Lisa Ellis

Assistant Professor of Biology

Education

  • PhD in Biology, Texas A&M University
  • BS with Honors in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, Sam Houston State University

 

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • Genetics
  • Global Health
  • Senior Seminar: Research
  • Integrating Biological Concepts (Capstone)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Freshman Year Seminar

 

Teaching Focus

Dr. Ellis’ areas of interest span the breadth of the biology department and include courses for majors and non-majors. She particularly enjoys introducing freshmen to the various aspects of biology and honing the critical thinking skills of upperclassmen.

Publications

Dr. Ellis’ research focus is on genetic and environmental effects on Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) development and behavior. She has published research articles in several journals including Genetics and Development. Her article in Genetics was selected for a EurekAlert! press release. She is a member of the Genetics Society of America, Texas Genetics Society, and Human Anatomy & Physiology Society.

 

Articles

  • Coggins W, Hamrick D, Ellis LL. The trend of courtship and mating behavior of Drosophila melanogaster fitT15 mutants based on caloric restriction. BIOS.
  • Ellis LL, Huang W, Quinn AM, et al. Intrapopulation genome size variation in D. melanogaster reflects life history variation & plasticity. PLoS Genetics 10: e1004522.
  • Huang W, Massouras A, Inoue Y, et al. Natural variation in genome architecture among 205 Drosophila melanogaster Genetic Reference Panel lines. Genome Research 24: 1193-1208.
  • Saleem S, Schwedes CC, Ellis LL, al. 2012. Drosophila melanogaster p24 trafficking proteins have vital roles in development & reproduction. Mechanisms of Development 129: 177-91.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. 2011. Socially-responsive gene expression in male Drosophila melanogaster is influenced by the sex of the interacting partner. Genetics 187: 157-169. Press release in EurekAlert! January 2011.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. 2010. Mating alters gene expression patterns in Drosophila melanogaster male heads. BMC Genomics 11:558.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. 2009. Drosophila melanogaster males respond differently at the behavioral & genome-wide levels to Drosophila melanogaster & Drosophila simulans J. Evolutionary Biology 22: 2183-91.
  • Boltz KA, Ellis LL, Carney GE. 2007. Drosophila melanogaster p24 genes have developmental, tissue-specific, & sex-specific expression patterns & functions. Developmental Dynamics 236: 544-55.

Posters

  • DeForke S, Abraham S, Ellis LL. Apr 24, 2017. Effects of Sound on Drosophila Behavior and Reproduction. 15th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Mendoza Y, Sheneman T, Ellis LL. Apr 24, 2017. Circadian Rhythms and 15th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Olsen D, Mathew M, Ellis LL. Apr 24, 2017. Aspartame Causes Increased Food Intake Which Leads to Weight Gain and Increased Body Fat in Drosophila melanogaster. 15th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Buckingham R, Ellis LL. Apr 25, 2016. Comparison of Olfaction in Drosophila simulans and Canton-S. 14th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Garrido K, Ellis LL. Apr 25, 2016. How Diets Affect Insulin Mutant Drosophila. 14th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Michael H, Ellis LL. Apr 25, 2016. Effects of Escherichia coli Infection on Adult Survivorship on Slimfast Mutant and White Eyed Drosophila melanogaster Reared On A Protein-Biased Diet. 14th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Nguyen AH, Baker P, Ellis LL. Apr 25, 2016. The Play of Genome Size on Alcohol Tolerance in Drosophila. 14th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Nguyen N, Ellis LL. Apr 25, 2016. The Effects of Choline Salicylate on Drosophila’s Insulin Activity and Their Physiology Significance in Individuals at Risk of Type I Diabetes. 14th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Thomas N., Ellis LL. Apr 25, 2016. The Effect of diet on Body Mass and Survival of Diabetic Drosophila. 14th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Nguyen AH*, Baker P, Ellis LL. Apr 2, 2016. The Play of Genome Size on Alcohol Tolerance in Drosophila. Beta Beta Beta South Central Regional Convention. Cedar Hill, TX.
  • Cardet R*, Ellis LL. Apr 20, 2015. Consumption of Organic-Based Diets Enhances Lifespan and Fecundity in Drosophila melanogaster depending on macromolecule content. 13th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • George J*, Stephen N*, Ellis LL. Apr 20, 2015. Change in Drosophila melanogaster Pupation Development in Response to Changes in Dietary Consumption as Well as Response to Varied Temperatures. 13th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Le K*, Ellis LL. Apr 20, 2015. The Effects of Sugar and Light Exposure on Drosophila melanogaster. 13th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Thomas L*, Ellis LL. Apr 20, 2015. Behavioral Changes in Canton-S and brummer Fruit Flies When Exposed to Different Diets Under Various Conditions. 13th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Varughese J*, Infante J, Ellis LL. Apr 20, 2015.The Effect of Macromolecules on Drosophila Fecundity. 13th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Symposium, HBU, Houston, TX.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. Mar 30-Apr 3, 2011. Socially-responsive genes & their role in Drosophila melanogaster male reproductive behaviors. 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. April 2-4, 2009. fitting it all together: How courtship-responsive genes affect male reproductive behaviors. 36th Annual Meeting Texas Genetics Society, Austin, TX.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. April 2-6, 2008. fitting it all together: How the courtship- & mating-responsive fit gene affects male reproductive behaviors. 49th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. March 27-29, 2008. fitting it all together: How social interactions affect gene expression & behavior. 35th Annual Meeting Texas Genetics Society, College Station, TX.
  • Neyin RO*., Ellis LL, Carney GE. March 2008. The influence of egghead on courtship in Drosophila melanogaster. Neuroscience Symposium, College Station, TX.
  • Neyin RO*, Ellis LL, Carney GE. Nov. 7-10, 2007. The influence of social interaction gene-6 (sig-6) on courtship in Drosophila melanogaster. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Austin, TX.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. March 7-11, 2007. Drosophila melanogaster can respond rapidly at the genetic level to courtship interactions. 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Carney GE*, Boltz KA, Ellis LL. March 7-11, 2007. logjam is expressed in a small number of cells in the CNS & is required for egg laying behavior. 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. Sept. 2-6, 2006. Drosophila melanogaster males respond at the genetic level to courtship interactions. 11th European Drosophila Neurobiology Conference, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. March 28-April 2, 2006. p24 proteins & their influence on Drosophila behavior. 47th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Houston, TX.

