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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.

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. Journal of General Virology 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.
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. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 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. The Plant Journal 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 Biology and Evolution 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.
Shapiro, L. R., E. D. Scully, D. Roberts, T. J. Straub, S. M. Geib, J. Park, A. G. Stephensen, Q. Liu, E. S. Rojas, G. Beattie, M. Gleason, C. M. De Moraes, M. C. Mescher, R. Kolter, N. Pierce, and O. Zhaxybayeva. 2015. Draft genome sequence of Erwinia tracheiphila, an economically important bacterial pathogen of cucurbits. Genome Announcements 3: e00482-15.
Scully, E. D., S. M. Geib, J. E. Carlson, M. Tien, D. McKenna, and K. Hoover. 2014. Functional Genomics and Microbiome Profiling of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) Reveal Insights into the Digestive Physiology and Nutritional Ecology of Wood Feeding Beetles. BMC Genomics. 15: 1096. pp. 21.
Chung, S. H., C. Rosa, E. D. Scully, M. Peiffer, J. F. Tooker, K. Hoover, D. S. Luthe, and G. W. Felton. 2013. Herbivore Exploits Oral Bacteria to Suppress Plant Defenses. PNAS 110: 15728–15733.

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