Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Neuroscience Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA PI: Michael Platt, September 2015-present
I developed a computational pipeline in order to gain a genomics perspective on the nature of behavioral, cognitive, and morphological variation within the rhesus macaque population on Cayo Santiago (Puerto Rico). I am currently analyzing whole genome sequence data from 218 pedigreed and phenotyped animals to explore associations between genomic variants and the vast primatological and cognitive database for the population.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, McDonnell Genome Institute Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO USA PI: Wesley Warren, June 2012-September 2015
The Warren lab specializes in genome assembly and comparative genomics, while assessing: 1) the influence of genetic variation on phenotypes; 2) gene splicing and structural variation; and 3) the population genomics of genic and regulatory regions. I analyzed genomic data from diverse taxa, including cavefish, tsetse fly, Leishmania, cynomolgus macaque, sandfly, killifish, bald eagle, Amazon molly, sperm whale, assassin bug, and vervet monkey. In addition to a number of analyses on parasites and their vectors, I recently led an investigation into the genomic signatures of selection in domestic cats and their wildcat progenitors.
Adjunct Instructor, Introduction to Human Evolution, Spring 2010 and Summer 2008 Department of Anthropology, New York University New York, NY USA
Adjunct Instructor, Molecular Primatology and Human Genetics, Spring 2010 Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ USA
Adjunct Instructor, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Fall 2007 Department of Anthropology, Lehman College Bronx, NY USA
Teaching Assistant, Emerging Diseases and Introduction to Human Evolution, Fall 2003-Spring 2005 Department of Anthropology, New York University New York, NY USA
M.A., Biological Anthropology, May 2005 New York University, New York, New York USA Thesis Topic: Historical relationships among Neotropical lowland forest areas: Biogeographic analyses using distributions and phylogenetic hypotheses of Platyrrhine taxa PI: Dr. Anthony Di Fiore
B.S., Biology (cum laude), Minor in Environmental Science, May 2000 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts USA
J. Schmitz, A. Noll, C. Raabe, G. Churakov, R. Voss, M. Kiefmann, T. Rozhdestwensky, J. Brosius, R. Baertsch, H. Clawson, C. Roos, P. Minx, M.J. Montague, R.K. Wilson, W.C. Warren (2016) New insights from an improved genome of the tarsier, the most basal extant haplorrhine primate. Nature Communications. In press.
W.C. Warren, A.J. Jasinska, R. Garcia-Perez, H. Svardal, C. Tomlinson, M. Rocchi, N. Archidiacono, O. Capozzi, P. Minx, M.J. Montague, K. Kyung, L.W. Hillier, M. Kremitzki, T. Graves, C. Chiang, J. Hughes, N. Tran, Y. Wang, V. Ramensky, O. Choi, Y.J. Jung, C.A. Schmitt, N. Juretic, J. Wasserscheid, T.R. Turner, R.W. Wiseman, J.J. Tuscher, J.A. Karl, J.E. Schmitz, R. Zahn, D.H. O’Connor, E. Redmond, A. Nisbett, B. Jacquelin, M.C. Müller-Trutwin, J.M. Brenchley, M. Dione, M. Antonio, G.P. Schroth, J.R. Kaplan, M.J. Jorgensen, G.W.C. Thomas, M.W. Hahn, B. Raney, B. Aken, J. Schmitz, G. Churakov, A. Noll, R. Stanyon, D. Webb, F. Thibaud-Nissen, M. Nordborg, T. Marques-Bonet, K. Dewar, G.M. Weinstock, R.K. Wilson and N.B. Freimer (2015) The genome of the vervet (Chlorocebusaethiopssabaeus). Genome Research. doi:10.1101/gr.192922.115.