Oral Presentations

  • Eyler JR, Miller Jr, JH, Ellis LL. Feb 16, 2017. Teaching. 6th Annual Presidential Career Symposium. Houston, TX.
  • Tarone AM*, Picard CJ, Ellis LL, Johnston JS. Nov 12, 2013. Consequences of genome size variation in forensic entomology. 61st Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. May 1, 2009. fitting it all together: How courtship- & mating-responsive genes affect male reproductive behaviors. Data Blitz Session, 1st Annual Texas A&M University & Health Science Center Faculty of Neuroscience Symposium, Bryan, TX.
  • Ellis LL, Carney GE. March 2009. fitting it all together: How social interactions affect gene expression & behavior. Student Research Week Competition, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Awards and Honors

Dr. Ellis won the First Year Advocate award for her work with freshmen during the 2015 – 2016 school year. Dr. Ellis was awarded the Biology Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University in 2010. She also won an outstanding graduate student poster presentation award in 2009 from the Texas Genetics Society.

Beta Beta Beta won Most Outstanding Chapter in District II and 1st Place in Chapter History at the 2016 and 2017 Regional Convention. In 2016, TriBeta won HBU’s Organization of the Year. Her research student, Allison Nguyen, won 2nd Place for her BIOL 4297 Research Poster Presentation at the 2016 Regional Convention.

Beta Beta Beta won 2nd place in Chapter History at the 2015 Regional Convention. Dr. Ellis was awarded the Biology Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University in 2010. She also won an outstanding graduate student poster presentation award in 2009 from the Texas Genetics Society.

Dr. Ellis has previously held academic and research positions. She taught Introductory Biology I at Blinn College (Bryan, TX), and Insect Physiology as well as Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX). She was also a postdoctoral research fellow and research assistant in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M.

 

Additional Information

Dr. Ellis co-sponsors the Biology Club and the biology honor society of which she is also a member, Beta Beta Beta. She also coordinates the Honors in Biology or BCMB program and manages the Department of Biology’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts (@hbubiology). Dr. Ellis also serves as the College of Science and Mathematics representative on the First Year Focus Faculty Committee.

Active in her home church of Monument Baptist Church (Deer Park, TX) she directs and teaches the Crossroads College and Career Sunday School Class, teaches junior high and high school small groups, sponsors youth mission trips, camps, and clubs. She also enjoys writing poetry, playing sports and watching college and professional sporting events.

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