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Dr Andrew Gillis

Dr  Andrew Gillis

Royal Society University Research Fellow

T17 (Office)
T8 (Lab)
Zoology Building

Office Phone: 01223 (3)34452

Research Interests

The Gillis Lab studies the embryonic development of cartilaginous fishes (sharks, skates, rays and holocephalans), in order to better understand the origin and early evolution of vertebrates. We are particularly interested in the development and evolution of jawed vertebrate skeletal and sensory systems.

Key Publications

  • Gillis JA, Hall BK (2016) A shared role for sonic hedgehog signalling in patterning chondrichthyan gill arch appendages and tetrapod limbs. Development. 143: 1313-1317.
  • Gillis JA, Modrell MS, Baker CVH (2013) Developmental evidence for serial homology of the vertebrate jaw and gill arch endoskeleton. Nat. Commun. 4: 1436.
  • Gillis JA, Modrell MS, Northcutt RG, Catania KC, Luer C, Baker CVH (2012) Electrosensory ampullary organs are derived from lateral line placodes in cartilaginous fishes. Development 139: 3142-3146.
  • Gillis JA, Fritzenwanker JH, Lowe CJ (2012) A stem-deuterostome origin of the vertebrate pharyngeal arch transcriptional network. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 279:237-246.
  • King BL, Gillis JA, Carlisle HR, Dahn RD (2011) A naturally occurring deletion of the entire HoxC cluster in elasmobranch fishes. Science 334:1517.
  • Gillis JA, Rawlinson KA, Bell J, Lyon WS, Baker CVH, Shubin NH (2011) Holocephalan embryos provide evidence for gill arch appendage reduction and opercular evolution in cartilaginous fishes. Proc. Nat’l Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 108: 1507-1512.
  • Gillis JA, Dahn RD, Shubin NH (2009) Shared developmental mechanisms pattern the gill arch and paired fin skeletons in vertebrates. Proc. Nat’l Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 106: 5720-5724.

Other Publications

  • Simakov O, et al. (2015) Hemichordate genomes and deuterostome origins. Nature 527: 459-465.
  • Baker CVH, Modrell MS, Gillis JA (2013) The evolution and development of vertebrate lateral line electroreceptors. J. Exp. Biol. 216: 2515-2522.
  • Hall BK, Gillis JA (2013) Incremental evolution of the neural crest, neural crest cells, and neural crest-derived skeletal tissues. J. Anat. 222: 19-31.
  • Gillis JA, Modrell MS, Baker, CVH (2012) A timeline of pharyngeal endoskeletal condensation and differentiation in the shark, Scyliorhinus canicula, and the paddlefish, Polyodon spathula. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 28: 341-345.
  • Rawlinson KA, Gillis JA, Billings Jr. RE, Borneman EH (2011) Taxonomy and life history of the Acropora-eating flatworm, Amakusaplana acroporae nov. sp. (Polycladida: Prosthiostomidae). Coral Reefs 30: 693-705.
  • Gillis JA, Dahn RD, Shubin NH (2009) Chondrogenesis and homology of the visceral skeleton in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea (Chondrichthyes: Batoidea). J. Morphol. 270: 628-643.
  • Gillis JA, Shubin NH (2009) The evolution of gnathostome development: insight from chondrichthyan embryos. Genesis 47: 825-841.
  • Gillis JA, Donoghue PCJ (2007) The homology and phylogeny of chondrichthyan tooth enameloid. J. Morphol. 268: 33-49.
  • Gillis JA, Witten PE, Hall BK (2006) Chondroid bone and secondary cartilage contribute to apical dentary growth in juvenile Atlantic salmon. J. Fish Biol. 68: 1133-1143.