Selected Work in Progress


Better classification of antimicrobial peptides using region-based features
Daniel Veltri, Uday Kamath and Amarda Shehu.
In preparation for 2017.

Sexual reproduction in the boxwood blight pathosystem is limited by mating type partitioning between species
Martha Malapi-Wight, Daniel Veltri, Yazmin Rivera and Jo Anne Crouch.
G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics (In revision)

Journal Publications


Improving Recognition of Antimicrobial Peptides and their Target Selectivity through Machine Learning and Genetic Programming
Daniel Veltri, Uday Kamath and Amarda Shehu.
Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 14(2):300-313, 2017.

SimpleSynteny: a web-based tool for visualization of microsynteny across multiple species
Daniel Veltri, Martha Malapi-Wight, and Jo Anne Crouch.
Nucleic Acids Research, 44(W1):W41-W45, 2016.

LAMP Detection Assays for Boxwood Blight Pathogens: A Comparative Genomics Approach
Martha Malapi-Wight, Jill E. Demers, Daniel Veltri, Robert E. Marra and Jo Anne Crouch.
Scientific Reports 6, 2016.

Polymorphic SSR markers for Plasmopara obducens (Peronosporaceae), the newly emergent downy mildew pathogen of Impatiens (Balsaminaceae)
Catalina Salgado-Salazar, Yazmin Rivera, Daniel Veltri, and Jo Anne Crouch.
Applications in Plant Sciences 3(11):apps.1500073, 2015.

Draft genome sequences of Chrysoporthe austroafricana, Diplodia scrobiculata, Fusarium nygamai, Leptographium lundbergii, Limonomyces culmigenus, Stagonosporopsis tanaceti and Thielaviopsis punctulata
B.D. Wingfield, P.K. Ades, F.A. Al-Naemi, L.A. Beirn, W. Bihon, J.A. Crouch, Z. Wilhelm de Beer, L. De Vos, T.A. Duong, C.J. Fields, G. Fourie, A.M. Kanzi, M. Malapi-Wight, S.J. Pethybridge, O. Radwan, G. Rendon, B. Slippers, Q.C. Santana, E.T. Steenkamp, P.W.J. Taylor, N. Vaghefi, N.A. van der Merwe, D. Veltri, and M.J. Wingfield.
IMA Fungus 6(1):231-246, 2015.

Draft genome sequence of Dactylonectria macrodidyma, a plant pathogenic fungus in the Nectriaceae
Martha Malapi-Wight, Catalina Salgado-Salazar, Jill Demers, Daniel Veltri, and Jo Anne Crouch.
ASM Genome Announcements 3(2):e00278-15, 2015.

Are Nicotinic Receptors Coupled to G Proteins?
Nadine Kabbani, Jacob C. Nordman, Brian Corgiat, Daniel Veltri, Amarda Shehu and David J. Adams.
BioEssays 35(12):1025-1034, 2013.

Menthol Inhibits 5-HT3 Receptor-Mediated Currents
Abrar Ashoor, Jacob C. Nordman, Daniel Veltri, Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Lina Al Kury, Yaroslav Shuba, Mohamed Mahgoub, Frank C. Howarth, Carl Lupica, Amarda Shehu, Nadine Kabbani and Murat Oz.
J. of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 347(2):398-402, 2013.

Menthol Binding and Inhibition of Alpha7-Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors
Abrar Ashoor, Jacob C. Nordman, Daniel Veltri, Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Lina Al Kury, Yaroslav Shuba, Mohamed Mahgoub, Frank C. Howarth, Carl Lupica, Amarda Shehu, Nadine Kabbani and Murat Oz.
PLoS ONE 8(7):e67674, 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers


A Novel Method to Improve Recognition of Antimicrobial Peptides through Distal Sequence-based Features
Daniel Veltri, Uday Kamath and Amarda Shehu.
IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM2014). Belfast, UK, 2014.

Knowledge-based Search and Multi-objective Filters: Proposed Structural Models of GPCR Dimerization
Irina Hashmi, Daniel Veltri, Nadine Kabbani and Amarda Shehu.
ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (BCB2014). Newport Beach, CA, 2014.

Binary Response Models for Recognition of Antimicrobial Peptides
Elena G. Randou, Daniel Veltri and Amarda Shehu.
ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (BCB2013). Washington DC, 2013.

Systematic Analysis of Global Features and Model Building for Recognition of Antimicrobial Peptides
Elena G. Randou, Daniel Veltri and Amarda Shehu.
IEEE International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS2013). New Orleans, LA, 2013.

Physicochemical Determinants of Antimicrobial Activity
Daniel Veltri and Amarda Shehu.
5th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICoB2013). Honolulu, HI, 2013.

Extended Abstracts and Posters


Predicting Robust Candidates for a Boxwood Blight Immunoassay: An Automated Computational Workflow with Broad Applications for Phytopathology
D. Veltri, D. Zhang, D. Luster, M. McMahon, J.A. Crouch.
2016 APS Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL, 2016.

Performing Genomic Comparison with Tools from the SimpleSynteny Server
D. Veltri, M. Malapi-Wight, and J.A. Crouch.
2016 APS Potomac Division Meeting. Richmond, VA, 2016.

A Computational and Statistical Framework for Screening Novel Antimicrobial Peptides
Daniel Veltri.
George Mason University School of Systems Biology Student Research Day. Manassas, VA, 2015.

SimpleSynteny: A web-based tool for genome comparison
D. Veltri, M. Malapi-Wight, and J.A. Crouch.
Phytobiomes 2015: Designing a New Paradigm for Crop Improvement. Washington D.C., 2015.

Intra-miR-ExploreR, a novel bioinformatics platform for integrated discovery of miRNA:mRNA gene regulatory networks
Surajit Bhattacharya, Daniel Veltri, Atit Patel and Daniel Cox
11th International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications. Norfolk, VA, 2015.

SimpleSynteny: An accessible tool for genome comparison
D. Veltri, M. Malapi-Wight, and J.A. Crouch.
28th Fungal Genetics Conference. Pacific Grove, CA, 2015.

Rearrangements of the MAT1 gene cluster architecture in the genus Calonectria
M. Malapi-Wight, D. Veltri, Y. Rivera and J.A. Crouch.
28th Fungal Genetics Conference. Pacific Grove, CA, 2015.

Comparative Genomics of the Boxwood Blight System: Insights into the Global Diversity of the Mating-Type Locus
M. Malapi-Wight, E. Ismaiel, N. Saied, Y. Rivera, D. Veltri, B. Gehesquiere, K. Heungens, and J.A. Crouch.
APS-CPS Joint Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, 2014.

Physicochemical Features for Recognition of Antimicrobial Peptides
Daniel Veltri and Amarda Shehu.
IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops (BIBMW). Philadelphia, PA, 2012.

Dissertation / Thesis


A Computational and Statistical Framework for Screening Novel Antimicrobial Peptides
Daniel Veltri
Ph.D. Dissertation
Committee: Amarda Shehu (adviser), Jeff Solka (co-adviser), Iosif Vaisman and Ben Matthews.
George Mason University, Fall 2015.

Physicochemical Feature Selection for Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptides
Daniel Veltri
M.S. Thesis
Committee: Amarda Shehu (adviser), Barney Bishop and Iosif Vaisman.
George Mason University, Spring 2013.