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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Steve Dorus

Associate Professor



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.


McCullough, E.L., Verdeflor, L., Weinsztok, A., Wiles, J.R., and Dorus, S., "Exploratory Activities for Understanding Evolutionary Relationships Depicted by Phylogenetic Trees: United but Diverse", The American Biology Teacher, (2020) 82 (5): 333-337.

  • 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.

Full Publication List at Google Scholar


Fostering Students’ ‘Tree-Thinking Skills’

(July 7, 2020)

A&S biologists win the Thomas Henry Huxley Award for their creation of an evolutionary learning module.

Biology Student Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

(Jan. 28, 2016)

Caitlin McDonough uses three-year award to study reproduction