SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences
I am a molecular biologist with several areas of focus for my undergraduate research
laboratory. My recent areas of study include the isolation and analysis of ancient
DNA extracted from ancient Maya skeletons (from Tipu, Belize). My laboratory is studying
their migration routes; mitochondrial DNA sequences; and the presence of certain diseases
within this population of ancient Maya skeletons (588 skeletons). In addition, my
undergraduate research students are also investigating both the androgen receptor
gene and the DRD4 gene (also known as the ’thrill seeking’ gene) in humans.
Elwess, N. L., Kopp, M., Lavoie, E.,Coons, J., Adjapong, E. & Latourelle, S. (2015). Analysis of
ancient mitochondrial DNA within the Tipu Maya Collection. Internet Journal of Biological Anthropology, 8(1), 1–6.
*Palermo, M., & Elwess, N. L. (2014). Characterization and phylogenetic analysis of the cytochrome B gene (cytb) in Salvelinus fontinalis, Salmo trutta and Salvelinus fontinalis X Salmo trutta within the Lake Champlain Basin. Journal of Emerging Investigators; Jan 20, 2014, 1–9.
Elwess, N. L. & Latourelle, S.M (2013). Inducing mutations in Paramecium: An inquiry-based approach. Social constructivism in a cooperative and collaborative
science investigation [Monograph] (Latourelle, S., Ed.). Society of College Science Teachers, 65–76. http://www.scst.org/scstpubs/monographs
*Palermo, M., Latourelle, S., & Elwess, N. L. (2012). Genetic analysis of the Brown, Brook, and Tiger Trout populations in the
Lake Champlain Basin. Journal of Experimental Secondary Science, 2(1).
*Sato, T, *Phillips, B, Latourelle, S. M. & Elwess, N. L. (2010). Analyzing population genetics using the mitochondrial control region and
bioinformatics. Bioscene, 36(1), 26–33.
Elwess, N. L., *Duprey, S. L., *Harney, L. A., *Langman, J. E., *Marino, T. C., *Martinez, C., *McKeon,
L. L., *Moss, C. I., *Myrie, S. S., & *Taylor, L. R.(2008). Alu insertion and genetic
diversity: A preliminary investigation by an undergraduate bioinformatics class. Bioscene, 34(2), 34–39.
Latourelle, S., Elwess, N. L. & Elwess, J. M. (2008). Finger forecasting: A pointer to athletic prowess in women:
A preliminary investigation by an undergraduate biology class. The American Journal of Biology Teachers, 70(7), 411–414.