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Douglas Chandler

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography

As a cell biologist, Doug Chandler studies how sperm interact with eggs during fertilization. Using a combination of molecular, physiological and microscopic techniques, he and his research team investigate how sperm respond to the chemical signals of proteins and peptides given off by eggs, and, how these signals increase the probability of fertilization.

Chandler’s research currently focuses on the amphibian protein allurin, which is produced in the frog oviduct, incorporated into the jelly surrounding the egg, and then released when the egg is spawned. Peptides that mimic allurin attract both amphibian and mammalian sperm and are being studied for possible uses in assisted reproduction

Education

PhD, 1977, University of California, San Francisco

Publications
  • Burnett LA, Boyles S, Spencer C, Bieber AL, Chandler DE(2008) Xenopustropicalis allurin: expression, purification, and characterization of a sperm chemoattractant that exhibits cross-species activity. Developmental Biology 316:408-16.
  • Burnett L, Anderson D, Rawls A, Bieber A, Chandler DE(2011) Mouse sperm exhibit chemotaxis to allurin, a truncated member of the cysteine-rich secretory protein family.  Developmental Biology 360:318-328.
  • Burnett L, Sugiyama H, Bieber A, Chandler DE (2011) Egg jelly proteins stimulate directed motility in Xenopuslaevissperm.  Mol. Reprod. Dev. 78:450-462. (accompanied by journal cover)
  • Burnett LA, Washburn CA, Sugiyama H, Xiang X, Olson JH, Al-Anzi B, Bieber AL, Chandler DE (2012) Allurin, an amphibian sperm chemoattractant having implications for mammalian sperm physiology. Int. Rev. Cell Mol. Biol.  295:1-65.
  • Burnett LA, Sugiyama H, Bieber AL, Chandler DE (2013) Allurin: exploring the activity of a frog sperm chemoattractant in mammals.  In: Mechanisms of Sexual Reproduction in Plants and Animals, H. Sugiyama, editor, Springer Science + Business Media, In press. 
  • Sugiyama H, Chandler DE (2013) Sperm guidance to the egg finds calcium at the helm. Protoplasma, Submitted.

