David Plachetzki

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara, 2009

Research Expertise

Evolutionary developmental biology and genomics of marine invertebrates


Plachetzki, D. C., Fong, C. R. and Oakley, T. H. 2012 Cnidocyte discharge is attenuated by light and opsin-mediated phototransduction. BMC Biology, 10(1):17.(with commentary; highly accessed, BMC Research Award*)

Rivera, A. S., Ozturk, N., Fahey, B., Plachetzki, D. C., Degnan, B. M., Sancar, A. and Oakley, T. H. 2012 Blue light-receptive Cryptochrome is expressed in a sponge eye lacking neurons and opsin. Journal of Experimental Biology, 215:1278-1286 (with cover and commentary)

Plachetzki, D. C., Fong, C. R. and Oakley, T. H. 2010 The evolution of phototransduction from an ancestral cyclic nucleotide gated pathway. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277(1690):1963-9 (with cover)

Grosberg, R. and Plachetzki, D. C. 2010 Marine Invertebrates: Genetics of Colony Recognition. In Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, vol. 2 (ed. M. D. Breed and J Moore), pp. 381-388. Oxford: Academic Press.

Oakley, T. H. and Plachetzki, D. C. 2010 Key transitions during animal phototransduction evolution: co-duplication as a null hypothesis for the evolutionary origins of novel traits. In: Key Transitions in Animal Evolution (ed. R. Desalle and B. Shierwater), pp. 340. New York: CRC Press.

Plachetzki, D. C. and Oakley, T. H. 2007. Key transitions during animal phototransduction evolution: Novelty, tree thinking, co-option and co-duplication. Integrative and Comparative Biology, doi:10.1093/icb/icm050.

Plachetzki, D. C., Degnan, B. M. and Oakley, T. H. 2007 The origins of novel protein interactions during animal opsin evolution. PLoS One, 2, e1054. (highly accessed).

Plachetzki, D. C., Serb, J. M. and Oakley, T. H. 2005 New insights into the evolutionary history of photoreceptor cells. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20, 465-7.


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