Professor of Biology
University of Puget Sound
Office: Thompson 257B
Lab: Thompson 272
BS Rhodes College
PhD Duke University
Cellular and Developmental Biology
My research approach is usually morphological analysis of mutants with specific morphogenetic or subcellular phenotypes. The goal is to learn about the developmental function of a gene and its product. I have used this approach with a variety of organisms.
My current research focuses on cytoskeletal function during dorsal closure in Drosophila.
Courses taught: Principles of Biology (Biology 111); Mammalian Cell Microanatomy (Biology 374); Developmental Biology (Biology 375); Electron Microscopy (Biology 453); Biology at the Bar (Science in Context 328).
PUBLICATIONS (last 10 years)
McCullough, E., K.M. Wright, A. Alvarez, C.P. Clark, W.L. Rickoll, A. Madlung. 2010. Photoperiod-dependent floral reversion in the natural allopolyploid Arabidopsis suecica. New Phytologist (in press).
Franke, J.D., R.A. Montague, W.L. Rickoll, D.P. Kiehart. 2007. An MYH9 Human Disease Model in Flies: site-directed mutagenesis of the Drosophila nonmuscle myosin II results in hypomorphic alleles with dominant character. Hum Mol Genet. 2007 Sep 26.
O'Keefe, D.D., D.A. Prober, P.S. Moyle, W.L. Rickoll, B.A. Edgar. 2007. Egfr/Ras signaling regulates DE-cadherin/Shotgun localization to control vein morphogenesis in the Drosophila wing. Developmental Biology 311(1): 25-39.
Franke, J.D., F. Dong, W.L. Rickoll, M.J. Kelley, and D.P. Kiehart. 2005. Rod mutations associated with MYH9-related disrupt nonmuscle myosin-IIA assembly. Blood 105(1): 161-169.
Brown, N.H., S.L. Gregory, W.L. Rickoll, L.I. Fessler, M. Prout, R.A.H. White, and J.W. Fristrom. 2002. Talin is essential for integrin function in Drosophila. Developmental Cell, Vol. 3, 569-579.
Kiehart, D.P., C.G. Galbraith, K.A. Edwards, W.L. Rickoll, and R.A. Montague. 2000. Multiple forces contribute to cell sheet morphogenesis for dorsal closure in Drosophila. J Cell Biol. 149(2):471-90.
McDonald, K.L., D.J. Sharp, and W. Rickoll. 2000. Preparation of thin sections for examination by transmission electron microscopy. In Drosophila Protocols, eds. W. Sullivan, M. Ashburner, and R.S. Hawley.
Mannion-Henderson, J., J.A. Flashpohler, K.R. Lemley, W.L. Rickoll, and M. Parsons. 2000. Isolation and characterization of Leishmania mutants defective in glycosomal protein import. Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology 106:225-237.