Douglas Wendell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

314 Dodge Hall

Oakland University

Rochester, MI  48309-4401


BIO 3400 Genetics

BIO 3401 Genetics Laboratory

BIO 4400/5400 Advanced Genetics



DNA in Invasive Species Monitoring

New Zealand Mudsnail.  My lab is working with Scott Tiegs’ group in a project to monitor for the invasive New Zealand Mudsnail.  Our contribution is to test for environmental DNA as one of the methods to detect this invasive organism.

Phragmites.   Invasive strains of the common reed, Phragmites australis is a serious problem in wetlands across the country.  There are actually both native and introduced invasive strains which can be difficult to distinguish morphologically.  As a public service we perform the Saltonstall DNA test which that can distinguish them.  If you are conservation professional or landowner who has samples to test, please contact  More information is available at the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative.

Developing Materials for Teaching Genetics

I’ve been working with Carolina Biological Supply to develop a kit for science teachers that connects Mendelian and molecular genetics.  Their kit Identifying the Mutation in Non-Purple Stem Wisconsin Fast Plants® is now available for teachers.


Wendell Lab Publications

Wendell, D.L, A. Vaziri, and G. Shergill, 2016.  The Gene Encoding Dihydroflavonol 4-Reductase Is a Candidate for the anthocyaninless Locus of Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa (Fast Plants Type).  PLoS ONE 11(8): e0161394. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161394

Slankster, E.E., J.M. Chase, L.M. Jones, and D. Wendell, 2012.  DNA-based genetic markers for rapid cycling Brassica rapa (Fast Plants type) designed for the teaching laboratory.  Slankster, EE, J.M. Chase, L.A. Jones, and D.L. Wendell, 2012.  DNA-based genetic markers for rapid cycling Brassica rapa (Fast Plants type) designed for the teaching laboratory.  Front. Plant Sci.3:118.

Wendell, D.L, D.M. Pickard, E.E, Slankster, and M.R. Belz, 2012.  Human genetics with mustard: use of DNA markers for paternity tesing in rapid-cycling Brassica rapa (Fast Plants type).  Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching: Proceedings of the 33rd Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Lab Education (ABLE), in press

Burdzinski, C. and D.L. Wendell, 2007.  Mapping the Anthocyaninless (anl) Locus in Rapid-Cycling Brassica rapa (RBr) to Linkage Group R9.  BMC Genetics, 8:64

Wendell, D.L. and D. Picard, 2007.  Teaching human genetics with mustard: rapid cycling Brassica rapa (Fast Plants type) as a model for human genetics in the classroom laboratory.  CBE-Life Sciences Education, 6: 179-185

Wendell, D.L., A. Platts, and S. Land, 2006.  Global analysis of gene expression in the estrogen induced pituitary tumor of the F344 rat.  Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Metabolism, 101: 188-196

Pandey, J. and D.L. Wendell, 2006.  Angiogenesis and capillary maturation phenotypes associated with the Edpm3 locus on rat Chromosome 3.  Mammalian Genome 17: 49-57

Pandey, J., A. Bannout, D. Wendell, 2004.  The Edpm5 locus prevents the "angiogenic switch" in an estrogen-induced rat pituitary tumor.  Carcinogenesis, 25: 1829-1838.

Pandey, J., D. Cracchiolo, F.M. Hansen, D.L. Wendell, 2002. Strain differences and inheritance of angiogenic versus angiostatic activity in estrogen-induced rat pituitary tumors. Angiogenesis 5: 53-66

Cracchiolo, D., J.W. Swick, L. McKiernan, S. Raina, E. Holman, C. Sloan, and D.L. Wendell, 2002. Estrogen-dependent growth of a rat pituitary tumor involves, but does not require, a high level of vascular endothelial growth factor. Experimental Biology and Medicine 227: 492-499

Sclafani, R.V., and D.L. Wendell, 2001. Suppression of estrogen-dependent MMP-9 expression by Edpm5, a genetic locus for pituitary tumor growth in rat. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 176: 145-153

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