Curriculum Vitae
JSU Home » Biology Home

EDUCATION

1.  University of Alabama at Birmingham, Biology, Ph.D., 2004.

EMPLOYMENT

1.  Associate Professor – Department of Biology, Jacksonville State University (2011-present)

2.  Assistant Professor – Department of Biology Jacksonville State University (2006 – 2011)

3.  Postdoctoral Research Molecular Biologist – United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Catfish Genetics Research Unit, Stoneville, MS (2004-2005)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

A.  Publications

1. Willis, D., Carter, R., Murdock, C. and Blair, B. (2012) Relationship between habitat type, fire frequency, and Amblyomma americanum populations in east-central Alabama.  Journal of Vector Ecology 37(2) 373–381.

2. Graham F. Hatfull, Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science Program, KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV Mycobacterial Genetics Course Students, Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education Program. (2012) Complete genome sequences of 138 mycobacteriophages. Journal of Virology 86(4):2382-2384.

3. Huang, J, Hoover, R, Swain, A, Murdock, C, Andersen, T, and Bej, A. (2010) Comparison of the microbial diversity and abundance between the freshwater land-locked lakes of Schirmacher Oasis and the perennially ice-covered Lake Untersee in East Antarctica. Proceedings of SPIE. Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIII. Vol. 7819:78190W1-9.

4. Wang S, Peatman E, Abernathy J, Waldbieser G, Lindquist E, Richardson P, Lucas S, Wang M, Li P, Thimmapuram J, Liu L, Vullaganti D, Kucuktas H, Murdock C, Small BC, Wilson M, Liu H, Jiang Y, Lee Y, Chen F, Lu J, Wang W, Xu P, Somridhivej B, Baoprasertkul P, Quilang J, Sha Z, Bao B, Wang Y, Wang Q, Takano T, Nandi S, Liu S, Wong L, Kaltenboeck L, Quiniou S, Bengten E, Miller N, Trant J, Rokhsar D, Liu Z; Catfish Genome Consortium. (2010) Assembly of 500,000 inter-specific catfish expressed sequence tags and large scale gene-associated marker development for whole genome association studies. Genome Biology 11(1):R8

5. Barron, S., Murdock, C., Blair, B., Meade, M. and Barger, W. (2010) Analysis of bacterial diversity in soils from Blowing Spring Cave (Lauderdale County, AL). Journal of Alabama Academy of Science 81(1): 1-11.

6. Nelson, L., Blair, B., Meade, M., Murdock, C., Watts, S. and Lawrence, A. (2010) Molecular analysis of gut microflora in captive-raised sea urchins (Lytechinus variegates). Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 41(5): 807-815.

7. O'Kelley, J., Blair, B., and Murdock, C. (2010) Analysis and classification of the intestinal microbiota of the slimy salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) by 16S ribosomal DNA sequencing. Journal of Alabama Academy of Science 81(3-4): 218-225.

8. Small, B.C., Murdock, C., Bilodeau-Bourgeois, A.L.,  Peterson, B.C. and Waldbieser, G.C. (2008)  Stability of reference genes for real-time PCR analyses in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) tissues under varying physiological condition. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B 151: 296-304.

9. Silverstein, P.S., Li, R., Murdock, C., and Waldbieser, G.C. (2007) Treatment of channel catfish ovary cells with poly I:C inhibits the expression of channel catfish virus immediate-early gene ORF 1 at early times after infection. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 23:479-484.

10. Dodd, K, Murdock, C., and Wibbels, T. (2007) Interclutch variation in sex ratios produced at  pivotal temperature in the red-eared slider, a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination. Journal of Herpetology 40:544-549.

11. Small, B.C., Murdock, C., Waldbieser, G.C., and Peterson, B.C. (2006) Reduction in channel catfish hepatic growth hormone receptor expression in response to food deprivation and exogenous cortisol. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 31: 340-356.

12. Murdock, C., and Wibbels, T. (2006) Dmrt1 expression in response to estrogen treatment in a reptile with temperature-dependent sex determination. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 306:134-139.

13. Murdock, C., and Wibbels, T. (2003) Expression of Dmrt1 in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 101:302-306.

14. Murdock, C., and Wibbels, T. (2003) Cloning and expression of aromatase in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination. General and Comparative Endocrinology 130:109-119.

B. Abstracts/Presentations

1. Kelly, J., Blair, B., Meade, M., and Murdock, C. (2011) Probiotics in aquaculture: Evaluating Eubacterium cellulosolvens 5494. 54th Annual Meeting for Southeastern Region Beta Beta Beta. Jennifer won 1st place John C. Johnson Award for excellence in student research.

