Karen Elizabeth Sears

Title(s)Professor, Ecology And Evolutionary Biology
SchoolCollege of Letters and Science
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    Title(s)Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

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    Developing techniques to generate the first transgenic opossums
    NIH R21OD022988Jul 5, 2016 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Genetic and Morphologic Basis of Bat Wing Development
    NIH F32HD050042May 1, 2005 - Apr 30, 2008
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Insights into the formation and diversification of a novel chiropteran wing membrane from embryonic development. BMC Biol. 2023 05 04; 21(1):101. Anthwal N, Urban DJ, Sadier A, Takenaka R, Spiro S, Simmons N, Behringer RR, Cretekos CJ, Rasweiler JJ, Sears KE. PMID: 37143038; PMCID: PMC10161559.
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    2. Pedomorphosis in the ancestry of marsupial mammals. Curr Biol. 2023 Apr 26. White HE, Tucker AS, Fernandez V, Portela Miguez R, Hautier L, Herrel A, Urban DJ, Sears KE, Goswami A. PMID: 37119816.
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    3. Limb development, evolution, and regeneration and repair: Part two. Dev Dyn. 2022 09; 251(9):1387-1388. Gros J, Davey M, Sears KE. PMID: 36052833.
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    4. Ecological constraints on highly evolvable olfactory receptor genes and morphology in neotropical bats. Evolution. 2022 Oct; 76(10):2347-2360. Yohe LR, Fabbri M, Lee D, Davies KTJ, Yohe TP, Sánchez MKR, Rengifo EM, Hall RP, Mutumi G, Hedrick BP, Sadier A, Simmons NB, Sears KE, Dumont E, Rossiter SJ, Bhullar BS, Dávalos LM. PMID: 35904467.
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    5. Bat Dentitions: A Model System for Studies at The Interface of Development, Biomechanics, and Evolution. Integr Comp Biol. 2022 May 16. Santana SE, Grossnickle DM, Sadier A, Patterson E, Sears KE. PMID: 35575617.
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    6. Epigenetic clock and methylation studies in marsupials: opossums, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, and wallabies. Geroscience. 2022 06; 44(3):1825-1845. Horvath S, Haghani A, Zoller JA, Raj K, Sinha I, Robeck TR, Black P, Couzens A, Lau C, Manoyan M, Ruiz YA, Talbott A, Belov K, Hogg CJ, Sears KE. PMID: 35449380; PMCID: PMC9213610.
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    7. Incomplete lineage sorting and phenotypic evolution in marsupials. Cell. 2022 05 12; 185(10):1646-1660.e18. Feng S, Bai M, Rivas-González I, Li C, Liu S, Tong Y, Yang H, Chen G, Xie D, Sears KE, Franco LM, Gaitan-Espitia JD, Nespolo RF, Johnson WE, Yang H, Brandies PA, Hogg CJ, Belov K, Renfree MB, Helgen KM, Boomsma JJ, Schierup MH, Zhang G. PMID: 35447073; PMCID: PMC9200472.
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    8. Limb development, evolution, and regeneration & repair: Part 1. Dev Dyn. 2021 09; 250(9):1218-1219. Sears KE, Gros J, Davey M. PMID: 34402127.
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    9. Castration delays epigenetic aging and feminizes DNA methylation at androgen-regulated loci. Elife. 2021 07 06; 10. Sugrue VJ, Zoller JA, Narayan P, Lu AT, Ortega-Recalde OJ, Grant MJ, Bawden CS, Rudiger SR, Haghani A, Bond DM, Hore RR, Garratt M, Sears KE, Wang N, Yang XW, Snell RG, Hore TA, Horvath S. PMID: 34227937; PMCID: PMC8260231.
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    10. Developmental influence on evolutionary rates and the origin of placental mammal tooth complexity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 06 08; 118(23). Couzens AMC, Sears KE, Rücklin M. PMID: 34083433; PMCID: PMC8202019.
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    11. Find the food first: An omnivorous sensory morphotype predates biomechanical specialization for plant based diets in phyllostomid bats. Evolution. 2021 11; 75(11):2791-2801. Hall RP, Mutumi GL, Hedrick BP, Yohe LR, Sadier A, Davies KTJ, Rossiter SJ, Sears K, Dávalos LM, Dumont ER. PMID: 34021589.
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    12. Testing hypotheses of marsupial brain size variation using phylogenetic multiple imputations and a Bayesian comparative framework. Proc Biol Sci. 2021 03 31; 288(1947):20210394. Todorov OS, Blomberg SP, Goswami A, Sears K, Drhlík P, Peters J, Weisbecker V. PMID: 33784860; PMCID: PMC8059968.
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    13. Non-model systems in mammalian forelimb evo-devo. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2021 08; 69:65-71. Howenstine AO, Sadier A, Anthwal N, Lau CL, Sears KE. PMID: 33684847; PMCID: PMC8364859.
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    14. Embryonic evidence uncovers convergent origins of laryngeal echolocation in bats. Curr Biol. 2021 04 12; 31(7):1353-1365.e3. Nojiri T, Wilson LAB, López-Aguirre C, Tu VT, Kuratani S, Ito K, Higashiyama H, Son NT, Fukui D, Sadier A, Sears KE, Endo H, Kamihori S, Koyabu D. PMID: 33675700.
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    15. Making a bat: The developmental basis of bat evolution. Genet Mol Biol. 2021; 43(1 Suppl 2):e20190146. Sadier A, Urban DJ, Anthwal N, Howenstine AO, Sinha I, Sears KE. PMID: 33576369; PMCID: PMC7879332.
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    16. Unraveling the heritage of lost traits. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2022 01; 338(1-2):107-118. Sadier A, Sears KE, Womack M. PMID: 33528870.
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    17. Emergent Coordination of the CHKB and CPT1B Genes in Eutherian Mammals: Implications for the Origin of Brown Adipose Tissue. J Mol Biol. 2020 11 20; 432(23):6127-6145. Patel BV, Yao F, Howenstine A, Takenaka R, Hyatt JA, Sears KE, Shewchuk BM. PMID: 33058877; PMCID: PMC7736154.
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    18. The role of core and variable Gene Regulatory Network modules in tooth development and evolution. Integr Comp Biol. 2020 Aug 06. Sadier A, Santana SE, Sears KE. PMID: 32761089.
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    19. Foraging shifts and visual preadaptation in ecologically diverse bats. Mol Ecol. 2020 05; 29(10):1839-1859. Davies KTJ, Yohe LR, Almonte J, Sánchez MKR, Rengifo EM, Dumont ER, Sears KE, Dávalos LM, Rossiter SJ. PMID: 32293071.
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    20. Evidence of five digits in embryonic horses and developmental stabilization of tetrapod digit number. Proc Biol Sci. 2020 02 12; 287(1920):20192756. Kavanagh KD, Bailey CS, Sears KE. PMID: 32019446; PMCID: PMC7031666.
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    21. Evaluating the performance of targeted sequence capture, RNA-Seq, and degenerate-primer PCR cloning for sequencing the largest mammalian multigene family. Mol Ecol Resour. 2020 Jan; 20(1):140-153. Yohe LR, Davies KTJ, Simmons NB, Sears KE, Dumont ER, Rossiter SJ, Dávalos LM. PMID: 31523924.
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    22. The Development of Integration in Marsupial and Placental Limbs. Integr Org Biol. 2019; 1(1):oby013. Kelly EM, Marcot JD, Selwood L, Sears KE. PMID: 33791518; PMCID: PMC7671123.
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    23. Multifactorial processes underlie parallel opsin loss in neotropical bats. Elife. 2018 12 18; 7. Sadier A, Davies KT, Yohe LR, Yun K, Donat P, Hedrick BP, Dumont ER, Dávalos LM, Rossiter SJ, Sears KE. PMID: 30560780; PMCID: PMC6333445.
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    24. Timing the developmental origins of mammalian limb diversity. Genesis. 2018 01; 56(1). Sears K, Maier JA, Sadier A, Sorensen D, Urban DJ. PMID: 29095555.
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    25. Review and experimental evaluation of the embryonic development and evolutionary history of flipper development and hyperphalangy in dolphins (Cetacea: Mammalia). Genesis. 2018 01; 56(1). Cooper LN, Sears KE, Armfield BA, Kala B, Hubler M, Thewissen JGM. PMID: 29068152.
