TitleVisiting Assistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Molecular & Human Genetics
Houston, 77030
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    Baylor College of Medicine Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

    R01HD083181     (SAMACO, RODNEY C)Sep 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2021
    Neurobehavioral and biochemical outcome measures in Rett syndrome rodent models
    Role: Principal Investigator

    U54HD083092     (ZOGHBI, HUDA Y)Sep 23, 2014 - Jun 30, 2020
    Baylor Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers
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    DP5OD009134     (SAMACO, RODNEY C)Sep 20, 2011 - Aug 31, 2017
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    1. Jain A, Spanjaard M, Theiss S, Schaaf CP, Malovannaya A, Strong TV, Reznik DL, Yang MV, Albelda de la Haza P, Veeraragavan S, Samaco RC. Magel2 truncation alters select behavioral and physiological outcomes in a rat model of Schaaf-Yang syndrome. Dis Model Mech. 2023 02 01; 16(2). PMID: 36637363; PMCID: PMC9922728.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    2. Keehan L, Haviland I, Gofin Y, Swanson LC, El Achkar CM, Schreiber J, VanNoy GE, O'Heir E, O'Donnell-Luria A, Lewis RA, Magoulas P, Tran A, Azamian MS, Chao HT, Pham L, Samaco RC, Elsea S, Thorpe E, Kesari A, Perry D, Lee B, Lalani SR, Rosenfeld JA, Olson HE, Burrage LC, Undiagnosed Diseases Network. Wide range of phenotypic severity in individuals with late truncations unique to the predominant CDKL5 transcript in the brain. Am J Med Genet A. 2022 12; 188(12):3516-3524. PMID: 35934918; PMCID: PMC9669137.
    3. Leonard H, Gold W, Samaco R, Sahin M, Benke T, Downs J. Improving clinical trial readiness to accelerate development of new therapeutics for Rett syndrome. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2022 03 04; 17(1):108. PMID: 35246185; PMCID: PMC8894842.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Grebe SC, Limon DL, McNeel MM, Guzick A, Peters SU, Tan WH, Sadhwani A, Bacino CA, Bird LM, Samaco RC, Berry LN, Goodman WK, Schneider SC, Storch EA. Anxiety in Angelman Syndrome. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2022 01 01; 127(1):1-10. PMID: 34979033; PMCID: PMC8803540.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Wotton JM, Peterson E, Flenniken AM, Bains RS, Veeraragavan S, Bower LR, Bubier JA, Parisien M, Bezginov A, Haselimashhadi H, Mason J, Moore MA, Stewart ME, Clary DA, Delbarre DJ, Anderson LC, D'Souza A, Goodwin LO, Harrison ME, Huang Z, Mckay M, Qu D, Santos L, Srinivasan S, Urban R, Vukobradovic I, Ward CS, Willett AM, Braun RE, Brown SDM, Dickinson ME, Heaney JD, Kumar V, Lloyd KCK, Mallon AM, McKerlie C, Murray SA, Nutter LMJ, Parkinson H, Seavitt JR, Wells S, Samaco RC, Chesler EJ, Smedley D, Diatchenko L, Baumbauer KM, Young EE, Bonin RP, Mandillo S, White JK, International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium. Identifying genetic determinants of inflammatory pain in mice using a large-scale gene-targeted screen. Pain. 2022 06 01; 163(6):1139-1157. PMID: 35552317; PMCID: PMC9100450.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    6. Ward CS, Huang TW, Herrera JA, Samaco RC, McGraw CM, Parra DE, Arvide EM, Ito-Ishida A, Meng X, Ure K, Zoghbi HY, Neul JL. Loss of MeCP2 Function Across Several Neuronal Populations Impairs Breathing Response to Acute Hypoxia. Front Neurol. 2020; 11:593554. PMID: 33193060; PMCID: PMC7662121.