R.D. Mesquita, R. Vionette-Amaral, C. Lowenberger, R. Rivera-Pomar, F.A. Monteiro, P. Minx, S. Spieth, A.B. Carvalho, F. Panzera, D. Lawson, A.L.Q. Torres, J.M.C. Ribeiro, M.H.F. Sorgine, R.M. Waterhouse, M.J. Montague, F. Abad-Franch, M. Alves-Bezerra, L.R. Amaral, H. Araujo, R.N. Araujo, L. Aravind, G.C. Atella, P. Azambuja, M. Berni, P.R. Bittencourt-Cunha, G.R.C. Braz, G.M. Calderón-Fernández, C.M.A. Carareto, M.B. Christensen, I.R. Costa, S.G. Costa, M. Dansa, C.R.O. Daumas-Filho, I.F. De Paula, F.A. Dias, G. Dimopoulos, S.J. Emrich, N. Esponda-Behrens, P. Fampa, R.D. Fernández-Medina, R.N. Fonseca, M. Fontenele, C. Fronick, L. Fulton, A.C.P. Gandara, E.S. Garcia, F.A. Genta, G.I. Giraldo-Calderón, B. Gomes, K.C. Gondim, A. Granzotto, A.A. Guarneri, R. Guigó, M. Harry, D.S.T. Hughes, W. Jablonka, E. Jacquin-Joly, M.P. Juárez, L.B. Koerich, J.M. Latorre-Estivalis, A.E. Lavore, G.G. Lawrence, C. Lazoski, C.R. Lazzari, R.R. Lopes, M.G. Lorenzo, M.D. Lugon, D. Majerowicz, P.L. Marcet, M. Mariotti, H. Masuda, K. Megy, A.C.A. Melo, F. Missirlis, T. Mota, F.G. Noriega, M. Nouzova, R.D. Nunes, M.T. Oliva, R.L.L. Oliveira, G. Oliveira-Silveira, S. Ons, L. Pagola, G.O. Paiva-Silva, A. Pascual, M.G. Pavan, N. Pedrini, A.A. Peixoto, M.H. Pereira, A. Pike, C. Polycarpo, F. Prosdocimi, R. Ribeiro-Rodrigues, H.M. Robertson, A.P. Salerno, D. Salmon, D. Santesmasses, R. Schama, E.S. Seabra-Junior, L. Silva-Cardoso, M.A.C. Silva-Neto, M. Souza-Gomes, M. Sterkel, M. Tojo, Z. Tu, J.M.C. Tubio, R. Ursic-Bedoya, T.M. Venancio, A.B. Walter-Nuno, D. Wilson, W.C. Warren, R.K. Wilson, E. Huebner, E.M. Dotson, P.L. and Oliveira. (2015) Genome of Rhodniusprolixus, an insect vector of Chagas disease, reveals unique adaptations to hematophagy and parasite infection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1506226112.
MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVISION
R.A. Van Den Bussche, M.E. Judkins, M.J. Montague, W.C. Warren (2016) A resource of genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for the conservation and management of golden eagles (Aquilachrysaetos). Journal of Raptor Research.
K.M. Steinberg, V.A. Schneider, C. Alkan, M.J. Montague, W.C. Warren, D.M. Church, R.K. Wilson (2016) Building and improving reference genome assemblies. Proceedings of the IEEE. Special Issue.
C.M. Adema, L.W. Hillier, C.S. Jones, E.S. Loker, M. Knight, P. Minx, G. Oliveira, N. Raghavan, A. Shedlock, L.R. Amaral, H.D. Arican-Goktas, J. Assis, E.H. Baba, O.L. Baron, C.J. Bayne, K. Benkendorff, U. Bickham-Wright, K.K. Biggar, M. Blouin, B.C. Bonning, C. Botka, J.M. Bridger, K.M. Buckley, S.K. Buddenborg, R.L. Caldeira, J. Carleton, O.S. Carvalho, M.G. Castillo, I.W. Chalmers, M. Christensens, S. Clifton, C. Cosseau, C. Coustau, R.M. Cripps, Y. Cuesta, S. Cummins, L. di Stephano, N. Dinguirard, D. Duval, S. Emrich, C. Feschotte, R. Feyereisen, P. FitzGerald, S. Francislon, C. Fronick, L. Fulton, R. Galinier, M. Geusz, K.K. Geyer, G. Giraldo-Calderon, M.S. Gomes, M.A. Gordy, B. Gourbal, S. Grossi, C. Grunau, P.C. Hanington, K.F. Hoffmann, D. Hughes, J. Humphries, R. Izinara, D.J. Jackson, J.P. Jeremias, L.K. Janotti-Passos, W. de Jesus; S. Jobling, B. Kamel, A. Kapusta, S. Kaur, J.M. Koene, A.B. Kohn, D. Lawson, S.P. Lawton, D. Liang, Y. Limpanont, A.E. Lockyer, T.L. Lovato, S. Liu, V. Magrini, D.P. McManus, M. Medina, M. Misra, G. Mitta, G.M. Mkoji, M.J. Montague, C. Montelongo, L.L. Moroz, U. Niazi, L.R. Noble, F. Pais, A.T. Papenfuss, R. Peace, J.J. Pena, E.A. Pila, T. Quelais, B.J. Raney, J.P. Rast, F. Ribeiro, D. Rollinson, I. Rossi, B. Rotgans, E.J. Routledge, K.M. Ryan, L. Scholte, K.B. Storey, M. Swain, J.A. Tennessen, C. Tomlinson, D.L. Trujillo, E.V. Volpi, A.J. Walker, T. Wang, I. Wannaporn, W.C. Warren, X.J. Wu, T.P. Yoshino, M. Yusuf, S.M. Zhang, M. Zhao, and R.K. Wilson (2016) Whole genome analysis of Biomphalariaglabrata (Mollusca, Lophotrochozoa), a snail intermediate host for transmission of schistosomiasis. Nature Communications.
