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Douglas W. Houston, Ph.D.

Professional Preparation:

Florida Tech, Melbourne, FL B.S. 1992 Molecular Biology
Integrated/Genzyme Genetics, Miami, FL N/A 1993-96 Human Cytogenetics
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL Ph.D. 1999 Developmental Biology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH Postdoc. 2000-04 Developmental Biology



2004-10 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2004- Faculty member, Interdisciplinary Biosciences Graduate Program, The University of Iowa
2005- Faculty Member, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Genetics and in Molecular and Cell Biology, The University of Iowa
2008- Faculty Member, Medical Scientist Training Program, The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
2010- Associate Professor, Department of Biology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA



1999 Florida Scholar Award and Award of Academic Merit, University of Miami, Miami, FL
2000 Finalist, Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
2000 Finalist, Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
2005 University of Iowa Old Gold Fellowship, Iowa City, IA
2005 Featured Alumnus, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
2009- Guest instructor, Cold Spring Harbor Xenopus course
2012-15 ZRG1 F05-R study section review service
2014 DEV2 study section review service
2015- Assistant Director, Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank


Selected Peer Reviewed Publications:

Hulstrand AM, Houston DW. (2013). Regulation of neurogenesis by Fgf8a requires Cdc42 signaling and a novel Cdc42 effector protein. Dev Biol. 382(2):385-99. Epub 2013 Aug 29. PubMed PMID: 23994638; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3846544.

Bassuk A, Muthuuswamy L, Boland R, Smith T, Hulstrand AM, Northrup H, Hakeman M, Dierdorff J, Yung C, Long A, Brouilette R, Au K-S, Gurnett C, Houston DW, Cornell RA, Manak JR. (2013). Copy number variation analysis implicates the cell polarity gene glypican 5 as a human spina bifida candidate gene. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Mar 15;22(6):1097-111.

Elliott KL, Houston DW, Fritzsch B. Sensory afferent segregation in three-eared frogs resemble the dominance columns observed in three-eyed frogs. Sci Rep. 2015 Feb 9;5:8338. doi: 10.1038/srep08338. PubMed PMID: 25661240.

Olson DJ, Oh D, Houston DW. (2015). The dynamics of plus end polarization and microtubule assembly during Xenopus cortical rotation. Dev Biol 401, 249–263. PubMed PMID: 25753733.

Elliott KL, Houston DW, DeCook R, Fritzsch B. (2015). Ear manipulations reveal a critical period for survival and dendritic development at the single-cell level in Mauthner neurons. Dev Neurobiol. Mar 18. doi: 10.1002/dneu.22287. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25787878.

Additional Publications

Last modified on September 25th, 2015
Posted on September 18th, 2015