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Aaron Tarone

Tarone, Aaron
Aaron Tarone
Professor and Program Director - Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program
Heep Center Room 420
Undergraduate Education
BS, Genetics, University of California - Davis, 2001
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Zoology, Michigan State University, 2007

PubMed Address: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?CMD=search&DB=pubmed&term=tarone+a+m[au]


My research at TAMU will be focused on genomic studies of development and population biology in flies. To accomplish this goal I take applied and basic biology approaches. My primary forensic research species will be Lucilia sericata and Chrysomya rufifacies. I currently have sequenced ~10Gb of the L. sericata transcriptome and will be using that data to conduct further developmental and population studies. I will also be applying the same techniques to C. rufifacies to learn about its unique sex determination mechanism, where maternal genotype determines the sex of the offspring, and determine if that mechanism has life history consequences.


A. Nemri, S. Atwell, A.M. Tarone, Y. Huang, K. Zhao, D.J. Studholme, M. Nordborg, J.D.G. Jones. Genome-wide survey of Arabidopsis natural variation in downy mildew resistance using combined association and linkage mapping. (PNAS)

A.M. Tarone, L.M. McIntyre, S.V. Nuzhdin. Genetic variation in the Yolk protein expression network of Drosophila melanogaster affects longevity and differentially influences the sexes. Submitted to Genome Biology.

S. Atwell, Y. Huang, B. Vilhjálmsson, G. Willems, M. Horton, Y. Li, D. Meng, A. Platt, A.M. Tarone, T. Hu, R. Jiang, W. Muliati, X. Zhang, M.A. Amer, I. Baxter, B. Brachi, J. Chory, C. Dean, M. Debieu, J. de Meaux, J. Ecker, N. Faure, J. Kniskern, J. Jones, T. Michael, A. Nemri, F. Roux, D. Salt, C. Tang, M. Todesco, M.B. Traw, D. Weigel, P. Marjoram, J. Borevitz, J. Bergelson, M. Nordborg. Genome-wide association study of 107 phenotypes in a common set of Arabidopsis thaliana inbred lines. (Nature)

A.M. Tarone and D.R. Foran, Gene expression during blow fly development: improving the precision of age estimates in forensic entomology, Journal of Forensic Science, In press.

X. Ma, A.M. Tarone, W. Li, Mapping genetically compensatory pathways from synthetic lethal interactions in yeast. PLoS ONE. 2008; 3(4):e1922.

A.M. Tarone and D.R. Foran, Generalized additive models and Lucilia sericata growth: assessing confidence intervals and error rates in forensic entomology, Journal of Forensic Science. 2008; 53(4): 942-8.

A.M. Tarone, K.C. Jennings, and D.R. Foran, Aging blow flies using gene expression: a feasibility study, Journal of Forensic Science. 2007; 52(6):1350-4.

A.M. Tarone and D.R. Foran, Components of developmental plasticity in a Michigan population of Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae), Journal of Medical Entomology. 2006; 43(5): 1023-1033.

A.M. Tarone, Y.M. Nasser and S.V. Nuzhdin, Genetic variation for expression of the sex determination pathway genes in D. melanogaster. Genetical Research. 2005; 86(1): 31-40.

D.A. Barbash, P. Awadalla and A.M. Tarone, Functional divergence caused by ancient positive selection of a Drosophila hybrid incompatibility locus. PLoS Biol. 2004; 2(6): e142.

D.A. Barbash, D. F. Siino, A.M. Tarone, and J. Roote, A rapidly evolving MYB-related protein causes species isolation in Drosophila. PNAS. 2003; 100(9): 5302-5307.