Biology Department

Andrew M. Schurko, Ph.D.

Schurko, Andrew

Andrew M. Schurko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology Office: Donald W. Reynolds Center 315 Research Lab: Donald W. Reynolds Center 319 (501) 450-1375 (501) 450-4547

Academic Background

  • B.Sc., University of Manitoba, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of Manitoba, 2003


  • Kessenich, C.R., Ruck, E.C., Schurko, A.M. , Wickett, N.J. and Alverson, A.J. 2014. Transcriptomic insights into the life history of Bolidophytes, the sister lineage to diatoms. Journal of Phycology 50:977-983.


  • Chipman, A.D, Ferrier, D.E.K, …. Goodwin-Horn, E.A.* ,.... Schurko, A.M. ,… Williams, J.M.* , …..Richards, S. (107 total authors). 2014. Prototypical arthropod gene content and genome organisation in the centipede Strigamia maritima . PLoS Biol 12(11): e1002005.(*Hendrix College undergraduates)


  • Hanson, S., Schurko, A.M., Hecox-Lea, B., Mark Welch, D., Stelzer, C.-P. and Logsdon, J.M. 2013. Inventory and phylogenetic analysis of meiotic genes in monogonont rotifers. Journal of Heredity 104:357-70.
  • Schurko, A.M., Mazur, D.J. and Logsdon, Jr., J.M. 2010. Inventory and phylogenomic distribution of meiotic genes in Nasonia vitripennis and among diverse arthropods. Insect Molecular Biology 19:165-80.
  • Werren, J.H., Richards, S., Desjardins, C.A., Niehuis, O., Gadau, J.,.,…Mazur, D.J…..Logsdon, J.M., Jr….Schurko, A.M….et al. (157 total authors). 2010. Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid Nasonia species. Science 327: 343-348.
  • Schurko, A.M., Neiman, M. and Logsdon, Jr., J.M. 2009. Signs of sex: what we know and how we know it. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:208-217.
  • Schurko, A.M., Logsdon, Jr., J.M. and Eads, B.D. 2009. Meiosis genes in Daphnia pulex and the role of parthenogenesis in genome evolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:78.
  • Malik S.-B., Pightling A.W., Stefaniak L.M., Schurko A.M., Logsdon, Jr., J.M. 2008. An expanded inventory of conserved meiotic genes provides evidence for sex in Trichomonas vaginalis. PLoS One 3:8:e2879.
  • Schurko, A.M. and Logsdon, Jr., J.M. 2008. Using a meiosis detection toolkit to investigate ancient asexual "scandals" and the evolution of sex. BioEssays 30:579-589.
  • Bedard, J.E.J., Schurko, A.M., de Cock, A.W.A.M. and Klassen, G.R. 2006. Diversity and evolution of 5S rRNA gene family organization in Pythium. Mycological Research 110:86-95.
  • Fernando, W.G.G., Zhang, J.X., Chen, C.Q., Remphrey, W.R., Schurko, A.M. and Klassen, G.R. 2005. Molecular and morphological characteristics of Apiosporina morbosa, the causal agent of black knot in Prunus spp. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 27:364-375.
  • Li, Y., Kelly, W. G., Logsdon, Jr., J.M., Schurko, A.M., Harfe, B. D., Hill-Harfe, K. L. and Kahn, R. A. 2004. Functional genomic analysis of the ADP-ribosylation factor family of GTPases: phylogeny among diverse eukaryotes and function in C. elegans. FASEB Journal 18:1834-1850.
  • Iranpour, M., Schurko, A.M., Klassen, G.R., and Galloway, T.D. 2004. DNA fingerprinting of adult tabanids (Diptera: Tabanidae) and their respective egg masses using PCR-restriction fragment profiling. Canadian Entomologist 136:605-619.
  • Schurko, A.M., Mendoza, L., de Cock, A.W.A.M., Bedard, J.E.J., and Klassen, G.R. 2004. Development of a species-specific probe for Pythium insidiosum and the diagnosis of pythiosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 42:2411-2418.
  • Schurko, A.M., Mendoza L, Lévesque, C.A., Désaulniers, N.L., de Cock, A.W.A.M., and Klassen G.R. 2003. A molecular phylogeny of Pythium insidiosum. Mycological Research 107: 537-544.
  • Schurko, A.M., Mendoza, L., de Cock, A.W.A.M., and Klassen, G.R. 2003. Evidence for geographic clusters: Molecular genetic differences among strains of Pythium insidiosum from Asia, Australia, and the Americas are explored. Mycologia 95:200-208.

Undergraduate students present research at UAMS conference

Three students from the Schurko lab presented their summer research at the Third Annual Central Arkansas Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium on July 23 at UAMS...

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Summer Undergraduate Research Students

Four Hendrix College undergraduate students are spending a busy summer in the lab studying gene expression during DNA repair in bdelloid rotifers. These students ...

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