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BCM Family Medicine on Kirby is without electrical power. Patients with appointments on Tuesday at this location will be moved to Baylor Medicine on the McNair Campus:  7200 Cambridge St, 7th floor, Suite 7B. Patients will be contacted. For questions, call 713-798-7700.

Koen Venken Lab



Selected Publications



Cassidy JJ, Jha AR, Posadas DM, Giri R, Venken KJ, Ji J, Jiang H, Bellen HJ, White KP, Carthew RW.. "miR-9a minimizes the phenotypic impact of genomic diversity by buffering a transcription factor.." Cell. 2013 December 19;155(7):1556-1567. Pubmed PMID: 24360277


Chen YC, Lin YQ, Banerjee S, Venken K, Li J, Ismat A, Chen K, Duraine L, Bellen HJ, Bhat MA. "Drosophila neuroligin 2 is required presynaptically and postsynaptically for proper synaptic differentiation and synaptic transmission." Journal of Neuroscience. 2012 November 7;32(45):16018-16030. Pubmed PMID: 23136438

Szabad J, Bellen HJ, Venken KJ. "An assay to detect in vivo Y chromosome loss in Drosophila wing disc cells.." G3 • Genes | Genomes | Genetics. 2012 September 9;2(9):1095-1102. Pubmed PMID: 22973547

Alves-Silva J, Sánchez-Soriano N, Beaven R, Klein M, Parkin J, Millard TH, Bellen HJ, Venken KJT, Ballestrem C, Kammerer RA, Prokop A. "Spectraplakins Promote Microtubule-Mediated Axonal Growth By Functioning As Structural Microtubule-Associated Proteins and EB1-Dependent +TIPs (Tip Interacting Proteins)." Journal of Neuroscience. 2012 July 4;32(27):9143-9158. Pubmed PMID: 22764224

Geiser J, Venken KJ, De Lisle RC, Andrews GK. "A mouse model of acrodermatitis enteropathica: loss of intestine zinc transporter ZIP4 (Slc39a4) disrupts the stem cell niche and intestine integrity." PLoS Genetics. 2012 June 21;8(6):e1002766. Pubmed PMID: 22737083

Neumüller RA, Wirtz-Peitz F, Lee S, Kwon Y, Buckner M, Hoskins RA, Venken KJ, Bellen HJ, Mohr SE, Perrimon N. "Stringent analysis of gene function and protein-protein interactions using fluorescently tagged genes." Genetics. 2012 March 1;190(3):931-940. Pubmed PMID: 22174071

Venken KJ, Bellen HJ. "Genome-wide manipulations of Drosophila melanogaster with transposons, Flp recombinase, and ΦC31 integrase.." Methods in Molecular Biology. 2012 February 1;859:203-228. Pubmed PMID: 22367874


Venken KJ, Simpson JH, Bellen HJ.. "Genetic Manipulation of Genes and Cells in the Nervous System of the Fruit Fly." Neuron. 2011 October 20;72(2):202-230. Pubmed PMID: 22017985

Venken KJ, Schulze KL, Haelterman NA, Pan H, He Y, Evans-Holm M, Carlson JW, Levis RW, Spradling AC, Hoskins RA, Bellen HJ.."MiMIC: a highly versatile transposon insertion resource for engineering Drosophila melanogaster genes.." Nature Methods. 2011 September 1;8(9):737-743. Pubmed PMID: 21985007

Zheng L, Michelson Y, Freger V, Avraham Z, Venken KJ, Bellen HJ, Justice MJ, Wides R. "Drosophila Ten-m and Filamin Affect Motor Neuron Growth Cone Guidance." PLoS One. 2011 August 8;6(8):e22956. Pubmed PMID: 21857973


Nègre N et al.. "A cis-regulatory map of the Drosophila genome.." Nature. 2011 March 24;471(7339):527-531. Pubmed PMID: 21430782 modENCODE Consortium et al. "Identification of functional elements and regulatory circuits by Drosophila modENCODE." Science. 2010 December 24;330(6012):1787-1797. Pubmed PMID: 21177974

Venken KJT, Popodi E, Holtzman SL, Schulze KL, Park S, Carlson JW, Hoskins RA, Bellen HJ, Kaufman TC.. "A molecularly defined duplication set for the X chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster.." Genetics. 2010 December 1;186(4):1111-1125. Pubmed PMID: 20876565


Verstreken P, Ohyama T, Haueter C, Habets RLP, Lin YQ, Swan LE, Ly CV, Venken KJT, De Camilli P, Bellen HJ. "Tweek, an evolutionarily conserved protein, is required for synaptic vesicle recycling.." Neuron. 2009 July 30;63(2):203-215. Pubmed PMID: 19640479

Venken KJT, Carlson JW, Schulze KL, Pan H, He Y, Spokony R, Wan KH, Koriabine M, de Jong PJ, White KP, Bellen HJ, Hoskins RA."Versatile P[acman] BAC libraries for transgenesis studies in Drosophila melanogaster.." Nature Methods. 2009 June 1;6(6):431-434. Pubmed PMID: 19465919

