Peer-reviewed Research Publications (scroll down for reviews)(Wesleyan undergraduate or graduate students underlined):


  1. Perez-Vale, K., Yow, K., Johnson R.I., Byrnes, A., Finegan, T., Slep, K., and Peifer, M. (2021). Multivalent interactions make adherens junction-cytoskeletal linkage robust during morphogenesis. Journal of Cell Biology; 220(12): e202104087. DOI: 1083/jcb.202104087


  1. DeAngelis, M.W., J.D. Coolon and Johnson, R.I. (2021). Comparative transcriptome analyses of the Drosophila pupal eye. G3 Genes Genomes Genetics. January; 11(1): jkaa003. DOI: 1093/g3journal/jkaa003


  1. DeAngelis, M.W., Emily W. McGhie, J.D. Coolon, and Johnson, R.I. (2020). Mask, a component of the Hippo Pathway, is required for Drosophila eye morphogenesis. Developmental Biology. August 1; 464(1): 53-70. DOI: 1016/j.ydbio.2020.05.002 (Journal cover image)


  1. Tossidou, I., Teng, B., Worthmann, K., Muller-Deile, J., Kardinal, C., Schroder, P., Bolanos-Palmieri, P., Willerding, J., Drost, D., de Jonge, L., Reubold, T., Eschenburg, S., Haller, H., Johnson, R.I. and Schiffer, M. (2019). Tyrosine phosphorylation of CD2AP affects stability of the slit diaphragm complex. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. July; 30(7): 1220-1237. DOI: 1681/ASN.2018080860


  1. DeAngelis, M.W. and Johnson R.I. (2019).  Dissection of the Drosophila retina for immunohistochemistry, western analysis, and RNA isolation.  Journal of Visualized Experiments. March 15; 145: e59299. DOI: 3791/59299


  1. Bushnell, H.L., Feiler, C.E., Ketosugbo, K.F., Hellerman, M.B., and Johnson, R.I. (2018). JNK is antagonized to ensure the correct number of interommatidial cells pattern the Drosophila Developmental Biology. January 1;433(1): 94-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2017.11.002


  1. Ketosugbo, K.F., Bushnell, H.L. and Johnson, R.I. (2017). A screen for E3 ubiquitination ligases that genetically interact with the adaptor protein Cindr during Drosophila eye patterning. PLoS One. November 8; 12(1):30187571. DOI: 1371/journal.pone.0187571


  1. Ni, J., Bao, S.*, Johnson, R.I.*, Vadaparampil, J., Potla, U., Grahammer, F., Huber, T.B., He, J.C., Agati, V.D., Chan, A., Kaufman, L. (2016). MAGI-1 interacts with Nephrin to maintain slit diaphragm structure through enhanced Rap1 activation in podocytes. Journal of Biological Chemistry. November 18; 291(47): 24406-24417. DOI: 1074/jbc.M116.74502 *equal contributions


  1. Yasin, H.W.R., van Rensburg, S.H., Feiler, C.E. and Johnson, R.I. (2016). The adaptor protein Cindr regulates JNK activity to maintain epithelial sheet integrity. Developmental Biology. February 15; 410(2): 135-1 DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2016.01.003


  1. Graves, J., Markman, S., Alegranti, Y., Gechtler, J., Johnson, R.I., Cagan, R. and Ben-Menahem, D. (2015). The LH/CG receptor activates canonical signaling pathway when expressed in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. September 15; 413: 145-156. DOI: 10.1016/j.mce.2015.06.020


  1. Hellerman, M.B., Choe, R.H. and Johnson, R.I. (2015). Live-imaging of the Drosophila pupal eye. Journal of Visualized Experiments. January 12; 95: e52120. DOI: 3791/52120


  1. Johnson R.I.*, Bao S., Cagan R.L. (2012). Interactions between Drosophila IgCAM adhesion receptors and Cindr, the Cd2ap/Cin85 ortholog. Developmental Dynamics. December 24; 241(12):1933-43. DOI:1002/dvdy.23879 *corresponding author


