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Department of Biology

Dr. Matt Elrod-EricksonE-E
Associate Professor

Phone: (615) 898-5402
Fax: (615) 898-5093
Office Location: SCI 2028
MTSU Box 60 Murfreesboro, TN 37132

B.S. in Microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin, 1991
Ph.D. in Biology from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

I am interested in various aspects of basic cellular and molecular biology. I am particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms that determine how proteins are sorted and transported within cells and how cytoskeletal systems help establish cell asymmetries and bring about asymmetric cell divisions. I conduct my research using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is an excellent model organism for determining how basic cellular functions common to all eukaryotic cells work. Yeast are amenable to both genetic and molecular analyses, and the techniques for doing research on yeast can be mastered fairly quickly, making it an ideal system for research at the undergraduate and masters level.

Elrod-Erickson, M.J. and Ford, W.F. (2000). Economic implications of theHuman Genome Project. Business Economics XXXV:57-60.
Elrod-Erickson, M.J. (1998). Well worth the wait. Book Review, Trends in Cell Biology 8:336.
Elrod-Erickson, M.J. (1998). Regulation of COPII vesicle formation and protein sorting in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Elrod-Erickson, M.J. and Kaiser, C. (1996). Genes that control the fidelity of endoplasmic reticulum to Golgi transport identified as suppressors of vesicle budding mutations. Molecular Biology of the Cell 7:1043-1058.
Erickson, M.J. and Meyer, R.J. (1993). The origin of greater-than-unit-length plasmids generated during bacterialconjugation. Molecular Microbiology 7: 289-298.
Barlett M. M.,Erickson M. J.,Meyer R. J.(1990) Recombination between directly repeated origins of conjugative transfer cloned in M13 bacteriophage DNA models ligation of the transferred plasmid strand. Nucleic Acids Res. 18:3579–3586.