Daniel Russell

Lab Instructor

Bacteriophage Genomics

Office: (412) 624-4313
344 Crawford Hall
4249 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Dan earned a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Cornell University in 2000, and followed that with several years of sequencing work at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR, now part of J. Craig Venter Institute).  He then re-routed slightly and earned a Master's in Science Education from the University of Missouri and taught high school Biology, Earth Science, and Oceanography for 3 years.  Thereafter, he returned to his hometown and found a balance between academia and education at the University of Pittsburgh with Graham Hatfull's PHIRE (Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education) program, and with HHMI's SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program.

Dan does sequencing, assembly, and finishing of bacteriophage genomes, using a variety of platforms including Sanger, 454, and Illumina sequencing.  The Genome Center he oversees has a Sanger 3730, and Ion Torrent PGM, and an Illumina MiSeq.

He also created and maintains the website PhagesDB.org to collect and share the data generated by phage hunters around the world.

More recently, he created and maintains the website seaphages.org, which organizes HHMI's SEA-PHAGES program.

Recent Publications
  • Russell, D.A. and Hatfull, G.F. (2016) Complete Genome Sequence of Arthrobacter sp. ATCC 21022, a Host for Bacteriophage Discovery. Genome Announcements 4(2).

  • Russell, D. A., Bowman, C. A., and Hatfull, G. F. (2014) Genome Sequence of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica Strain Durban. Genome Announcements. 2(3). pii: e00399-14

  • Pope WH, Bowman CA, Russell DA, Jacobs-Sera D, Asai DJ, Cresawn SG, Jacobs WR, Hendrix RW, Lawrence JG, Hatfull GF; Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science; Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education; Mycobacterial Genetics Course. 2015. Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity.

    Elife. 2015 Apr 28;4:e06416. doi: 10.7554/eLife.06416.

  • Pope, W. H., Jacobs-Sera, D., Russell, D. A., Rubin, D. H. F., Kajee, A., Msibi, Z. N. P., Larsen, M. H., Jacobs, W. R. Jr., Lawrence, J. G., Hendrix, R. W., & Hatfull, G. F. (2014). Genomics and proteomics of Mycobacteriophage Patience: An accidental tourist in the Mycobacterium neighborhood mBio pii: e02145-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02145-14.

  • Dieterle, M. E., Jacobs-Sera, D., Russell, D., Hatfull, G., Piuri, M. (2014) Complete Genome Sequences of Lactobacillus Phages J-1 and PL-1. Genome Announc 2.

  • Pope, W.H., Ferreira, C.M., Jacobs-Sera, D., Benjamin, R.C., Davis, A.J., DeJong, R.J., Elgin, S.C.R., Guilfoile, F.R., Forsyth, M.H., Harris, A.D., Harvey, S.E., Hughes, L.E., Hynes, P.M., Jackson, A.S., Jalal, M.D., MacMurray, E.A., Manley, C.M., McDonough, M.J., Mosier, J.L., Osterbann, L.J., Rabinowitz, H.S., Rhyan, C.N., Russell, D.A., Saha, M.S., Shaffer, C.D., Simon, S.E., Sims, E.F., Tovar, I.G., Weisser, E.G., Wertz, J.T., Weston-Hafer, K.A., Williamson, K.E., Zhang, B., Cresawn, S.G., Jain, P., Piuri, M., Jacobs, W.R., Jr., Hendrix, R.W. and Hatfull, G.F. (2011) Cluster K Mycobacteriophages: Insights into the Evolutionary Origins of Mycobacteriophage TM4. PLoS ONE 6:e26750.

