Peter J. Bryant

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Research Professor, Developmental & Cell Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., University of Sussex, England, 1967, Genetics
M.Sc., University College, University of London, 1965, Biochemistry
B.S., King's College, University of London, 1964, Zoology

Phone: (949) 933-9654
Fax: (949) 824-4709

University of California, Irvine
4221 McGaugh Hall
Mail Code: 2275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Local Biodiversity and Conservation
Research Abstract
We are working with students and local environmental organizations to photodocument and monitor local biodiversity, emphasizing terrestrial invertebrates (insects and spiders), and marine invertebrates (zooplankton). Projects include field studies of the distribution, seasonality and abundance of these animals, as well as studies of their life cycles. The resulting data are being used to build a comprehensive web site showing the diversity, life history, ecological roles, and conservation issues concerning these animals as well as plants and other organisms. A specific region of mitochondrial DNA, called the “DNA Barcode” is being used for matching adult animals with larval stages, and for species identification as part of the International Barcode of Life Project.
Bryant, Peter J. (2018). Global Decline of Insects and the use of Neonicotinoids. Tracks (Newsletter of the Newport Bay Conservancy)
Reproductive bet-hedging and existence in vernal pools as components of Hydra life history. The Biological Bulletin. October 2019 virtual symposium issue (vol. 237, no. 2) "Ecology and Physiology of Dormancy in a Changing World."
Bryant, P.J. (2016). Who are those spiders on Prickly-pear plants? Tracks (Newsletter of the Newport Bay Conservancy)
Bryant, P. J. (2013) Inducers, Parasitoids, and Inquilines: Life inside the Plant Gall. Fremontia 41, 14-19.
Dolezal, T., Kucerova, K., Neuhold, J., and Bryant, P. J. (2010). Casein Kinase I epsilon Somatic Mutations found in Breast Cancer cause Overgrowth in Drosophila. International Journal of Developmental Biology 54, 1419-1424.
Bryant, P.J. (2009). Invasion of Southern California by the Palearctic pyrrhocorid Scantius aegyptius (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist 85, 190-193.
Guerra-Crespo, M., Gleason, D., Sistos, A., Toosky, T., Solaroglu, I., Zhang, J.H., Bryant, P.J., and Fallon, J.H. (2009). Transforming Growth Factor-alpha Induces Neurogenesis and Behavioral Improvement in a Chronic Stroke Model. Neuroscience 160, 470-83. Epub 2009 Feb 25.
Bryant, P.J. (2009). Who’s Cleaning the Bay? Tracks (Newsletter of Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends).
Bryant, P.J. (2008). Butterfly Wings. Tracks (Newsletter of Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends). June-August issue, pp 1,4.
Bryant, P.J. (2008). Engaging the Public on Biodiversity Issues. In: In the Light of Evolution, Volume II. Biodiversity and Extinction. Avise, J.C., S.P. Hubbell, and F.J. Ayala (eds.). The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., pp 311- 321.
Bryant, P. and Schwartz, P. (2008). Stem Cells. In: Fundamentals of the stem cell debate: The scientific, religious, ethical, and political issues. Berkeley: University of California Press. Monroe, K. R., Miller, R. B., & Tobis, J. S. (Eds.). pp 10-36.
Schwartz, P. and Bryant, P (2008). Therapeutic Uses of Stem Cells. In: Fundamentals of the stem cell debate: The scientific, religious, ethical, and political issues. Berkeley: University of California Press. Monroe, K. R., Miller, R. B., & Tobis, J. S. (Eds.). pp 37-61.
Gleason, D, Fallon, J.H., Guerra, M., Liu, J-C., and Bryant P.J. (2008). Ependymal stem cells divide asymmetrically and transfer progeny into the subventricular zone when activated by injury. Neuroscience 156, 81-8. Epub 2008 Jul 11.
You, X.J., Bryant, P.J., Jurnak, F. and Holcombe, R.F. (2007). Expression of Wnt pathway components frizzled and disheveled in colon cancer arising in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Oncology Reports 18, 691-4.
Doleželová, E., Nothacker H.-P., Civelli O., Bryant P.J. and Žurovec M. (2007). A Drosophila adenosine receptor activates cAMP and calcium signaling. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 37, 318-329.
Terskikh, A., Bryant, P.J. and Schwartz, P.H. (2006). Mammalian stem cells. Pediatric Res. 59, 13R-20R.
Marble, D. D., Snyder, E. D., Hegle, A. P., Dimitratos, S., Bryant, Peter J. and Wilson, G.F. (2005). Camguk/CASK enhances Ether-a-go-go potassium current by a phosphorylation-dependent mechanism. J. Neurosci. Res. 25, 4898-907.
Doleželová, E., Žurovec, M., Dolezal, T., Simek, P. and Bryant, P.J. (2005). The Emerging Role of Adenosine Deaminases in Insects. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 35, 381-9.
Dolezal, T., Doleželová, E., Žurovec, M. and Bryant, P.J. (2005). A role for adenosine deaminase in Drosophila larval development. PLoS Biol. 3, 1213-1224 (e201).
Fuja, T., Lin, F., Osann, K., and Bryant, P. J. (2004). Somatic Mutations and Altered Expression of the Candidate Tumor Suppressors CSNK1e, DLG1 and EDD/hHYD in Mammary Ductal Carcinoma. Cancer Research 64, 942-951.
Fuja, T., Hou, S. and Bryant, P. J. (2004). A Multiplex Microsphere Bead Assay for Comparative RNA Expression Analysis Using Flow Cytometry. J. Biotechnology 108, 193-205.
Fuja, T., Schwartz, P. H., Darcy, D. and Bryant, P. J. (2004). Asymmetric Localization of LGN but not AGS3 in Dividing Human Neural Progenitor Cells. J. Neurosci. Res. 75, 782-793.
Bryant, P. J. (2019) NBC Celebrates World Wetlands Day. Tracks (Newsletter of the Newport Bay Conservancy. Spring issue, p. 6.
Dolezal, T., Gazi, M., Zurovec, M. and Bryant, P. J. (2003). Genetic analysis of the ADGF multigene family by homologous recombination and gene conversion in Drosophila. Genetics 165, 653-666.
Schwartz, P.H., Bryant, P. J.,Fuja, T. J., Su, H., O'Dowd, D. K. and Klassen, H. (2003). Isolation and Characterization of Neural Progenitor Cells from Post-Mortem Human Cortex. J. Neurosci. Res. 74, 838-851.
Professional Society
Society for Conservation Biology, Orange County Chapter; American Cetacean Society, Orange County Chapter; Newport Bay Conservancy
Other Experience
Member, Board of Directors and Chair of the Research Committee
Newport Bay Conservancy 2008—2016

Interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability, UCI 1996—2010

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry, UCI 2003—2006

Developmental Biology Center, UCI 1979—2003

Newport Bay Conservancy 2016—2018

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