Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Biological Science Faculty Member

Dr. W. Ross Ellington

  • Office: 3021 Wescott North
  • Office: (850) 645-6900
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Dr. W. Ross  Ellington

Michael J. Greenberg Professor of Biological Science
Associate Vice President for Research
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1976
Graduate faculty status (no longer accepting graduate students)

Research and Professional Interests:

Enzyme structure, function, and evolution.

Selected Publications:

  • Bertin, M., S.A. Pomponi, C. Kouhuta, N. Iwasaki, T. Suzuki and W.R. Ellington (2007) Origin of the genes for the isoforms of creatine kinase. Gene 39: 273-282.
  • Tanaka, K., K. Uda, M. Shimada, K.-I. Takahashi, S. Gamou, W.R. Ellington and T. Suzuki (2007) Evolution of the cytoplasmic and mitochondrial phosphagen kinases unique to annelid groups. Journal of Molecular Evolution 65: 616-625.
  • Conejo, M., M. Bertin, S.A. Pomponi and W.R. Ellington (2008) The early evolution of phosphagen kinases- Insights from choanoflagellate and poriferan arginine kinases. Journal of Molecular Evolution 66: 11-20.
  • Uda, K., K. Yamamoto, N. Iwasaki, M. Awai, K. Fujikura, W.R. Ellington and T. Suzuki (2008) Two-domain arginine kinase from the deep-sea clam Calyptogena kaikoi- Evidence of two active domains. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology B 151: 176-182.
  • Hoffman, G.G., O. Davulcu, S. Sona and W.R. Ellington (2008) Contributions to catalysis and potential interactions of the three catalytic domains in a contiguous trimeric creatine kinase. FEBS Journal 275: 646-654.
  • Suzuki, T., K. Uda, M. Adachi, H. Sanada, K. Tanaka, C. Mizuta, K. Ishida and W.R. Ellington (2009) Evolution of the diverse array of phosphagen systems present in annelids. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology B 152: 60-66.
  • Bush, J.D., O. Kirillova, S.A. Clark, O. Davulcu, F. Fabiola, Q. Xie, T. Somasundaram, W.R. Ellington and M.S. Chapman (2011) The structure of lombricine kinase: implications for phosphagen kinase conformational changes. Journal of Biological Chemistry 286: 9338-9350.
  • Hoffman, G.G. and W.R. Ellington (2011) Arginine kinase isoforms in the closest protozoan relative of metazoans. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology D (Genomics & Proteomics) 6: 171-177.

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