Dana Garcia - Curriculum-Vitae
Professor of Biology
(formerly Southwest Texas State University)
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Ph. D. 1993, University of California, Berkeley Physiology (Cell Biology)
B. S. 1986, Texas A&M University, College Station (Zoology)
Cell biology of retinal pigment epithelium, cell signaling, cytoskeleton, membrane transport, molecular evolution
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
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)
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)
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.