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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | Alumni | Matthew J. Jenny, IV
Matthew J Jenny, IV

Mentor:Dr. Robert W. Chapman

Education: BS1999 University of South Alabama, M.S.,MUSC/CofC

Year Graduated: 2005

Post Doctoral: Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA

Crassostrea virginica, a common species found along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard, is an important indicator species of estuarine health and a potentially valuable model for evaluating the relationship between ecosystems and human activities. The goals of our research are two-fold. The first step is the development of genomic-based tools – EST databases, cDNA microarray and BAC libraries. The second step is to utilize these tools in a ‘functional genomics’ approach to understanding the interaction between marine organisms and their environment at the level of gene expression. Specifically, the microarrays can be used to assess differences in quantitative traits, elucidate mechanisms of disease-resistance, assess the impact of environmental conditions, and establish early indicators of disease that are capable of accurately predicting the impact on survival.

Matthew J. Jenny, Amy H. Ringwood, Kevin Schey, Gregory W. Warr, and Robert W. Chapman. (2004) Diversity of Metallothioneins in the American oyster, Crassostrea virginica, revealed by transcriptomic and proteomic approaches. European Journal of Biochemistry 271: 1702-1712.

Deborah E. Keil, D. Alan Warren, Matthew J. Jenny, Jackie G. Eudaly, Joshua Smythe, and Margie M. Peden-Adams. (2003) Immunological Function in Mice Exposed to JP-8 Jet Fuel In Utero. Toxicological Sciences 76: 347-356.

9th International Congress of the International Society of Developmental and Comparative Immunology, St. Andrews, Scotland (July 2003). Authors: Matthew J. Jenny, Amy H. Ringwood, Gregory W. Warr, Robert W. Chapman
 Characterization of a Novel Metallothionein Gene Family from the American Oyster, Crassostrea virginica 

MUSC 2004 Student Research Day. OYSTER METALLOTHIONEINS: UNPRECEDENTED DIVERSITY IN A METAZOAN SPECIES, Matthew J. Jenny, Gregory W. Warr, Amy H. Ringwood, Kevin Schey and Robert W.Chapman, 

MBES 2004 Student Research Open House. A FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS AND PROTEOMICS APPROACH TO METALLOTHIONEIN GENE DISCOVERY IN THE AMERICAN OYSTER, Crassostrea virginica, Matthew J. Jenny*, Gregory W. Warr, Amy H. Ringwood, Kevin Schey, Robert W. Chapman

Matthew J. Jenny, Gregory W. Warr, Amy H. Ringwood, Kevin Schey, Robert W. Chapman

Ecogenomics: The Use of cDNA Microarray as a Diagnostic Tool for Characterizing Eenvironmental Responses and Host-Parasite Interaction in the American Oyster, Crassostrea virginica.
Plant and Animal Genome XII Conference, San Diego CA (January 2004) , Mats L. Lundqvist, Matthew J. Jenny, Gregory W. Warr, Paul S. Gross, Jose A. F. Robledo, Gerardo R. Vasta, Zhanjiang J. Liu, Jeff Tomkins, Guang Chen Fang, Chris Saski, Marta Gomez-Chiarri, Jean-Michel Escoubas, Evelyne Bachere, Philippe Roche, Dennis Hedgecock, and Robert W. Chapman .

Current State of Oyster (Crassostrea) Functional Genomics Resources , Matthew J. Jenny, Gregory W. Warr, Amy H. Ringwood, Paul S. Gross, Jose A. F. Robledo, Gerardo R. Vasta, Robert W. Chapman

 Ecogenomics: The Use of Gene Expression Profiles for Evaluating Relationships Between Ecosystems and Crassostrea virginica
 World Aquaculture Society Conference, Honolulu HI (March 2004).

Environmental Protection Agency – Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship. 

Project Title: Development of a Predictive Model to Determine the Extent of Cellular Damage and Metals Contamination Based on Gene Expression Profiles in Oysters, Crassostrea virginica.