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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933



Department of Biology and Earth Science

Dr. Selene Nikaido

Associate Professor of Biology

Education

B.A., Chemistry, Northwestern University
M.S., Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Northwestern UniversityDr. Nikaido

Career Background

Dr. Nikaido joined the UCM faculty in 1998. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research associate at Vanderbilt University, and a NSF post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on cellular/molecular mechanisms of circadian clocks. In 2001, she was awarded an NSF CCLI grant to implement molecular biology and molecular technology laboratory at UCM. She has taught a variety of courses, and currently is teaching Genetics with laboratory, Molecular Biology and Molecular Technology (a laboratory intensive course).

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Nikaido is a member of the American Chemical Society and Missouri Academy of Science, for which she is the secretary.

Areas of Interest/Research

Dr. Nikaido’s current research interests focus on using molecular genetics to investigate differential anthocyanin production in flowers and fruit, and hybridization of mulberry species. She has included both undergraduate and MS graduate students in cloning genes for biosynthetic enzymes of the flavonoid pathway and measuring mRNA expression. For the mulberry hybridization project, Dr. Nikaido and students have compared DNA sequences for ITS of rRNA genes and recently AFLP markers.

Peer-reviewed Publications (* indicates student researcher)

Padget*, R. and S. Nikaido (2014) Analysis of Y chromosome spread throughout Eurasia. McNair Journal 23: 23 (abstract).

Ngatia*, M. and S. Nikaido (2011) Mericlonal micropropagation of Daylily. McNair Journal 20: 35 (abstract).

Nylander*, M. and S. Nikaido (2011) Differential extraction of nuclear DNA total cellular DNA of Daylily (Hemerocallis) tissue. McNair Journal 20: 36 (abstract).

Tatum*, S. R. and S. Nikaido (2007) Who is related to whom: a study of Desmodium species. McNair Journal 16: 5-8.

Nikaido, S.S. (2004) A time to do research, a time to teach. CUR Quarterly 24:175.

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Meeting abstracts

Alhusayni*, S. and S. Nikaido (2016) Expression of FHT and IVS genes in eggplant (Solanum melongena). 52nd Annual Meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science, Jefferson City, MO, 22-23 April 2016.

Padget*, R. and S. Nikaido (2014) Analysis of Y chromosome spread throughout Eurasia. Heartland McNair Conference, Mariott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO, 19-21 September 2014.

Ngatia*, M. and S. Nikaido (2011) Mericlonal micropropagation of Daylily. Heartland McNair Conference, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO, 24-25 September 2011.

Nylander*, M. and S. Nikaido (2011) Extraction of nuclear DNA from Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.). Heartland McNair Conference, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO, 24-25 September 2011.

Raveill, Jay A., Selene S. Nikaido and Andrea L. Dixon* (2008) Desmodium humifusum: a hybrid or a species?  ASB 69th Annual Meeting, Spartanburg, SC, 16-19 April 2008, Website link: http://www.asb.appstate.edu/documents/Abstracts2008.pdf, Abstract No. 171 (accessed 5/8/2008).

Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 315A, UCM
Phone: 660-543-4324
Email: nikaido@ucmo.edu