Phil Newmark

Position title: Professor


Phone: 608-316-4105

Integrative Biology
Germ cell development and regeneration in planarians; developmental biology of parasitic flatworms

Morgridge Institute for Research, 3266
Integrative Biology
Research Interests
Germ cell development and regeneration in planarians; developmental biology of parasitic flatworms
Research Fields
Developmental biology, parasitology, genomics

Research Description:
Research in the Newmark laboratory seeks to understand why some animals can regenerate missing or damaged organs. To this end we study flatworms known as planarians that can regenerate entire new animals from tiny fragments of the body; this amazing ability relies on stem cells that the animal maintains throughout life. By studying the planarian we hope to understand how stem cells are regulated to produce missing tissues and organs in the context of a whole organism. Insights gained from our basic research on planarian biology have also led us to study parasitic flatworms, like schistosomes and tapeworms. As we learn more about how schistosomes infect their hosts and reproduce inside them, we hope to devise new strategies for controlling these devastating parasites that infect hundreds of millions of people in the developing world.

Representative Publications:
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Khan, U.W., and P.A. Newmark. 2022. Somatic regulation of female germ cell regeneration and development in planarians. Cell Reports 38: 110525.

Lee, J., Chong, T., and P.A. Newmark. 2020. The esophageal gland mediates host immune evasion by the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 117: 19299-19309.

Rozario, T., Quinn, E.B., Wang, J., Davis, R.E., and P.A. Newmark. 2019. Region-specific regulation of stem cell-driven regeneration in tapeworms. eLife 8: e48958

Gao, J., Yang, N., Lewis, F.A., Yau, P., Collins III, J.J., Sweedler, J.V., and P.A. Newmark. 2019. A rotifer-derived paralytic compound prevents transmission of schistosomiasis to a mammalian host. PLOS Biology 17(10): e3000485.

Wang, B., Lee, J., Li, P., Saberi, A., Yang, H., Liu, C., Zhao, M., and P.A. Newmark. 2018. Stem cell heterogeneity drives the parasitic life cycle of Schistosoma mansoni. eLife 7: e35449.

Saberi, A., Jamal, A., Beets, I., Schoofs, L., and P.A. Newmark. 2016. GPCRs direct germline development and somatic gonad function in planarians. PLOS Biology 14: e1002457 (cover).

Collins III, J.J., Wendt, G.R., Iyer. H., and P.A. Newmark. 2016. Stem cell progeny contribute to the schistosome host-parasite interface. eLife 5: e12473.

Wang, B., Collins III, J.J., and P. A. Newmark. 2013. Functional genomic characterization of neoblast-like stem cells in larval Schistosoma mansoni. eLife 2:e00768.

Sikes, J.M. and P. A. Newmark. 2013. Restoration of regeneration in a planarian with limited regenerative ability. Nature 500: 77-80.

Collins III, J.J., Wang, B., Lambrus, B.G., Tharp, M., Iyer, H., and P. A. Newmark. 2013. Adult somatic stem cells in the human parasite, Schistosoma mansoni. Nature 494: 476-479.