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New Mexico State University
  Graciela A. Unguez, PI

 

Contact Information:
   Department of Biology New Mexico State University
     PO Box 30001, MSC 3AF
     Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
    Phone: (575) 646-7963
     e-mail: gunguez@nmsu.edu

 Education:
 Post-doctoral work: University of Texas at Austin
 PhD: University of California at Los Angeles
  MS: University of California at Los Angeles
  BS: University of California at Los Angeles

Current CV

Research Interests:
   
Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Motor Systems

Teaching:

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Course (level)  

  • Being a Scientist: Critical & Creative Thinking 
  • Cell Biology (3rd yr)                     
    Cellular and Organismal Biology (1st yr)    
  • Cell and Organismal Seminar (4th yr)              
  • Human Physiology (2nd  yr)            
  • Independent Research (4th yr)
  • Neurobiology (4th yr)

Course

  • Advanced Neurobiology           
  • Being a Scientist: Critical & Creative Thinking                          
  • Cell and Organismal Seminar            
  • Independent Research                                       
  • Neurobiology                                 
  • University Teaching Experience

Committee Service:

2003 - 2005:  Grant Review Panelist, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2001 - 2004:  American Society for Cell Biology Linkage Fellow
2001 - 2003:  Grant Review Panelist, Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program

Scientific Societies:

Society for Developmental Biology                               www.sdbonline.org
Society for Neuroscience                                                www.sfn.org
International Society for Neuroethology                      www.neuroethology.org
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology            www.sicb.org
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology   www.faseb.org


Selected Publications:
  • Cuellar, H., Kim, J.A. and Unguez, G.A.  (2006).  Evidence of post-transcriptional regulation in the maintenance of a
    partial muscle phenotype by electrogenic cells of S. macrurus.  FASEB Journal.  PDF
  • Smith, T.S., Unguez, G.A. and Weber, C.M.  (2006).  Distribution of Kv1-like potassium channels in the electromotor and electrosensory systems of the weakly electric fish Apternotus leptorhynchus.  Journal of Neurobiology; 66:1011-1031.
    PDF
  • Lubischer, J.L., Unguez, G.A., Pierotti, D.J. and Edgerton, V.R. (2005).  Reinnervation of the rat levator ani muscle after neonatal denervation.  Journal of Neurobiology; 63:188-198. PDF
  • Kim, J.A., Jonsson, C.B., Calderone, T. and Unguez G.A.  (2004).  Transcription of MyoD and myogenin in the non-contractile electrogenic cells of the weakly electric fish S. macrurus.  Development, Genes, and Evolution. 214:380-392. PDF
  • Unguez, G.A. and Zakon, H.H.  (2002).  Skeletal muscle transformation into electric organ in S. macrurus depends on innervation.  Journal of Neurobiology, 53:391-402. PDF
  • Smith, G.T., Unguez, G.A. and Reinauer, R.M. Jr.  (2001).  NADPH-diaphorase activity and nitric oxide synthase-like immunoreactivity colocalize in the electromotor system of four species of gymnotiform fish.  Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 58:122-136. PDF
  • Unguez, G.A., Talmadge, R.J., Dalponte, D., Roy, R.R. and Edgerton, V.R.  (2000).  Distinct myosin heavy chain isoform transitions in developing slow and fast cat hindlimb muscles.  Cells, Tissues and Organs.  167 (2-3): 138-152. PDF
  • Zakon, H.H. and Unguez, G.A.  (1999).  Invited Review: Development and regeneration of the electric organ.  Journal of Experimental Biology.  202: 1427-1434. PDF
  • Unguez, G.A. and Zakon, H.H.  (1998)  Reexpression of myogenic proteins in mature electric organ following removal of neural input.  Journal of Neuroscience  18: 9924-9935. PDF
  • Unguez, G.A. and Zakon, H.H.  (1998).  Phenotypic conversion of distinct muscle fiber populations to electrocytes in a weakly electric fish.  Journal of Comparative Neurology   399: 20-34. PDF
  • Unguez, G.A., Roy, R.R. and Edgerton, V.R.  (1996).  Absence of a redistribution of fiber types following reinnervation of adult muscle.  Muscle and Nerve, 19: 1320-1327. PDF
  • Unguez, G.A., Roy, R.R., Pierotti, D.J., Bodine-Fowler, S. and Edgerton, V.R.  (1994).  Further evidence of incomplete neural control of motor unit properties after reinnervation.  American Journal of Physiology (Cell Phys.),  268:  527-534. PDF
  • Unguez, G.A., Bodine-Fowler, S., Roy, R.R., Pierotti, D.J.. and Edgerton, V.R.  (1993).  Evidence of incomplete neural control of motor unit properties in cat tibialis anterior after self-reinnervation.  Journal of Physiology (London),  472: 103-125. PDF
  • Bodine-Fowler, S., Unguez, G.A., Armstrong, A., Roy, R.R. and Edgerton, V.R.  (1993)  Innervation patterns in the cat tibialis anterior six months after self-reinnervation.  Muscle and Nerve,  16: 379-391.
  • Edgerton, V.R., Roy, R.R., Bodine-Fowler, S., Pierotti, D., Unguez, G.A., Martin, T.P., Jiang, B. and Chalmers, G.R.  (1990)  Motoneuron-muscle fiber connectivity and interdependence.  In Dynamic State of Muscle Fibers.  ed. D. Pette, pp. 217-231.  Walter de Gruyter, New York.
  • Schneider, J.S., Unguez, G.A., Yuwiler, A., Berg, S.C. and Markham, C.  (1988)  Deficits in operant behavior in monkeys treated with N-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP).  Brain,  11: 1265-1285.
  • Unguez, G.A. and Schneider, J.S.  (1988)  Dopaminergic dorsal raphe neurons in cat and monkeys are sensitive to the toxic effect of MPTP.  Neuroscience Letters,  94: 218-223.