Fordham University


 

  


Jason Z. Morris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Natural Sciences
Fordham College at Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
Email: cjamorris@fordham.edu
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Education and Training:
B.A. in biology: Yale University, Summa cum laude
Ph.D. in genetics: Harvard University
Post-doctoral Fellowship: Lehmann Laboratory, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine
Fellowship Funding: American Cancer Society, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Current Teaching:
Genetics
Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology
Honors Natural Science I and II
Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics (co-taught)

Teaching Award:
2011 Fordham University Teaching Award in the Natural and Life Sciences

Advising:
Faculty advisor, Fordham University Hillel
Member, Pre-medical advisory committee

Current Research Projects:
My general area of interest is the genetic control of growth and development-- how genes build a complex organism with many very different cell types from a single cell, the fertilized egg.

My laboratory’s long-term goal is to improve our understanding of growth and cell cycle regulation during Drosophila development. We are currently working on several projects, including the characterization of fried, a gene we demonstrated is required for oogenesis and larval and pupal development.  We have molecularly identified fried and we are studying its function and expression pattern.

Undergraduate Research in My Lab:
My lab offers many opportunities for undergraduates who would like to receive training in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and developmental biology.  Since 2003, I have mentored over twenty undergraduates in my lab, many of whom have gone on to prestigious Ph.D. programs or medical schools. 

Research Award:
2011 Fordham-Funded Research Scholar Award

Fellowships and Grants:
National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Health and Medicine R15 Award GM090173-01 for Molecular Identification and Functional Characterization of fried, a Gene Required for Growth and Fertility in Drosophila 2010-2013

Faculty Research Grant: May 2009-March 2010 Identification Characterization of fried.

Faculty Research Grant: May 2008-March 2009: Mapping and Characterization of fried

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Health and Medicine R15 Award GM074735-01 for Characterization and Molecular Identification of Benedict, a regulator of Drosophila Endoreplication: 2005-2008

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship:  2000-2003.

American Cancer Society Fellowship:  1998-2000.

Faculty Research Grant: May 2004-May 2005: Mapping and Characterization of benedict

Faculty Challenge Grant: September 2004-May 2005: Science Honors Seminar Series

Genetics and Bioethics papers:

Morris, JZ. 2012. Substance ontology cannot determine the moral status of embryos. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: doi: 10.1093/jmp/jhs026.

Morris, JZ, Kruyer, A, Bergman L, Moffitt O, Siletti K, McCord ,Persky R. Drosophila gatA mutants mistranslate the mitochondrial genome, up-regulate AMPK, and down-regulate S6 Kinase to arrest larval growth. In Preparation.

Morris, JZ, Bergman L, Kruyer A, Guigova A, Gertsberg M, Arias R, Pogorzelska M. 2008. Mutations in the Drosophila mitochondrial tRNA amidotransferase, bene/gatA, cause growth defects in mitotic and endoreplicating tissues . Genetics 178: 979-987.

Morris JZ, Hong, A, Lilly, M, and Lehmann R. 2005. twin, a CCR4 homolog, regulates cyclin poly(A) tail length to permit Drosophila oogenesis.  Development:132: 1165-1174.

Morris, JZ, Navarro C, Lehmann R.  2003.  Identification and characterization of novel genes required for oocyte specification in Drosophila. Genetics 164: 1435-1446.

Navarro C, Lehmann R, Morris J.  2001.  Oogenesis: Setting one sister above the rest.  Current Biology 11: R162-R165.

Morris J, Lehmann R, Navarro, C. 2000.  PARallels in axis formation.  Science 288: 1759-1760

Morris J, Lehmann R. 1999.  Drosophila oogenesis: Versatile spn doctors.  Current Biology 9: R55-R58.

Morris JZ, Tissenbaum HA, Ruvkun G.  1996. The C. elegans phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase homologue, AGE-1, regulates longevity and diapause arrest.  Nature 382: 536-539.

Presentations:

Morris, JZ. “Arrested Development and Bad Eggs: genetics of growth and development in Drosophila.” Fordham University Faculty Day Talk, Bronx, NY, February 2012

Kimberly Seoane, Henrique Valim, Jason Morris. “Identification of CG31320 as the gene disrupted in fried mutants. 52nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Chicago, Il, March 2012

Morris, JZ. “Identification and analysis of genes required for Drosophila oogenesis and growth.” Fordham College at Rose Hill Biology Lecture, Bronx, NY, March 2011

Carlisdania Mendoza, Guarav Saharia, Lillian Chiu, Alison E. Lindsay, Jason Morris. “Genotypic and phenotypic characterization of the Drosophila mutant, fried.” 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA, March 2011

Jason Z. Morris and Jennifer Ma. “fried mutants exhibit defects in oogenesis and larval and pupal development.”  Cell Cycle Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, May 2010.

Kimberly Siletti, Thomas McCord, Anna Kruyer, Leah Bergman, Olivia Moffitt, Christopher O’Connor, Jane Mueller, Joseph Carnevale, Rebecca Persky and

Morris, JZ. “Analysis of the biochemical and cellular defects caused of gatA loss-of-function mutants in Drosophila larvae.” 49th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2009.

Thomas McCord, Kimberly Siletti, Rebecca Persky and Morris, JZ. “Mapping and analysis of fried, a gene required for egg chamber maturation, larval growth and puparial development.” 49th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2009.

Morris, JZ. “Development in model systems and the study of human disease.” College at 60 Lecture, Fordham University, December, 2008.