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    26. Transcriptomic insights into the genetic basis of mammalian limb diversity. BMC Evol Biol. 2017 03 23; 17(1):86. Maier JA, Rivas-Astroza M, Deng J, Dowling A, Oboikovitz P, Cao X, Behringer RR, Cretekos CJ, Rasweiler JJ, Zhong S, Sears KE. PMID: 28335721; PMCID: PMC5364624.
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    27. Trpc2 pseudogenization dynamics in bats reveal ancestral vomeronasal signaling, then pervasive loss. Evolution. 2017 Apr; 71(4):923-935. Yohe LR, Abubakar R, Giordano C, Dumont E, Sears KE, Rossiter SJ, Dávalos LM. PMID: 28128447.
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    28. Meckel's cartilage breakdown offers clues to mammalian middle ear evolution. Nat Ecol Evol. 2017 03 06; 1(4):93. Anthwal N, Urban DJ, Luo ZX, Sears KE, Tucker AS. PMID: 28459103; PMCID: PMC5405799.
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    29. A new developmental mechanism for the separation of the mammalian middle ear ossicles from the jaw. Proc Biol Sci. 2017 02 08; 284(1848). Urban DJ, Anthwal N, Luo ZX, Maier JA, Sadier A, Tucker AS, Sears KE. PMID: 28179517; PMCID: PMC5310609.
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    30. Limb development: a paradigm of gene regulation. Nat Rev Genet. 2017 04; 18(4):245-258. Petit F, Sears KE, Ahituv N. PMID: 28163321.
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    31. A new mammalian model system for thalidomide teratogenesis: Monodelphis domestica. Reprod Toxicol. 2017 06; 70:126-132. Sorensen D, Sackett A, Urban DJ, Maier J, Vargesson N, Sears KE. PMID: 28130151.
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    32. Cellular and molecular drivers of differential organ growth: insights from the limbs of Monodelphis domestica. Dev Genes Evol. 2016 06; 226(3):235-43. Dowling A, Doroba C, Maier JA, Cohen L, VandeBerg J, Sears KE. PMID: 27194412.
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    33. On the serial homology of the pectoral and pelvic girdles of tetrapods. Evolution. 2015 Oct; 69(10):2543-55. Sears KE, Capellini TD, Diogo R. PMID: 26374500.
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    34. The Relationship between Gene Network Structure and Expression Variation among Individuals and Species. PLoS Genet. 2015 Aug; 11(8):e1005398. Sears KE, Maier JA, Rivas-Astroza M, Poe R, Zhong S, Kosog K, Marcot JD, Behringer RR, Cretekos CJ, Rasweiler JJ, Rapti Z. PMID: 26317994; PMCID: PMC4552942.
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    35. The significance and scope of evolutionary developmental biology: a vision for the 21st century. Evol Dev. 2015 May-Jun; 17(3):198-219. Moczek AP, Sears KE, Stollewerk A, Wittkopp PJ, Diggle P, Dworkin I, Ledon-Rettig C, Matus DQ, Roth S, Abouheif E, Brown FD, Chiu CH, Cohen CS, Tomaso AW, Gilbert SF, Hall B, Love AC, Lyons DC, Sanger TJ, Smith J, Specht C, Vallejo-Marin M, Extavour CG. PMID: 25963198.
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    36. Exogenous retinoic acid induces digit reduction in opossums (Monodelphis domestica) by disrupting cell death and proliferation, and apical ectodermal ridge and zone of polarizing activity function. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Mar; 103(3):225-34. Molineaux AC, Maier JA, Schecker T, Sears KE. PMID: 25656823.
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    37. It's time to get together: announcing the new society for evolutionary developmental biology in the Americas. Evol Dev. 2015 Jan-Feb; 17(1):1. Abouheif E, Sears K. PMID: 25627709.
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    38. Quantifying the impact of development on phenotypic variation and evolution. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2014 Dec; 322(8):643-53. Sears KE. PMID: 25393554.
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    39. Patterning and post-patterning modes of evolutionary digit loss in mammals. Nature. 2014 Jul 03; 511(7507):41-5. Cooper KL, Sears KE, Uygur A, Maier J, Baczkowski KS, Brosnahan M, Antczak D, Skidmore JA, Tabin CJ. PMID: 24990742; PMCID: PMC4228958.
