Dr. Dustin Edwards – Associate Professor



  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Lecture and Laboratory Courses

  • BIOL 2300 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3303 Genetics
  • BIOL 3103 Genetic Techniques Laboratory
  • BIOL 3380 Introduction to Virology
  • BIOL 3413 Molecular Biology Laboratory, co-instructor (course-based research)
  • BIOL 4090 Virus Isolation Laboratory (course-based research)
  • BIOL 4090 Bioinformatics Laboratory (course-based research)
  • BIOL 4350 Vaccines
  • BIOL 4378 Biochemistry Laboratory, co-instructor (course-based research)
  • BIOL 5185 Contemporary Research Topics (seminar)


My research focus is on the discovery and characterization of novel human, animal, and bacterial viruses and microbiomes.

I also oversee the Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES and SEA-GENES project at Tarleton State University.


  • Haines, I., J. Blakely, A. Branson, D. Estrada, R. Robles, K. Fitzgerald, S. Jeffers, T. Leung, J. Munoz, A. Olivos, A. Ramirez, C. Smith, J. Spere, I. Tavarez, I. Wood, E. Zavala, M. Arrighi, A. Coronel-Galindo, M. Dennis, M. Goppert, and D. Edwards. 2023. Complete Genome Sequence of Bacteriophage MrAaronian Isolated from an Arthrobacter globiformis Culture. Microbiol Resour Announc.
  • Hanauer, D., et al. 2023. Models of Classroom Assessment for Course-Based Research Experiences. Front Educ 8, doi:10.3389/feduc.2023.1279921.
  • Cox, F., J. Hardin, R. Dittmer, and D. Edwards. 2022. Molecular Surveillance for Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus and Reticuloendotheliosis Virus in Rio Grande Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) in Texas, USA. J Wildl Dis, 58(4):909-913.
  • Ounsinegad, A., M. Ashcraft, E. Bliss, D. Brawley, G. Clements, A. Densmore, A. Gastin, M. Luciano, C. Moore, V. Munoz, A. Pernarelli, M. Pitner, E. Velsen, K. Wiggam, M.Goppert, and D. Edwards. 2022. Complete Genome Sequence of Bacteriophage Loca Isolated on a Microbacterium foliorum Culture. Microbiol Resour Announc e00783-22.
  • Willis, B., C. Trautman, F. Cox, T. Lujan, J. Hardin, R. Dittmar, C. Romano, J. Brady, and D. Edwards. 2022. Genome Sequence of Fowlpox Virus-integrated Reticuloendotheliosis Virus from a Rio Grande Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia). Microbiol Resour Announc e00174-22.
  • Willis, B., B. Stewart, F. Cox, T. Lujan, H. Haefele, C. Romano, J. Brady, and D. Edwards. 2022. Near-Complete Proviral Genome Sequence of Reticuloendotheliosis Virus Isolated from an Attwater’s Prairie Chicken ( Tympanuchus cupido attwateri). Microbiol Resour Announc 23;e0017322.
  • Skyler, A., G. Spotz, R. Babcock, C. Butler, S. Conger, M. Crew, S. Garcia, J. Gonzalez, J. Hodges, A. Martinez, S. Munoz, C. O’Grady, A. Quirl, K. Sefcik, T. Taylor, G. Vazquez, F. Cox, and D. Edwards. 2022. Complete Genome Sequence of Bacteriophage Fizzles Isolated from Microbacterium foliorum. Microbiol Resour Announc, 11:e01077-21.
  • Hanauer, D., et al. 2022. Instructional Models for Course-Based Research Experience (CRE) Teaching. CBE Life Sci Educ, Mar;21(1):ar8.
  • Suris, A., S. Alvarado, T. Butler, C. Canales, M. Castro, J. Gaston, M. Goppert, R. Huckaby, J. Laposky, J. Lee, E. Mullins, D. Ustundag, J. Zuniga, F. Cox, and D. Edwards. 2021. Complete Genome Sequence of Bacteriophage IndyLu, Isolated from a Microbacterium foliorum Culture. Microbiol Resour Announc, 10:e01079-21.
  • Cox, F.J. Katuri, M. Adams, D. Bachhofer, A. Cooper, J. Doty, M. Fuentes, L. Hanson, T. Miller, J. Musgrave, A. Palumbo, C. Trautman, J. Edwards, and D. Edwards. 2021. Complete Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium phage Joy99. Microbiol Resourc Announc, 10(32):e0055621.
