Syed Tariq Ahmad

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Olin Science Center 342 [ campus map ]
Box 5722

Phone: 207-859-5722
Fax: 207-859-5705
Mailing Address:
5722 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8857


Postdoctoral Fellow, Gladstone Institutes, University of California San Francisco PhD., Cellular and Physiological Dynamics, University of Notre Dame MSc., Medical Biotechnology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India BSc., Biochemistry, AMU, Aligarh, India

Areas of Expertise

  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Autophagy
  • Sensory System - Vision
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Drosophila Genetics

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
BI274 A Neurobiology
BI374 A Advanced Neurobiology
BI401 B Biology Seminar


St. Laurent RM^, O'Brien L, and Ahmad ST (In press) Sodium butyrate improves locomotor impairment and early mortality in a Drosophila model of Parkinson's disease. Neuroscience ^ Undergraduate student
Ahmad ST, Steinmetz SB^, Bussey HM^, Possidente B, and Seggio JA (2013) Larval ethanol exposure alters free-running circadian rhythm and per locus transcription in adult Drosophila melanogaster period mutants. Behavioural Brain Research 241:50-5 ^ Undergraduate student
Seggio JA*, Possidente B*, and Ahmad ST* (2012) Larval ethanol exposure alters adult circadian free-running locomotor activity rhythm in Drosophila melanogaster. Chronobiology International 29 (1): 75-81 * Equal contribution
Danner GR, Muto KW^, Zeiba A^, Stillman CS^, Seggio JA, and Ahmad ST (2011) Spearmint oil (Carvone) and wintergreen oil (methyl salicylate) emulsion is an effective anesthetic of fishes. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2(2): 146-55 ^ Undergraduate student
Ahmad ST, Sweeney ST, Lee JA, Sweeney NT, and Gao FB (2009) Genetic screen identifies serpin5 as a regulator of the Toll pathway and CHMP2B toxicity associated with frontotemporal dementia. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106(29):12168-73
Lee JA, Beigneux A*, Ahmad ST*, Young SG, and Gao FB (2007) ESCRT-III dysfunction causes autophagosome accumulation and neurodegeneration. Current Biology 17(18):1561-7 * equal contribution
Ahmad ST, Natochin M, Artemyev NO, and O'Tousa JE (2007) The role of Rh1 rhodopsin domains in maintenance of Drosophila photoreceptor cell structure. FASEB Journal 21(2):449-55
Natochin M, Barren B, Ahmad ST, O'Tousa JE, and Artemyev NO (2006) Probing rhodopsin-transducin interaction using Drosophila Rh1-bovine rhodopsin chimeras. Vision Research 46(27):4575-81
Ahmad ST, Natochin M, Barren B, Artemyev NO, and O'Tousa JE (2006) Heterologous expression of bovine rhodopsin in Drosophila photoreceptor cells. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 47(9):3722-28
Ahmad ST, Joyce MV, Boggess B, and O'Tousa JE (2006) The role of Drosophila NinaG oxidoreductase in visual pigment chromophore biogenesis. Journal of Biological Chemistry 281(14):9205-09
Sarfare S, Ahmad ST, Joyce MV, Boggess B, and O'Tousa JE (2005) The Drosophila NinaG oxidoreductase acts in visual pigment chromophore production. Journal of Biological Chemistry 280(12):11895-901


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