Research Areas:
Computational Biology, Education and Outreach, Evolution, Gene Regulation, Genomics, Systems Biology


 1. Masumba EA, Kapinga F, Mkamilo G, Salum K, Kulembeka H, Rounsley S, Bredeson JV, Lyons JB, Rokhsar DS,

Kanju E, Katari MS , Myburg AA, van der Merwe NA, Ferguson ME. QTL associated with resistance to

cassava brown streak and cassava mosaic diseases in a bi-parental cross of two Tanzanian farmer varieties,

Namikonga and Albert. Theor Appl Genet . 2017 Jul 13.

2. Murphy, M., Chatterjee S., Jain, S., Katari M , DasGupta R. TCF7L1 Modulates Colorectal Cancer Growth by

Inhibiting Expression of Tumor-Suppressor Gene EPHB3. Scientific Reports . 2016 Jun 23;6:28299.

3. Obertello M, Srivastava S, Katari MS  and Coruzzi GM. Cross-species network analysis uncovers conserved

nitrogen-regulated network modules in rice. Plant Physiol . 2015 Jun 4.

4. Li Y, Mukherjee I, Thum KE, Tanurdzic M, Katari MS , Obertello M, Edwards MB, McCombie WR, Martienssen

RA and Coruzzi GM. The histone methyltransferase SDG8 mediates the epigenetic modification of light

responsive and energy metabolism genes in plants. Genome Biology  2015 (ACCEPTED)

5. Vidal EA, Moyano TC, Krouk G, Katari MS , Tanurdzic M, McCombie WR, Coruzzi GM, Gutiérrez RA.

Integrated RNA-seq and sRNA-seq analysis identifies novel nitrate-responsive genes in Arabidopsis

thaliana  roots. BMC Genomics.  2013 Oct 11;14:701

6. Gifford ML, Banta JA, Katari MS,  Hulsmans J, Chen L, Ristova D, Tranchina D, Purugganan MD, Coruzzi GM,

Birnbaum KD. Plasticity regulators modulate specific root traits in discrete nitrogen environments. PLoS

Genet.  2013 Sep;9(9)

7. Lee EK, Cibrian-Jaramillo A, Kolokotronis SO, Katari MS , Stamatakis A, Ott M, Chiu JC, Little DP, Stevenson

DW, McCombie WR, Martienssen RA, Coruzzi G, Desalle R. A functional phylogenomic view of the seed

plants. PLoS Genet.  2011 Dec;7(12)

8. International Arabidopsis  Informatics Consortium.  An international bioinformatics infrastructure to underpin the

Arabidopsis  community. Plant Cell.  2010 Aug;22(8):2530-6

9. Obertello M, Krouk G, Katari MS , Runko SJ, Coruzzi GM.  Modeling the global effect of the basic-leucine zipper

transcription factor 1 (bZIP1) on nitrogen and light regulation in Arabidopsis . BMC Syst Biol  2010. Aug


10. Cibrián-Jaramillo, A., De la Torre-Bárcena, J., Lee, EK, Katari, MS , Brenner, ED., Little DP., Stevenson DW.,

Martienssen, R., Coruzzi, GM., and DeSalle, R. Using Phylogenomic Patterns and Gene Ontology to

Identify Proteins of Importance in Plant Evolution. Genome Biol Evol.  2010 Jul 12;2:225-39.

11. Katari, MS. , Nowicki, SD., Aceituno, FF., Nero, D., Kelfer, J, Thompson, LP, Cabello, JM, Davidson, RS,

Goldberg, AP, Shasha, DE, Coruzzi, GM, and Gutiérrez, RA. VirtualPlant: A software platform to support

Systems Biology research. Plant Physiology , 2010. Feb;152(2):500-15

 12. Nero, D., Kelfer, J., Katari, MS , Tranchina, D, and Coruzzi, GM. Transcriptional Regulatory Networks in

Arabidopsis thaliana: Predictions and Validation Testing, BMC Bioinformatics , 2009. Dec 21; 10(1):435.

