Caleb Phillips

StudentsCollaboratorsSelected Publications

Curator of Genetic Resources, Natural Science Research Laboratory, Museum of TTU

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University

Ph.D., Genetics, Purdue University, 2009
M.S., Biology, Tarleton State University, 2006
B.S., Biology, Tarleton State University, 2003

The Phillips laboratory studies metagenomic and genomic evolution underlying mammalian function and health.  See our Department of Biological Sciences page and CV for more information.

Current projects related to the Genetic Resources Collection include studies to quantify the degradation of DNA and RNA over time in different storage conditions.  We are also working with the Southwest Regional Wound Care Center to establish the Wolcott Wound Care Research Collection.  This biobanking initiative of wound cellular material will serve as a resource for a diversity of -omics and biofilm research questions relevant to improving wound care.

Contact Information

Office Phone: (806)834-8181

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Our Students:
Howie Huynh
Preston McDonald
Oscar Sandate
Matthew Fox
Craig Tipton
Megan Rowe

Selected Publications:

Phillips CD, Hanson JD, Wilkinson J, Koenig L, Rees E, Webala P, Kingston T (2017) Microbiome Structural and Functional Interactions across Host Dietary Niche Space. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 57(4):743-755.

Tipton CD, Mathew ME, Wolcott RA, Wolcott RD, Kingston T, Phillips CD (2017) Temporal dynamics of relative abundances and bacterial succession in chronic wound communities. Wound Repair and Regeneration, DOI: 10.1111/wrr.12555.

Wolcott RD, Hanson JD, Rees E, Koenig L, Phillips CD, Wolcott R, Cox SB, White J (2016) Analysis of the Chronic Wound Microbiota of 2963 Patients by 16S rDNA Pyrosequencing. Wound Repair and Regeneration, DOI:10.1111/wrr.12370.

CD Phillips, RJ Baker (2015) Secretory gene recruitments in vampire bat salivary adaptation and potential convergences with sanguivorous leeches. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, DOI:10.3389/fevo.2015.00122

CJ Phillips, CD Phillips, J Goecks, EP Lessa, CG Sotero-Caio, B Tandler, MR Gannon, RJ Baker (2014) Dietary and flight energetic adaptations in a salivary gland transcriptome of an insectivorous bat. PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083512

FAA Khan, CD Phillips, RJ Baker (2014) Timeframes of speciation, reticulation, and hybridization in the bulldog bat explained through phylogenetic analyses of all genetic transmission elements. Systematic Biology, 63(1):96–110

J Thomas, CD Phillips, RJ Baker, EJ Pritham (2014) Rolling-circle transposons catalyze genomic innovation in a mammalian lineage. Genome biology and evolution, 6(10): 2595-2610

CD Phillips, B Butler, JW Fondon, H Mantilla-Meluk, RJ Baker (2013) Contrasting evolutionary dynamics of the developmental regulator PAX9, among bats, with evidence for a novel post-transcriptional regulatory mechanism. PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057649

CD Phillips, G Phelan, SE Dowd, MM McDonough, AW Ferguson, JD Hanson, L Siles, N Ordóñez-Gerza, M San Francisco, RJ Baker (2012) Microbiome analysis among bats describes influences of host phylogeny, life history, physiology and geography. Molecular Ecology, 21(11):2617-2627