2008 - 2001

Venken KJT*, Kasprowicz J*, Kuenen S, Yan J, Hassan BA, Verstreken P.. "Recombineering-mediated tagging of Drosophila genomic constructs for in vivo localization and acute protein inactivation.." Nucleic Acids Research. 2008 September 1;36(18):e114. Pubmed PMID: 18676454

Venken KJT, Bellen HJ.. "Transgenesis upgrades for Drosophila melanogaster.." Development. 2007 October 1;134(20):3571-84. Pubmed PMID: 17905790

Koh TW, Korolchuk VI, Wairkar YP, Jiao W, Evergren E, Pan H, Zhou Y, Venken KJT, Shupliakov O, Robinson IM, O'Kane CJ, Bellen HJ.. "Eps15 and Dap160 control synaptic vesicle membrane retrieval and synapse development.." Journal of Cell Biology. 2007 July 16;178(2):309-322. Pubmed PMID: 17620409

Venken KJT, He Y, Hoskins RA, Bellen HJ.. "P[acman]: a BAC transgenic platform for targeted insertion of large DNA fragments in D. melanogaster.." Science. 2006 December 15;314(5806):1747-1751. Pubmed PMID: 17138868

Shroyer NF, Wallis D, Venken KJT, Bellen HJ, Zoghbi HY.. "Gfi1 functions downstream of Math1 to control intestinal secretory cell subtype allocation and differentiation.." Genes and Development. 2005 October 15;19(20):2412-2417. Pubmed PMID: 16230531

Tsuda H, Jafar-Nejad H, Patel AJ, Sun Y, Chen HK, Rose MF, Venken KJT, Botas J, Orr HT, Bellen HJ, Zoghbi HY.. "The AXH domain of Ataxin-1 mediates neurodegeneration through its interaction with Gfi-1/Senseless proteins.." Cell. 2005 August 26;122(4):633-644. Pubmed PMID: 16122429

Verstreken P, Ly CV, Venken KJT, Koh TW, Zhou Y, Bellen HJ.. "Synaptic mitochondria are critical for mobilization of reserve pool vesicles at Drosophila neuromuscular junctions.." Neuron. 2005 August 4;47(3):365-378. Pubmed PMID: 16055061

Pepple KL, Atkins M, Venken K, Wellnitz K, Harding M, Frankfort B, Mardon G.. "Two-step selection of a single R8 photoreceptor: a bistable loop between senseless and rough locks in R8 fate.." Development. 2008 December 1;135(24):4071-4079. Pubmed PMID: 19004852 Venken KJT, Bellen HJ.. "Emerging technologies for gene manipulation in Drosophila melanogaster.." Nature Reviews Genetics. 2005 March 1;6(3):167-178. Pubmed PMID: 15738961

Kazanjian A, Wallis D, Au N, Nigam R, Venken KJT, Cagle PT, Dickey BF, Bellen HJ, Gilks CB, Grimes HL.. "Growth factor independence-1 is expressed in primary human neuroendocrine lung carcinomas and mediates the differentiation of murine pulmonary neuroendocrine cells." Cancer Research. 2004 September 1;64(19):6874-6878. Pubmed PMID: 15466176

Watase K, Venken KJT, Sun Y, Orr HT, Zoghbi HY.. "Regional differences of somatic CAG repeat instability do not account for selective neuronal vulnerability in a knock-in mouse model of SCA1.." Human Molecular Genetics. 2003 November 1;12(21):2789-2795. Pubmed PMID: 12952864

Wallis D, Hamblen M, Zhou Y, Venken KJT, Schumacher A, Grimes HL, Zoghbi HY, Orkin SH, Bellen HJ.. "The zinc finger transcription factor Gfi1, implicated in lymphomagenesis, is required for inner ear hair cell differentiation and survival.." Development. 2003 January 1;130(1):221-232. Pubmed PMID: 12441305

Venken K, Di Maria E, Bellone E, Balestra P, Cassandrini D, Mandich P, De Jonghe P, Timmerman V, Svaren J.. "Search for mutations in the EGR2 corepressor proteins, NAB1 and NAB2, in human peripheral neuropathies.." Neurogenetics. 2002 March 1;4(1):37-41. Pubmed PMID: 12030330

Venken K, Meuleman J, Irobi J, Ceuterick C, Martini R, De Jonghe P, Timmerman V. "Caspr1/Paranodin/Neurexin IV is most likely not a common disease-causing gene for inherited peripheral neuropathies.." Neuroreport. 2001 August 8;12(11):2609-2614. Pubmed PMID: 11496158

Irobi J, Nelis E, Meuleman J, Venken K, De Jonghe P, Van Broeckhoven C, Timmerman V.. "Exclusion of 5 functional candidate genes for distal hereditary motor neuropathy type II (distal HMN II) linked to 12q24.3.." Annals of Human Genetics. 2001 October 1;65(6):517-529. Pubmed PMID: 11851982