with the Martin lab:

Goto H, Kimmey SC, Row RH, Matus DQ, Martin BL 2017 FGF and canonical Wnt signaling cooperate to induce paraxial mesoderm from tailbud neuromesodermal progenitors through regulation of a two-step epithelial to mesenchymal transition. Development. Apr 15; 144(8): 1412-1424. CLICK HERE: youtube video feature

recent review article on cell cycle regulation of invasion:

cover design by illustrator Travis Hill

Kohrman AQ & Matus DQ 2017. Divide or Conquer: Cell Cycle Regulation of Invasive Behavior. Trends Cell Biol 27, 12-25, (2017).






Nematode research:

Fu Q, Martin BL, Matus DQ, Gao L 2016. Imaging multicellular specimens with real-time optimzed tiling light-sheet selective plane illumination microscopy. Nat Comm Mar 23; doi:10.1038/ncomms11088.


cover design by Travis Hill and David Matus

Matus DQ, Lohmer LL, Kelley LC, Schindler AJ, Kohrman AQ, Barkoulas M, Zhang W, Chi Q, and Sherwood DR 2015. Invasive cell fate requires G1 cell-cycle arrest and histone deacetylase-mediated changes in gene expression. Dev Cell 35(2):162-74.





Wang L, Shen W, Lei S, Matus D, Sherwood D, Wang Z. 2014. MIG-10 (Lameillipodin) stabilizes invading cell adhesion to basement membrane and is a negative transcriptional target of EGL-43 in C. elegans. BBRC  Aug 19; 452.




Matus DQ, Chang E, Makohon-Moore SC, Hagedorn MA, Chi Q, Sherwood DR. 2014. Cell division and targeted cell cycle arrest opens and stabilizes basement membrane gaps. Nat Commun 5: 4184.




Matus DQ, LSci_Signaling_coveri X, Durbin S, Agarwal D, Chi Q, Weiss S, Sherwood DR. 2010. In vivo identification of regulators of cell invasion across basement membranes. Sci. Signal. 3 (120), ra35.
comment in: Nat Rev Cancer. 2010 Jul;10(7):452.
comment in: Science. 2010 May 28; 328:1077.

podcast for above paper:
Matus DQ, Sherwood DR, VanHook AM. 2010. Sci. Signal. 3 (121), pc10.

Ziel JW, Matus DQ, Sherwood DR. 2009. An expression screen for RhoGEF genes involved in C. elegans gonadogenesis. GEP Jun 18.


Moczek AP, Sears KE, Stollewerk A, Wittkopp PJ, Diggle P, Dworkin I, Ledon-Rettig C, Matus DQ, Roth S, Abouheif, E, et al. (2015). The significance and scope of evolutionary developmental biology: a vision for the 21st century. Evol Dev 17, 198-219.

Marine invertebrate evo-devo:

Marlow H, Matus DQ, Martindale MQ. 2013. Ectopic activation of the canonical wnt signaling pathway affects ectodermal patterning along the primary axis during larval development in the anthozoan Nematostella vectensis. Dev Biol 380(2):324-334.

Marlow HQ, Srivastava M, Matus DQ, Rokhsar D, Martindale MQ. 2009. Anatomy and development of the nervous system of Nematostella vectensis, an anthozoan cnidarian. Dev. Neurobiol. Mar;69(4):235-54.

Dunn CW, Hejnol A, Matus DQ, Pang K, Browne WE, Smith SA, Seaver E, Rouse GW, Obst M, Edgecombe GD, Sorensen MV, Haddock SH,Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Okusu A, Kristensen RM, Wheeler WC, Martindale MQ, Giribet G. 2008. Broad phylogenomic sampling improves resolution of the animal tree of life. Nature 452(7188):745-749.

Matus DQ, Magie CR, Pang K, Martindale MQ, Thomsen GH. 2008. The Hedgehog gene family of the cnidarian, Nematostella vectensis, and  implications for understanding metazoan Hedgehog pathway evolution. Dev Biol 313(2):501-518.

Fröbius AC, Matus DQ, Seaver EC. 2008. Genomic organization and expression demonstrate spatial and temporal Hox gene colinearity in  the lophotrochozoan Capitella sp. IPLoS ONE 3(12):e4004.

Ryan JF, Mazza ME, Pang K, Matus DQ, Baxevanis AD, Martindale MQ, Finnerty JR. 2007. Pre-Bilaterian Origins of the Hox Cluster and the  Hox Code: Evidence from the Sea Anemone, Nematostella vectensis. PLoS ONE 2:e153.

Matus DQ, Thomsen GH, Martindale MQ. 2007. FGF signaling in gastrulation and neural development in Nematostella vectensis, an  anthozoan cnidarian. Dev Genes Evol 217(2):137-148.

Matus DQ, Pang K, Daly M, Martindale MQ. 2007. Expression of Pax gene family members in the anthozoan cnidarian, Nematostella  vectensis. Evol Dev 9(1):25-38.

Matus DQ, Halanych KM, Martindale MQ. 2007. The Hox gene complement of a pelagic chaetognath, Flaccisagitta enflata. Integr Comp  Biol 47:854-864.

Adamska M, Matus DQ, Adamski M, Green K, Rokhsar DS, Martindale MQ, Degnan BM. 2007. The evolutionary origin of hedgehog  proteins. Curr Biol 17(19):R836-837.

Matus DQ, Thomsen GH, Martindale MQ. 2006. Dorso/ventral genes are asymmetrically expressed and involved in germ-layer demarcation  during cnidarian gastrulation. Curr Biol 16(5):499-505.

Matus DQ, Pang K, Marlow H, Dunn CW, Thomsen GH, Martindale MQ. 2006. Molecular evidence for deep evolutionary roots of  bilaterality in animal development. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 103(30):11195-11200.

Matus DQ, Copley RR, Dunn CW, Hejnol A, Eccleston H, Halanych KM, Martindale MQ, Telford MJ. 2006. Broad taxon and gene sampling  indicate that chaetognaths are protostomes. Curr Biol 16(15):R575-576.

Extavour CG, Pang K, Matus DQ, Martindale MQ. 2005. Vasa and nanos expression patterns in a sea anemone and the evolution of  bilaterian germ cell specification mechanisms. Evol Dev 7(3):201-215.

Pang K, Matus DQ, Martindale MQ. 2004. The ancestral role of COE genes may have been in chemoreception: evidence from the  development of the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis (Phylum Cnidaria; Class Anthozoa). Dev Genes Evol 214(3):134-138.

Marine mammal cognition:

Herman LM, Matus DS, Herman EYK, Ivancic M, Pack AA. (2001). The bottlenosed dolphin’s (Tursiops truncatus) understanding of  gestures as symbolic representations of its body parts. Animal Learning and Behavior 29, 250-264.

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