Jessica E Treisman

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Jessica E Treisman, Ph.D.

Professor; Coord Developmental Genetics Prog
Department of Cell Biology (Skirball) and Developmental Genetics

Contact Info

540 First Avenue
Floor 4 Room Lab-9
Skirball Institute
New York, NY 10016


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1990-1991 — UC Berkeley, PostDoctoral Training

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Research Summary

During development, cell-cell signaling allows cells to determine their position in the organism, to take on appropriate fates, and to form contacts with the correct partners. We are studying these processes using the visual system of the fruit fly Drosophila as our primary model. The repetitive, yet exquisitely organized structure of the Drosophila eye and the power of unbiased genetic screens have allowed us to uncover general mechanisms by which cells communicate. For further details, please see

Research Interests

Pattern formation in the Drosophila visual system

Research Keywords

Drosophila, visual system, axon guidance, chromatin, mediator, Wingless, Hedgehog

Research Documents

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All data from NYU Health Sciences Library Faculty Bibliography — -


The exon junction complex controls transposable element activity by ensuring faithful splicing of the piwi transcript
Malone, Colin D; Mestdagh, Claire; Akhtar, Junaid; Kreim, Nastasja; Deinhard, Pia; Sachidanandam, Ravi; Treisman, Jessica; Roignant, Jean-Yves
2014 Aug;28(16):1786-1799, Genes & development
— id: 1131892, year: 2014, vol: 28, page: 1786, stat: Journal Article,

The Metazoan-Specific Mediator Subunit 26 (Med26) Is Essential For Viability And Is Found At Both Active Genes And Pericentric Heterochromatin In Drosophila
Marr, Sharon K; Lis, John T; Treisman, Jessica E; Marr, Michael T 2nd
2014 May;:396-417, Molecular & cellular biology
— id: 985052, year: 2014, vol: , page: 396, stat: Journal Article,

Trafficking of the EGFR ligand Spitz regulates ITS signaling ACTIVITY in polarized tissues
Steinhauer, Josefa; Liu, Hui Hua; Miller, Eli; Treisman, Jessica E
2013 Jul;:4469-4478, Journal of cell science
— id: 529182, year: 2013, vol: , page: 4469, stat: Journal Article,

Retinal differentiation in Drosophila
Treisman, Jessica E
2013 Jul;2(4):545-557, Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Developmental biology
— id: 529122, year: 2013, vol: 2, page: 545, stat: Journal Article,

A screen for x-linked mutations affecting Drosophila photoreceptor differentiation identifies casein kinase 1alpha as an essential negative regulator of wingless signaling
Legent, Kevin; Steinhauer, Josefa; Richard, Magali; Treisman, Jessica E
2012 Feb;190(2):601-616, Genetics
— id: 157468, year: 2012, vol: 190, page: 601, stat: Journal Article,

Requirements for mediator complex subunits distinguish three classes of notch target genes at the Drosophila wing margin
Janody F; Treisman JE
2011 Sep;240(9):2051-2059, Developmental dynamics
— id: 137020, year: 2011, vol: 240, page: 2051, stat: Journal Article,

Not just the messenger: RNA takes control
Richter, Joel D; Treisman, Jessica E
2011 Aug;21(4):363-365, Current opinion in genetics & development
— id: 137019, year: 2011, vol: 21, page: 363, stat: Journal Article,

Three Drosophila liprins interact to control synapse formation
Astigarraga, Sergio; Hofmeyer, Kerstin; Farajian, Reza; Treisman, Jessica E
2010 Nov 17;30(46):15358-15368, Journal of neuroscience
— id: 114592, year: 2010, vol: 30, page: 15358, stat: Journal Article,

Missed connections: photoreceptor axon seeks target neuron for synaptogenesis
Astigarraga, Sergio; Hofmeyer, Kerstin; Treisman, Jessica E
2010 Aug;20(4):400-407, Current opinion in genetics & development
— id: 111346, year: 2010, vol: 20, page: 400, stat: Journal Article,

Mammalian SWI/SNF-A Subunit BAF250/ARID1 Is an E3 Ubiquitin Ligase That Targets Histone H2B
Li, Xuan Shirley; Trojer, Patrick; Matsumura, Tatsushi; Treisman, Jessica E; Tanese, Naoko
2010 Apr;30(7):1673-1688, Molecular & cellular biology
— id: 107927, year: 2010, vol: 30, page: 1673, stat: Journal Article,

The transcriptional co-factor Chip acts with LIM-homeodomain proteins to set the boundary of the eye field in Drosophila
Roignant, Jean-Yves; Legent, Kevin; Janody, Florence; Treisman, Jessica E
2010 Jan;137(2):273-281, Development
— id: 106099, year: 2010, vol: 137, page: 273, stat: Journal Article,

