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KE Dougan, AJ Bellantuono, T Kahlke, RM Abbriano, Y Chen, S Shah, C Granados-Cifuentes, MJH van Oppen, D Bhattacharya, DJ Suggett, M Rodriguez-Lanetty, CX Chan (2022). Whole-genome duplication in an algal symbiont serendipitously confers thermal tolerance to corals. bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2022.04.10.487810

KE Dougan*, ZL Deng*, L Wöhlbrand*, C Reuse*, B Bunk, Y Chen, J Hartlich, K Hiller, U John, J Kalvelage, J Mansky, M Neumann-Schaal, J Overmann, J Petersen, S Sanchez, K Schmidt-Hohagen, S Shah, C Spröer, H Sztajer, H Wang, D Bhattacharya, R Rabus, D Jahn, CX Chan, I Wagner-Döbler (2022). Evolution of resilience against heat stress in a red-tide dinoflagellate. bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2022.07.25.501386


Y Chen, S Shah, KE Dougan, MJH van Oppen, D Bhattacharya, CX Chan (2022). Improved Cladocopium goreaui genome assembly reveals features of a facultative coral symbiont and the complex evolutionary history of dinoflagellate genes. In press at Microorganisms.


S ShahT LonhienneCE MurrayY ChenKE Dougan, YS LowCM WilliamsG SchenkGH Walter, LW GuddatCX Chan. (2022) Genome-Guided Analysis of Seven Weed Species Reveals Conserved Sequence and Structural Features of Key Gene Targets for Herbicide Development. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13:909073. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2022.909073

R Lo​, KE Dougan, Y Chen, S Shah, D Bhattacharya, CX Chan (2022). Alignment-Free Analysis of Whole-Genome Sequences From Symbiodiniaceae Reveals Different Phylogenetic Signals in Distinct Regions. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13:815714. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2022.815714

KE Dougan, RA González-Pech, TG Stephens, S Shah, Y Chen, MA Ragan, D Bhattacharya, CX Chan (2022). Genome-powered classification of microbial eukaryotes: focus on coral algal symbionts. Trends in Microbiology, 30(9):831-840. DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2022.02.001

AP Jacobus, TG Stephens, P Youssef, R González-Pech, MM Ciccotosto-Camp, KE Dougan, Y Chen, LC Basso, J Frazzon, CX Chan, J Gross (2021) Comparative genomics supports that Brazilian bioethanol Saccharomyces cerevisiae comprise a unified group of domesticated strains related to cachaça spirit yeasts. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12:687. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.644089

R González-Pech, TG Stephens, Y Chen, AR Mohamed, Y Cheng, S Shah, KE Dougan, MDA Fortuin, R Lagorce, DW Burt, D Bhattacharya, MA Ragan, CX Chan (2021). Comparison of 15 dinoflagellate genomes reveals extensive sequence and structural divergence in family Symbiodiniaceae and genus SymbiodiniumBMC Biology, 19:73. DOI:

C Iha, KE Dougan, JA Varela, V Avila, CJ Jackson, KA Bogaert, Y Chen, LM Judd, R Wick, KE Holt, MM Pasella, F Ricci, SI Repetti, M Medina, VR Marcelino, CX Chan, H Verbruggen (2021). Genomic adaptations to an endolithic lifestyle in the coral-associated alga Ostreobium. Current Biology, 31, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.01.018

KE Dougan, MC Ladd, C Fuchs, R Vega Thurber, DE Burkepile, M Rodriguez-Lanetty. (2020) Nutrient pollution and predation differentially affect innate immune pathways in the coral Porites porites. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:563865. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.563865

AJ Bellantuono*, KE Dougan*, C Granados-Cifuentes, M Rodriguez-Lanetty. (2019) Free‐living and symbiotic lifestyles of a thermotolerant coral endosymbiont display profoundly distinct transcriptomes under both stable and heat stress conditions. Molecular Ecology 28(24):5265-5281  DOI: 10.1111/mec.15300

G Bonthond, DG Merselis, KE Dougan, T Graff, W Todd, JW Fourqurean, M Rodriguez-Lanetty. (2018) Inter-domain microbial diversity within the coral holobiont Siderastrea siderea from two depth habitats. PeerJ 6:e4323 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4323

TA Hendry, J.R. de Wet, KE Dougan, and PV Dunlap. (2016) Genome evolution in the obligate but environmentally active luminous symbionts of flashlight fish. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8(7):2203-2213. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evw161

AL Gould, KE Dougan, S Koel, PV Dunlap. (2016) Life history of the symbiotically luminous cardinal fish Siphamia tubifer (Perciformes: Apogonidae) in Okinawa, Japan. Journal of Fish Biology, 89(2):1359-1377. DOI:

*Authors contributed equally

† Co-corresponding author


KE Dougan (2015). Effect of variable reproductive output and connectivity on populations of a host fish and its bacterial symbiont, with implications for future climate change. In D. Nichols & J. Xia (Eds.), Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (pp. 35-50). Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Publishing.

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