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Department of Natural Sciences

Faculty Profile


Dr Suzette Kay Mouchaty

Dr. Suzette Kay Mouchaty, Lecturer


Office: 813-N
Phone: 713-221-8015





Educational History

Ph.D. in Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, 1999.

M.S. in Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1993.

A.S. in Biology, San Juan College at Farmington, New Mexico, May 1986.

Work History

Adjunct Professor, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, 2002-2004; 2006-2009.

Houston Community College, Central Campus, Houston, Texas, 2008.

West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia, 2005, 2006.

Director, Scholars Academy, San Jacinto College North, Houston, Texas, 2004.

Director, Scholars Academy, Univeristy of Houston-Dwontown, Houston, Texas, 2003-2004.

Program Manager and Liaison to Development, Museum of Health and Medical Science, Houston, Texas, 2001.

Senior Project Coordinator, Human genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 2000.

Assistant Instructor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1993.

Honors and Awards

Fulbright Fellowship, Lund University, Sweden 1996-1997.

Nilsson-Ehle Fund, Lund University, Sweden.

University of Alaska Museum Geist Fund, 1992.

University of Alaska Graduate Resource Fellowship, 1992-1993.

Research Interests

Molecular systematics.  Most recently, I collaborated with Dr. Deanna McCullough on a project examining the systematics of the plant, Mimosa, in Texas.  The aim of this study is to understand the distribution and genetic variation of an ecotype of Mimosa to clarify its taxonomy. 

Recent Publications (since 1997)

Mouchaty, S. K. Rodent phylogeny: The impact of rate heterogeneity models on maximum likelihood analysis of mitochondrial sequence data. (manuscript)

Mouchaty, S. K., F. Catzeflis, A. Janke, and U. Arnason. 2001. Molecular evidence of an African Phiomorpha-South American Caviomorpha clade and support for Hystricognathi based on the complete mitochondrial genome sequence of the African cane rat (Thryonomys swinderianus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 18: 127-135.

Mouchaty, S. K., A. Gullberg, A. Janke, and U. Arnason.  2000. Phylogenetic position of tenrecs (Mammalia: Tenrecidae) of Madagascar based on analysis of the complete mitochondrial genome of Echinops telfairi. Zoologica Scripta 29: 307-317.

Mouchaty, S. K., A. Gullberg, A. Janke, and U. Arnason. 2000.  The phylogenetic position of Talpidae within Eutheria based on analysis of complete mitochondrial genome sequences. Molecular Biology and Evolution 17: 60-67.

Mouchaty, S. K. 1999.  Mammalian Molecular Systematics with Emphasis on the Insectivore Order Lipotyphla. Ph.D. Dissertation. Lund University, Sweden.

Max, K. N., S. K. Mouchaty, and K. E. Schwaegerle. 1999.  Allozyme and morphological variation in two subspecies of Dryas octopetala (Rosaceae) in Alaska. American Journal of Botany 86: 1637-1644.

Mouchaty, S. K., J. A. Cook, and G. F. Shields. 1995.  Phylogenetic analysis of northern hair seals based on nucleotide sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Journal of Mammalogy 76: 1178-1185.

Arnason, U., A. Gullberg, C. Ledje, and S. K. Mouchaty. 1995. A molecular view of pinniped relationships with particular emphasis on the true seals. Journal of Molecular Evolution 40: 78-85.

Durall, S. K. 1993. Phylogenetic analysis of northern hair seals based on nucleotide sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Thesis. University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mouchaty et al. Kidney Dissection Curriculum. Museum of Health & Medical Science, Department of Education and Programs, Houston, Texas, USA. 2001.

The Global Genome. The Human Genome and the Future of Health and Medicine.  A two-page brochure published anonymously by Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. 2000.

Janke, A., Ledje, T., Mouchaty, S. K. and A. Gullberg.   Mitochondrial DNA Lab: A Laboratory Manual in Molecular Biology. Biology 227 & 228, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.


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