MANUSCRIPTS IN REVIEW
N.M. Reid, C. Jackson, D. Gilbert, P. Minx, M.J. Montague, T.H. Hampton, L.W. Helfrich, B.L. King, D. Nacci, N. Aluru, S.I. Karchner, J.K. Colbourne, M.E. Hahn, J.R. Shaw, M.F. Oleksiak, D.L. Crawford, W.C. Warren, A. Whitehead (2016) The Atlantic killifish (Fundulusheteroclitus) genome and the landscape of genome variation within a population. Intended Submission: Genome Biology and Evolution.
B. Gandolfi, H. Alhaddad, M.J. Montague, R. Khan, E.K. Creighton, B. Haase, M. Longeri, R. Saif, C. Peterson, M. Longeri, B. Davis, W.J. Murphy, R.A. Grahn, J. Haggstrom, H. Lohi, J.C. Mullikin, C. Helps, N.C. Pedersen, W.C. Warren, L.A. Lyons (in prep) Utility and efficiency of the first high density SNP array in cats and its applied use in association mapping. Intended Submission: PLoS Genetics.
M.J. Montague, N. Snyder-Mackler, S. Madlon-Kay, K.K. Watson, L.J. Brent, J.H. Skene, J.E. Horvath, M.L. Platt (in prep) Variant mapping and mutation discovery in a single population of rhesus macaques. Intended Submission: Genome Biology.
Sokal Research Award for Predoctoral Students in the Sciences (2005 - $4,000) Behavioral ecology of Saimirisciureus at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program Award for International Field Experience in Evolutionary Primatology (2004 - $5,000) Molecular genetics of disease ecology in wild and semi-captive primates at the Centre International de Recherches Medicales de Franceville, Gabon
New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology Field Research Grant (2003 - $1,500) Behavioral ecology and field primatology at the Yasuni Scientific Research Station, Ecuador
NSF Graduate Research Training Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2003)
Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University (2002-2007)
Platt Laboratory Independent Study Program (2016-present) Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences, University of Pennsylvania Mentored high school students and undergraduate research assistants in genomic and bioinformatic analyses of rhesus macaque genome data; provided training in R and Perl to complete statistical analyses of behavioral data
Washington University Genetics Group Department of Anthropology, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO, USA (2014-2015) Advised graduate and undergraduate students within the field of primatology and provided training and project critiques regarding the subtopics of genomics, genetics, computational biology, and evolutionary biology
Opportunities in Genomic Research McDonnell Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA (2013-2014) Mentored a post-baccalaureate student in genomic and bioinformatic analysis of non-human primate genes. Evaluated and fostered the student’s career development plans within a structured program in accordance with the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) Minority Action Plan (MAP)
Molecular Primatology Internship Program Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, New York University, New York, USA (2004-2005) Trained graduate students and undergraduate research assistants in various laboratory techniques including DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing
Primate population genomics: Detecting signatures of selection in vervet monkeys. In M.L. Platt (Director) Research Seminar Series at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Duke University Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Raleigh, NC USA (2015)
Population genomics at The Genome Institute: Signals of selection in the domestic cat genome. In R.K. Wilson (Director) Science Friday Seminar Series at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA (2015)
Genomics technology. In A.D. Melin (Professor), guest lecturer in Anthropological Genetics (L48 Anthro 4202) at Washington University School of Arts & Sciences, St. Louis, MO, USA (2014)
Population genomics at The Genome Institute. In E.A. Quinn (Organizer), Physical Anthropology Seminar, Department of Anthropology, Washington University School of Arts & Sciences, St. Louis, MO, USA (2014)
Seeking the molecular circuits of vocal learning. In M. Corbetta (Director), Weekly Seminar, Attention and Brain Recovery Lab, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA (2013)
Understanding the evolution of sensory systems in vertebrates: Incorporating genetics and genomics. In E.A. Quinn (Organizer), Physical Anthropology Seminar, Department of Anthropology, Washington University School of Arts & Sciences, St. Louis, MO, USA (2012)
Exploring the evolution of primate color vision: A study of a South American primate species. In W.C. Warren (Assistant Director), Research Seminar Series (Vertebrate Genomics) at The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA (2012)
The effects of colour vision on decoy predator recognition among wild squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus). In L.E. Miller (Chair), Field experiments: The challenges and benefits of using experimental methods in field research. Primate Eye, Special Issue (96), 130-131. Symposium conducted at the XXII Congress of the International Primatological Society, Edinburgh, Scotland (2008)
Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution BMC Genomics Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Series B: Biological Sciences Scientific Reports PLoS One Communicative & Integrative Biology American Journal of Primatology International Journal of Primatology Journal of Clinical Pathology & Forensic Medicine Biological Conservation
