Department of Biology and Biochemistry
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204
2006-present Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston TX
2008-present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX
2003-2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Advisor: Laura Katz
2003 Ph.D., Department of Biology and Program in Genetics, Duke University, Durham, NC, Advisor: Mark Rausher
1996 B.S., Biology, concentration Genetics and Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Advisor: Sara Via
Phadke, S. and R. A. Zufall. 2009. Rapid diversification of mating systems in ciliates. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98:187-197.
Zufall, R. A. 2009. Beyond simple homology searches: multiple sequence alignments and phylogenetic trees. In S. Gallagher and E. Wiley (Eds.), Current protocols essential laboratory techniques, 11.3.1-11.3.17.
McGrath, C. L., R. A. Zufall, and L. A. Katz. 2007. Variation in macronuclear genome content of three ciliates with extensive chromosomal fragmentation: a preliminary analysis. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 54:242-246.
Zufall, R. A., C. L. McGrath, S. V. Muse, L. A. Katz. 2006. Genome architecture drives protein evolution in ciliates. Molecular Biology and Evolution 23:1681-1687.
McGrath, C. L., R. A. Zufall, L. A. Katz. 2006. Genome evolution in ciliates. In L. Katz and D. Bhattacharya (Eds.), Genomics and evolution in eukaryotic microbes.
Fleet, C. M., M. F. Rosser, R. A. Zufall, M. Pratt, T. S. Feldman, P. P. Lemons. 2006. Hiring criteria in biology departments of academic institutions. BioScience 56: 430-436.
Zufall, R. A., T. Robinson, and L. A. Katz. 2005. Evolution of developmentally regulated genome rearrangements in eukaryotes. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Dev Evol) 304B: 448-455.
Zufall, R. A. and M. D. Rausher. 2004. Genetic changes associated with floral adaptation restrict future evolutionary potential. Nature 428: 847-850.
Rutter, M. T. and R. A. Zufall. 2004. Pathway length and evolutionary constraint in amino acid biosynthesis. Journal of Molecular Evolution 58: 218-224.
Zufall, R. A. and M. D. Rausher. 2003. The genetic basis of a flower-color polymorphism in the common morning glory, Ipomoea purpurea. Journal of Heredity 94: 442-448
2009-2010 Ciliates used for mosquito control, Environmental Institute of Houston, $15,000
2008-2009 Fitness effects of a ciliate parasite on mosquito viability, Houston Coastal Center, $10,250
2008-2009 Diversity and distribution of ciliates in the genus Tetrahymena in central and coastal Texas, Houston Coastal Center, $15,450
2007-2008 Distribution and gene flow among natural populations of the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila, Environmental Institute of Houston, $15,450
2006-2007 Starter Grant: Cis-acting signals and genome-wide effects of extensive genome processing in diverse ciliates, National Science Foundation, $50,000
2006-2007 Grants to Enhance and Advance Research: Evolution of extensive genome processing in ciliates, University of Houston, $30,000
2003-2005 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbial Biology, National Science Foundation, $100,000
2001-2002 Dissertation Research: Anthocyanin biosynthesis and the evolution of red-flowered Ipomoea, National Science Foundation, $9,000
2000 Grant in Aid of Research, Department of Zoology, Duke University
1999-2002 Travel Grant, Graduate School, Duke University
1999 Grant in Aid of Research, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
1999 International Travel Grant, Graduate School, Duke University
1996-98 NIH Training Grant Fellow, University Program in Genetics, Duke University
1995-96 Undergraduate Honors Research Grant, Cornell University
1992-96 Cornell Tradition Fellowship, Cornell University
Population Biology Seminar:
Critical Evaluation of Manuscripts, University of Houston, Fall 2009
Evolutionary Biology, University of Houston, Spring 2008, 2009
Applied Evolution, University of Houston, Fall 2007, 2008
Non-Mendelian Inheritance, University of Houston, Spring 2007
Biotechnology: From Science to Industry, Duke University, Fall 2001
Microbial Eukaryotes, Guest lecturer, Smith College, Fall 2005
Science without Borders, Guest lecturer, Elon College, Spring 2000
Teaching Assistant: Principles of Evolution; HIV and Emerging Diseases; Population Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology II; Introductory Biology, Duke University, 1999-2003
Certificate in Teaching College Biology, Duke University, 2003