      Citations: 3     
    7. Ahmed KL, Simon AR, Dempsey JR, Samaco RC, Goin-Kochel RP. Evaluating Two Common Strategies for Research Participant Recruitment Into Autism Studies: Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 09 24; 22(9):e16752. PMID: 32969826; PMCID: PMC7545324.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Haselimashhadi H, Mason JC, Munoz-Fuentes V, Babalola K, Acar EF, Kumar V, White J, Flenniken AM, King R, Straiton E, Seavitt JR, Gaspero A, Garza A, Christianson AE, Hsu CW, Reynolds CL, Lanza DG, Lorenzo I, Green JR, Gallegos JJ, Bohat R, Samaco RC, Veeraragavan S, Kim JK, Miller G, Fuchs H, Garrett L, Becker L, Kang YK, Clary D, Cho SY, Tamura M, Tanaka N, Soo KD, Bezginov A, Spielmann N, Maier H, Gailus-Durner V, Hiroshi M, Yuichi O, Heaney JD, Dickinson ME, Wolfgang W, Tocchini-Valentini GP, Lloyd KCK, McKerlie C, Seong JK, Brown SDM, Smedley D, Flicek P, Mallon AM, Parkinson H, Meehan TF, L?pez-G?mez F, About GB, Champy MF, Vasseur L, Leblanc S, Meziane H, Selloum M, Reilly PT, Sorg T, Yann H, de Angelis MH. Soft windowing application to improve analysis of high-throughput phenotyping data. Bioinformatics. 2020 03 01; 36(5):1492-1500. PMID: 31591642; PMCID: PMC7115897.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    9. Sanders SJ, Sahin M, Hostyk J, Thurm A, Jacquemont S, Avillach P, Douard E, Martin CL, Modi ME, Moreno-De-Luca A, Raznahan A, Anticevic A, Dolmetsch R, Feng G, Geschwind DH, Glahn DC, Goldstein DB, Ledbetter DH, Mulle JG, Pasca SP, Samaco R, Sebat J, Pariser A, Lehner T, Gur RE, Bearden CE. A framework for the investigation of rare genetic disorders in neuropsychiatry. Nat Med. 2019 10; 25(10):1477-1487. PMID: 31548702; PMCID: PMC8656349.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Crawley JN, Fagiolini M, Harrison FE, Samaco R, Wozniak DF, Robinson MB. Behavioral analyses of animal models of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2019 11; 165:107087. PMID: 31499164.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    11. Walkley SU, Abbeduto L, Batshaw ML, Bhattacharyya A, Bookheimer SY, Christian BT, Constantino JN, de Vellis J, Doherty DA, Nelson DL, Piven J, Poduri A, Pomeroy SL, Samaco RC, Zoghbi HY, Guralnick MJ, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers Directors Committee. Intellectual and developmental disabilities research centers: Fifty years of scientific accomplishments. Ann Neurol. 2019 09; 86(3):332-343. PMID: 31206741; PMCID: PMC8320680.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Yin J, Chen W, Chao ES, Soriano S, Wang L, Wang W, Cummock SE, Tao H, Pang K, Liu Z, Pereira FA, Samaco RC, Zoghbi HY, Xue M, Schaaf CP. Otud7a Knockout Mice Recapitulate Many Neurological Features of 15q13.3 Microdeletion Syndrome. Am J Hum Genet. 2018 02 01; 102(2):296-308. PMID: 29395075; PMCID: PMC5985472.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    13. Gulinello M, Mitchell HA, Chang Q, Timothy O'Brien W, Zhou Z, Abel T, Wang L, Corbin JG, Veeraragavan S, Samaco RC, Andrews NA, Fagiolini M, Cole TB, Burbacher TM, Crawley JN. Rigor and reproducibility in rodent behavioral research. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2019 11; 165:106780. PMID: 29307548; PMCID: PMC6034984.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    14. McGraw CM, Ward CS, Samaco RC. Genetic rodent models of brain disorders: Perspectives on experimental approaches and therapeutic strategies. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2017 09; 175(3):368-379. PMID: 28910526; PMCID: PMC5659732.