  1. Capilla A.*, Johnson R.*, Daniels M., Benevente M., Bray S.J. and Galindo M.I. (2012). Planar cell polarity controls directional Notch signaling in the Drosophila Development. July 15; 139(14):2584-2593. DOI: 10.1242/dev.077446 *Joint first authors


  1. Johnson R.I., Sedgwick A., D’Souza-Schorey C. and Cagan R.L. (2011). Role for a Cindr-Arf6 axis in patterning emerging epithelia. Molecular Biology of the Cell. December 1; 22(23):4513-4526. DOI:1091/mbc.E11-04-0305


  1. Larson D.E.*, Johnson R.I.*, Swat M., Cordero J.B., Glazier J.A. and Cagan R.L. (2010). Computer Simulation of Cellular Patterning within the Drosophila Pupal Eye. PLoS Computational Biology. July 1; 6(7): e1000841. DOI:1371/journal.pcbi.1000841 *Joint first authors.  F1000 prime recommended.


  1. Muñoz-Descalzo S., Sanders P.G., Montagne C., Johnson R.I., Balayo T. and Martinez Arias A. (2010). Wingless modulates the ligand independent traffic of Notch through Dishevelled. Fly. July; 4(3):182-193. DOI: 4161/fly.4.3.11998


  1. Johnson R.I. and Cagan R.L. (2009). A quantitative method to analyze Drosophila pupal eye patterning. PLoS ONE. September 15: 4(9):e7008. DOI: 1371/journal.pone.0007008


  1. Johnson R.I., Seppa M.J. and Cagan R.L. (2008). The Drosophila CD2AP/CIN85 orthologue Cindr regulates junctions and cytoskeleton dynamics during tissue patterning. Journal of Cell Biology. March 24; 180(6):1191-1204. DOI: 1083/jcb.200706108


  1. Seppa M.J., Johnson R.I., Bao S. and Cagan R.L. (2008) Polychaetoid controls patterning by modulating adhesion in the Drosophila pupal retina. Developmental Biology. June 1; 318(1):1-16. DOI: 1016/j.ydbio.2008.02.022


  1. Strutt, D., Johnson R., Cooper K. and Bray S. (2002). Asymmetric localization of Frizzled and the determination of Notch-dependent cell fate in the Drosophila Current Biology. May 14; 12(10): 813-824. DOI: 10.1016/S0960-9822(02)00841-2 F1000 prime recommended.



Peer-reviewed Invited Book chapters and Reviews:


  1. Johnson, R.I. Hexagonal patterning of the Drosophila (2021). Developmental Biology. October 1; 478:173-182. DOI: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2021.07.004


  1. Spencer, S.A., Johnson, R.I. and Setu, B. (2020). Drosophila retinal patterning. Encyclopedia of Life Science. December 2020; 1(4): 695-704. DOI: 1002/9780470015902.a0029229


  1. Johnson R.I. (2020). Adhesion and the cytoskeleton in the Drosophila pupal eye. Book chapter in: Molecular Genetics of Axial Patterning, Growth and Disease in the Drosophila 2nd edition. May 2020; 189-213. Editors: Amit Singh and Madhuri Kango-Singh. Published by Springer Science and Business Media, New York. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-42246-2_7


  1. Johnson R.I. (2013). Cell adhesion during Drosophila eye development. Book chapter in: Molecular Genetics of Axial Patterning, Growth and Disease in the Drosophila September 2013; 183-202. Editors: Amit Singh and Madhuri Kango-Singh. Published by Springer Science and Business Media, New York. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-8232-1_7


  1. Johnson R.I. and Cagan R.L. (2010) Drosophila as a Model for Human Disease. Book chapter in: Vogel and Motulsky’s Human Genetics: Problems and Approaches 4th 2010; 795-811. Editors: Michael Speicher, Arno Motulsky and Stylianos Antonarakis. Published by Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-37654-5_36