Morris, JZ. “Drosophila growth and oogenesis genes.” Department of Cell Biology, Massachusetts General, Boston, MA, October 2008.

Morris, JZ. “Identification and analysis of genes required for Drosophila growth and oogenesis.” Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine / NYU Medical College, NY, NY, July 2008.

Anna Kruyer, Leah Bergman, Olivia Moffitt, Adriana Guigova, Mikhail Gertsberg, Ronald Arias, Monika Pogorzelska, Vanessa Flores, Jane Mueller, Christopher O’Connor, Grace Vernon, and Jason Morris “Analysis of growth defects caused by loss-of-function of gatA, a gene required for growth and maturation in Drosophila.” Independent Sector Undergraduate Research Exposition, Albany, NY, January 2008.

Bergman, L, Kruyer, A, Gertsberg, M, Guigova, A, and Morris, JZ. “Genetic analysis of gatA, a glutamyl-tRNA (Gln) amidotransferase homolog required for growth and maturation in Drosophila.” Einsteins in the City International Undergraduate Research Conference, New York, NY, October 2007.

Moffitt, O, Andreyeva, A, Bergman, L, Kruyer, A, and Morris, JZ. “Molecular and biochemical analysis of the function of gatA, a gene required for growth and maturation in Drosophila.” Einsteins in the City International Undergraduate Research Conference, New York, NY, October 2007.

Mueller, J, O’Connor, C, Vernon, G, and Morris, JZ. “Analysis of growth defects caused by loss-of-function of gatA, a gene required for growth and maturation in Drosophila. Einsteins in the City International Undergraduate Research Conference, New York, NY, October 2007.

Bergman, L, Kruyer, A, Gertsberg, M, Guigova, A, and Morris, JZ. “Genetic and molecular analysis of bene, a glutamyl-tRNA (Gln) amidotransferase homolog required for growth and maturation in Drosophila.” 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2007.

Kruyer, A, Bergman, L, Gertsberg, M, Vernon, G, and Morris, JZ. “Molecular, cellular and biochemical analysis of the function of bene/gatA, a gene required for growth and maturation in Drosophila.” 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2007.

Morris, JZ.  “Growth and cell cycle mutants in Drosophila.” Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY, NY: October, 2006.

Morris, JZ, Gertsberg, M, Guigova, A, Arias, A, Flores, V, and Pogorszelska, M. “Mutations in benedict cause defects in the larval and adult endocycle and in nurse cell and oocyte chromosome morphology in Drosophila.”  Cell Cycle Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY: May 2006.

Morris, JZ. “The genetic revolution: organisms by design.” College at 60 Lecture, Fordham University, November, 2004.

Morris JZ, Hong, A, Lilly, M, and Lehmann R. “twin, a CCR4 homolog, regulates cyclin poly(A) tail length to permit Drosophila oogenesis.”  Germ Cell Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY:  October, 2004.

Morris, JZ. “Developmental Genetics Research—questions and approaches.” Seminar for Science Research Training Program, New York Academy of Science, New York, NY: June 24, 2004.

Morris, JZ. “A View From Just Over The Wall—pursuing a career as a science professor at a primarily undergraduate institution.”  Seminar for Future Science Educators at The Sackler Institute, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY: March 2, 2004.

Morris, JZ, Navarro, C, Hong, A, Lilly, M, and Lehmann, R. “A Genetic Analysis of Drosophila Egg Chamber Development.”  Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA: Februrary, 2003.

Morris, JZ. “Perspectives on Genetic Engineering.” Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NY: February, 2003

Morris, JZ, Navarro, C, Hong, A, Lilly, M, and Lehmann, R. “Genetics of Egg Chamber Development in Drosophila.”  Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA:  February, 2003.

Morris, JZ, Navarro, C, Hong, A, Lilly, M, and Lehmann, R “A Genetic Analysis of Egg Chamber Development in Drosophila.”  CUNY Baruch College, NY: January, 2003.

Morris JZ, Hong, A, Lilly, M, and Lehmann R. “Cloning and characterization of twin, a ccr4 homolog required for Drosophila oocyte specification and egg chamber development.”  Germ Cell Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY:  October, 2002.

Morris, JZ, Navarro, C, and Lehmann, R.  “Isolation and analysis of bob, Doa, and eight new genes required for early Drosophila oogenesis.” Germ Cell Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY:  October 2002.

Morris, JZ, and Lehmann, R twin/Dccr4 and early Drosophila oogenesis.”  NIH/NICHD, Bethesda, MD:  July 2001

Morris, JZ and Lehmann, R. “Identification and characterization of oogenesis mutants.” 41st Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Pittsburgh, PA:  March  2000.

Morris, JZ and Lehmann, R. “Oocyte / nurse cell development in the Drosophila germline cyst.” 39th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.  Washington, D.C:  March, 1998.

Morris, JZ, Tissenbaum, H, and Ruvkun, G. “The C. elegans phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase homologue age-1 regulates dauer arrest and senescence”  East Coast Worm Meeting. New Brunswick, NJ:  June, 1996.

Morris, JZ and Ruvkun, G. “Mapping and cloning daf-23.”  International Worm Meeting, Madison, WI:  June, 1995.

 

 
 

 

 

© 2007 Fordham University
Rose Hill Campus Bronx, NY 10458 (718) 817-1000
Lincoln Center Campus New York, NY 10023 (212) 636-6000
Marymount Campus Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 631-3200