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Alison R Gerken

Research Molecular Biologist

Dr. Alison Gerken    

Dr. Alison Gerken
Research Molecular Biologist

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ATTN: Alison Gerken
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS  66502

Telephone: 785.776.2796
Fax: 785.537.5584

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Alison Gerken is a Research Molecular Biologist with the USDA-ARS at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, KS. She received her Ph.D. in biology from Kansas State University in 2014 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida from 2014 to 2016. Her research interests focus on understanding the phenotypic and genetic plasticity responses to stress using behavioral, thermal, and life-history bioassays.

Gerken, A. R. and J. F. Campbell. 2018. Life history changes in Trogoderma variabile and T. inclusum due to mating delay with implications for mating disruption as a management tactic. Ecol. Evol. 8: 2428-2439.
León-Novelo, L., A. R. Gerken, R. M. Graze, L. M. McIntyre and F. Marroni. 2018. Direct testing for allele-specific expression differences between conditions. G3: Genes/Genomes/Genetics 8: 447-460.
Perkin, L. C., A. R. Gerken, and B. Oppert. 2017. RNA-Seq validation of RNAi identifies additional gene connectivity in Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). J. Insect Sci. 17:57; 1-7.
Bubak, A. N., Gerken, A. R., Watt, M. J., Costabile, J. D., Renner, K. J., and Swallow, J. G. 2016. Assessment strategies and fighting patterns in animal contests: a role for serotonin? Curr. Zool. 62: 257-263.
Fear, J.M., Leon-Novelo, L.G., Morse, A.M., Gerken, A.R., Van Lehman, K., Tower, J., Nuzhdin, S.V., and McIntyre, L.M. 2016. Buffering of Genetic Regulatory Networks in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 203: 1177-1190.
Gerken, A.R., Mackay, T.F.C., and Morgan, T.J. 2016. Artificial selection on chill-coma recovery time in Drosophila melanogaster: Direct and correlated responses to selection. J. Therm. Biol. 59: 77-85.
Gerken, A.R., Eller, O.C., Hahn, D.A., and Morgan, T.J. 2015. Constraints, independence, and evolution of thermal plasticity: Probing genetic architecture of long and short-term thermal acclimation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 112: 4399-4404.
Egge, A.R., Brandt, Y., and Swallow, J.G. 2011. Sequential analysis of aggressive interactions in the stalk-eyed fly Teleopsis dalmanni. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 65: 369-379.
Egge, A.R., Swallow, J.G. 2011. Previous experience matters in the stalk-eyed fly Teleopsis dalmanni. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 65: 1731–1737.
Ribak, G., Egge, A.R., and Swallow, J.G. 2009. Saccadic head rotations during walking in the stalk-eyed fly (Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni). Proc Biol Sci. 276: 1643-1649.