  • Pope, W.H., D. Jacobs-Sera, D.A. Russell, C.L. Peebles, Z. Al-Atrache, T.A. Alcoser, L.M. Alexander, M.B. Alfano, S.T. Alford, N.E. Amy, M.D. Anderson, A.G. Anderson, A.A. Ang, J.r Ares M, A.J. Barber, L.P. Barker, J.M. Barrett, W.D. Barshop, C.M. Bauerle, I.M. Bayles, K.L. Belfield, A.A. Best, J.r Borjon A, C.A. Bowman, C.A. Boyer, K.W. Bradley, V.A. Bradley, L.N. Broadway, K. Budwal, K.N. Busby, I.W. Campbell, A.M. Campbell, A. Carey, S.M. Caruso, R.D. Chew, C.L. Cockburn, L.B. Cohen, J.M. Corajod, S.G. Cresawn, K.R. Davis, L. Deng, D.R. Denver, B.R. Dixon, S. Ekram, S.C. Elgin, A.E. Engelsen, B.E. English, M.L. Erb, C. Estrada, L.Z. Filliger, A.M. Findley, L. Forbes, M.H. Forsyth, T.M. Fox, M.J. Fritz, R. Garcia, Z.D. George, A.E. Georges, C.R. Gissendanner, S. Goff, R. Goldstein, K.C. Gordon, R.D. Green, S.L. Guerra, K.R. Guiney-Olsen, B.G. Guiza, L. Haghighat, G.V. Hagopian, C.J. Harmon, J.S. Harmson, G.A. Hartzog, S.E. Harvey, S. He, K.J. He, K.E. Healy, E.R. Higinbotham, E.N. Hildebrandt, J.H. Ho, G.M. Hogan, V.G. Hohenstein, N.A. Holz, V.J. Huang, E.L. Hufford, P.M. Hynes, A.S. Jackson, E.C. Jansen, J. Jarvik, P.G. Jasinto, T.C. Jordan, T. Kasza, M.A. Katelyn, J.S. Kelsey, L.A. Kerrigan, D. Khaw, J. Kim, J.Z. Knutter, C.C. Ko, G.V. Larkin, J.R. Laroche, A. Latif, K.D. Leuba, S.I. Leuba, L.O. Lewis, K.E. Loesser-Casey, C.A. Long, A.J. Lopez, N. Lowery, T.Q. Lu, V. Mac, I.R. Masters, J.J. McCloud, M.J. McDonough, A.J. Medenbach, A. Menon, R. Miller, B.K. Morgan, P.C. Ng, E. Nguyen, K.T. Nguyen, E.T. Nguyen, K.M. Nicholson, L.A. Parnell, C.E. Peirce, A.M. Perz, L.J. Peterson, R.E. Pferdehirt, S.V. Philip, K. Pogliano, J. Pogliano, T. Polley, E.J. Puopolo, H.S. Rabinowitz, M.J. Resiss, C.N. Rhyan, Y.M. Robinson, L.L. Rodriguez, A.C. Rose, J.D. Rubin, J.A. Ruby, M.S. Saha, J.W. Sandoz, J. Savitskaya, D.J. Schipper, C.E. Schnitzler, A.R. Schott, J.B. Segal, C.D. Shaffer, K.E. Sheldon, E.M. Shepard, J.W. Shepardson, M.K. Shroff, J.M. Simmons, E.F. Simms, B.M. Simpson, K.M. Sinclair, R.L. Sjoholm, I.J. Slette, B.C. Spaulding, C.L. Straub, J. Stukey, T. Sughrue, T.Y. Tang, L.M. Tatyana, S.B. Taylor, B.J. Taylor, L.M. Temple, J.V. Thompson, M.P. Tokarz, S.E. Trapani, A.P. Troum, J. Tsay, A.T. Tubbs, J.M. Walton, D.H. Wang, H. Wang, J.R. Warner, E.G. Weisser, S.C. Wendler, K.A. Weston-Hafer, H.M. Whelan, K.E. Williamson, A.N. Willis, H.S. Wirtshafter, T.W. Wong, P. Wu, Y. Yang, B.C. Yee, D.A. Zaidins, B. Zhang, M.Y. Zuniga, R.W. Hendrix, and G.F. Hatfull (2011) Expanding the diversity of mycobacteriophages: insights into genome architecture and evolution. PLoS One 6:e16329e16329

  • Marine, R., Polson, S.W., Ravel, J., Hatfull, G., Russell, D., Sullivan, M., Syed, F., Dumas, M. and Wommack, K.E. (2011) Evaluation of a transposase protocol for rapid generation of shotgun high-throughput sequencing libraries from nanogram quantities of DNA. Appl Environ Microbiol 77:  8071-9.

  • Sampson, T., G.W. Broussard, L.J. Marinelli, D. Jacobs-Sera, M. Ray, C.C. Ko, D. Russell, R.W. Hendrix, and G.F. Hatfull (2009) Mycobacteriophages BPs, Angel and Halo: comparative genomics reveals a novel class of ultra-small mobile genetic elements. Microbiology 155:2962-2977

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