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Research in gene regulation and immunity

 

I'm currently a PhD candidate in Molecular Anthropology at the University of Oregon. My research is focused on the role of gene regulation in primate immunity. In order to understand the consequences of regulatory variation on gene expression I use a variety of bioinformatic, genomic (mRNA-seq), and experimental (in-vitro) approaches. 

Summer 2018 I'll be joining the Tung Lab at Duke University as a Postdoctoral Fellow investigating the effects of social status on immune gene regulation

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PUBLICATIONS

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

SIMONS, N.D., EICK, G., RUIZ-LOPEZ, M.J., CHAPMAN, C.A., GOLDBERG, T.L., TING, N., STERNER, K.N. (2017). CIS-REGULATORY EVOLUTION IN A WILD PRIMATE: INFECTION-ASSOCIATED GENETIC VARIATION DRIVES DIFFERENTIAL EXPRESSION OF MHC-DQA1 IN-VITRO. MOLECULAR ECOLOGY: DOI:10.1111/MEC.14221.

SIMONS, N.D., RUIZ-LOPEZ, M.J., CHAPMAN, C.A., GOLDBERG, T.L., KARL, J.A., WISEMAN, R.W., BOHN, P.S., O’CONNOR, D.H., TING, N. (2016). RAPID HAPLOTYPE IDENTIFICATION OF MAJOR HISTOCOMPATIBILITY COMPLEX CLASS I USING DEEP SEQUENCING IN AN ENDANGERED OLD WORLD MONKEY. CONSERVATION GENETIC RESOURCES 8(1): 23-26.

GHAI, R.R., SIMONS, N.D., CHAPMAN, C.A., OMEJA, P.A., DAVIES, T.J., TING, N., GOLDBERG, T.L. (2014). HIDDEN POPULATION STRUCTURE AND CROSS-SPECIES TRANSMISSION OF WHIPWORMS (TRICHURIS SP.) IN HUMANS AND NON-HUMAN PRIMATES IN UGANDA. PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES 8(10): E3256.

SIMONS, N.D., WAGNER, R.S., LORENZ, J.G. (2013). GENETIC DIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICAN CAPTIVE WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS (GORILLA GORILLA GORILLA). ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 3: 80-88.

SIMONS, N.D., LORENZ, J.G., SHEERAN, L.K., LI, J., XIA, D., WAGNER, R.S. (2012). NONINVASIVE SALIVA COLLECTION FOR DNA ANALYSES FROM FREE-RANGING TIBETAN MACAQUES (MACACA THIBETANA). AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY 74: 1064–1070.

NON PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

SIMONS, N.D. (2015). CONCEPTUAL BREAKTHROUGHS IN EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SHIFTING PARADIGMS. BY JOHN AVISE. 184 PP. WALTHAM, MA: ACADEMIC PRESS. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, 27: 231–232.

WINTERS, S., DUNAYER, E.S., PETERSDORF, M., SIMONS, N.D., & TINSMAN, J. (2015). PRIMATOLOGY AND CONSERVATION IN HANOI, VIETNAM. EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY 23: 201-204.

 
 
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308 Condon Hall
Department of Anthropology University of Oregon      Eugene, OR 97402 nsimons@uoregon.edu       458-205-9256