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Holly LaFerriere

Dr. Holly LaFerriere
Associate Professor



  • University of North Dakota, BS
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, PhD


  • Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics: Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Projects

Recent Work

  • Welkin H. Pope, Charles A. Bowman, Daniel A. Russell, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, David J. Asai, Steven G. Cresawn, William R. Jacobs Jr, Roger W. Hendrix, Jeffrey G. Lawrence, Graham F. Hatfull, Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science, Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education, Mycobacterial Genetics Course (2015). Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity. eLife 2015; 4:e06416. doi:
    • Author as part of the Science Education Alliance – Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science
  • Vanessa Masoner, Rahul Das, Laramie Pence, Gaurav Anand, Holly LaFerriere, Troy Zars, Samuel Bouyain, Leonard L. Dobens (2013). The kinase domain of Drosophila Tribbles is required for turnover of C/EBP during cell migration. Developmental Biology. 375(1), 33
  • Divya Sitaraman*, Holly LaFerriere*, Serge Birman, and Troy Zars (2012). Serotonin is critical for rewarded olfactory short-term memory in Drosophila. Journal of Neurogenetics. 26(2), 238-244. *Co-first authors
  • Holly LaFerriere, Katherine Speichinger, Astrid Stromhaug, and Troy Zars (2011). The Radish Gene Reveals a Memory Component with Variable Temporal Properties. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24557. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024557
  • Holly LaFerriere, Daniela Ostrowski, Douglas J. Guarnieri, Troy Zars (2011). The arouser EPS8L3 Gene Is Critical for Normal Memory in Drosophila. PLoS One. 6(7) : e22867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022867
  • Holly LaFerriere, Douglas J. Guarnieri, Divya Sitaraman, Soeren Diegelmann, Ulrike Heberlein and Troy Zars (2008). Genetic dissociation of ethanol sensitivity and memory formation in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics, 178, 1895-1902.
  • Divya Sitaraman, Melissa Zars, Holly LaFerriere, Yin-Chieh Chen, Alex Sable-Smith, Toshihiro Kitamoto, George E. Rottinghaus, and Troy Zars (2008). Serotonin is necessary for place memory in Drosophila. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA., 105, 5579-5584.