Exon junction complex subunits are required to splice Drosophila MAP kinase, a large heterochromatic gene
Roignant, Jean-Yves; Treisman, Jessica E
2010 Oct 15;143(2):238-250, Cell
— id: 113949, year: 2010, vol: 143, page: 238, stat: Journal Article,

The receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase LAR promotes R7 photoreceptor axon targeting by a phosphatase-independent signaling mechanism
Hofmeyer, Kerstin; Treisman, Jessica E
2009 Nov 17;106(46):19399-19404, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
— id: 105364, year: 2009, vol: 106, page: 19399, stat: Journal Article,

Pattern formation in the Drosophila eye disc
Roignant, Jean-Yves; Treisman, Jessica E
2009 ;53(5-6):795-804, International journal of developmental biology
— id: 100617, year: 2009, vol: 53, page: 795, stat: Journal Article,

Drosophila lysophospholipid acyltransferases are specifically required for germ cell development
Steinhauer, Josefa; Gijon, Miguel A; Riekhof, Wayne R; Voelker, Dennis R; Murphy, Robert C; Treisman, Jessica E
2009 Dec;20(24):5224-5235, Molecular biology of the cell
— id: 105963, year: 2009, vol: 20, page: 5224, stat: Journal Article,

Lipid-modified morphogens: functions of fats
Steinhauer, Josefa; Treisman, Jessica E
2009 Aug;19(4):308-314, Current opinion in genetics & development
— id: 101885, year: 2009, vol: 19, page: 308, stat: Journal Article,

Pygopus activates Wingless target gene transcription through the mediator complex subunits Med12 and Med13
Carrera, Ines; Janody, Florence; Leeds, Nina; Duveau, Fabien; Treisman, Jessica E
2008 May 6;105(18):6644-6649, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
— id: 79160, year: 2008, vol: 105, page: 6644, stat: Journal Article,

Message in a nucleus: signaling to the transcriptional machinery
Carrera, Ines; Treisman, Jessica E
2008 Oct;18(5):397-403, Current opinion in genetics & development
— id: 93215, year: 2008, vol: 18, page: 397, stat: Journal Article,

Two subunits specific to the PBAP chromatin remodeling complex have distinct and redundant functions during drosophila development
Carrera, Ines; Zavadil, Jiri; Treisman, Jessica E
2008 Sep;28(17):5238-5250, Molecular & cellular biology
— id: 82624, year: 2008, vol: 28, page: 5238, stat: Journal Article,

Sensory systems: seeing the world in a new light
Hofmeyer, Kerstin; Treisman, Jessica E
2008 Oct 14;18(19):R919-R921, Current biology. CB
— id: 91452, year: 2008, vol: 18, page: R919, stat: Journal Article,

Wingless signaling in Drosophila eye development
Legent, Kevin; Treisman, Jessica E
2008 ;469:141-161, Methods in molecular biology
— id: 92185, year: 2008, vol: 469, page: 141, stat: Journal Article,

Myopic acts in the endocytic pathway to enhance signaling by the Drosophila EGF receptor
Miura, Grant I; Roignant, Jean-Yves; Wassef, Michel; Treisman, Jessica E
2008 Jun;135(11):1913-1922, Development
— id: 78373, year: 2008, vol: 135, page: 1913, stat: Journal Article,

The conserved microRNA miR-8 tunes atrophin levels to prevent neurodegeneration in Drosophila
Karres, Janina S; Hilgers, Valerie; Carrera, Ines; Treisman, Jessica; Cohen, Stephen M
2007 Oct 5;131(1):136-145, Cell
— id: 137021, year: 2007, vol: 131, page: 136, stat: Journal Article,

Liprin-alpha has LAR-independent functions in R7 photoreceptor axon targeting
Hofmeyer, Kerstin; Maurel-Zaffran, Corinne; Sink, Helen; Treisman, Jessica E
2006 Aug 1;103(31):11595-11600, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
— id: 68984, year: 2006, vol: 103, page: 11595, stat: Journal Article,

Actin capping protein alpha maintains vestigial-expressing cells within the Drosophila wing disc epithelium
Janody, Florence; Treisman, Jessica E
2006 Sep;133(17):3349-3357, Development
— id: 95043, year: 2006, vol: 133, page: 3349, stat: Journal Article,