 13. de la Torre-Barcena, JE., Kolokotronis, SO., Lee, EL., Stevenson, DW., Brenner, ED., Katari, MS ., Coruzzi, GM.,

Desalle, R. The impact of outgroup choice and missing data on major seed plant phylogenetics using

genome-wide EST data. Plos One.  2009, Jun 3; 4(6):e5764.

 14. Richards, C.L., Hanzawa, Y., Katari, MS , Ehrenreich, IM., Engelmann, KE., Purugganan, MD. Perspectives on

ecological and evolutionary systems biology. Annual Plant Reviews , 2009, Feb.5. Vol. 35: Plant Systems

Biolgy  pp. 331-350.

15. Coruzzi, GM., Burga A., Katari, MS. , Gutiérrezm RA. Systems Biology: Principles and applications in plant

research. Annual Plant Reviews , 2009 Feb.5.Vol. 35: Plant Systems Biology  pp.34-40.

16. Thum KE, Shin MJ, Gutiérrez RA, Mukherjee I, Katari MS , Nero D, Shasha D, Coruzzi GM. An integrated

genetic, genomic and systems approach defines gene networks regulated by the interaction of light and

carbon signaling pathways in Arabidopsis. BMC Syst Biol  2008 Apr 4;2:31

17. Gutiérrez RA, Stokes TL, Thum K, Xu X, Obertello M, Katari MS , Tanurdzic M, Dean A, Nero DC, McClung CR,

Coruzzi GM Systems approach identifies an organic nitrogen-responsive gene network that is regulated by

the master clock control gene CCA1 Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.  2008 Mar 25;105(12):4939-44

18. Poultney CS, Gutiérrez RA, Katari MS , Gifford ML, Paley WB, Coruzzi GM, Shasha DE. Sungear: interactive

visualization and functional analysis of genomic datasets. Bioinformatics.  2006 Oct 2.

19. de la Torre-Barcena, JE., Egan, MG., Katari, MS. , Brenner, ED, Stevenson, DW, Coruzzi, GM., DeSalle, R.

ESTimating plant phylogeny: lessons from partitioning. BMC Evol Biol . 2006 Jun 15;6(1):48.

20. Brenner ED, Katari M.S. , Stevenson DW, Rudd SA, Douglas AW, Moss WN, Twigg RW, Runko SJ, Stellari GM,

Richard MW, Coruzzi GM. EST analysis in Ginkgo biloba : an assessment of conserved developmental

regulators and gymnosperm specific genes. BMC Genomics.  2005 Oct 15;6(1):143

21. Katari, M. S. , Balija V, Wilson RK, Martienssen RA, McCombie WR. Comparing low coverage random shotgun

sequence data from Brassica oleracea  and Oryza sativa  genome sequence for their ability to add to the

annotation of Arabidopsis thaliana . Genome Res . 2005 Apr;15(4):496-504.

22. Brenner ED, Stevenson DW, McCombie RW, Katari MS , Rudd SA, Mayer KF, Palenchar PM, Runko SJ, Twigg

RW, Dai G, Martienssen RA, Benfey PN, Coruzzi GM. Expressed sequence tag analysis in Cycas, the most

primitive living seed plant. Genome Biol.  2003;4(12):R78.

23. Cannon SB, McCombie WR, Sato S, Tabata S, Denny R, Palmer L, Katari M , Young ND, Stacey G. Evolution and

microsynteny of the apyrase gene family in three legume genomes. Mol Genet Genomics . 2003


24. Wines ME, Lee L, Katari MS , Zhang L, DeRossi C, Shi Y, Perkins S, Feldman M, McCombie WR, Holdener BC.

Identification of mesoderm development (mesd) candidate genes by comparative mapping and genome

sequence analysis. Genomics  2001 Feb 15;72(1):88-98.

25. Berenson CS, Gallery MA, Katari MS , Foster EW, Pattoli MA. Gangliosides of monocyte-derived macrophages of

adults with advanced HIV infection show reduced surface accessibility. J Leukoc Biol  1998


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