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Steve Dorus

Steve Dorus

Associate Professor
Department of Biology

248 Life Sciences Complex

Research Interests

Molecular evolution of reproductive systems

Previous Academic Positions

  • Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, University of Bath (2009 - 2012)
  • NIH Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Research Fellow (2006 - 2009)
  • Research Councils of the United Kingdom Research Fellow (2005 - 2010)


  • Ph.D., Committee on Genetics, The University of Chicago (2004)
  • B.A., Biology, Amherst College (1996)


  • Molecular Genetics (Fall BIO462/662)
  • Human Disease Genomics (Spring BIO 407/607)
  • Grant Writing for the Life Sciences (check course catalogue)

Administration and Citizenship

  • Associate Editor for BMC Genomics (2009 - present)
  • Graduate Committee (2012 - present)
  • Scholarship and Research Committee, CAS (2014 - present)
  • Co-Director of Graduate Studies (2012 - 2014)

Positions Available

The Center for Reproductive Evolution is currently recruiting graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.  I am always happy to discuss research projects with interested students and to explore fellowship opportunities with post-docs.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch.


  • McDonough, C.E., Whittington, E., Pitnick, S., and Dorus, S.  (2015)  Proteomics of reproductive systems:  Towards a molecular understanding of postmating, prezygotic reproductive barriers.   Journal of Proteomics,DOI: 10.1016/j.jprot.2015.10.015.  
  • Ockendon, N., Bush, S., O’Connell, L., Hoffman, H., Szekely, T., Dorus, S.* and Urritia, A.*  (2015) Optimisation of next generation sequencing transcriptome annotation for species lacking sequenced genomes.  Molecular Ecology Resources, DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12465.  
  • Whittington, E., Zhao, Q., Borziak, K., Walters, J.R. and Dorus, S.  (2015) Characterisation of the Manduca sexta Sperm Proteome:  Genetic Novelty Underlying Sperm Composition in Lepidoptera.  Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology62:  183-93.  
  • Skerget, S., Polpitiya, A., Rosenow, M., Petritis, K., Dorus, S. and Karr, T.L. (2013) The Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Sperm Proteome. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics 12: 3052-3067.
  • Freeman, Z., Dorus, S. and Waterfield, N. (2013) The KdpD/KdpE two-component system: Integrating K+ Homeostasis and Virulence" PLoS Pathogens, 9(3): e1003201. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003201.
  • Dorus, S., Parker, E.R., Busby, J., and Karr, T.L. (2010) Sperm Proteomics Reveals Intensified Selection on Mouse Sperm Membrane and Acrosome Genes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27(6): 1235–1246.
  • Dorus, S., Busby, S.A., Shabanowitz, J., Hunt, D.F. and Karr, T.L. (2006) Genomic and functional evolution of the sperm proteome. Nature Genetics 38(12): 1440-1445.
  • Dorus, S., Evans, P.D., Choi, S., Wyckoff, J., and Lahn, B.T. (2004) Rate of molecular evolution of the seminal protein gene SEMG2 correlates with levels of female promiscuity. Nature Genetics 36: 1326-1329.

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