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John McCutcheon, Assistant Professor

Location: Health Sciences 304A

Phone: (406) 243-6071


B.S., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1996

M.S., Human Genetics, University of Utah, 2000

Ph.D., Computational Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona, 2006-2010

Selected Publications

Van Leuven JT and McCutcheon JP. 2012. An AT mutational bias in the tiny GC-rich endosymbiont genome of Hodgkinia. Genome Biology and Evolution. 4: 24-27.

McCutcheon JP and Moran NA. 2012. Extreme genome reduction in symbiotic bacteria. Nature Reviews Microbiology. 10: 13-26.

McCutcheon JP and von Dohlen CD. 2011. An interdependent metabolic patchwork in the nested three-way symbiosis of mealybugs. Current Biology. 21: 1366-1372.

McCutcheon JP and Moran NA. 2010. Functional convergence in reduced genomes of bacterial symbionts spanning 200 million years of evolution. Genome Biology and Evolution. 2: 708-718.

Woyke T, Tighe D, Mavromatis K, Clum A, Copeland A, Schackwitz W, Lapidus A, Wu D, McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, Moran NA, Bristow J, Cheng J. 2010. One bacterial cell, one complete genome. PLoS One 5(4): e10314.

Nikoh N, McCutcheon JP, Kudo T, Miyagishima S, Moran NA, Nakabachi A. 2010. Bacterial genes in the aphid genome: absence of functional gene transfer from Buchnera to its host. PLoS Genetics 6(2): e1000827.

The International Aphid Genomics Consortium. 2010. Genome sequence of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. PLoS Biology 8(2): e1000313.

McCutcheon JP. 2010. The bacterial essence of tiny symbiont genomes. Current Opinion in Microbiology 13: 73-78.

McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, and Moran NA. 2009. Convergent evolution of metabolic roles in bacterial co-symbionts of insects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 15394-15399.

McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, and Moran NA. 2009. Origin of an alternative genetic code in the extremely small and GC-rich genome of a bacterial symbiont. PLoS Genetics 5(7): e1000565.

Moran NA, McCutcheon JP, and Nakabachi A. 2008. Genomics and evolution of heritable bacterial symbionts. Annual Review of Genetics 42: 165-190.

McCutcheon JP and Moran NA. 2007. Parallel genomic evolution and metabolic interdependence in an ancient symbiosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 19392-19397.