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Lisa Webb



  • Higher Ed: Science 


I am a molecular geneticist (Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2001) and an Assistat Professor of Biology at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. I have a baccalaureate degree in chemistry (B.A., Maryville College, 1985) and a master's degree in science education (M.Ed., University of Georgia, 1995). I taught high school science (Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science) in Gwinnett County, Georgia, for seven years before deciding to pursue my Ph.D. (in Biomedical Sciences, with a concentration in Genetics). I did a postdoctoral fellowship at The Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine) before accepting my current tenure-track position at Christopher Newport University.

My research focuses on using genetics to elucidate the answer to a variety of biomedical questions; specifically, I study mouse models of human diseases. I have worked on mouse models of neurological diseases, bleeding disorders, and metabolic diseases such as Type II Diabetes. I have also used molecular genetic techniques to study population structure in isolated populations of Salvelinus fontinalis (brook trout). I spend my summers conducting research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (in Tennessee) and, during the academic year, I try to involve as many students as possible in my ongoing research projects at Christopher Newport University. 


Molecular Genetics, especially mouse models of human diseases 


Gwynn, B., Martina, J.A., Bonifacino, J.S., Sviderskaya, E.V., Lamoreux, M.L., Bennett, D.C., Moriyama, K., Huizing, M., Helip-Wooley, A., Gahl, W.A., Webb, L.S., Lambert, A.J., Peters, L.L. Reduced pigmentation (rp), a mouse model of Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome, encodes a novel component of the BLOC-1 Complex. Blood 2004; 104(10): 3181-9.

Johnson, K.R., Gagnon, L.H., Webb, L.S., Peters, L.L., Hawes, N.L., Chang, B., and Zheng, Q.Y. Mouse models of USH1C and DFNB18: phenotypic and molecular analyses of two new spontaneous mutations of the Ush1c gene. Human Molecular Genetics 2003; 12(23): 3075-86.

Dhar, M.S., Webb, L.S., Hauser, L., Johnson, D. and West, D.R. A novel ATPase on mouse chromosome 7 is a candidate gene for increased body fat. Physiol Genomics. 2000; Nov 9; 4(1): 93-100.

Richards, A.L., Lubinski, B.A., King, T.L., and Webb, L.S. Assessing Population Structure Among Brook Trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis) Within LeConte Creek, TN. Manuscript in preparation.

Middleton, A.G., Lubinski, B.A., King, T.L., and Webb, L.S. Genetic Approaches to the Management of Isolated Populations of Salvelinus fontinalis in Shenandoah National Park. Virginia Journal of Science 2007; 58(2): 88. Published Abstract.

Kidwell, J.M., Lundquist, A.M., Webb, L.S. and Voy, B.H. Agt1 Promoter Sequence Analysis in the Collaborative Cross Parental Mouse Strains. The Journal of Undergraduate Research, U.S. Department of Energy (Office of Science). Manuscript Submitted for Publication.

Lundquist, A.M., Kidwell, J.M., Webb, L.S. and Voy, B.H. Angiotensinogen Expression in Collaborative Cross Offspring. The Journal of Undergraduate Research, U.S. Department of Energy (Office of Science). Manuscript Submitted for Publication.

Voy, B., Nakata, C., Malm, I., Kalupahana, N., Moustaid-Moussa, N. and Webb, L. Systems genetics: elucidating networks that underlie heritable variation in adipose function. FASEB J. 2007; 21: 947.4. Published Abstract.

Webb, L.S. Undergraduate Research Teams: A Strategy for Inclusion. Virginia Journal of Science 2006; 57(1&2): 52. Published Abstract.

Dunnings, C.N. and Webb, L.S. Genetic Analysis of Isolated Cotton Stainer Populations. Proceedings of the MARCUS Conference. October 9, 2005; Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA. Published Abstract.

Dunnings, C.N., Harper, L., Middleton, A.G., Richards, A.L., Schuldt, T.J., Segna, K.G., Shippen, F.A., Webb, L.S., Grau, H.J. Genetic analysis of isolated cotton stainer populations: preliminary results. Virginia Journal of Science 2005; 56(1): 15. Published Abstract.