Goldstein Lab
UNC Chapel Hill


Our publications on tardigrades (more to come!)Hypsibius dujardini water bear

Smith FW, Bartels PJ, and Goldstein B (2017). A hypothesis for the composition of the tardigrade brain and its implications for panarthropod brain evolution. Integrative and Comparative Biology, in press.

Boothby TC, Tapia H, Brozena AH, Piszkiewicz S, Smith AE, Giovanninni I, Rebecchi L, Pielak GJ, Koshland D, and B Goldstein (2017). Tardigrades use intrinsically disordered proteins to survive desiccation. Molecular Cell 65:975-984.

Smith FW and B Goldstein (2017). Segmentation in Tardigrada and diversification of segmental patterns in Panarthropoda. Arthropod Structure & Development 46:328-340.

Smith FW, Boothby TC, Giovannini I, Rebecchi L, Jockusch EL, and B Goldstein (2016). The compact body plan of tardigrades evolved by the loss of a large body region. Current Biology 26:224-229. (and a Dispatch article)

Boothby TC, Tenlen JR, Smith FW, Wang JR, Patanella KA, Osborne Nishimura E, Tintori SC, Li Q, Jones CD, Yandell M, Messina DN, Glasscock J, and Goldstein B (2016). Evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer from the draft genome of a tardigrade. PNAS 112:15976-15981 and follow-up letter

Tenlen, J.R., S. McCaskill and B. Goldstein (2013). RNA interference can be used to disrupt gene function in tardigrades. Development Genes and Evolution 223:171-181. (and a F1000 review)

Gabriel WN, McNuff R, Patel SK, Gregory TR, Jeck WR, Jones CD and Goldstein B (2007).  The Tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini, a New Model for Studying the Evolution of Development. Developmental Biology 312:545-559. (and a F1000 review)

Gabriel WN and Goldstein B (2007). Segmental Expression of Pax3/7 and Engrailed Homologs in Tardigrade Development.  Development Genes and Evolution 217: 421-433. (and a F1000 review)

Goldstein B and Blaxter M (2002). Tardigrades. Current Biology 12: R475.


nsf water bears projectOur development of tardigrades as a model system has been supported by
National Science Foundation grants IOS 0235658, IOS 1257320, and IOS 1557432.

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