Garry Duncan

Faculty/Staff profile

Professor of Biology
Phone: 
(402) 465-2451
Office: 
Olin Hall 204
Background: 

Professor of Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1989-present.
Visiting Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987-88, 1994-95, 2001-present.
Visiting Professor of Cell Biology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2001-present.
Chair of Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1990-1994, 1999-2006.
Associate Professor of Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1985-89.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1979-85.

Education: 

Doctorate of Philosophy in Genetics, with a minor in Biology, University of Arizona, May 1979.
Master of Science Degree in Zoology, Arizona State University, December 1975.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology, Arizona State University, February 1972.

Teaching philosophy: 

Critical thinking as a way of knowing. Divide and conquer.

Courses taught: 

Genetics (Biology 170)
Evolution (Biology 261)
Molecular Biology (Biology 283)
Bioinformatics for Biologists (Biology 290)

Research and academic interests: 

Use of bioinformatics and genomics in the study of Chlorella (green alga) and chloroviruses.
Use of flow cytometry to measure changes in reactive oxygen species in host cells in response to viral infection.
Use of microarray technology in the analysis of time-course genetic expression profiles of the virus PBCV-1 upon infection

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:
Dunigan DD, Cerny RL, Bauman AT, Roach JC, Lane LC, Agarkova IV, Wulser K, Yanai-Balser GM, Gurnon JR, Vitek JC, Kronschnabel BJ, Jeanniard A, Blanc G, Upton C, Duncan GA, McClung OW, Ma F, Van Etten JL. Paramecium bursaria chlorella virus 1 proteome reveals novel architectural and regulatory features of a giant virus. J Virol. 86(16):8821-34. (August 2012)

Blanc G, Duncan G, Agarkova I, Borodovsky M, Gurnon J, Kuo A, Lindquist E, Lucas S, Pangilinan J, Polle J, Salamov A, Terry A, Yamada T, Dunigan DD, Grigoriev IV, Claverie JM, Van Etten JL. The Chlorella variabilis NC64A genome reveals adaptation to photosymbiosis, coevolution with viruses, and cryptic sex. Plant Cell. 22(9):2943-55. (September 2010)

Parakkottil Chothi M, Duncan GA, Armirotti A, Abergel C, Gurnon JR, Van Etten JL, Bernardi C, Damonte G, Tonetti M. Identification of an L-rhamnose synthetic pathway in two nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses. J Virol. 84(17):8829-38. (September 2010)

Yanai-Balser GM, Duncan GA, Eudy JD, Wang D, Li X, Agarkova IV, Dunigan DD, Van Etten JL. Microarray analysis of Paramecium bursaria chlorella virus 1 transcription. J Virol. 84(1):532-42. (January 2010)

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

American Society of Virology
Nebraska Academy of Sciences
Beta Beta Beta
Phi Beta Kappa
Visiting Research Scientist, Institut de Microbiologie de la Méditerranée (IMM, IFR-88) Parc Scientifique de Luminy, Marseille, France. September 2008-June 2009.
Research Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (during sabbatical leave 2001-02, and present due to INBRE grant): molecular biology
Ameritas Fellow 2001-02, 2008-2009
Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award (1999)
Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award (2013)