Ruth McDowell

Assistant Professor of Biology




  • B.S., Duke University (Biology),
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham (Biology)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (Heersink School of Medicine), Post Doctoral Scholar
  • Cleveland Clinic (Lerner Research Institute), Post Doctoral Scholar

Research Interests

Aquatic Chemical Ecology

Selected Publications

McDowell RE, Ali KF, Lad S, San Martin VT, Bottino R, Walsh M, Stevens T, Wilke W, Kirwan J, Hatipoglu B. Bioenergetics of islet preparations in a pilot clinical trial of peri-transplant hydroxychloroquine for autologous islet transplantation. Cell Transplantation, 2021. 30: 1-10.

Zhou H, Wang H, Yu M, Schugar RC, Qian W, Tang F, Liu W, Yang H, McDowell RE, Zhao J, Gao J. IL-1 induces mitochondrial translocation of IRAK2 to suppress oxidative metabolism in adipocytes. Nature Immunology, 2020. 21(10):1219-31.

McDowell RE, Aulak K, Almoushref A, Melillo C, Brauer B, Newman J, Tonelli A, Dweik R. Platelet glycolytic metabolism correlates with hemodynamic severity in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. American Journal of Physiology-Lung, 2020. 318(3):L562-569.

Pepin M, Padgett L, McDowell RE, et al. Antiretroviral therapy potentiates high-fat diet induced obesity and glucose intolerance. Molecular Metabolism, 2018. 12:48–61.

McDowell RE, Amsler M, Li Q, Lancaster J, Amsler C. Control of grazing by light availability via light-dependent, wound-induced metabolites: The role of reactive oxygen species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 2016. 477:86–91.

McDowell RE, Amsler M, Li Q, Lancaster Jr. J, Amsler C. The immediate wound-induced oxidative burst of Saccharina latissima depends on light via photosynthetic electron transport. Journal of Phycology, 2015. 51(3):431–41.

McDowell RE, Amsler C, McClintock J, Baker B. Reactive oxygen species as an anti-grazing defense in marine systems: H2O2 and wounded Ascoseira mirabilis inhibit amphipod grazer. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 2014. 458:34–38.

McDowell RE, Amsler C, Dickinson D, McClintock J, Baker B. Reactive oxygen species and the Antarctic macroalgal wound response. Journal of Phycology, 2014. 50:71–80.

Darnell M, Darnell K, McDowell RE, Rittschof D. Post-capture survival and future reproductive potential of ovigerous blue crabs caught in the central North Carolina pot fishery. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 2010. 139:1677–1687.

Darnell M, Rittschof D, Darnell K, McDowell RE. Lifetime reproductive potential of female blue crabs in North Carolina. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2009. 394: 153–163.