• 298 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
1988 …2020

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Area of Expertise

My research interests are in the areas of molecular evolutionary genetics and population genetics, and their applications for studying species and community diversity. We have worked on a broad variety of topics from wildlife conservation genetics to human population diversity and microbiomes. Previous students have focused on Alzheimer’s disease and aging, exploring both genetic/energetics coordination and messaging through microRNA signaling and epigenetic controls.
Recently we have been using new nanopore sequencing technologies to inexpensively query DNA sequences in ways that conventional approaches cannot attempt, such as full gene haplotyping and directly assaying epigenetic modifications. I am currently evaluating the evolutionary processes underlying microsatellite diversity and beginning to look into the evaluation of microbiome community structure in permaculture settings.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Biology, University of North Texas

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

MS in Biology, Shippensburg University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

BS in Biology and Zoology, Suny Oswego

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

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Research Output

  • 298 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 19 Article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Letter

Nanopore sequencing: An enrichment-free alternative to mitochondrial DNA sequencing

Zascavage, R. R., Thorson, K. & Planz, J. V., Jan 2019, In : Electrophoresis. 40, 2, p. 272-280 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Deep-sequencing technologies and potential applications in forensic DNA testing

    Zascavage, R. R., Shewale, S. J. & Planz, J. V., 19 Aug 2013, Forensic DNA Analysis: Current Practices and Emerging Technologies. Taylor and Francis, p. 311-348 38 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Hidden variation in microsatellite loci: Utility and implications for forensic DNA

    Planz, J. V. & Hall, T. A., 19 Aug 2013, Forensic DNA Analysis: Current Practices and Emerging Technologies. Taylor and Francis, p. 199-220 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Automated analysis of sequence polymorphism in STR alleles by PCR and direct electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

    Planz, J. V., Sannes-Lowery, K. A., Duncan, D. D., Manalili, S., Budowle, B., Chakraborty, R., Hofstadler, S. A. & Hall, T. A., 1 Sep 2012, In : Forensic Science International: Genetics. 6, 5, p. 594-606 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 19 Scopus citations

    Hidden variation in microsatellite loci: Utility and implications for forensic DNA analysis

    Planz, J. V. & Hall, T. A., 1 Jan 2012, In : Forensic Science Review. 24, 1, p. 28-42 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle