David Plachetzki

Phone: (603) 862-5144
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

  • GEN 604: Honors/Principles of Genetics
  • 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 999: Doctoral Thesis

Selected Publications

Spillane, J., LaPolice, T., MacManes, M., & Plachetzki, D. (2020). Signal, bias, and the role of transcriptome assembly quality in phylogenomic inference. doi:10.1101/2020.07.23.216606

Wang, X., Plachetzki, D. C., & Cote, R. H. (2019). The N termini of the inhibitory -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

Pankey, M. S., Macartney, K. J., Gastanaldi, M., Gochfeld, D. J., Slattery, M., Plachetzki, D. C., & Lesser, M. P. (2019). Coincident shifts in symbiotic communities underlie convergent host evolution. In INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY Vol. 59 (pp. E179). Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

Provencher, C., Chan, J. C., Spillane, J., & Plachetzki, D. C. (2019). Focusing in on the origin of opsins and phototransduction. In INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY Vol. 59 (pp. E186). Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

Spillane, J. L., Lesser, M. M., Macmanes, M. D., & Plachetzki, D. C. (2019). Sponges: Degenerate Form or Ancestral State?. In INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY Vol. 59 (pp. E219). Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

Kayal, E., Bentlage, B., Pankey, M. S., 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. doi:10.1186/s12862-018-1142-0

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. 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), 720-7U3. doi:10.1038/nature09201

Plachetzki, D. C., Degnan, B. M., & Oakley, T. H. (2007). The Origins of Novel Protein Interactions during Animal Opsin Evolution. PLOS ONE, 2(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001054

Most Cited Publications