  • Cox, F., T. Lujan, M. Bristerpostma, R. Sandoval, H. Murphy, L. Dowell, J. Merrill, J. Edwards, and D. Edwards. 2021. Complete Genome Sequences of Mycobacterium phages Tripl3t and Zeuska. Microbiol Resour Announc, 10(32):e0055821.
  • Caleiro, G., C. Nunes. P. Urbano, K. Kirchgatter, J. Araujo, E. Durigon, L. Thomazelli, B. Stewart, D. Edwards, and C. Romano. 2020. Detection of Reticuloendotheliosis Virus in Muscovy Ducks, Wild Turkeys, and Chickens in Brazil. J Wildl Dis, 56(3):631-635.
  • Lee, T., M. Aguirre, S. Andrews, K. Bahr, A. Ballard, M. Bristerpostma, F. Cox, L. Dowell, D. Kiker, T. Lujan, S. Luka, A. Ramirez, R. Sandoval, K. Underhill, H. Murphy, C. Cabrera, and D. Edwards. 2019. Complete Genome Sequence of Microbacterium foliorum Bacteriophage Finny. Microbiol Resour Announc, 8(40):e01039-19.
  • Miller, T., D. Bachhofer, A. Cooper, J. Doty, J. Katuri, J. Musgrave, A. Palumbo, H. Spann, A. Stone, K. Emmert, J. Edwards, J. Meik, J. Pierce, and D. Edwards. 2019. Complete Genome Sequence of Ryadel, a Cluster O Mycobacterium smegmatis Bacteriophage. Microbiol Resour Announc 8:e01594- 18.
  • Stewart, B., C. Trautman, F. Cox, H. Spann, J. Hardin, R. Dittmar, and D. Edwards. 2018. Survey of Reticuloendotheliosis Virus in Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) in Texas. J Wildl Dis 55(3):689-693.
  • Stewart, B., M. Adams, M. Fuentes, L. Hanson, E. Sandoval, M. Tovar, C. Trautman, B. Willis, K. Emmert, J. Edwards, J. Meik, J. Pierce, and D. Edwards. 2018. Complete Genome Sequence of Cluster A1 Mycobacterium smegmatis Bacteriophage Arlo. Microbiol Resour Announc 7:e01242-18.
  • Turpin, J., C. Journo, N. Ling Ko, F. Sinet, A. Carpentier, A. Galioot, D. Edwards, A. Vandamme, L. Gazzolo, M. Duc Dodon, A. Gessain, F. Kashanchi, I. Balansard, R. Lacoste14, R. Mahieux. 2014. Discovery and Characterization of Auxiliary Proteins Encoded by Simian T-cell Lymphotropic Viruses Type 3. J Virol 89:931-51.
  • Pise-Masison, C., M. de Castro-Amarante, Y. Enose-Akahata, R. Buchmann, C Fenizia, R. Washington Parks, D. Edwards, M. Fiocchi, L. Alcantara, I. Bialuk, J. Graham, J. Walser, K. McKinnon, B. Galvão-Castro, A. Gessain, S. Jacobson, D.Venzon and G. Franchini. 2014. Co-dependence of the HTLV-1 p8 and p12 Functions in Virus Persistence. PLoS Pathog 10(11): e1004454.
  • Edwards, D., R. Fukumoto, M. de Castro-Amarante, L. Alcantara, B. Galvão-Castro, R. Washington Parks, C. Pise-Masison and G. Franchini. 2013. Palmitoylation and p8-mediated HTLV-1 transmission. J Virol 88:2319-22.
  • Fenizia, C., M. Fiocchi, K. Jones, R. Washington Parks, M. Ceribelli, S. Chevalier, D. Edwards, F. Ruscetti, C. Pise-Masison and G. Franchini. 2013. The HTLV-1 p30, but not p12/p8, Counteracts TLR3 and TLR4 Signaling in Human Monocytes and Dendritic Cells. J Virol: 88:393-402.
  • Araujo, T., L. Souza-Brito, P. Libin, K. Deforche, D. Edwards, A. de Albuquerque, A. Vandamme, B. Galvao-Castro and L. Alcantara. 2012. A Public HTLV-1 Molecular Epidemiology Database for Sequence Management and Data Mining. PLoS ONE 7: e42123.
  • Edwards, D., C. Fenizia, H. Gold, M. F. de Castro-Amarante, C. Buchmann, C. Pise-Masison and G. Franchini. 2011. Orf-I and Orf-II-Encoded Proteins in HTLV-1 Infection and Persistence. Viruses 3: 861-885.
  • Edwards, D., K.M. McKinnon, C. Fenizia, K.J. Jung, J.N. Brady and C.A. Pise-Masison. 2011. Inhibition of Geranylgeranyl Transferase-I Decreases Viability of HTLV-1-Transformed Cells. Viruses 3: 1815-1835.
  • Edwards, D. and S.J. Marriott. 2008. Human T-cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 Tax Relieves Repression of Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen Gene Expression. J Virol 82:11714-22.
  • Edwards, D. and S.J. Marriott. 2007. Human RNA Tumor Viruses. in The Cancer Handbook, 2nd edition.  ed. Malcolm R. Alison, John Wiley & Sons (London).