2. Arighi, J. Young, R., Debro, L., and Murdock, C. (2011) Finding Momo and Flo: The Isolation and Characterization of Mycobacteriophage. 72nd Annual Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting 2011.

3. Ayres, B. Carter, R., Murdock, C., and Blair, B. (2011) A Technique for the Detection of  Borrelia burgdorferi in Amblyomma americanum and Ixodes scapularis in Calhoun County, Alabama. 72nd Annual Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting 2011.

4. Carlisle, K. Debro, L., and Murdock, C. (2011) Discovering Mycobacteriophage Cryptkeeper. 72nd Annual Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting 2011.

5. Peek, A., Debro, L., and Murdock, C. (2011) The invasion of igor: the discovery of mycobacteriophage. 88th Annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science 2011.

6. Carlisle, K. Debro, L. and Murdock, C. (2011) Discovering mycobacteriophage cryptkeeper. 88th Annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science 2011.

7. Arighi, J. Young, R., Debro, L., and Murdock, C. (2011) Finding momo and flo: the isolation and characterization of mycobacteriophage. 88th Annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science 2011.

8. Blair, B., Murdock, C., and Sessler, C. (2011) Molecular identification of gastrointestinal bacteria from adult cope’s grey treefrogs (Hyla chrysoscelis). 88th Annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science 2011.

9. Adams, J., Carter, R., Murdock, C. and B. Blair. (2010)  Effects of prescribed burning regimes on small mammal populations and Borrelia lonestari incidence on the Talladega National Forest, AL.  71st Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists. April 7-10, 2010

10. Willis, D., Carter, R., Murdock, C. and Blair, B.  (2010) Effects of prescribed burning regimes on tick populations and Borrelia lonestari incidence on the Talladega National Forest, AL.  71st Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists. April 7-10, 2010

11. Sesler, C., Cline, G., Murdock, C. and Blair, B. (2010)  Molecular identification of gastrointestinal bacteria from Adult Cope’s Grey Treefrogs (Hyla chrysoscelis).  71st Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists. April 7-10, 2010

12. Kelly, J., Blair, B., Meade, M., and Murdock, C. (2010)  The effects of Eubacterium cellulosolvens 5494, a possible probiont, on growth rates in Oreochromis niloticus.  71st Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists. April 7-10, 2010

13. Chen, L., Murdock, C., and Romano, F. Intercontinental geographic variation in 18S rDNA within tardigrade individuals, species and populations. (2010) 71st Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists. April 7-10, 2010

14. Smith, K., Cline, G., Meade, M., and Murdock, C. (2010) Studies on the population dynamics of freshwater turtles and the genetic variation of eastern spiny softshell turtles (Apalone spiniferus) in Cane Creek Anniston, Alabama. 71st Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists. April 7-10, 2010

15. Kelly, J., Murdock, C., Meade, M. and Blair, B. (2010) Comparison of Single versus Multiple Applications of the probiont Eubacterium cellulosolvens 5494 and its effect on growth rate of nile tilapia.  College of Arts and Sciences Research Symposium. Feb 16-17. 2010.

16. Jennifer E. Kelly, Benjie Blair, Mark Meade, and Chris Murdock (2009).  Comparison of single versus multiple applications of the probiont Eubacterium cellulosolvens 5494 and its effects on the growth rate of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus).  Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the American Society of Microbiologists.  Savannah GA, Nov. 6-Nov. 8, 2009.

17. Barron, S., Blair, B., Meade, M., and Murdock, C. (2009) Bacterial diversity in cave soils from Blowing Spring Cave (Lauderdale County, AL) Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting 2009.

18.  Murdock, C. and Lahlou (2009) Cloning and Characterization of gonadotropin receptors from a snake, Agkistrodon contortrix. Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting 2009.

20.  Nelson, L., Blair, B., Murdock, C., Meade, M., Watts, S. and Lawrence, A. (2008) Molecular analysis and comparison of gut microflora in captive-raised sea urchins (Lytechinus variegates) grown in captive culture conditions. Association of Southeastern Biologists 55: 119.

21. Blair, B., Nelson, L., Murdock, C., Meade, M., Watts, S. and Lawrence, A (2007) Qualitative analysis of  sea urchin, Lytechinus variegates, gut microflora to improve culture methods. Association of Southeastern Biologists 54: 301.

22.  Murdock, C.A., Small, B.C., Bilodeau, A.L., Peterson, B.C. and Waldbieser, G.C. (2006) Evaluation of reference genes for quantitative PCR analyses in channel catfish tissues under varying physiological conditions. VIIth International Congress on the Biology of Fish – Program Guide – Page 168.