Developed a novel method for assessing color vision phenotypes from fecal samples of wild squirrel monkeys (Saimirisciureus) using custom made SNP genotyping assays (TaqMan) with real-time PCR. Supervised by Dr. Ryan Raaum. Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, Lehman College (2009-2010)
Performed a molecular analysis of relatedness among wild squirrel monkeys (Saimirisciureus) using multiplex microsatellite genotyping. Supervised by Dr. Anthony Di Fiore. Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, New York University (2007-2009)
Performed paternity analyses using molecular genetics experiments and microsatellite genotyping for a population of golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecusrosalia). Supervised by Dr. Anthony Di Fiore. Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, New York University (2005)
Assessed viral infection in wild chimpanzee (Pantroglodytes) and mandrill (Mandrillussphinx) fecal samples using reverse transcriptase PCR for simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). Supervised by Dr. Stephen Clifford and Dr. Jean Wickings. Centre International de Recherches Medicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon (2004)
Researched fetal growth and developmental programming in baboons (Papioanubis) using whole mitochondrial genome sequencing. Supervised by Dr. Todd Disotell and Dr. Peter Nathanielsz. Molecular Anthropology Lab, New York University; Molecular Systematics Laboratories, American Museum of Natural History; Center for Environmental Research and Conservation Molecular Lab, Columbia University, Center for Pregnancy & Newborn Research, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2004)
Developed laboratory methods for molecular systematics and conservation genetics of Owlet moths (Apameini) and ray-finned fishes (Labridae) using mitochondrial DNA sequencing. Supervised by Dr. Paul Goldstein (Entomology) and Dr. Mark Westneat (Ichthyology). Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL (2001-2002)
Observational and experimental studies of social, foraging, and anti-predatory behaviors among common squirrel monkeys (Saimirisciureus). Supervised by Dr. Anthony Di Fiore. Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Ecuador (2005-2008)
Collection of fecal and hair samples from western lowland gorilla (Gorillagorilla) nesting sites. Supervised by Dr. Stephen Clifford. Lekedi National Park and Lope National Park, Gabon (2004)
Observational study of ranging and foraging behavior of white-bellied spider monkeys (Atelesbelzebuth). Supervised by Dr. Stephanie Spehar. Yasuni Scientific Research Station, Ecuador (2003)
Monitoring nesting and hatchling activities of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelysimbricata). Supervised by Dr. Julia Horrocks. Barbados Sea Turtle Project, Barbados (2001)
Evaluation of spawning tributaries for coho and chinook salmon (Oncorhynchuskisutch and O. tshawytscha). Supervised by Dr. Neil Armantrout. Bureau of Land Management, Eugene, OR USA (2000)
M.J. Montague, L.A. Lyons, W.J. Murphy, G. Li, B.L. Aken, S.M.J. Searle, P. Minx, L.W. Hillier, C.A. Driscoll, M. Menotti-Raymond, R.K. Wilson, and W.C. Warren (2013). Genetic signatures of selection in the domestic cat lineage. Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics Gordon Research Conference, Poster Session, Biddeford, ME, USA.
M.J. Montague and A. Di Fiore (2012). Preferential association among closely-related females in wild squirrel monkeys and its implications for insect prey capture success. In Behavior. Poster session at the 24th Congress of the International Primatological Society, Cancun, Mexico.
M.J. Montague and L.J. Matthews (2009). Why do capuchin and squirrel monkeys form interspecific associations? A GIS based test using ranging and feeding data. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 57, 192.
M.J. Montague (2009) A behavioral and genetic study of the color vision polymorphism in wild squirrel monkeys (Saimirisciureus). In Molecular Evolution of Biological Complexity (Poster Session). Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution, Iowa City, IA, USA.
C.A. Schmitt, A. Di Fiore, A. Link, L.J. Matthews, M.J. Montague, A.M. Derby, D. Hurst, G. Carrillo, C. Sendall, M.Y. Field, and E. Fernandez-Duque (2007). Comparative ranging behavior of eight species of primates in a western Amazonian rainforest. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 44, 208-209.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
American Association of Physical Anthropologists International Primatological Society Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution New York Academy of Sciences
Dr. Michael L. Platt Professor of Psychology and Professor of Marketing James S. Riepe University Professor Professor of Neuroscience Department of Neuroscience Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania 3700 Hamilton Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
Dr. Wesley C. Warren Assistant Director McDonnell Genome Institute Washington University School of Medicine 4444 Forest Park Avenue, Campus Box 8501 St. Louis, MO 63108 USA
Dr. William J. Murphy Professor Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine 4458 Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843 USA
Dr. Leslie A. Lyons Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine Department of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine 1600 East Rollins Street Columbia, MO 65201 USA
Dr. Anthony Di Fiore Department Chair and Professor Department of Anthropology University of Texas at Austin SAC 5.150 Austin, TX 78712 USA
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