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  • Hitoshi Sugiyama, Douglas Chandler. Sperm guidance to the egg finds calcium at the helm. Protoplasma (2014).
  • Lindsey Burnett, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Catherine Washburn, Allan Bieber and Douglas E. Chandler. Allurin: Exploring the Activity of a Frog Sperm Chemoattractant in Mammals. In: Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants, Sawada, H., Inoue, N., Iwano, M., editors, Springer Science + Business Media, Tokyo (2014).
  • Lindsey A. Burnett, Catherine A. Washburn, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Xueyu Xiang, John H. Olson, Bader Al-Anzi, Allan L. Bieber, Douglas E. Chandler. Allurin, an amphibian sperm chemoattractant having implications for mammalian sperm physiology. International Reviews of Cell and Molecular Biology (2012).
  • Burnett, LA, Anderson, DM, Rawls, A,Bieber, AL, Chandler, DE. Mouse sperm exhibit chemotaxis to alllurin, a truncated member of the cysteine-rich secretory protein family. Developmental Biology (2011).
  • Burnett, LA, Sugiyama, H, Bieber, AL, Chandler, DE. Egg jelly proteins stimulate directed motility in Xenopus laevis sperm. Molecular Reproduction and Development (2011).
  • Burnett, LA, Tholl, N, Chandler, DE. Two Types of Assays for Detecting Frog Sperm Chemoattraction. Journal of Visualized Experiments (2011).
  • Nathan Tholl, Sumera Naqvi, Ericka McLaughlin, Serenity Boyles, Allan Bieber and Douglas Chandler. Swimming of Xenopus laevis sperm exhibits multiple gears and its duration is extended by egg jelly constituents. The Biological Bulletin (2011).
  • Sugiyama, H., Burnett, L.A., Xiang, X., Olson, J., Willis, S., Miao, A., Akema, T., Bieber, A.L., and D.E. Chandler. Purification and multimer formation of allurin, a sperm chemoattractant from Xenopus laevis egg jelly. Mol. Reprod. Dev (2009).
  • Lindsey Burnett, Serenity Boyles, Christopher Spencer, Allan Bieber, Douglas Chandler. Xenopus tropicalis Allurin: Expression, Purification, and Characterization of a Sperm Chemoattractant That Exhibits Cross-Species Activity. Developmental Biology (2008).
  • Lindsey Burnett, Xueyu Xiang, Allan Bieber, Douglas Chandler. Crisp Proteins and Sperm Chemotaxis: Discovery in Amphibians and Explorations in Mammals. Int. J. Dev. Biol. International Journal of Developmental Biology (2008).
  • Chandler, Douglas E. and Roberson, Robert W. Bioimaging: Current Concepts in Light and Electron Microscopy. (2008).
  • X Xiang, A Kittelson, J Olson, A Bieber, Douglas Chandler. Allurin, a 21 kD sperm chemoattractant, is rapidly released from the outermost J3 jelly layer of the Xenopus Egg by diffusion and medium convection. Molecular Reproduction and Development (2005).
  • H Sugiyama, B Al-Anzi, R McGaughey, Douglas Chandler. Assays for vertebrate sperm chemotaxis. Meth. Mol. Biol (2004).
  • X Xiang, L Burnett, A Rawls, A Bieber, Douglas Chandler. The sperm chemoattractant "allurin" is expressed and secreted from the Xenopus oviduct in a hormone-dependent manner. Developmental Biology (2004).
  • Chandler, Douglas E (Author) . Assays for vertebrate sperm chemotaxis. Methods in Molecular Biology (2004).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 353Cell Biology
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
NEU 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
MCB 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 453Animal Histology
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 353Cell Biology
BIO 504Bioimaging
NEU 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
MCB 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 453Animal Histology
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 353Cell Biology
BIO 504Bioimaging
NEU 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
MCB 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 453Animal Histology
BIO 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 353Cell Biology
BIO 504Bioimaging
NEU 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
MCB 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 453Animal Histology
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 353Cell Biology
BIO 504Bioimaging
NEU 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
MCB 555Adv Molecular & Cellular Sci
Presentations
  • Catherine Washburn, Lindsey Burnett, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Allan Bieber and Douglas E. Chandler. Allurin: Exploring the Activity of a Frog Sperm Chemoattractant in Mammals. 5th International Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology of Egg and Embryo Coats, Nagoya, Japan (Nov 2012).
  • Douglas E. Chandler. Sperm Chemoattraction in Frogs. Satelite Symposium: Sexual Reproduction in Plants and Animals, University of Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan (Nov 2012).
