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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Erin D Scully

Research Molecular Biologist

Dr. Erin Scully    

Dr. Erin Scully
Research Molecular Biologist

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ATTN: Erin Scully
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS  66502

Telephone: 785.776.2710
Fax: 785.537.5584

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Erin Scully is a Research Molecular Biologist with the USDA ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, KS. She received a B.S. in Biology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from The Pennsylvania State University. From 2014 to 2016, she was a postdoctoral Research Molecular Biologist at the USDA ARS Grain, Forage, and Bioenergy Research Unit in Lincoln, NE working on functional genomics of bioenergy grasses. Her current research interests include functional genomics of sensory systems of stored product pests and how behavioral and chemical cues can be disrupted to reduce these insects’ abilities to locate food and mates. In addition, she is also interested in genomics of invasive insects and identification of genes that enable stored product insects to adapt abiotic and biotic stresses.

Chung, S. H., E. D. Scully, M. Peiffer, S. M. Geib, C. Rosa, K. Hoover, and G. W. Felton. 2017. Host plant species determines symbiotic bacterial community mediating suppression of plant defenses. Sci. Rep. 7: 39690.
Scully, E., K. Friesen, B. Wienhold, and L. M. Durso. 2017. Microbial communities associated with stable fly (Diptera: Muscidae) larvae and their developmental substrates. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 110: 61-72.
Abd-Alla, A. M. M., K. M. Kariithi, F. Cousserans, J. Parker, I. A. Ince, E. D.Scully, S. Boeren, S. M. Geib, S. Mekonnen, J. M. Vlak, A. G. Parker, M. J. B. Vreysen, and M. Bergoin. 2016. Comprehensive annotation of the Glossina pallidipes salivary gland hypertrophy virus from Ethiopian tsetse flies: a proteogenomics approach. J. Gen. Virol. 97: 1010-1031.
Herr, J.R., Scully, E.D., Geib, S.M., Hoover, K., Geiser, D.M., Tien, M., Carlson, J.E. 2016. Genome sequence of Fusarium isolate MYA-4552 from the midgut of Anoplophora glabripennis, an invasive, wood-boring beetle. Genome Announc. 4: e00544-16.
McKenna, D. D., E. D. Scully, Y. Pauchet, K. Hoover, R. Kirsch, S. M. Geib, R. F. Mitchell, R. M. Waterhouse, S.-J. Ahn, D. Arsala, J. B. Benoit, H. Blackmon, T. Bledsoe, J. H. Bowsher, A. Busch,B. Calla, H. Chao, A. K. Childers, et al. 2016. Genome of the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), a gobally significant invasive species, reveals key functional and evolutionary innovations at the beetle-plant interface. Genome Biol. 17: 227.
Scully, E. D., T. Gries, D. L. Funnell-Harris, Z. Xin, F. A. Kovacs, W. Vermerris, and S. E. Sattler. 2016. Characterization of Novel Mutations in Brown midrib 6 (Bmr6), the Major Cinnamyl Alcohol Dehydrogenase Involved in Lignin Biosynthesis in Sorghum bicolor. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 58: 136-149.
Scully, E. D., T. Gries, G. Sarath, N. A. Palmer, L. Baird, M. J. Serapiglia, B. S. Dien, A. A. Boateng, Z. Ge, D. L. Funnell-Harris, P. Twigg, T. E. Clemente, and S. E. Sattler. 2016. Overexpression of SbMyb60 Impacts Phenylpropanoid Biosynthesis and Alters Secondary Cell Wall Composition in Sorghum bicolor. Plant J. 85: 378-395.
Scully, E.D., Donze-Reiner, T., Wang, H., Eickhoff, T., Baxendale, F., Twigg, P., Kovacs, F., Hang-Moss, T., Sattler, S.E., Sarath, G. 2016. Identification of an orthologous clade of peroxidases that respond to feeding by greenbugs (Schizaphis graminum) in c4 grasses. Funct. Plant. Biol. . Available:
Shapiro, L.R., Scully, E.D., Straub, T.J., Park, J., Stephenson, A.G., Beattie, G., Gleason, M., Kolter, R., Coelho, M., De Moraes, C.M., Mescher, M.C., Zhaxybayeva, O. 2016. Horizontal gene acquisitions, mobile element proliferation, and genome decay in the host-restricted plant pathogen Erwinia tracheiphila. Genome Biol. Evol. 8: 649-664.
Rinerson, C. I., E. D. Scully, N. A. Palmer, T. Donze-Reiner, R. C. Rabara, P. Tripathi, Q. J. Shen, S. E. Sattler, J. S. Rohila, G. Sarath, and P. J. Rushton. 2015. The WRKY Transcription Factor Family and Senescence in Switchgrass. BMC Genomics 16(912): 17pp.

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