Russell L. Malmberg
Associate Dean of Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Plant Sciences, Rm 3609
Phone Number:  706-542-0012
Office/Lab:  Plant Sciences, Rm 3606
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Ph.D Genetics, University of WIsconsin 1976

Research Projects: 

My current research interests are in the broad areas of bioinformatics and plant evolutionary/ecological genetics. Will Rogers and I are studying the genetics, evolution, and ecology, of the insect-eating pitcher plants (Sarracenia species). Most of my bioinformatics work is in collaboration with Liming Cai of the Computer Science Department to develop methods of modeling and searching genomes for non-coding RNAs.

Grant Support: 
  • National Science Foundation PD 07-1141 - Physiological and Structural Systems. The evolution of the Worldwide Leaf Economic Spectrum (WLES) in Helianthus. Co-Principal Investigators: Lisa A. Donovan, Russell L. Malmberg. September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2015

  • National Science Foundation DEB PCE, PD 09-1128 - Population and Community Ecology. Genetic Analysis of Sarracenia Pitchers and Their Communities. Co-Principal Investigators: Russell L. Malmberg, Jennifer M. Cruse-Sanders. (Pending)

Of Note: 
  • 1991 - University of Georgia Sandy Beaver Special Teaching Award

  • 2001-2002 - University of Georgia Study in a Second Discipline Award

  • 2008 - Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Selected Publications: 
  • Srivastava, A., Rogers, W.L., Breton, C.M., Cai, L., and Malmberg, R.L. (2011). Transcriptome analysis of sarracenia, an insectivorous plant. DNA Research, 1-9 10.1093/dnares/dsr014. Srivastava, A., Cai, L., Mrázek, J., and Malmberg, R.L. (2011). Mutational patterns in RNA secondary structure evolution examined in three RNA families. PLOS One 6, e20484 10.1371/journal.pone.0020484.

  • Guo, L., Zhang, D., Malmberg, R.L., Cai, L., McEachern, M.J. (2011). Computational Prediction of Novel Telomerase RNAs in Yeast Genomes. International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications 7, 63-81.

  • Shaw, T.I., Manzour, A., Wang, Y., Malmberg, R.L., and Cai, L. (2011). Analyzing modular RNA structure through Shannon entropy reveals low global structural entropy in miRNAs. CSB proceedings, 9, 283-298 10.1142/S0219720011005495.

  • Huang, Z., Malmberg, R.L., Mohebbi, M., and Cai, L. (2010). RNAv: Non-coding RNA Secondary Structure Variation Search via Graph Homomorphism. CSB proceedings, 9, 56-69.

  • Malmberg, R.L., Shaw, T.I., and Cai, L. (2010). RNApasta: a computational tool for analysis of RNA alignments. International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications 6, 571-583. Rogers, W.L., Cruse-Sanders, J.M., Determann, R., and Malmberg, R.L. (2010). Development and characterization of microsatellite markers in Sarracenia L. (pitcher plant) species. Conservation Genetics Resources , DOI: 10.1007/s12686-009-9165-x .

  • Wang, Y.F., Huang, Z.B., Wu, Y., Malmberg, R.L., and Cai, L.M. (2009). RNATOPS-W: a web server for RNA structure searches of genomes. Bioinformatics 25, 1080-1081.

  • Zhao, J.Z., Malmberg, R.L., and Cai, L.M. (2008). Rapid ab initio prediction of RNA pseudoknots via graph tree decomposition. Journal of Mathematical Biology 56, 145-159.

  • Huang, Z.B., Wu, Y., Robertson, J., Feng, L., Malmberg, R.L., and Cai, L.M. (2008). Fast and accurate search for non-coding RNA pseudoknot structures in genomes. Bioinformatics 24, 2281-2287. Pan, F.F., Malmberg, R.L., and Momany, M. (2007). Analysis of septins across kingdoms reveals orthology and new motifs. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7, 103.