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    40. Cellular basis of differential limb growth in postnatal gray short-tailed opossums (Monodelphis domestica). J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2014 Jun; 322(4):221-9. Beiriger A, Sears KE. PMID: 24500902.
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    41. Constraints on Mammalian forelimb development: insights from developmental disparity. Evolution. 2013 Dec; 67(12):3645-52. Ross D, Marcot JD, Betteridge KJ, Nascone-Yoder N, Bailey CS, Sears KE. PMID: 24299415.
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    42. Integration of the mammalian shoulder girdle within populations and over evolutionary time. J Evol Biol. 2013 Jul; 26(7):1536-48. Sears KE, Bianchi C, Powers L, Beck AL. PMID: 23675971.
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    43. Development of the marsupial shoulder girdle complex: a case study in Monodelphis domestica. Evol Dev. 2013 Jan; 15(1):18-27. Hübler M, Molineaux AC, Keyte A, Schecker T, Sears KE. PMID: 23331914.
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    44. Disparate Igf1 expression and growth in the fore- and hind limbs of a marsupial mammal (Monodelphis domestica). J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2012 Jun; 318(4):279-93. Sears KE, Patel A, Hübler M, Cao X, Vandeberg JL, Zhong S. PMID: 22821864.
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    45. The evolution and development of mammalian flight. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2012 Sep-Oct; 1(5):773-9. Cooper LN, Cretekos CJ, Sears KE. PMID: 23799572.
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    46. Developmental basis of mammalian digit reduction: a case study in pigs. Evol Dev. 2011 Nov-Dec; 13(6):533-41. Sears KE, Bormet AK, Rockwell A, Powers LE, Noelle Cooper L, Wheeler MB. PMID: 23016937.
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    47. Novel insights into the regulation of limb development from 'natural' mammalian mutants. Studies in 'non-traditional' mammalian models with very different limb morphologies and sizes can contribute to resolving general developmental mechanisms. Bioessays. 2011 May; 33(5):327-31. Sears KE. PMID: 21425304.
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    48. The divergent development of the apical ectodermal ridge in the marsupial Monodelphis domestica. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2010 Aug; 293(8):1325-32. Doroba CK, Sears KE. PMID: 20665811.
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    49. The developmental reduction of the marsupial coracoid: a case study in Monodelphis domestica. J Morphol. 2010 Jul; 271(7):769-76. Hubler M, Niswander LA, Peters J, Sears KE. PMID: 20151407.
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    50. A milieu of regulatory elements in the epidermal differentiation complex syntenic block: implications for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Hum Mol Genet. 2010 Apr 15; 19(8):1453-60. de Guzman Strong C, Conlan S, Deming CB, Cheng J, Sears KE, Segre JA. PMID: 20089530; PMCID: PMC2846160.
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    51. Differences in the timing of prechondrogenic limb development in mammals: the marsupial-placental dichotomy resolved. Evolution. 2009 Aug; 63(8):2193-200. Sears KE. PMID: 19453378.
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    52. Molecular determinants of bat wing development. Cells Tissues Organs. 2008; 187(1):6-12. Sears KE. PMID: 18160799.
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    53. The correlated evolution of Runx2 tandem repeats, transcriptional activity, and facial length in carnivora. Evol Dev. 2007 Nov-Dec; 9(6):555-65. Sears KE, Goswami A, Flynn JJ, Niswander LA. PMID: 17976052.
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    54. The evolutionary and developmental basis of parallel reduction in mammalian zeugopod elements. Am Nat. 2007 Jan; 169(1):105-17. Sears KE, Behringer RR, Rasweiler JJ, Niswander LA. PMID: 17206589.
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    55. Development of bat flight: morphologic and molecular evolution of bat wing digits. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Apr 25; 103(17):6581-6. Sears KE, Behringer RR, Rasweiler JJ, Niswander LA. PMID: 16618938; PMCID: PMC1458926.
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    56. Role of development in the evolution of the scapula of the giant sthenurine kangaroos (Macropodidae: Sthenurinae). J Morphol. 2005 Aug; 265(2):226-36. Sears KE. PMID: 15977203.
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    57. Constraints on the morphological evolution of marsupial shoulder girdles. Evolution. 2004 Oct; 58(10):2353-70. Sears KE. PMID: 15562696.
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