  • Catherine Washburn, Allan Bieber, Kemmons Tubbs, and Douglas Chandler. Investigations of cysteine-rich secretory proteins and their peptide mimics in mammalian systems. 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (May 2012).
  • Douglas E. Chandler, Catherine A. Washburn, Allan L. Bieber. Peptide Mimics of the Egg Jelly Protein Allurin Elicit Chemoattractive Behavior from Frog Sperm. Society for the Study of Reproduction, National meeting, Portland, OR (Aug 2011).
  • Catherine A. Washburn, Allan L. Bieber, Kemmons A. Tubbs, and Douglas E. Chandler. Mammalian Sperm Chemotaxis Is Elicited by Peptide Mimics of Cysteine Rich Secretory Proteins. Society for the Study of Reproduction, National meeting, Portland, OR (Aug 2011).
  • Kemmons A. Tubbs, Allan L. Bieber, Catherine A. Washburn, and Douglas E. Chandler. High-Throughput Epitope Characterization of Cancer-Related Biomarkers. Society for the Study of Reproduction, National meeting, Portland, OR (Aug 2011).
  • Washburn, C, Tubbs, K, Bieber, A and DE Chandler. Peptide Mimics of Sequence Elements in Allurin Elicit Chemoattractive Behavior from Frog and Mammalian Sperm. National meeting of the Protein Society, San Diego (Aug 2010).
  • Tholl, N, McLaughlin, E, Bieber, AL and DE Chandler. Egg jelly extract extends the motility lifetime of X. laevis sperm. 49th National meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, San Diego (Dec 2009).
  • Chandler, Douglas. Sperm Chemotaxis mediated by Crisp Family Proteins. Gordon Research Conference on Fertilization and Activation of Development (Jul 2007).
  • Burnett, Lindsey, Bieber, Allan, Chandler, Douglas. Allurin, a Sperm Chemoattractant from Amphibians, Binds to Mouse Sperm and Elicits Chemotaxis in Vitro. 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (Dec 2006).
  • Burnett, Lindsey, Olson, John, Bieber, Allan, Chandler, Douglas. The Sperm Chemoattractant Allurin: Unexpected Deviations in the Evolution of a CRISP Family Protein Structure. 46th Annual Meeting, American Society for Cell Biology (Dec 2006).
  • Cordery, C, Davidson, E, Roberson, R, Chandler, Douglas. In vitro growth patterns of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytridiales). Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists (Jul 2005).
  • Cordery, C, Livo, L, Carey, C, Davidson, E, Roberson, R, Chandler, Douglas. Maturation of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytridiales). Annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists (Apr 2005).
  • Cordery, C, Livo, L, Carey, C, Davidson, E, Roberson, R, Chandler, Douglas. Maturation of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytridiales). Annual meeting of the Arizona Imaging and Microanaylysis Society (Mar 2005).
  • Burnett, L, Holburn, A, Bieber, A, Chandler, Douglas. Allurin binding to sperm as demonstrated by confocal microscopy. Program Notes, Annual Meeting, Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society (Mar 2005).
  • Chandler, Douglas. Allurin, a 21 kD sperm chemoattractant, is released from the outermost jelly layer of X. laevis by diffusion and convection. Fourth International Symposium on the Molecular Biology of Egg and Embryo Coats (Nov 2004).
  • Chandler, Douglas. Recombinant allurin demonstrates sperm chemoattractant activity. Fourth International Symposium on the Molecular Biology of Egg and Embryo Coats (Nov 2004).
  • Chandler, Douglas. Video microscopic observations of Xenopus sperm swimming in a chemoattractant gradient. Fourth International Symposium on the Molecular Biology of Egg and Embryo Coats (Nov 2004).
  • Chandler, Douglas. Ultrastructural characterization and localization of allurin, a 21 kD sperm chemoattractant, in X. laevis oviduct. Annual Meeting, Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society (Apr 2004).
  • Chandler, Douglas. Purification of a Vertebrate Sperm Chemoattractant. International Symposium on Cell-Cell Interaction (Jul 2000).
  • Burnett, L, Holburn, A, Bieber, A, Chandler, Douglas. Characterization of allurin-mediated sperm chemotaxis. Abstracts, 45th ASCB Meeting
  • Chandler, Douglas. Identification of Functional Domains of Allurin, a 21 kD Vertebrate Sperm Chemoattractant. 43rd National Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology
  • Chandler, Douglas. Recombinant Allurin Exhibits Sperm Chemoattractant Activity. 43rd National Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology
  • Chandler, Douglas. The Sperm Chemoattractant "Allurin" Is Expressed And Secreated From The Xenopus Oviduct. 43rd National Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology
  • Chandler, Douglas. Ultrastructural Localization of Allurin, a 21 kD Sperm Chemoattractant, in X. Laevis Oviduct. 43rd National Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology
Service
  • Admissions Committee, MCB Graduate Program, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Admissions Committee, MCB Graduate Program, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, CMB faculty, SOLS, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, CMB faculty, SOLS, Member (2013 - Present)
