David R. Angelini
curriculum vitae

University of Connecticut
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Torrey Life Sciences, Unit 3043
75 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3043

860-486-6215 (lab/office)

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow pursuing research into the developmental and molecular genetic aspects of morphological evolution (or "evo-devo"). Beginning in September 2008 I will be starting a faculty position at American University in Washington, DC.

Mechanisms of bodyplan and appendage patterning in insects and other arthropods have provided my study systems. By exploring the regulation, function, and evolutionary history of developmental genes and genetic network structure, morphologies can be understood in terms of the mechanistic changes that have led to animal diversity. I believe strongly in the importance of scientific literacy. Communicating the findings, methods, and excitement of biology through teaching and out-reach are crucial aspects of the scientific enterprise.

Education and Training


University of Connecticut (UConn)

NIH Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

Project title: "Developmental mechanisms underlying divergent morphology in the antennae of Tribolium flour beetles"

Advisor: Elizabeth L. Jockusch [Website]


Indiana University (IU), Ph.D.

NIH Graduate Genetics Trainee, NSF IGERT Predoctoral Fellow

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Ph.D. program

Degree major: development; Degree minors: genetics, evolutionary biology

Disseration: "Comparative developmental genetics of appendages and other structures in the milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus"

Advisor: Thomas C. Kaufman [Website]

Fall 1999

University of California, Irvine (UCI)

NIH Graduate Genetics Trainee

Molecular Biology, Genetics & Biochemistry Ph.D. program [Website]

Transferred to IU after Fall 1999


St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMC), B.A.

Thesis project: "Patterns of regulatory and structural proteins during regeneration of the California blackworm, Lumbriculus variegatus"

Advisor: Karen Crawford [Website]

Teaching Experience and Pedagogical Training

October 2007

Guest instructor, graduate course "Evolutionary Developmental Biology", UConn

Fall 2007

Mentored first-year graduate student, UConn

Fall 2006

Mentored undergraduate independent study student, UConn

Fall 2004

Assistant instructor, IU, "Biological Mechanisms" (introductory biology, ~190 students), instructor: Miriam Zolan

Winter '03-04

Mentored graduate rotation student, IU

Spring 2002

Attended course "Alternative Methods for Teaching Undergraduate Biology", IU, instructor: Craig Nelson

August 2000

Teaching Assistant Workshop, IU, instructor: Albert Ruesink

Spring 1999

Teaching Assistant, SMC, "Developmental Biology" (19 students, included lab), instructor: Karen Crawford

Fall 1997

Teaching Assistant, SMC, "Principals of Biology I Lab" (lab accompanying introductory biology, 25 students,) instructor: Linda Coughlin

Fellowships and Honors


NIH NRSA Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, UConn


NSF IGERT Evolution, Development and Genomics Fellowship, IU


NIH Genetics Training Grant, IU

May 1999

Magna cum laude, SMC


Summer Research Fellowship, SMC


Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, SMC Chapter President ('98-'99)


Angelini, D. R., and Jockusch, E. L. (2008.) Relationships among pest flour beetles of the genus Tribolium (Tenebrionidae) inferred from multiple molecular markers. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 46(1): 127-141. [PubMed]

Angelini, D. R., and Kaufman, T. C. (2005c.) Comparative developmental genetics and the evolution of arthropod body plans. Annual Review of Genetics, 39: 95-119. [PubMed]

Angelini, D. R., Liu, P. Z., Hughes, C. L., and Kaufman, T. C. (2005.) Hox gene function and interaction in the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus (Hemiptera). Developmental Biology, 287(2): 440-455. [PubMed]

Angelini, D. R., and Kaufman, T. C. (2005b.) Insect appendages and comparative ontogenetics. Developmental Biology 286(1): 57-77. [PubMed]

Angelini, D. R., and Kaufman, T. C. (2005a.) Functional analyses in the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus (Hemiptera) support a role for Wnt signaling in body segmentation but not appendage development. Developmental Biology, 283(2): 409-423. [PubMed]

Angelini, D.R., and Kaufman, T. C. (2004.) Functional analysis of appendage-patterning genes in the hemipteran, Oncopeltus fasciatus, reveals conserved and derived aspects of limb patterning in insects. Developmental Biology 271(2): 306-321. [PubMed]

External Funding


USDA "Genomics of Agriculturally Important Organisms" Seed Grant, written in collaboration with Elizabeth Jockusch ($100,000)


NIH NRSA Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship ($136,840)

Invited Seminars

February 2008

Connecticut Entomology Society, monthly meeting

May 2007

Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University (student-organized symposium)

September 2005

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

Platform Presentations

June 2006

SSE/SSB/ASN Evolution Meeting – Stony Brook, NY

April 2006

Northeast Regional Society for Developmental Biology Meeting – Woods Hole, MA

January 2006

Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology National Meeting – Orlando, FL

April 2005

Northeast Regional Society for Developmental Biology Meeting – Woods Hole, MA

October 2003

Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Change (DBEC III) – Chicago, IL

October 2003

Midwest Regional Drosophila Research Conference – Allerton Park, IL

September 2002

NASA CASSLS Workshop: Understanding Mechanisms of Evolution – Woods Hole

Poster Presentations

December 2007

USDA CSREES Investigator's Meeting – San Diego, CA

June 2007

First Pan-American Congress in Developmental Biology – Cancun, Mexico


NSF IGERT Minisymposium: Origin of Novel Features – Bloomington, IN

March 2004

NSF IGERT Minisymposium: Evolution of Gene Regulation – Eugene, OR

March 2003

Drosophila Research Conference – Chicago, IL

September 2002

NSF IGERT Minisymposium: Microevolution of Development – Bloomington, IN

July 2002

Society for Developmental Biology National Meeting – Madison, WI

April 2002

Drosophila Research Conference – San Diego, CA

October 2001

Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Change (DBEC II) – Chicago, IL

October 2001

NSF IGERT Minisymposium: Evolution of Genetic Networks – Eugene, OR


June 2007

Guest speaker, UConn Early College Experience Annual Professional Development Workshop,
presented current topics in developmental biology to high school teachers

October 2006

Guest speaker, "Topics in Modern Biology" honors seminar, UConn

June 2006

Session moderator, SSE /SSB/ASN Evolution Meeting, Stony Brook, NY

February, August 2006

Reviewer, Journal of Molecular Evolution

December '05 - present

Organizer, Interdepartmental Evo-Devo Discussion Group, UConn [Website]

March 2005

Panel speaker for undergrad "Careers In Biology" workshop, IU

Oct '04, February'05

Reviewer, Mechanisms of Development: Gene Expression Patterns

May 2004

Field assistant for BBC documentary "Life in the Undergrowth" on cicadas

Spring 2004

Graduate student member of the faculty search committee for evolutionary developmental biologist position, IU

May 2003

Hosted visiting speaker Sean Carroll, IU

Spring '02, '01

Graduate student recruitment committee, IU

Fall 2001, '03

Organizer, "Evolution, Development and Genomics" lecture series, IU

Professional Affiliations

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