Biomedical Research Policy:

1. Bankston A, McDowell G. 2018. Changing the culture of science communication training for junior scientists. J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. 19(1): doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1413. 

Publication highlight: Mentioned in the JMBE Themed Issue on Science Communication editorial and included in the “cultural change” section of this issue (March 30, 2018).

Athanasiadou R, Bankston A, Carlisle M, Niziolek C, McDowell GS. 2017. Assessing the Landscape of U.S. Postdoctoral Salaries

3. Bankston A, McDowell GS. 2018. Chapter 2 – A Review of Postdoc Reforms in the United States and the Case of the Fair Labor Standards Act Updates of 2016, In The Postdoc Landscape, edited by Audrey Jaeger and Alessandra J. Dinin, Academic Press, 2018, Pages 15-48, ISBN 9780128131695, (available online October 21, 2017).

4. Pickett C, Bankston A, McDowell GS. 2017. The GSS is an unreliable indicator of biological sciences postdoc population trends. BioRxiv. December 1, 2017. doi: (PREPRINT).

Additional information: Originally published August 2, 2017. Updated version published December 1, 2017.

5. Bankston A, McDowell GS. 2017. Monitoring the compliance of the academic enterprise with the Fair Labor Standards Act. [version 2; referees: 3 approved]F1000Research 2017, 5:2690 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.10086.2). 

Additional information: Version 1 published November 17, 2016 (contains pre-injunction data). Version 2 published September 28, 2017 (contains additional post-injunction data and other updates).

Skeletal Muscle Biology Research:

1. Hindi SM*, Shin J*, Gallot YS*, Straughn AR, Simionescu-Bankston A, Hindi L, Xiong G, Friedland RP, Kumar A. 2017. MyD88 promotes myoblast fusion in a cell-autonomous manner. Nature Communications. 2017 Nov 20;8(1):1624. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01866-w. PMID: 29158520 PMCID: PMC5696367 *Denotes equal contribution.

Publication highlight: Press release from UofL News: UofL researchers discover key signaling protein for muscle growth (November 20, 2017).

2. Simionescu-Bankston A, Kumar A. 2016. Non-coding RNAs in the regulation of skeletal muscle biology in health and disease. J Mol Med (Berl). 2016 Aug;94(8):853-66. doi: 10.1007/s00109-016-1443-y. Epub 2016 Jul 4. PMID: 27377406 PMCID: PMC4957971 (Review)

3. Simionescu-Bankston A*, Pichavant C*, Canner JP, Apponi LH, Wang Y, Steeds C, Olthoff JT, Belanto JJ, Ervasti JM, Pavlath GK. 2015. Creatine kinase B is necessary to limit myoblast fusion during myogenesis. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2015 Jun 1;308(11):C919-31. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00029.2015. Epub 2015 Mar 25. PMID: 25810257 *Denotes co-first authors.

Publication highlights: 1) Original image of CKB localization during myogenesis (Fig. 1B) chosen as the “Image of the week” on AJP-Cell Physiology Twitter and Facebook (March 27, 2015). 2) Article featured on APSselect, a collection of the best APS research articles published by the American Physiological Society each month (July 2015).

4. Simionescu-Bankston A, Leoni G, Wang Y, Pham PP, Ramalingam A, DuHadaway JB, Faundez V, Nusrat A, Pendergast GC, Pavlath GK. 2013. The N-BAR domain protein, Bin3, regulates Rac1- and Cdc42-dependent processes in myogenesis. Dev Biol. 2013 Oct 1;382(1):160-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.07.004. Epub 2013 Jul 16. PMID: 23872330 PMCID: PMC3783639 

Publication highlight: Original lamellipodia image (Fig. 5A) featured in Lab Land (The Emory Health Sciences Research Blog): The creeping edges of cells: lamellipodia (August 20, 2013)

5. Hall MN, Griffin CA, Simionescu A, Corbett AH, Pavlath GK. 2011. Distinct roles for classical nuclear import receptors in the growth of multinucleated muscle cells. Dev Biol. 2011 Sep 1;357(1):248-58. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2011.06.032. Epub 2011 Jun 30. PMID: 21741962 PMCID: PMC3156328

6. Simionescu A, Pavlath GK. 2011. Molecular mechanisms of myoblast fusion across species. In: Dittmar T., Zänker K.S. (eds) Cell Fusion in Health and Disease. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 713, Pages 113-35. Springer, Dordrecht, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-0763-4_8. PMID: 21432017.