David Plachetzki

Phone: (603) 862-5144
Office: Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences , Gregg Hall Room 446, Durham, NH 03824

Courses Taught

  • BMS 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • GEN 604: Honors/Principles of Genetics
  • GEN 715: Molecular Evolution
  • GEN 715/815: Molecular Evolution
  • GEN 721/821: Comparative Genomics
  • GEN 795W: Investigations in Genetics
  • GEN 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • GEN 815: Molecular Evolution
  • MCBS 999: Doctoral Research


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

Selected Publications

  • Birch, S., & Plachetzki, D. (2023). Multisensory integration by polymodal sensory neurons dictates larval settlement in a brainless cnidarian larva.. Mol Ecol, 32(14), 3892-3907. doi:10.1111/mec.16968

  • Zeng, Y., Plachetzki, D. C., Nieders, K., Campbell, H., Cartee, M., Pankey, M. S., . . . Fudge, D. (2023). Epidermal threads reveal the origin of hagfish slime.. Elife, 12. doi:10.7554/eLife.81405

  • Sabrina Pankey, M., Plachetzki, D. C., Macartney, K. J., Gastaldi, M., Slattery, M., Gochfeld, D. J., & Lesser, M. P. (2022). Cophylogeny and convergence shape holobiont evolution in sponge-microbe symbioses. NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 6(6), 750-+. doi:10.1038/s41559-022-01712-3

  • Zeng, Y., Petrichko, S., Nieders, K., Plachetzki, D., & Fudge, D. (2021). Evolution of a remarkable intracellular polymer and extreme cell allometry in hagfishes. Current Biology, 31(22), 5062-5068.e4. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2021.08.066

  • Spillane, J. L., LaPolice, T. M., MacManes, M. D., & Plachetzki, D. C. (2021). Signal, bias, and the role of transcriptome assembly quality in phylogenomic inference. BMC ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 21(1). doi:10.1186/s12862-021-01772-2

  • 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