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I'm Jake Warner

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I am an assistant professor in the department of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. My main research interest is in deriving gene regulatory networks of developmental processes in marine invertebrates.


Being born and raised in Rhode Island instilled in me a love of all things marine related and this has shaped my research interests ever since. In 2006 I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at High Point University. I spent the following year pursuing my teaching interests working as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain. I returned to the US to pursue my PhD at Duke University in the genetics and genomics program. Under the guidance of my mentor, David McClay, I was awarded my doctorate in 2013. From there I moved to Nice, France to work as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Eric Röttinger. In 2019 I begun as an assistant professor in the department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW.

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Gene Networks of Development

Gene Networks of Development

Marine Biotechnology

Marine Biotechnology


As an educator I strive to meet the following goals: a) That students develop critical thinking skills as this is the core of the science process; b) that students, especially those not destined for a career in science, gain enthusiasm for biology; c) to prepare students with technical knowledge and ability so that they are competitive scientifically in their future careers. To achieve these ends my teaching philosophy relies heavily on two principles: 1) Students attain the learning outcomes via problem based active learning, a method which is strongly supported in the literature and education community; 2) Student achievement is maximized by using frequent formative assessment to evaluate both student progress and the effectiveness of the course in achieving the student outcomes.


-- Master's Student Mentor (M2): Advised and mentored a Master's student through a sixth month long project and thesis. University of Nice, France.

2012 - 2013

-- Section Lecturer and Teaching Assistant: Bio 329D, Animal Physiology. Duke University, Durham, NC.


-- Section Lecturer and Teaching Assistant: Bio 220, Developmental Cell Biology. Duke University, Durham, NC.

2008 - 2012

-- Undergraduate Mentor: Guided two undergraduate students through long term independent study projects in our lab. Duke University, Durham, NC.

2011 - 2012

-- Preparing Future Faculty Fellow: Guest Lectured at Guilford College under the guidance of a faculty mentor.


-- Laboratory Lecturer and Teaching Assistant: Bio 101, Molecular Biology. Duke University, Durham, NC.

2008 - 2011

-- Volunteer Lecturer: North Carolina DNA day sends scientists to teach genetics at high schools and junior highs in rural and urban areas.


-- Teaching Assistant: Gene Regulatory Networks Course. Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.


-- Guest Lecturer: Lecture and laboratory section for the Developmental Biology Course. High Point University, High Point, NC.

2006 - 2007

-- English Teacher: 500+ contact hours teaching english for several private institutes as well as the Instituto de Estudios Fiscales. Madrid, Spain


Web apps:


A web tool for exploring gene expression during regeneration and embryogenesis

The virtual embryo

A 3D model and gene expression database of the Nematostella embryo

Formula 1 stats

An app for visualising and exploring Formula 1 race results

Other stuff I contribute to:


An educational outreach initiative.


A blog of bioinformatics tutorials


All of my code!


Warner JF, Guerlais V, Amiel AR, Honston H, Nedoncelle K, Rottinger ER (2018) NvERTx: A gene expression database to compare Embryogenesis and Regeneration in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Development. 2018 May 17;145(10). PubMed.

Warner JF, Miranda EL, McClay DR (2016) Contribution of hedgehog signaling to the establishment of left-right asymmetry in the sea urchin. Developmental Biology 411(2):314-24. PubMed.

Amiel AR, Johnston HT, Nedoncelle K, Warner JF, Ferreira S, Röttinger E (2015) Characterization of Morphological and Cellular Events Underlying Oral Regeneration in the Sea Anemone, Nematostella vectensis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16(12):28449-71. PubMed.

Warner JF, McClay DR (2014) Left-right asymmetry in the sea urchin. Genesis 52(6):481-487. Genesis.

Warner JF, McCarthy AM, Morris RL, McClay DR (2014) Hedgehog signaling requires motile cilia in the sea urchin. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31(1):18-22. PubMed.

Warner JF, McClay DR (2014) Perturbations to the hedgehog pathway in sea urchin embryos. Methods in Molecular Biology 1128:211-21. PubMed.

Warner JF, Lyons DC, McClay DR (2012) Left-right asymmetry in the sea urchin embryo: BMP and the asymmetrical origins of the adult. Plos Biology 10(10):e1001404. PubMed.

Walton KD, Warner JF, Hertzler PH, McClay DR (2009) Hedgehog signaling patterns mesoderm in the sea urchin. Developmental Biology 331(1):26-37. PubMed.

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