|Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Director, Pediatric Neurology Research
Neurobiology of Disease
Axon pathfinding and development of basal ganglia; function of language genes in CNS development
Our research is centered on studying the development of CNS connectivity and neurodevelopmental disorders. Neurodevelopmental disorders are very common, but poorly understood in terms of their pathophysiology and effects on CNS development. To address these disorders, we are taking both a gene-specific approach, as well as a non-biased strategy. We are currently focused on three main areas:
1. Developmental functions of human disease genes.
2. Development of the basal ganglia.
3. Novel techniques for analysis of CNS connectivity.
Stevenson, T.J., Trinh, T., Kogelschatz, C., Fujimoto, E., Lush, M.E., Piotrowski, T., Brimley, C.J., and Bonkowsky, J.L. (2012) Hypoxia disruption of vertebrate CNS pathfinding through EphrinB2 is rescued by magnesium. PLoS Genetics, April.
Lakhina, V., Maraccio, C., Shao, X., Lush, M., Jain, R., Fujimoto, E., Bonkowsky, J., Granato, M., and Raper, J. (2012) Netrin/DCC signaling guides olfactory sensory axons to their correct location in the olfactory bulb. Journal of Neuroscience.
Gutnick, A., Blechman, J., Kaslin, J., Affolter, M., Bonkowky, J.L., and Levkowitz, G. (2011) The hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin is required for formation of the neuro-vascular interface of the pituitary. Developmental Cell, 18:642-654.
Fujimoto, E., Gaynes, B., Brimley, C.J., Chien, C.B., and Bonkowsky, J.L. (2011) Gal80 Intersectional Regulation of Cell-Type Specific Expression in Vertebrates. Developmental Dynamics, Oct;240(10):2324-2334.
Fujimoto, E., Stevenson, T.J., Chien, C.-B., and Bonkowsky, J.L. (2011) Identification of a Dopaminergic Enhancer Indicates Complexity in Vertebrate Dopamine Neuron Phenotype Specification. Developmental Biology, Jan 27. [Epub ahead of print].
Kastenhuber, E., Kern, U., Bonkowsky, J.L., Chien, C.-B., Driever, W., and Schweitzer, J. (2009) Netrin-DCC, Robo-Slit and HSPGs coordinate lateral positioning of longitudinal dopaminergic diencephalospinal axons. Journal of Neuroscience, 29:8914-8926.
Bonkowsky, J.L., Wang, X., Fujimoto, E., Lee, J.E., Chien, C.B., and Dorsky, R.I. (2008) Domain-specific regulation of foxP2 CNS expression by lef1. BMC Dev Biol, Oct 24; 8:103.
Bonkowsky, J.L., Filloux, F.M., and Warner, J.E. (2007) Splenial Corpus Callosum Lesion and Hemifield Visual Color Anomia Associated With Intracranial Hypertension. Journal of Child Neurology, 22:1132-1134.
Bonkowsky, J.L., and Chien, C.-B. (2005) Isolation and cloning of zebrafish foxP2. Developmental Dynamics, 234:740-746.
Bonkowsky, J.L., Bohnsack, J.F., Pennington, M.J., Viskochil, D., and Thompson, J.A. (2004) Leukoencephalopathy, arthritis, colitis, and hypogammaglobulinemia (LACH) in two brothers: a novel syndrome? American Journal of Medical Genetics, 128:52-56.
Bonkowsky, J.L., Johnson, J., Carey, J., Smith, A.D., and Swoboda, K. (2003) An infant with primary tooth loss and palmar hyperkeratosis: a novel mutation in the NTRK1 gene causing congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis. Pediatrics, 112:e237-241.
Yoshikawa*, S., Bonkowsky*, J.L., Kokel, M., Shyn, S., and Thomas, J.B. (2001) The Derailed guidance receptor does not require kinase activity in vivo. Journal of Neuroscience, 21: RC119.
Bonkowsky*, J.L, Yoshikawa*, S., O'Keefe, D.D., Scully, A.L., and Thomas, J.B. (1999) Axon routing across the midline controlled by the Drosophila Derailed receptor. Nature, 402:540-544.
Bonkowsky, J.L., and Thomas, J.B. (1998) Cell-type specific modular regulation of derailed in the Drosophila nervous system. Mechanisms of Development, 82:181-184.
Oates, A.C., Bonkowsky, J.L., Irvine, D.V., Kelly, L.E., Thomas, J.B., and Wilks, A.F. (1998) Embryonic expression and activity of doughnut, a second RYK homolog in Drosophila. Mechanisms of Development, 78:165-169.