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Dana Garcia - Curriculum-Vitae


Dana M. García

Professor of Biology

Texas State University-San Marcos

(formerly Southwest Texas State University)

San Marcos, Texas 78666

e-mail: dana_garcia@txstate.edu

tel: (512)245-3368

fax: (512)245-8713

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EDUCATION

Ph. D. 1993, University of California, Berkeley Physiology (Cell Biology)

B. S. 1986, Texas A&M University, College Station (Zoology)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cell biology of retinal pigment epithelium, cell signaling, cytoskeleton, membrane transport, molecular evolution

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2006 - present, Associate Dean for Research, College of Science, Texas State University-San Marcos

2004- present, Professor of Biology, College of Science, Texas State University-San Marcos

1999 – 2004, Associate Professor of Biology, College of Science, Texas State University-San Marcos

2001, Guest Professor, Zoologie, Universität Mainz – Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany

1993 – 1999, Assistant Professor of Biology, School and College of Science, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos

GRANTS

Current

2006-2008           NSF (IOB 0615762) Career Advancement Award: FISH and chips: Applying microarray technology and in situ hybridization to understanding light-adaptation in zebrafish, $168,646 (PI)

Previous

2003-2005           NSF (IBN 0235523) RUI:  Pigment Granule Dispersion in Teleost Retinal Pigment Epithelium: Cholinergic Mechanisms, $151,653 (PI)

2000-2005           NSF (INT 0078261) Role of Vimentin in RPE, $16,662 (PI)

1998-2004           NSF (ESIE 9731321).  Teacher Enhancement Proposal - A Summer Research Experience for Science Teachers, $728,952 (co-PI; PI Joe Koke)

2000-2003           NSF (IBN 0077666) RUI:  Pigment Granule Dispersion in Teleost Retinal Pigment Epithelium: Cholinergic Mechanisms, $50,487 (PI)

2001-2003           NSF (IBN 0132212) REU Supplement to IBN 0077666, $11,612 (PI)

2002-2003           NSF (IBN 0228857) REU Supplement to IBN 0077666, $6325 (PI)

2000-2002           Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Eisenhower Program - A Summer Research Experience for Science Teachers, $74,838 (co-PI; Julie Westerland, PI)

1999-2003           NIH NIGMS – Research-Oriented Bridges to the Baccalaureate, $514,773 (PI; co-PI Robert J. C. McLean 1999-2002)

1999-2003           Southwestern Bell Corporation Foundation.  A Summer Research Experience for Science Teachers, $200,000 (made to the SWT Development Foundation).

2001                     SWT.  Phylogenetic Characterization of alpha-Actinin.  $15,990 (co-PI; PI Mike Forstner)

1999-2000           SWT.  Molecular Architecture of Muscle: Complete Characterization of the G.3.5 Antigen.  $15,996 (PI; co-PI Joe Koke)

1998                     SWT.  Synthesis of Fluoresceinated Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate, $1760 (PI)

1998-1999           Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Eisenhower Program - A Summer Research Experience for Science Teachers, $88,196. (PI; co-PI Joe Koke)

1996-1998           NSF  (DUE 9650654) ILI Grant - An integrated and networked microscopy center for undergraduate education, $99,994 (co-PI; PI Joe Koke)

1996                    American Society for Cell Biology.  Summer Teacher Research Fellowship.  Isolation and Characterization of Circumferential Microfilament Bundles from Teleost Retinal Pigment Epithelium, $750

1996                    SWT.  Communication between the Retina and the Retinal Pigment Epithelium.  $6000 (PI)

1994-1996           NSF (IBN 9411836)  Minority Research Initiatives Planning Grant, $18,000 (PI)

1995-1996           NSF (IBN 9542519)  REU Supplement to IBN 9411836, $8900 (PI)

1994-1995           SWT.  Intermediate Filaments and their Associated Proteins in Retinal Pigment Epithelium.  $6000 (PI)

1994                    SWT. Communication between the Retina and the Retinal Pigment Epithelium.  $6000 (PI)

1994                    Indirect Cost Research Project, Southwest Texas State University, $4000 (PI)

PUBLICATIONS

Keith, T. A., V. Radhakrishnan, S. Moredock and D. M. García. 2006. Uptake of tritiated cAMP by retinal pigment epithelium isolated from bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus). BMC Neuroscience 7:82.

Phatarpekar, P. V., S. F. Durdan, C. M. Copeland, E. L. Crittenden, J. D. Neece and D. M. García. Molecular and Pharmacological Characterization of Muscarinic Receptors in Retinal Pigment Epithelium: Role in Light-Adaptive Pigment Movements. J. Neurochem. 95:1504-1520.

García, D. M., H. Bauer, T. Dietz, T. Schubert, J. Markl and M. Schaffeld. 2005. Identification of keratins and analysis of their expression in carp and goldfish: comparison to the zebrafish and trout keratin catalog. J. Cell and Tissue Research 322(2):245-256.

González, A. III, E. Crittenden and D. M. García.  2004.  Carbachol-induced pigment granule dispersion in RPE.  BMC Neuroscience 5:23.

García, D. M., S. E. Weigum and J. R. Koke.  2003.  GFAP and nuclear lamins share an epitope recognized by monoclonal antibody J1-31.  Brain Research 976(1):9-21.

Weigum, S. E., D. M. García, T. R. Raabe, N. Christodoulides and J. R. Koke. 2003.  Discrete nuclear structures in actively growing neuroblastoma cells are revealed by antibodies raised against phosphorylated neurofilament proteins. BMC Neuroscience 4:6.

Dixson, J. D., M. R. J. Forstner and D. M. García.  Evolutionary history of the alpha-actinin gene family: a phylogenetic study. J. Molecular Evolution 56(1):1-10.

Glass, T. L., T. R. Raabe, D. M. García and J. R. Koke.  2002.  Phosphorylated neurofilaments and SNAP-25 in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells in vitro. Brain Research 934(1):34-48.

Westerlund, J. F., D. M. García, J. R. Koke, T. A. Taylor and D. S. Mason.  2002.  Summer scientific research for teachers: the experience and its effect.  J. Science Teacher Education 13(1):63-83.

García, D. M.  1998.  Carbachol-induced pigment granule dispersion in teleost RPE. Cytobios 94:31-37.

Bolanos, S. H., D. O. Zamora, D. M. García, and J. R. Koke.  1998.  An -actinin isoform that may cross-link intermediate filaments and microfilaments. Cytobios 94:39-61.

King-Smith, C., P. Chen, D. M. García, H. Rey and B. Burnside.  1996.  Calcium-independent regulation of pigment granule aggregation and dispersion in teleost retinal pigment epithelial cells.  Journal of Cell Science 109:33-43.

García, D. M. and B. Burnside.  1994.  Suppression of cAMP induced pigment granule aggregation by inhibitors of organic anion transport.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 35:178-188.

Tiffany-Castiglioni, E., D. M. García J.-N. Wu, J. Zmudzki, G. R. Bratton.  1988.  Effects of lead on viability and intracellular metal content of C6 rat glioma cells.  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 23(2): 267-279.

Invited Review/Book Chapter

García, D. M. and J. R. Koke.  1996.  The cytoskeleton of the retinal pigment epithelium.  In:  S. K. Malhotra, ed. Advances in Structural Biology, vol. 4, Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, Inc., pp. 151-174.