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    15. Ward CS, Huang TW, Samaco RC, Pitcher MR, Herron A, Skinner SA, Kaufmann WE, Glaze DG, Percy AK, Neul JL, Herrera JA. Loss of MeCP2 Causes Urological Dysfunction and Contributes to Death by Kidney Failure in Mouse Models of Rett Syndrome. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0165550. PMID: 27828991; PMCID: PMC5102405.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    16. Chahrour M, O'Roak BJ, Santini E, Samaco RC, Kleiman RJ, Manzini MC. Current Perspectives in Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Genes to Therapy. J Neurosci. 2016 11 09; 36(45):11402-11410. PMID: 27911742; PMCID: PMC5125207.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Veeraragavan S, Wan YW, Connolly DR, Hamilton SM, Ward CS, Soriano S, Pitcher MR, McGraw CM, Huang SG, Green JR, Yuva LA, Liang AJ, Neul JL, Yasui DH, LaSalle JM, Liu Z, Paylor R, Samaco RC. Loss of MeCP2 in the rat models regression, impaired sociability and transcriptional deficits of Rett syndrome. Hum Mol Genet. 2016 08 01; 25(15):3284-3302. PMID: 27365498; PMCID: PMC5179927.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    18. Hao S, Tang B, Wu Z, Ure K, Sun Y, Tao H, Gao Y, Patel AJ, Curry DJ, Samaco RC, Zoghbi HY, Tang J. Forniceal deep brain stimulation rescues hippocampal memory in Rett syndrome mice. Nature. 2015 Oct 15; 526(7573):430-4. PMID: 26469053; PMCID: PMC4828032.
      Citations: 71     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    19. Katz DM, Berger-Sweeney JE, Eubanks JH, Justice MJ, Neul JL, Pozzo-Miller L, Blue ME, Christian D, Crawley JN, Giustetto M, Guy J, Howell CJ, Kron M, Nelson SB, Samaco RC, Schaevitz LR, St Hillaire-Clarke C, Young JL, Zoghbi HY, Mamounas LA. Preclinical research in Rett syndrome: setting the foundation for translational success. Dis Model Mech. 2012 Nov; 5(6):733-45. PMID: 23115203; PMCID: PMC3484856.
      Citations: 106     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    20. McGraw CM, Ward CS, Sun Y, Neul JL, Zoghbi HY, Samaco RC. Female Mecp2(+/-) mice display robust behavioral deficits on two different genetic backgrounds providing a framework for pre-clinical studies. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Jan 01; 22(1):96-109. PMID: 23026749; PMCID: PMC3522402.
      Citations: 89     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    21. Samaco RC, Mandel-Brehm C, McGraw CM, Shaw CA, McGill BE, Zoghbi HY. Crh and Oprm1 mediate anxiety-related behavior and social approach in a mouse model of MECP2 duplication syndrome. Nat Genet. 2012 Jan 08; 44(2):206-11. PMID: 22231481; PMCID: PMC3267865.
      Citations: 70     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    22. McGraw CM, Samaco RC, Zoghbi HY. Adult neural function requires MeCP2. Science. 2011 Jul 08; 333(6039):186. PMID: 21636743; PMCID: PMC3150190.
      Citations: 127     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    23. Samaco RC, Neul JL. Complexities of Rett syndrome and MeCP2. J Neurosci. 2011 Jun 01; 31(22):7951-9. PMID: 21632916; PMCID: PMC3127460.
      Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    24. Chao HT, Chen H, Samaco RC, Xue M, Chahrour M, Yoo J, Neul JL, Gong S, Lu HC, Heintz N, Ekker M, Rubenstein JL, Noebels JL, Rosenmund C, Zoghbi HY. Dysfunction in GABA signalling mediates autism-like stereotypies and Rett syndrome phenotypes. Nature. 2010 Nov 11; 468(7321):263-9. PMID: 21068835; PMCID: PMC3057962.