Palmitoylation of the EGFR ligand Spitz by Rasp increases Spitz activity by restricting its diffusion
Miura, Grant I; Buglino, John; Alvarado, Diego; Lemmon, Mark A; Resh, Marilyn D; Treisman, Jessica E
2006 Feb;10(2):167-176, Developmental cell
— id: 63073, year: 2006, vol: 10, page: 167, stat: Journal Article,

Lipid modification of secreted signaling proteins
Miura, Grant I; Treisman, Jessica E
2006 Jun;5(11):1184-1188, Cell cycle
— id: 67531, year: 2006, vol: 5, page: 1184, stat: Journal Article,

The novel SAM domain protein Aveugle is required for Raf activation in the Drosophila EGF receptor signaling pathway
Roignant, Jean-Yves; Hamel, Sophie; Janody, Florence; Treisman, Jessica E
2006 Apr 1;20(7):795-806, Genes & development
— id: 64141, year: 2006, vol: 20, page: 795, stat: Journal Article,

A mosaic genetic screen reveals distinct roles for trithorax and polycomb group genes in Drosophila eye development
Janody, Florence; Lee, Jeffrey D; Jahren, Neal; Hazelett, Dennis J; Benlali, Aude; Miura, Grant I; Draskovic, Irena; Treisman, Jessica E
2004 Jan;166(1):187-200, Genetics
— id: 43224, year: 2004, vol: 166, page: 187, stat: Journal Article,

Excessive Myosin activity in mbs mutants causes photoreceptor movement out of the Drosophila eye disc epithelium
Lee, Arnold; Treisman, Jessica E
2004 Jul;15(7):3285-3295, Molecular biology of the cell
— id: 43225, year: 2004, vol: 15, page: 3285, stat: Journal Article,

Lightoid and Claret: a rab GTPase and its putative guanine nucleotide exchange factor in biogenesis of Drosophila eye pigment granules
Ma, Jinping; Plesken, Heide; Treisman, Jessica E; Edelman-Novemsky, Irit; Ren, Mindong
2004 Aug 10;101(32):11652-11657, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
— id: 45311, year: 2004, vol: 101, page: 11652, stat: Journal Article,

Coming to our senses
Treisman, Jessica E
2004 Aug;26(8):825-828, Bioessays
— id: 45313, year: 2004, vol: 26, page: 825, stat: Journal Article,

How to make an eye
Treisman, Jessica E
2004 Aug;131(16):3823-3827, Development
— id: 45312, year: 2004, vol: 131, page: 3823, stat: Journal Article,

Two subunits of the Drosophila mediator complex act together to control cell affinity
Janody, Florence; Martirosyan, Zara; Benlali, Aude; Treisman, Jessica E
2003 Aug;130(16):3691-3701, Development
— id: 38097, year: 2003, vol: 130, page: 3691, stat: Journal Article,

The ubiquitin ligase Hyperplastic discs negatively regulates hedgehog and decapentaplegic expression by independent mechanisms
Lee, Jeffrey D; Amanai, Kazuhito; Shearn, Allen; Treisman, Jessica E
2002 Dec 15;129(24):5697-5706, Development
— id: 33061, year: 2002, vol: 129, page: 5697, stat: Journal Article,

Development and evolution of the eye: Fondation des Treilles, September, 2001
Treisman, Jessica; Lang, Richard
2002 Mar;112(1-2):3-8, Mechanisms of development
— id: 32484, year: 2002, vol: 112, page: 3, stat: Journal Article,

An acylatable residue of Hedgehog is differentially required in Drosophila and mouse limb development
Lee JD; Kraus P; Gaiano N; Nery S; Kohtz J; Fishell G; Loomis CA; Treisman JE
2001 May 1;233(1):122-136, Developmental biology (Orlando)
— id: 20707, year: 2001, vol: 233, page: 122, stat: Journal Article,

Sightless has homology to transmembrane acyltransferases and is required to generate active Hedgehog protein
Lee JD; Treisman JE
2001 Jul 24;11(14):1147-1152, Current biology. CB
— id: 26628, year: 2001, vol: 11, page: 1147, stat: Journal Article,

The role of Wingless signaling in establishing the anteroposterior and dorsoventral axes of the eye disc
Lee JD; Treisman JE
2001 May;128(9):1519-1529, Development
— id: 20789, year: 2001, vol: 128, page: 1519, stat: Journal Article,

Cell-autonomous and -nonautonomous functions of LAR in R7 photoreceptor axon targeting
Maurel-Zaffran C; Suzuki T; Gahmon G; Treisman JE; Dickson BJ
2001 Oct 25;32(2):225-235, Neuron
— id: 26591, year: 2001, vol: 32, page: 225, stat: Journal Article,

