Professor of Biology



Office: LSP254C


B. S.  Bioengineering, Syracuse University
Ph.D. Neuroscience, Institute for Sensory Research, Syracuse University


Neuroscience; Bioengineering; Inherited Neurodevelopmental Diseases of Amish and Mennonite Children


Course Information

Bio 240 Neuroscience
Bio 330 Advanced Neurobiology
Bio 341 Neurochemistry
Bio 343 Neuroscience Seminar (Neuroanatomy)


Jinks, R.N.,  Puffenberger, E.G.,  Baple, E., Harding, B., Crino, P., Fogo, A.B., Wenger, O., Xin, B., Koehler, A.E., McGlincy, M.H., Provencher, M., Smith, J., Tran, L., Al Turki, S.,Chioza, B.A., Cross, H., Harlalka, G.V., Hurles, M.E., Maroofian, R., Heaps, A.D., Morton, M.C., Stempak, L., Hildebrandt, F., Sadowski, C.E., Zaritsky, J., Campellone, K., Morton, D.H., Wang, H., Crosby, A., and Strauss, K.A. (2015). Recessive nephrocerebellar syndrome on the Galloway-Mowat syndrome spectrum is caused by homozygous protein-truncating mutations of WDR73. Brain 138, 2173–2190.  Impact factor – 10.846

Strauss, K.A.#, Jinks, R.N.#, Puffenberger, E.G.#, Venkatesh, S., Singh, K.,Cheng, I., Mikita, N., Thilagavathi, J., Lee, J., Sarafianos, S., Benkert, A., _ Koehler, A., Zhu, A.,Trovillion, V.,McGlincy, M., Morlet, T., Deardorff, M.,Innes, A.M., Prasad, C., Chudley, A., Lee, I. and Suzuki, C.K. (2015). CODAS syndrome is associated with mutations of LONP1 encoding mitochondrial AAA+ Lon     protease. American Journal of Human Genetics 96, 121-135. #Equal contributors. Impact factor – 10.987

Strauss, K.A,  Markx, S.,Georgi, B., Paul, S.M., Jinks, R.N., Hoshi,T., McDonald, A., First, M. B., Liu, W., Benkert, A. R., Heaps, A., Tian, Y.,Chakravarti, A., Bucan, M., and Puffenberger, E.G. (2014). A population-based study of KCNH7 p.Arg394His and bipolar spectrum disorder. Human Molecular Genetics 23, 6395-6406. PMCID: PMC4222358.

Morlet, T., Rabinowitz, M.R., Looney, L.R., Riegner, T., Greenwood, L.A., Sherman, E.A., Achilly, N., Zhu, A., Yoo, E., O'Reilly, R.C., Jinks, R.N., Puffenberger, E.G., Heaps, A., Morton, H., and Strauss, K.A. (2014).  A homozygous SLITRK6 nonsense mutation is associated with progressive auditory neuropathy in humans.  Laryngoscope 124, E95-103. PMCID: PMC3925201.

Puffenberger, E. G., Jinks, R. N., Wang, H., Xin, B., Fiorentini, C., Sherman, E. A., Degrazio, D., Shaw, C., Sougnez, C., Cibulskis, K., Gabriel, S., Kelley, R. I., Morton, D. H. and Strauss, K. A. (2012b). A homozygous missense mutation in HERC2 associated with global developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder. Human Mutation 33, 1639–1646. PMID: 23065719.

Puffenberger, E.G., Jinks, R.N., Sougnez, C., Cibulskis, K., Willert, R.A., Achilly, N.P., Cassidy, R.P., Fiorentini, C.J., Heiken, K.F., Lawrence, J.J., Mahoney, M.H., Miller, C.J., Nair, D.T., Politi, K.A., Worcester, K.N., Setton, R.A., DiPiazza, R., Sherman, E.A., Eastman, J.T., Francklyn, C., Robey-Bond, S., Rider, N.L., Gabriel, S., Morton, D.H., and Strauss, K.A. (2012a). Genetic mapping and exome sequencing identify variants associated with five novel diseases. PLoS One. 7(1):e28936. Epub 2012 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 22279524; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3260153. – 13,428 views online; cited 42 times (as of 5/1/15).

Runyon, S.L., Washicosky, K.J., Brenneman, R.J., Kelly, J.R., Khadilkar, R.V., Heacock, K.F., McCormick, S.M., Williams, K.E., and Jinks, R.N.  (2004). Central regulation of photosensitive membrane turnover in the lateral eye of Limulus. II. Octopamine acts via adenylate cyclase/cAMP-dependent protein kinase to prime the retina for transient rhabdom shedding.  Visual Neuroscience 21, 749-763.

