Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff

Jeffrey D. Overton, Lecturer

Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, 2015
M.S., Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 2008
B.S., Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 2005
Dobo Hall 114 | (910) 962-2209 | 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5915

Research Interests:

Broadly, my research examines the cellular and molecular changes that occur due to type II diabetes and obesity. In this regard, we utilize cell culture and animal models to more fully understand the changes that occur at the cellular, tissue, and whole animal levels. Our current research focuses on signaling pathways in these disease states and the changes that occur due to drug treatments. My work is currently in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Kinsey and colleagues. Our research uses techniques such as western blotting, PCr based cloning, confocal microscopy, electrophysiology, and electron/light microscopy.

Undergraduate students interested in learning cellular and molecular techniques and are seeking BIO 491 credit hours (directed individual study) are welcome to contact me.


Overton, J.D., Komiya, Y., Mezzacappa, C., Nama, K., Cai, N., Lou, L., Fedeles, S.V., Habas, R., Runnels, L.W. (2015). Hepatocystin is Essential for TRPM7 Function During Early Embryogenesis. Scientific Reports. 5:18395. doi: 10.1038/srep183

Decker, A.R, McNeill, M.S., Lambert, A.M., Overton, J.D., Chen, Y., Lorca R.A, Johnson, N.A., Brockerhoff S.E., Mohapatra, D.P., MacArthur, H., Panula, P., Masino M.A., Runnels L.W., and Cornell, R.A. (2014) Abnormal differentiation of dopaminergic neurons in zebrafish trpm7 mutant larvae impairs development of the motor pattern. Developmental Biology. 386(2): 428-439. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.11.015.

Chen, H.C., Su, L.T., González-Pagán, O., Overton, J.D., Runnels, L.W. (2012). A key role for Mg(2+) in TRPM7's control of ROS levels during cell stress. Biochemical Journal. 445(3):441-8. doi: 10.1042/BJ20120248.

Xie, J.,Sun, B., Du, J., Yang, W., Chen, H.C., Overton, J.D., Runnels, L.W., Yue, L. (2011). Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP(2)) controls magnesium gatekeeper TRPM6 activity. Scientific Reports. 1:146. doi: 10.1038/srep00146.

Su, L.T., Chen, H.C., González-Pagán, O., Overton, J.D., Xie, J., Yue, L., Runnels, L.W. (2010) TRPM7 activates m-calpain by stress-dependent stimulation of p38 MAPK and c-Jun N-terminal kinase. Journal of Molecular Biology. 396(4):858-69. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2010.01.014.

Overton, J.D., Adams, G.S., McCall, R.D., Kinsey, S.T. (2009). High energy phosphate concentrations and AMPK phosphorylation in skeletal muscle from mice with inherited differences in hypoxic exercise tolerance. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology. (4):478-85. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.11.019.