Reinventing a common strategy for patterning the eye
Pichaud F; Treisman J; Desplan C
2001 Apr 6;105(1):9-12, Cell
— id: 20792, year: 2001, vol: 105, page: 9, stat: Journal Article,

The Drosophila tuberous sclerosis complex gene homologs restrict cell growth and cell proliferation
Tapon N; Ito N; Dickson BJ; Treisman JE; Hariharan IK
2001 May 4;105(3):345-355, Cell
— id: 20790, year: 2001, vol: 105, page: 345, stat: Journal Article,

Drosophila homologues of the transcriptional coactivation complex subunits TRAP240 and TRAP230 are required for identical processes in eye-antennal disc development
Treisman J
2001 Feb;128(4):603-615, Development
— id: 20791, year: 2001, vol: 128, page: 603, stat: Journal Article,

act up controls actin polymerization to alter cell shape and restrict Hedgehog signaling in the Drosophila eye disc
Benlali A; Draskovic I; Hazelett DJ; Treisman JE
2000 Apr 28;101(3):271-281, Cell
— id: 11664, year: 2000, vol: 101, page: 271, stat: Journal Article,

Osa-containing Brahma chromatin remodeling complexes are required for the repression of wingless target genes
Collins RT; Treisman JE
2000 Dec 15;14(24):3140-3152, Genes & development
— id: 39496, year: 2000, vol: 14, page: 3140, stat: Journal Article,

Drosophila bunched integrates opposing DPP and EGF signals to set the operculum boundary
Dobens LL; Peterson JS; Treisman J; Raftery LA
2000 Feb;127(4):745-754, Development
— id: 27857, year: 2000, vol: 127, page: 745, stat: Journal Article,

Early retinal development in Drosophila
Heberlein U; Treisman JE
2000 ;31:37-50, Results & problems in cell differentation
— id: 49325, year: 2000, vol: 31, page: 37, stat: Journal Article,

pannier acts upstream of wingless to direct dorsal eye disc development in Drosophila
Maurel-Zaffran C; Treisman JE
2000 Mar;127(5):1007-1016, Development
— id: 11846, year: 2000, vol: 127, page: 1007, stat: Journal Article,

The Ste20 kinase misshapen regulates both photoreceptor axon targeting and dorsal closure, acting downstream of distinct signals
Su YC; Maurel-Zaffran C; Treisman JE; Skolnik EY
2000 Jul;20(13):4736-4744, Molecular & cellular biology
— id: 11663, year: 2000, vol: 20, page: 4736, stat: Journal Article,

Osa associates with the Brahma chromatin remodeling complex and promotes the activation of some target genes
Collins RT; Furukawa T; Tanese N; Treisman JE
1999 Dec 15;18(24):7029-7040, EMBO journal
— id: 8588, year: 1999, vol: 18, page: 7029, stat: Journal Article,

A Drosophila TNF-receptor-associated factor (TRAF) binds the ste20 kinase Misshapen and activates Jun kinase
Liu H; Su YC; Becker E; Treisman J; Skolnik EY
1999 Jan 28;9(2):101-104, Current biology. CB
— id: 6050, year: 1999, vol: 9, page: 101, stat: Journal Article,

A conserved blueprint for the eye?
Treisman JE
1999 Oct;21(10):843-850, Bioessays
— id: 11959, year: 1999, vol: 21, page: 843, stat: Journal Article,

decapentaplegic and wingless are regulated by eyes absent and eyegone and interact to direct the pattern of retinal differentiation in the eye disc
Hazelett DJ; Bourouis M; Walldorf U; Treisman JE
1998 Sep;125(18):3741-3751, Development
— id: 7594, year: 1998, vol: 125, page: 3741, stat: Journal Article,

The Drosophila Ste20-related kinase misshapen is required for embryonic dorsal closure and acts through a JNK MAPK module on an evolutionarily conserved signaling pathway
Su YC; Treisman JE; Skolnik EY
1998 Aug 1;12(15):2371-2380, Genes & development
— id: 7813, year: 1998, vol: 12, page: 2371, stat: Journal Article,

Eye development in Drosophila: formation of the eye field and control of differentiation
Treisman JE; Heberlein U
1998 ;39:119-158, Current topics in developmental biology
— id: 7829, year: 1998, vol: 39, page: 119, stat: Journal Article,

eyelid antagonizes wingless signaling during Drosophila development and has homology to the Bright family of DNA-binding proteins
Treisman JE; Luk A; Rubin GM; Heberlein U
1997 Aug 1;11(15):1949-1962, Genes & development
— id: 7274, year: 1997, vol: 11, page: 1949, stat: Journal Article,