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Craig Coates

Coates, Craig
Craig Coates
Instructional Professor, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Genetics Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Biotechnology, Associate Department Head for Academic Programs
Heep 412GA
(979) 458-1219
Undergraduate Education
B.S. with Honors, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian National University
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian National University

Professional Summary

Craig Coates, Ph.D. is an instructional professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology, teaching undergraduate classes in the forensic and investigative sciences (FIVS) program, and graduate classes in the entomology (ENTO) program. He also serves as the entomology Associate Department Head for Academic Programs, and the Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Research Areas of Expertise

Insect Genetic Transformation, Insect Molecular Genetics.

Selected Publications

Coates, C.J. (2000) Malaria. A mosquito transformed. Nature. 405: 900-901.

Tu, Z. & Coates, C.J. (2004) Mosquito Transposable Elements. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 34:631-44.

Coates, C.J. (2005) Stable Transformation of Vector Species. In: Biology of Disease Vectors, 2nd Edition. Elsevier, Burlington, MA.

Coates, C.J. (2005) Transposon Mediated Transgenesis of Mosquitoes. In: Mobile Genetic Elements in Metazoan Parasites. Ed: P. Brindley. Eurekah Press/Landesbioscience, Georgetown, TX. Chapter can be viewed online at http://www.eurekah.com/abstract.php?chapid=2518&bookid=172&catid=21

Coates, C.J. (2005) Genetic Engineering of Insects: Current and Future Applications. In: Entomology at the Land Grant University, Texas A&M University Press.


Tenorio, F. M., J. K. Olson, and C. J. Coates.* 2003. Decomposition studies, with a catalog and descriptions of forensically important blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in central Texas. Southwestern Entomologist. 28: 37-45.

Tenorio, F. M., J. K. Olson, and C. J. Coates.* 2003. DNA Identification of Four Forensically Important Blow Fly (Diptera:Calliphoridae) Species in Central Texas using Mitochondrial DNA. Southwestern Entomologist. 28: 267-272.

Jasinskiene, N., C.J. Coates, A. Ashikyan and A.A. James 2003. High efficiency, site-specific excision of a marker gene by the phage P1 cre-loxP system in the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Nucleic Acids Res. 31: e147.

O’Brochta, D.A., N. Sethuraman, R. Wilson, R.H. Hice, A.C. Pinkerton, C.S. Levasque, D.K. Bideshi, N. Jaskinskiene, C.J. Coates, A. A. James, M.J. Lehane and P.W. Atkinson 2003. Gene vector and transposable element behavior in mosquitoes. Journal of Experimental Biology, 206: 3823-3834.

Cônsoli, F.L., Tian, H., Vinson, S.B. and Coates, C.J.* (2004) Differential gene expression during wing morph differentiation of the ectoparasitoid Melittobia digitata (Hym., Eulophidae). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A. Mol. Integr. Physiol. 138: 229-39.

Tian, H., Vinson, S.B., and Coates, C.J.* (2004) Differential gene expression between alate and dealate queens in the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 34: 937-49.

Pledger, D.W., Fu, Y.Q. and Coates, C.J.* (2004) Analyses of cis-acting elements that affect the transposition of MosI mariner transposons in vivo. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 272: 67-75

Gray, C. and Coates, C.J.* (2004) High-level gene expression in Aedes albopictus cells using a baculovirus Hr3 enhancer and IE1 transactivator. BioMed Central 5: 8.

Mohammed, A. and Coates, C.J. (2004) Promoter and piggyBac activities within embryos of the potato tuber moth, Phthorimaea operculella, Zeller (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Gene, 342: 293-301.

Chowdhury, M.H., Julian, A.M., Coates, C.J. and Cote, G.L. (2004) Detection of differences in oligonucleotide influenced aggregation of colloidal gold nanoparticles using absorption spectroscopy. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 9: 1347-1357.

Adelman, Z.N., Jasinskiene, N., Vally, K.J.M., Peek, P., Travanty, E.A., Olson, K.E., Brown, S.E., Stephens, J.L., Knudson, D.L., Coates, C.J. and James, A.A. (2004) Formation and loss of large, unstable tandem arrays of the piggyBac transposable element in the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Transgenic Research 13:411-25.

Gray, C.E. & Coates, C.J. (2005) Cloning and characterization of cDNAs encoding putative CTCFs in the mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae. BMC Molecular Biology 6:16

Pledger, D.W. & Coates, C.J. (2005) Mutant MosI mariner transposons are hyperactive in Aedes aegypti. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol.,35:1199-207

Li, H., Medina, F., Vinson, S.B. & Coates, C.J. (2005) Isolation, Characterization and Molecular Identification of Bacteria from the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) Midgut. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 89:203-9

Kolb, A.F., Coates, C.J., Kaminski, J.M., Summers, J.B., Miller, A.D. & Segal, D.J. (2005) Site-directed genome modification: nucleic acid and protein modules for targeted integration and gene correction. Trends in Biotechnology 23:399-406

Coates, C.J., Kaminski, J.M., Summers, J.B, Segal, D.J., Miller, A.D., & Kolb, A.F. (2005) Site-directed genome modification: derivatives of DNA modifying enzymes as targeting tools. Trends in Biotechnology 23:407-19

Li, H., Medina, F., Vinson, S.B. & Coates, C.J. (in press) Genetic Transformation of Midgut Bacteria from the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta). Current Microbiology.

Wu, S.C., Meir, Y.J., Coates, C.J., Handler, A.M., Pelczar, P., Moisyadi, S. & Kaminski, J.M. (2006) piggyBac is a flexible and highly active transposon as compared to Sleeping Beauty, Tol2, and Mos1 in mammalian cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2006 103:15008-13.

Maragathavally, K.J., Kaminski, J.M., Coates, C.J. (2006) Chimeric Mos1 and piggyBac transposases result in site-directed integration. FASEB J. 20:1880-2.