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Robert Gundersen - Curriculum Vitae

Robert E. Gundersen

Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Molecular & Biomedical Sciences
5375 Hitchner Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5735
(207) 581-2802
FAX (207) 581-2801


1979 B.S. Biology, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA

1983 Ph.D. Cell Biology, The University of Texas, Austin, TX


2006-Present Chair, Department of Molecular & Biomedical Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME (Dept named change occurred in 2010)

1998- present Associate Professor; Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, University of Maine, Orono, ME

1992-1998 Assistant Professor; Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, University of Maine

1987-1991 Postdoctoral Fellow; Department of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Sponsor: Dr. Peter N. Devreotes

1984-1987 Postdoctoral Fellow; Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Sponsor: Dr. David L. Nelson

1979-1983 Ph.D. Candidate; Department of Biological Sciences. University of Texas, Austin, TX, Advisor: Dr. Guy A. Thompson, Jr.

1978-1979 Senior Research Project; Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA, Advisor: Dr. E. R. Rivera

1977 NSF-Undergraduate Research Fellow; Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lowell, Advisor: Dr. Nicholas J. Rencrica


1991 Invited speaker, Symposium Pharmaco-Clinique Roussel Unclaf No. 13. Seven transmembrane domain receptors and signal transduction mechanisms. Paris, France, May 21-22.
1984-1985 NIH Postdoctoral Research Award
1982-1983 NIH Carcinogenesis Trainee
1979 Electron Microscopy Society of America Presidential Scholar
1977 NSF-Undergraduate Research Fellow


At the University of Maine my teaching responsibilities include Biochemistry an Advanced Biochemistry Lab for undergraduate majors, Organic Chemistry for non-majors and Signal Transduction Mechanisms in Eukaryotes, a graduate level course.   I take part in teaching the undergraduate and graduate seminar courses.


1. Gundersen, R.E., You, J., Rauch, S., Farnham, K., McCarty, C., Willis, N., and Prince, A. 2005 Loss-of-function mutations identified in the Helical domain of the G protein a-subunit, Ga2, of Dictyostelium discoideum. BBA 1722, 262-270.

2. Root, P.A., Prince, A., and Gundersen, R.E. 1999 Aggregation of Dictyostelium discoideum is dependent on myristoylation and membrane localization of the G protein a-subunit, Ga2. J. Cell. Biochem. 74, 301-311.

3. Srinivasan, J., Gundersen, R.E., and Hadwiger, J.A. 1999 Activated Ga subunits can inhibit multiple signal transduction pathways during Dictyostelium development. Developmental Biology 215, 443-452.

4. Gundersen, R. E. 1997 Phosphorylation of the G Protein a-subunit, Ga2, of Dictyostelium discoideum requires a functional and activated Ga2. J. Cell. Biochem. 66, 268-276.

5. Brazill, D.T., R. Gundersen, and R.H. Gomer 1997 A cell-density sensing factor regulates the lifetime of a chemoattractant-induced Ga-GTP conformation. FEBS Lett. 404, 100-104.

6. Chen, M.Y., P.N. Devreotes, and R.E. Gundersen 1994 Serine-113 is the Site of Receptor-Mediated Phosphorylation of the Dictyostelium G Protein a-subunit, Ga2. J. Biol. Chem. 269, 20925-20930.

7. Son, M., R.E. Gundersen, and D.L. Nelson 1993 A Second Member of the Novel Ca2+-Dependent Protein Kinase Family from Paramecium tetraurelia: Purification and Characterization. J. Biol. Chem. 268, 5940-5948.

8. Wu, L-J., C. Gaskins, R.E. Gundersen, J.A. Hadwiger, R.L. Johnson, G.S. Pitt, R.A. Firtel, and P.N. Devreotes 1993 Signal Transduction by G Proteins in Dictyosleium discoideum. In: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology: GTPase in Biology II. (eds. B. Dickey and L. Birnbaumer) Berln, NY: Springer-Verlag Publication 335-349.

9. Johnson, R.L., R.E. Gundersen, D. Herald, G.S. Pitt, S. Tugendreich, C.L. Saxe, A.R. Kimmel, and P.N. Devreotes 1992 G protein-linked Signaling Pathways Mediate Development in Dictyostelium. In: The Cell Surface. Cold Spring Harbor Symposium of Quantitative Biology.Vol. LVII, pp. 169-176.
10. Gundersen, R.E. and P.N. Devreotes 1990 In vivo Receptor Mediated Phosphorylation of a G Protein in Dictyostelium. Science 248, 591-593.

11. Pitt, G.S., R.E. Gundersen, P.J. Lilly, M.B. Pupillo, R.A. Vaughan, and P.N. Devreotes 1990 G Protein-linked Signal Transduction in Aggregating Dictyostelium. In: G Proteins and Signal Transduction. (eds. Nathanson, N.M. and Harden, T.K.) The Rockefellar University Press, pp. 126-131.

12. Pitt, G.S., R.E. Gundersen, and P.N. Devreotes 1990 Mechanisms of Excitation and Adaptation in Dictyostelium. Seminars in Cell Biology 1, 99-104.

13. Gundersen, R.E., R. Johnson, P.J. Lilly, G.S. Pitt, M. Pupillo, T. Sun, R. Vaughan, and P.N. Devreotes 1989 Reversible Phosphorylation of G Protein-coupled Receptors Controls cAMP Oscillations in Dictyostelium. In: Theoretical Models for Cell to Cell Signaling (ed. Goldbeter, A.) Academic Press London, pp. 477-486.

14. Johnson, R., R.E. Gundersen, P. Lilly, G. Pitt, M. Pupillo, T.J. Sun, R. Vaughan, and P.N. Devreotes 1989 G-Protein Linked Signal Transduction Systems Control Development in Dictyostelium. In: The Molecular Basis of Positional Signaling (eds. Kay, R. and Smith, J. C.) Dev. supplement 75-80.

15. Kumagai, A., M. Pupillo, R.E. Gundersen, M-. Lye, P.N. Devreotes, and R. Firtel 1989 Regulation and Function of Gà Protein Subunits in Dictyostelium. Cell 57, 265-275.

16. Gundersen R.E., and D.L. Nelson 1987 A Novel Calcium-dependent Protein Kinase in Paramecium. J. Biol. Chem. 262, 4602-4609.

17. Gundersen, R.E., and G.A. Thompson, Jr. 1985 Further Studies of Dopamine Metabolism and Function in Tetrahymena. J. Protozoology 32, 25-31.

18. Lynch, D.V., R.E. Gundersen, and G.A. Thompson, Jr. 1983 Separation of Galactolipid Molecular Species by High Performance Liquid Chromatography. Plant Physiol. 72, 903-905.

19. Gundersen, R.E., and G.A. Thompson, Jr. 1983 Factors Influencing the Pattern of Dopamine Secretion in Tetrahymena pyriformis. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 755, 186-194.

20. Gundersen, R.E., and E.R. Rivera 1982 An Ultrastructural Study of the Development of the Dermal Iridophores and Structural Pigmentation in Poecilia reticulata (Peters). J. Morphology 172, 349-359.

21. Goldman, M., R.E. Gundersen, C.K. Erickson, and G.A. Thompson, Jr. 1981 High Performance Liquid Chromatographic Analysis of Catecholamines in Growing and Non-growing Tetrahymena pyriformis. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 676, 221-225.

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