David Plachetzki

Office: Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences , Gregg Hall Room 446, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Ecology and Marine Biology, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • M.S., Biology, Northern Michigan Univ
  • B.S., Biology, Northern Michigan Univ

Courses Taught

  • BMS 795W: Investigations
  • GEN 604: Principles of Genetics Rec
  • GEN 715: Molecular Evolution
  • GEN 715/815: Molecular Evolution
  • GEN 721/821: Comparative Genomics
  • GEN 790: Undergrad Teaching Experience
  • GEN 795W: Investigations in Genetics
  • GEN 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/MCBS
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/MCBS
  • MCBS 905: Contemp Top Molec/Cell/Biomed
  • MCBS 999: Doctoral Thesis
  • MEFB 750: Marine Ecological Genomics
  • MESB 999: Doctoral Research
  • NSB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis

Selected Publications

Wang, X., Plachetzki, D. C., & Cote, R. H. (2019). The N termini of the inhibitory γ-subunits of phosphodiesterase-6 (PDE6) from rod and cone photoreceptors differentially regulate transducin-mediated PDE6 activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 294(21), 8351-8360. doi:10.1074/jbc.ra119.007520

Kayal, E., Bentlage, B., Sabrina Pankey, M., Ohdera, A. H., Medina, M., Plachetzki, D. C., . . . Ryan, J. F. (2018). Phylogenomics provides a robust topology of the major cnidarian lineages and insights on the origins of key organismal traits. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 18(1). doi:10.1186/s12862-018-1142-0

Mahato, S., Nie, J., Plachetzki, D. C., & Zelhof, A. C. (2018). A mosaic of independent innovations involving eyes shut are critical for the evolutionary transition from fused to open rhabdoms. Developmental Biology, 443(2), 188-202. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2018.09.016

Hausken, K. N., Tizon, B., Shpilman, M., Barton, S., Decatur, W., Plachetzki, D., . . . Sower, S. A. (2018). Cloning and characterization of a second lamprey pituitary glycoprotein hormone, thyrostimulin (GpA2/GpB5). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 264, 16-27. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.04.010

Schuelke, T. A., Wu, G., Westbrook, A., Woeste, K., Plachetzki, D. C., Broders, K., & MacManes, M. D. (2017). Comparative Genomics of Pathogenic and Nonpathogenic Beetle-Vectored Fungi in the Genus Geosmithia. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(12), 3312-3327. doi:10.1093/gbe/evx242

Kim, J. -W., Yang, H. -J., Oel, A. P., Brooks, M. J., Jia, L., Plachetzki, D. C., . . . Swaroop, A. (2016). Recruitment of Rod Photoreceptors from Short-Wavelength-Sensitive Cones during the Evolution of Nocturnal Vision in Mammals. Developmental Cell, 37(6), 520-532. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2016.05.023

Borowiec, M. L., Lee, E. K., Chiu, J. C., & Plachetzki, D. C. (2015). Extracting phylogenetic signal and accounting for bias in whole-genome data sets supports the Ctenophora as sister to remaining Metazoa. BMC Genomics, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12864-015-2146-4

Chen, Z. -X., Sturgill, D., Qu, J., Jiang, H., Park, S., Boley, N., . . . Richards, S. (2014). Comparative validation of the D. melanogaster modENCODE transcriptome annotation. Genome Research, 24(7), 1209-1223. doi:10.1101/gr.159384.113

Srivastava, M., Simakov, O., Chapman, J., Fahey, B., Gauthier, M. E. A., Mitros, T., . . . Rokhsar, D. S. (2010). The Amphimedon queenslandica genome and the evolution of animal complexity. Nature, 466(7307), 720-726. doi:10.1038/nature09201

Plachetzki, D. C., Degnan, B. M., & Oakley, T. H. (n.d.). The Origins of Novel Protein Interactions during Animal Opsin Evolution. PLoS ONE, 2(10), e1054. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001054

Most Cited Publications