Publications while at Stony Brook University:


Kelley LC, Chi Q, Cáceres R, Hastie E, Schindler AJ, Jiang Y, Matus DQ, Plastino J, Sherwood DR. Adaptive F-actin polymerization and localized ATP production drive basement membrane invasion in the absence of MMPs. Dev Cell. 2019 Feb 11;48(3):313-328.e8.


Paper featured on the cover of Science.

Liu TL, Upadhyayula S, Milkie DE, Singh V, Wang K, Swinburne IA, Mosaliganti KR, Collins ZM, Hiscock TW, Shea J, Kohrman AQ, Medwig TN, Dambournet D, Forster R, Cunniff B, Ruan Y, Yashiro H, Scholpp S, Meyerowitz EM, Hockemeyer D, Drubin DG, Martin BL, Matus DQ, Koyama M, Megason SG, Kirchhausen T, Betzig E. Observing the cell in its native state: Imaging sub cellular dynamics in multicellular organisms. Science. 2018 Apr 20;360(6386).



Cover design by illustrator Travis Hill.

Medwig TN, Matus DQ. Breaking down barriers: the evolution of cell invasion. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2017 Dec;47:33-40.






Goto H, Kimmey SC, Row RH, Matus DQ, Martin BL. 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. 2017 Apr 15;144(8):1412-1424.


Cover design by illustrator Travis Hill.

Kohrman AQ, Matus DQ. Divide or Conquer: Cell Cycle Regulation of Invasive Behavior. Trends Cell Biol. 2017 Jan;27(1):12-25.






Fu Q, Martin BL, Matus DQ, Gao L. Imaging multicellular specimens with real-time optimized tiling light-sheet selective plane illumination microscopy. Nat Commun. 2016 Mar 23;7:11088.



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. Invasive cell fate requires G1 cell-cycle arrest and histone deacetylase-mediated changes in gene expression. Dev Cell. 2015 Oct 26;35(2):162-74.




Publications prior to Stony Brook University:


C. elegans anchor cell invasion:


Wang L, Shen W, Lei S, Matus D, Sherwood D, Wang Z. MIG-10 (Lameillipodin) stabilizes invading cell adhesion to basement membrane and is a negative transcriptional target of EGL-43 in C. elegans. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014 Sep 26;452(3):328-33.



Matus DQ, Chang E, Makohon-Moore SC, Hagedorn MA, Chi Q, Sherwood DR. Cell division and targeted cell cycle arrest opens and stabilizes basement membrane gaps. Nat Commun. 2014 Jun 13;5:4184.



Matus DQ, LSci_Signaling_coveri X, Durbin S, Agarwal D, Chi Q, Weiss S, Sherwood DR. In vivo identification of regulators of cell invasion across basement membranes. Sci Signal. 2010 May 4;3(120):ra35. Comment in: Nat Rev Cancer. 2010 Jul;10(7):452. Comment in: Science. 2010 May 28; 328:1077. Podcast in: Matus DQ, Sherwood DR, VanHook AM. 2010. Sci. Signal. 3 (121), pc10.


Ziel JW, Matus DQ, Sherwood DR. An expression screen for RhoGEF genes involved in C. elegans gonadogenesis. Gene Expr Patterns. 2009 Sep;9(6):397-403.


Evo-devo review:


Moczek AP, Sears KE, Stollewerk A, Wittkopp PJ, Diggle P, Dworkin I, Ledon-Rettig C, Matus DQ, Roth S, Abouheif E, Brown FD, Chiu CH, Cohen CS, Tomaso AW, Gilbert SF, Hall B, Love AC, Lyons DC, Sanger TJ, Smith J, Specht C, Vallejo-Marin M, Extavour CG. The significance and scope of evolutionary developmental biology: a vision for the 21st century. Evol Dev. 2015 May-Jun;17(3):198-219.


Marine invertebrate evo-devo:


Marlow H, Matus DQ, Martindale MQ. Ectopic activation of the canonical wnt signaling pathway affects ectodermal patterning along the primary axis during larval development in the anthozoan Nematostella vectensisDev Biol. 2013 Aug 15;380(2):324-34.

Marlow HQ, Srivastava M, Matus DQ, Rokhsar D, Martindale MQ. Anatomy and development of the nervous system of Nematostella vectensis, an anthozoan cnidarian. Dev Neurobiol. 2009 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. Broad phylogenomic sampling improves resolution of the animal tree of life. Nature. 2008 Apr 10;452(7188):745-9.

Matus DQ, Magie CR, Pang K, Martindale MQ, Thomsen GH. The Hedgehog gene family of the cnidarian, Nematostella vectensis, and  implications for understanding metazoan Hedgehog pathway evolution. Dev Biol. 2008 Jan 15;313(2):501-18.

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

Ryan JF, Mazza ME, Pang K, Matus DQ, Baxevanis AD, Martindale MQ, Finnerty JR. Pre-Bilaterian Origins of the Hox Cluster and the Hox Code: Evidence from the Sea Anemone, Nematostella vectensis. PLoS One. 2007 Jan 24;2(1):e153.

Matus DQ, Thomsen GH, Martindale MQ. FGF signaling in gastrulation and neural development in Nematostella vectensis, an anthozoan cnidarian. Dev Genes Evol. 2007 Feb;217(2):137-48.

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

Matus DQ, Halanych KM, Martindale MQ. The Hox gene complement of a pelagic chaetognath, Flaccisagitta enflata. Integr Comp Biol. 2007 Dec;47(6):854-64.

Adamska M, Matus DQ, Adamski M, Green K, Rokhsar DS, Martindale MQ, Degnan BM. The evolutionary origin of hedgehog proteins. Curr Biol. 2007 Oct 9;17(19):R836-7.

Matus DQ, Thomsen GH, Martindale MQ. Dorso/ventral genes are asymmetrically expressed and involved in germ-layer demarcation during cnidarian gastrulation. Curr Biol. 2006 Mar 7;16(5):499-505.

Matus DQ, Pang K, Marlow H, Dunn CW, Thomsen GH, Martindale MQ. Molecular evidence for deep evolutionary roots of  bilaterality in animal development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Jul 25;103(30):11195-200.

Matus DQ, Copley RR, Dunn CW, Hejnol A, Eccleston H, Halanych KM, Martindale MQ, Telford MJ. Broad taxon and gene sampling indicate that chaetognaths are protostomes. Curr Biol. 2006 Aug 8;16(15):R575-6.

Extavour CG, Pang K, Matus DQ, Martindale MQ. vasa and nanos expression patterns in a sea anemone and the evolution of bilaterian germ cell specification mechanisms. Evol Dev. 2005 May-Jun;7(3):201-15.

Pang K, Matus DQ, Martindale MQ. 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. 2004 Mar;214(3):134-8.


Marine mammal cognition:


Herman LM, Matus DS, Herman EYK, Ivancic M, Pack AA. The bottlenosed dolphin’s (Tursiops truncatus) understanding of gestures as symbolic representations of its body parts. Animal Learning and Behavior. 2001;29(3):250-264.

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