. Epub ahead of print, June 10, 2019.

Fairfield H., Falank C., Farrell M., Vary C., Boucher J.M., Driscoll H., Liaw L., Rosen C.J., & Reagan M.R. 2019. Development of a 3D bone marrow adipose tissue model. Bone 118, 77-88. 

Schmoker, A. M., H.E. Driscoll, S.R. Geiger, J.J. Vincent, A.M. Ebert & B.A. Ballif. 2018. An in silico proteomics screen to predict and prioritize protein-protein interactions dependent on post-translationally modified motifs. Bioinformatics 34(22): 3898–3906. 

Murray, J., Driscoll, H. E., and Pivarski, K. 2018. 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. Genetics Society of America Peer-Reviewed Education Portal (GSA PREP); 2018. 005. 

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. 2017. Identification of target genes downstream of Semaphorin6A/PlexinA2 signaling in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics. Available online 25 May 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 arrestJournal 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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