Dalal, J.S., Jinks, R.N., Cacciatore, C. Greenberg, R.M., and Battelle, B-A. (2003).  Limulus opsins: diurnal regulation of expression.  Visual Neuroscience 20, 523-534.

Dabdoub, A., Jinks, R.N., Wang, Y. Battelle, B-A.  and  Payne, R. (2003). Desensitization of the photoresponse in Limulus ventral photoreceptors by protein kinase C preceeds rhabdomere disorganization and endocytosis.  Visual Neuroscience 20, 241-248.

Jinks, R.N., Markley, T.L., Taylor, E.E., Perovich, G., Dittel, A.I., Epifanio, C.E. and Cronin, T.W.  (2002).  Adaptive visual metamorphosis in a deep-sea hydrothermal vent crab.  Nature 420, 68-70.

Khadilkar, R.V., Mytinger, J.R., Thomason, L.E., Runyon, S.L., Washicosky, K.J., and Jinks, R.N. (2002). Central regulation of photosensitive membrane turnover in the lateral eye of Limulus. I. Octopamine primes the retina for daily transient rhabdom shedding.  Visual Neuroscience 19, 283-297.

Dabdoub, A., Payne, R. and  Jinks, R.N. (2002). Protein kinase C-induced disorganization and endocytosis of photosensitive membrane in Limulus photoreceptors. Journal of Comparative Neurology 442, 217-225.

Cronin, T.W. and  Jinks, R.N. (2001). Ontogeny of vision in marine crustaceans. American Zoologist 41: 1098-1107.

Jinks, R.N., Battelle, B-A., Herzog, E.D., Kass, L., Renninger, G.H., and Chamberlain, S.C. (1998).  Sensory adaptations in hydrothermal vent shrimp from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Cahiers de Biologie Marine. 39: 309-312.

Lakin, R.C., Jinks, R.N., Battelle, B-A., Herzog, E.D., Kass, L., Renninger, G.H., and Chamberlain, S.C. (1997).  Retinal anatomy of Chorocaris chacei, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent shrimp from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Journal of Comparative Neurology 385: 503-514.

Wharton, D. N., Jinks, R. N., Herzog, E. D., Battelle, B-A., Kass, L., Renninger, G. H. and Chamberlain, S. C. (1997).  Morphology of the eye of the hydrothermal vent shrimp, Alvinocaris markensis.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 77: 1097.

Kuenzler, R.O., Kwasniewski, J.T., Jinks, R.N., Lakin, R.C., Battelle, B-A., Herzog, E.D., Kass, L., Renninger, G.H., and Chamberlain, S.C. (1997).  Retinal anatomy of new bresiliid shrimp from Lucky Strike and Broken Spur on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 77: 707-725.

Jinks, R.N., White, R.H. & Chamberlain, S.C. (1996). Dawn, diacylglycerol, calcium, and protein kinase C—the retinal wrecking crew. A signal transduction cascade for rhabdom shedding in the Limulus eye.  Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 35: 45-52.

Nuckley, D.J., Jinks, R.N., Battelle, B-A., Herzog, E.D., Kass, L., Renninger, G.H., and Chamberlain, S.C.  (1996).  Retinal anatomy of a new species of bresiliid shrimp from a hydrothermal vent site on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Biological Bulletin 190: 98-110.

Reninger, G.H., Kass, L., Gleeson, R.A., Van Dover, C.L., Battelle, B-A., Jinks, R.N., Herzog, E.D., and Chamberlain, S.C. (1995).  Sulfide as a chemical stimulus for deep-sea hydrothermal vent shrimp.  Biological Bulletin 189: 69-76.

O’Neill, P.J., Jinks, R.N., Herzog, E.D., Battelle, B-A., Kass, L., Renninger, G.H., and Chamberlain, S.C.  (1995).  The morphology of the dorsal eye of the hydrothermal vent shrimp, Rimicaris exoculata.  Visual Neuroscience  12: 861-875.

Samie, F.H., Jinks, R.N., Weiner, W.W., and Chamberlain, S.C. (1995).  The morphology and physiology of a “mini-ommatidium” in the median optic nerve of Limulus polyphemus.  Visual Neuroscience 12: 69-76.

Zhang, H.-j., Jinks, R.N., Wishart, A.C., Battelle, B-A., Chamberlain, S.C., Fahrenbach, W.H. and Kass, L. (1994).  An enzymatically enhanced recording technique for Limulus ventral photoreceptors: Physiology, biochemistry, and morphology.  Visual Neuroscience 11: 41-52.

Jinks, R.N., Hanna, W.J.B., Renninger, G.H., and Chamberlain, S.C. (1993). Photoreceptor cells dissociated from the compound lateral eye of the horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. I. Structure and ultrastructure.  Visual Neuroscience 10: 597-607.