Darby Carlson

Senior Lecturer

Office: BHS 222   |    Phone: (308) 865-1575   |    Email: carlsondj@unk.edu

Darby Carlson


Areas of Interest:

  • Tick-borne pathogens
  • Nora virus research


Professional Affiliations:


  • Carlson, D.J. 1995. Isolation and sequence analysis of a glutamine synthetase cDNA from Elaeagnus augustifolia. M. S. Thesis, University of Nebraska at Kearney. 41 pp.


  • Buhlke, E.G., Hobbs, A.M., Rajput, S., Rokusek, B., Carlson, D.J., Gillan, C., and Carlson, K.A.  2022.  Characterization of cross-species transmission of Drosophila melanogaster Nora virus.  Life 12(11), 1913.  doi: 10.3390/life12111913
  • Licking-Murray, K.D., Carlson, D.J., Sowle, R., and Carlson, K.A.  2021.  In vitro assembly and evaluation of  Nora virus VLPs.  Acta Virologica 65:381-389.  doi: 10.4149/av_2021_403
  • Schissel, M., Best, R., Liesemeyer, S., Tan, Y-D., Carlson, D.J., Shaffer, J.J., Avuthu, N., Guda, C., and Carlson, K.A.  2021.  Effect of Nora virus infection on native gut bacterial communities of Drosophila melanogaster.  AIMS Microbiology 7(2):216-237.  doi:  10.3934/microbiol.2021014
  • Macke, A., Lopez, W., Carlson, D.J., and Carlson, K.A.  2020.  Nora virus VP4b and ORF1 circulate in hemolymph of infected D. melanogaster with coordinate expression of vago and vir-1.  Vaccines 8(3)  doi:  doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8030491
  • Carlson, D., Chandra, S., Hobbs, N., and Steele, J.  2019.  Clay modeling in a sophomore-level anatomy laboratory:  Will active learning improve student performance?  Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) Educator, 23:5-11. 
  • Lopez, W.A., Page, A.M., Ericson, B.L., Carlson, D.J., and Carlson, K.A.  2018.  Chapter 12 - Antiviral immunity in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.  Drosophila melanogaster - Model for Recent Advances in Genetics and Therapeutics, Intech.  doi:  10.5772/intechopen.69293 
  • Lopez, W., Page, A.M., Carlson, D.J., Ericson, B.L., Cserhati, M.F., Guda, C., and Carlson, K.A.  2018.  Analysis of immune-related genes during nora virus infection of Drosophila melanogaster using next generation sequencing.  AIMS Microbiology 4(1):123-139.
  • Ericson, B.L., Carlson, D.J., and Carlson, K.A.  2016.  Characterization of nora virus structural proteins via western blot analysis.  Scientifica Virologica doi: 10.1155/2016/9067848.
  • Munn, B., Ericson, B., Carlson, D.J., and Carlson, K.A.  2015.  Detecting the presence of nora virus in Drosophila utilizing single fly RT-PCR.  Bioscene: Journal of College Science Teaching 41(2):40-44.
  • Carlson K.A., Gardner K., Pashaj A., Carlson, D.J., Yu F., Eudy J.D., Zhang C., and Harshman L.G.  2015.  Genome-Wide Gene Expression in relation to Age in Large Laboratory Cohorts of Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics Research International Epub May 21.
  • Weatherred, W., Carlson, D.J., Carlson, K.A.  2014.  Nora virus transmission in Drosophila melanogaster: an investigation to teach viral infection and prophylaxis to biology students. Bioscene: Journal of College Science Teaching 40(1):11-15.
  • Carlson, D.J., Pashaj, A., Gardner, K., and Carlson, K.A.  2008.  Advances in age-old questions. Fly 2(3):149-151.
  • Wollard, L., Klein, B.,Carlson, D.J., and Carlson, K.A.  2006.  Rearing mediums as a variable in fruit fly fecundity: an activity to introduce scientific methods of inquiry to biology students. Bioscene: Journal of College Science Teaching 32(3):24-29.