  • CLAS RTS Advisory Committee for the Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • CLAS RTS Advisory Committee for the Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • CLAS RTS Advisory Committee for the Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • CLAS RTS Advisory Committee for the Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, CMB section, SOLS, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, CMB section, SOLS, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, CMB section, SOLS, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, CMB section, SOLS, Member (2007 - Present)
  • SOLS Bioimaging Facility, Co-Director (2007 - Present)
  • SOLS Bioimaging Facility, Co-Director (2007 - Present)
  • W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Director (2007 - Present)
  • W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Director (2007 - Present)
  • W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Director (2007 - Present)
  • W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Director (2007 - Present)
  • W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Director (2007 - Present)
  • Protoplasma, Associate Editor (2014 - 2015)
  • Various Journals (e.g. Developmental Biology, Biology of Reproduction), Manuscript Review by mail/email (2013 - 2013)
  • Various Journals (e.g. Developmental Biology, Journal of Cell Biology), Manuscript Review by mail/email (2013 - 2013)
  • Ask-A-Biologist, Answering queries to biological questions (2012 - 2012)
  • Ask-A-Biologist, Contributor - Answering queries to biological questions (2012 - 2012)
  • Various Journals, Manuscript Review by mail/email (2012 - 2012)
  • Executive Committee, School of Life Sciences, Interim Member (2012 - 2012)
  • Personnel Committee, CMB faculty, SOLS, Interim Chair (2012 - 2012)
  • School of Life Sciences, Interim Faculty Leader (2012 - 2012)
  • Various Journals, Manuscript Review by mail/email (2011 - 2011)
  • Ask-A-Biologist, Answering queries to biological questions (2010 - 2010)
  • Various Journals, Manuscript Review by mail (2010 - 2010)
  • Ask-A-Biologist, Answering queries to biological questions (2008 - 2008)
  • National Science Foundation, Proposal Review by mail (2008 - 2008)
  • Various Journals, Manuscript Review by mail (2008 - 2008)
  • Working Committee, Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Cellular and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty Leader (2003 - 2007)
  • Executive Committee, SOLS, Member (2003 - 2007)
  • Working Committee for Biosciences and Technology Degree, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Biosciences and Technology Graduate Training Program/Degree, Working Committee, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • Ask-A-Biologist, Answering queries to biological questions (2006 - 2006)
  • National Science Foundation, Proposal Review by mail (2006 - 2006)
  • Personnel Committee, Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Faculty, Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • School of Life Sciences, Faculty Leader (2006 - 2006)
  • School of Life Sciences Executive Committee, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • Various Journals, Manuscript Review by mail (2006 - 2006)
  • W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Co-Director (2006 - 2006)
  • Faculty Search Committee in Bioimaging, Co-Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • Search Committee for Academic Professional - Bioimaging Lab Manager, Co-Chair (2005 - 2005)
  • W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory, Director (2005 - 2005)
  • Bioimaging Faculty Search Committee, Co-Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • NIH Scientific Review Panel for FIRCA proposals, Member (2004)
  • National Science Foundation, Proposal Review by mail (2004)
  • Personnel Committee for Academic Professionals, Member (2004)
  • Search Committee - Physiology instructor, Member (2004)
  • Various Journals, Manuscript Review by mail (2004)
  • Personnel Committee, Chair (2002 - 2003)
  • Comprehensive Exam Committee, MCB Program, Chair (2001 - 2003)
  • Executive Committee, Member (1999 - 2003)
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Reorganization of MCB courses, Chair (2003)
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Revision of MCB Comprehensive Exam, Chair (2003)
  • Bioimaging Faculty Search Committee, Member (2003)
  • Tontozona Cell and Molecular Biology Conference, Co-organizer (2003)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique, Member (1990 - 2002)
  • Search Committee, Molecular Tissue Engineer (Bioengineering), Member (2000 - 2001)
  • Seven Year Evaluation Committee, MCB Program, Chair (1998 - 2001)
  • Advisory Committee, Member (1998 - 2000)
  • Search Committee for Scientist/Manager, W.M. Keck Laboratory, Chair (1998 - 2000)