Background | CV
Hi, I'm Randy Bennett, an Associate Professor of
Biology at Juniata College since 2000. I grew up in northeastern Maryland
and received an undergraduate degree in Biology at Western Maryland
College before attending graduate school at University of Wisconsin
for my doctorate.
I have taught at Brigham Young University, where I was Assistant Professor
of Zoology, and at Upper Iowa University as an Adjunct Instructor. I
have also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow, conducting research on "Homeotic
genes in Tribolium castaneum," and Postdoctoral Researcher,
studying "The effects of zero gravity on oogenesis in Tribolium
castaneum," both at Kansas State University.
At home, you can find me with my wife, Kristin, two children, Emma
(19) and Patrick (16), and, of course, my dog, Petey. In the spare time
that I'm not spending with my family, I would love to be traveling,
canoeing, and climbing. Unfortunately, neither time nor money grows
on trees, so instead I enjoy woodworking, house restoration, backpacking,
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (www.mormon.org
and www.lds.org) and am also a youth
leader in the church's Huntingdon Ward. I also work with Webelos and
the Huntingdon Community Center Youth Track and Field Club.
So remember, I'm not a technology
advisor for a fertility clinic. Nor am I a general
manager of a trucking company. Certainly not a Director
of Sponsorship Acquisition. Nope, not a Canadian
swimming coach, either. I'm a Biology professor, plain and simple.
Randy L. Bennett, Associate Professor
1700 Moore St.
Huntingdon, PA 16652
||Name of Institution
||Western Maryland College
||Biology and Chemistry
||University of Wisconsin-Madison
||Associate Professor, Biology
||Brigham Young University
||Assistant Professor, Zoology
||Upper Iowa University,
Ft. Riley Campus
||Kansas Health Foundation Scholar
Kansas State University
Dr. Robin Denell, Advisor
Focus of research: Homeotic genes in
||Dr. Robin Denell
Kansas State University
Focus of research: The effects of zero
gravity on oogenesis in Tribolium castaneum.
Professional Organizations and Honor Societies:
Member Society for Developmental Biology since 1991
Kansas Health Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar, 1993-1995
National Institutes of Health Predoctoral trainee, 1985-1990
Phi Beta Kappa, 1985
Beta Beta Beta, Honors Biology Club, secretary, 1984-85
Publications in peer reviewed journals:
Lewis, D.L., Decamillis, M., Bennett, R.L. (2000) Distinct
Roles of the Homeotic Genes Ubx and adb-A in beetle embryonic abdominal
appendage development. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., USA 97:4504-4509. (Cover)
Bennett, R.L., Brown, S.J. and Denell, R.E. (1999) Molecular
and genetic analysis of the Tribolium Ultrabithorax ortholog,
Ultrathorax. Development, Genes, and Evolution 209: 608-619.
Sanchez-Salazar, J., Pletcher, M., Bennett, R.L., Brown, S.J.,
Dandamudi, T., Denell, R.E., and Doctor, J.S. (1996). The Tribolium
decapentaplegic gene is similar in sequence, structure, and expression
to the Drosophila dpp gene. Development, Genes, and Evolution
Bennett, R.L., M.K. Abbott, R.E. Denell. 1994. Insect Gravitational
Biology: ground-based and shuttle flight experiments using the beetle
Tribolium castaneum. J. Experimental Zoology 269:242-252.
Bennett, R.L. and F.M. Hoffmann. 1992. Increased levels of
the Drosophila Abelson tyrosine kinase in nerves and muscles:
subcellular localization and mutant phenotypes imply a role in cell-cell
interactions. Development 116:953-966.
Gertler, F.B., Bennett, R.L., Clark, M.J., Hoffmann F.M. 1989.
Drosophila abl tyrosine kinase in embryonic CNS axons: A role
in axonogenesis is revealed through dosage-sensitive interactions
with disabled. Cell 58:103-113.
Henkemeyer, M.J., R.L. Bennett, F.B. Gertler, F.M. Hoffmann.
1988. DNA sequence, structure, and tyrosine kinase activity of the
Drosophila melanogaster Abelson proto-oncogene homolog. Mol
Cell Bio. 8:843-853.
Hoffmann, F.M., M.J. Henkemeyer, R.L. Bennett, F.B. Gertler.
1991. The Abelson tyrosine kinase in Drosophila: Application
of genetic strategies to understand its normal function. In Chronic
myelogenous leukemia: Molecular approaches to research and therapy
(A.B. Deisseroth and R.B. Arlinghaus, eds.). Marcel Dekker, Inc.,
New York. pp. 93-116
Scholarly presentations (last 5 years).
Bennett, R.L. 2001. Developmental Networks and Design: On
the Origin of Bicoid, a response to Paul Nelson. Interpreting Evolution:
Scientific and Religious Perspectives. Haverford College, Haverford,
Martin, T.M., Jeffery, D.E, and Bennett, R.L. (2000) 'Christ
Is Scientist of This Earth': President Joseph F. Smith's Attitudes
and Policies toward Science. Times of Transition, 1890s to 1920s:
The Church Meets the Twentieth Century, A symposium sponsored by The
Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History Brigham
Bennett, R.L. 1999. Use of dsRNA inhibition to examine the
roles of Tribolium Hox genes in determining head, thorax and
abdominal boundaries. Conference on developmental genetics of Tribolium
castaneum, Munich, Germany, Invited speaker.
Bennett, R.L. 1998. Regulation of Distal-less expression in
Tribolium by Bithorax-complex orthologs. 57th Annual Meeting
of the Society for Developmental Biology. Stanford University, Palo
Bennett, R.L., Brown, S.J., Whiting, M.F. and Denell. 1997.
Evolution of Ubx regulation in the Insects: Analysis of Ubx
ortholog expression in Coleoptera and Strepsiptera. Cold Spring Harbor
Symposium. Cold Spring Harbor, NY