From Galveston Texas
Updated 05/07/2017

Josh Russell

Research Interests

Extracellular vesicles and neurodegeneration

Biology of aging


Developing Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system for investigating the physiology of extracellular vesicle signaling.

Uncovering age-dependent genetic factors that contribute to Alzeheimer's disease


Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology - The University of Texas at Austin   2014


2016-2019 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) 

2013    Granoff Outstanding Graduate Student Award - The University of Texas at Austin 

2010-2013    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Bennett, Christopher F., Jane J. Kwon, Christine Chen, Joshua Russell, Kathlyn Acosta, Nikolay Burnaevskiy, Matthew M. Crane et al. "Transaldolase inhibition impairs mitochondrial respiration and induces a starvation-like longevity response in Caenorhabditis elegans." PLoS Genetics 13, no. 3 (2017): e1006695.

Mukherjee, Shubhabrata, Joshua C. Russell, Daniel T. Carr, Jeremy D. Burgess, Mariet Allen, Daniel J. Serie, Kevin L. Boehme et al. "Systems biology approach to late-onset Alzheimer's disease genome-wide association study identifies novel candidate genes validated using brain expression data and Caenorhabditis elegans experiments." Alzheimer's & Dementia (2017).

Clark, Greg*, Josh Russell*, Peter Enyeart, Brant Gracia, Aimee Wessel, Inga Jarmoskaite, Damon Polioudakis et al. "Science educational outreach programs that benefit students and scientists." PLoS Biol 14, no. 2 (2016): e1002368.

Vidal-Gadea, Andrés, Kristi Ward, Celia Beron, Navid Ghorashian, Sertan Gokce, Joshua Russell, Nicholas Truong, et al. “Magnetosensitive Neurons Mediate Geomagnetic Orientation in Caenorhabditis elegans.” eLife, (June 17, 2015); e07493. doi:10.7554/eLife.07493.

Russell, Joshua, and Jonathan T. Pierce-Shimomura. “Apparatus for Investigating the Reactions of Soft-Bodied Invertebrates to Controlled Humidity Gradients.” Journal of Neuroscience Methods 237 (November 30, 2014): 54–59. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.08.021

Kelker, Matthew S., Colin Berry, Steven L. Evans, Reetal Pai, David G. McCaskill, Nick X. Wang, Joshua C. Russell, et al. “Structural and Biophysical Characterization of Bacillus Thuringiensis Insecticidal Proteins Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1.” PLoS ONE 9, no. 11 (November 12, 2014): e112555. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112555.

Joshua Russell, Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea, Alex Makay, Carolyn Lanam, and Jonathan T. Pierce-Shimomura. “Humidity Sensation Requires Both Mechanosensory and Thermosensory Pathways in Caenorhabditis elegans.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, no. 22 (June 3, 2014): 8269–74. doi:10.1073/pnas.1322512111.

Ellis, R. Tracy, Brian A. Stockhoff, Lisa Stamp, H. Ernest Schnepf, George E. Schwab, Mark Knuth, Josh Russell, Guy A. Cardineau, and Kenneth E. Narva. “Novel Bacillus Thuringiensis Binary Insecticidal Crystal Proteins Active on Western Corn Rootworm, Diabrotica Virgifera Virgifera LeConte.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68, no. 3 (March 1, 2002): 1137–45. doi:10.1128/AEM.68.3.1137-1145.2002.