Finnerty Lab, Boston University — PhD Candidate

Stefanik, D.J. Lubinski, T.J., Granger, B.R., Byrd, A.L., Reitzel, A.M., DeFilippo, L., Lorenc, A., Finnerty, J.R. (2014)  Production of a reference transcriptome and transcriptomic database (Edwardsiellabase) for the lined sea anemone, Edwardsiella lineata, a parasitic cnidarian. BMC Genomics 15:71

cover imageStefanik, D. J., Friedman, L. E., & Finnerty, J. R. (2013). Collecting, rearing, spawning and inducing regeneration of the starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis. Nature protocols, 8(5), 916–923.


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Stefanik, D. J., Wolenski, F. S., Friedman, L. E., Gilmore, T. D., & Finnerty, J. R. (2013). Isolation of DNA, RNA and protein from the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Nature protocols, 8(5), 892–899.

Wolenski, F. S., Chandani, S., Stefanik, D. J., Jiang, N., Chu, E., Finnerty, J. R., & Gilmore, T. D. (2011). Two Polymorphic Residues Account for the Differences in DNA Binding and Transcriptional Activation by NF-κB Proteins Encoded by Naturally Occurring Alleles in Nematostella vectensis. Journal of molecular evolution. 73 (5-6), 325-336

DDcoverTrevino, M., Stefanik, D. J., Rodriguez, R., Harmon, S., & Burton, P. M. (2011). Induction of canonical Wnt signaling by alsterpaullone is sufficient for oral tissue fate during regeneration and embryogenesis in Nematostella vectensis. Developmental dynamics. 240(12), 2673–2679

Reitzel_2011_Cnid bookReitzel, A. M., Stefanik D. J., Finnerty J. R. (2011). Asexual reproduction in Cnidaria: Comparative processes and candidate mechanisms.  In A. H. Thomas Flatt (Ed.), Mechanisms of Life History Evolution.  The Genetics and Physiology of Life History Traits and Trade-offs. (pp. 101–113) Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA.

Wolenski_MCBcoverWolenski, F. S., Garbati, M. R., Lubinski, T. J., Traylor-Knowles, N., Dresselhaus, E., Stefanik, D. J., Goucher, H., Finnerty, J. R., Gilmore, T. D. (2011). Characterization of the core elements of the NF-κB signaling pathway of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Molecular and cellular biology, 31(5), 1076–1087.


Akintoye lab, University of Pennsylvania — Research Specialist

Damek-Poprawa, M., Stefanik, D., Levin, L. M., & Akintoye, S. O. (2010). Human bone marrow stromal cells display variable anatomic site-dependent response and recovery from irradiation. Archives of oral biology, 55(5), 358–364

Song, J.-S., Stefanik, D., Damek-Poprawa, M., Alawi, F., & Akintoye, S. O. (2009). Differentiation and regenerative capacities of human odontoma-derived mesenchymal cells. Differentiation, 77(1), 29–37

Stefanik, D., Sarin, J., Lam, T., Levin, L., Leboy, P. S., & Akintoye, S. O. (2008). Disparate osteogenic response of mandible and iliac crest bone marrow stromal cells to pamidronate. Oral diseases, 14(5), 465–471

Akintoye, S. O., Giavis, P., Stefanik, D., Levin, L., & Mante, F. K. (2008). Comparative osteogenesis of maxilla and iliac crest human bone marrow stromal cells attached to oxidized titanium: a pilot study. Clinical oral implants research, 19(11), 1197–1201