      Citations: 585     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    25. Samaco RC, Mandel-Brehm C, Chao HT, Ward CS, Fyffe-Maricich SL, Ren J, Hyland K, Thaller C, Maricich SM, Humphreys P, Greer JJ, Percy A, Glaze DG, Zoghbi HY, Neul JL. Loss of MeCP2 in aminergic neurons causes cell-autonomous defects in neurotransmitter synthesis and specific behavioral abnormalities. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Dec 22; 106(51):21966-71. PMID: 20007372; PMCID: PMC2799790.
      Citations: 121     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    26. Fyffe SL, Neul JL, Samaco RC, Chao HT, Ben-Shachar S, Moretti P, McGill BE, Goulding EH, Sullivan E, Tecott LH, Zoghbi HY. Deletion of Mecp2 in Sim1-expressing neurons reveals a critical role for MeCP2 in feeding behavior, aggression, and the response to stress. Neuron. 2008 Sep 25; 59(6):947-58. PMID: 18817733; PMCID: PMC2597031.
      Citations: 135     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    27. Lee Y, Samaco RC, Gatchel JR, Thaller C, Orr HT, Zoghbi HY. miR-19, miR-101 and miR-130 co-regulate ATXN1 levels to potentially modulate SCA1 pathogenesis. Nat Neurosci. 2008 Oct; 11(10):1137-9. PMID: 18758459; PMCID: PMC2574629.
      Citations: 100     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    28. Samaco RC, Fryer JD, Ren J, Fyffe S, Chao HT, Sun Y, Greer JJ, Zoghbi HY, Neul JL. A partial loss of function allele of methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 predicts a human neurodevelopmental syndrome. Hum Mol Genet. 2008 Jun 15; 17(12):1718-27. PMID: 18321864; PMCID: PMC2666042.
      Citations: 121     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    29. Bowman AB, Lam YC, Jafar-Nejad P, Chen HK, Richman R, Samaco RC, Fryer JD, Kahle JJ, Orr HT, Zoghbi HY. Duplication of Atxn1l suppresses SCA1 neuropathology by decreasing incorporation of polyglutamine-expanded ataxin-1 into native complexes. Nat Genet. 2007 Mar; 39(3):373-9. PMID: 17322884.
      Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    30. Shah R, Medina-Martinez O, Chu LF, Samaco RC, Jamrich M. Expression of FoxP2 during zebrafish development and in the adult brain. Int J Dev Biol. 2006; 50(4):435-8. PMID: 16525940.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    31. Samaco RC, Hogart A, LaSalle JM. Epigenetic overlap in autism-spectrum neurodevelopmental disorders: MECP2 deficiency causes reduced expression of UBE3A and GABRB3. Hum Mol Genet. 2005 Feb 15; 14(4):483-92. PMID: 15615769; PMCID: PMC1224722.
      Citations: 165     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    32. Braunschweig D, Simcox T, Samaco RC, LaSalle JM. X-Chromosome inactivation ratios affect wild-type MeCP2 expression within mosaic Rett syndrome and Mecp2-/+ mouse brain. Hum Mol Genet. 2004 Jun 15; 13(12):1275-86. PMID: 15115765.
      Citations: 57     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    33. Samaco RC, Nagarajan RP, Braunschweig D, LaSalle JM. Multiple pathways regulate MeCP2 expression in normal brain development and exhibit defects in autism-spectrum disorders. Hum Mol Genet. 2004 Mar 15; 13(6):629-39. PMID: 14734626.
      Citations: 66     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    34. Balmer D, Arredondo J, Samaco RC, LaSalle JM. MECP2 mutations in Rett syndrome adversely affect lymphocyte growth, but do not affect imprinted gene expression in blood or brain. Hum Genet. 2002 Jun; 110(6):545-52. PMID: 12107440.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
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