Mallory Ballinger


    Integrative Biology / Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
    3194 VLSB
    Personal website


    Broadly, I am interested in the genetic and mechanistic basis of environmental adaptation. For my PhD, I am investigating both the physiological ecology and the genetic basis of adaptation of the house mouse (Mus musculus) to different environments. Specifically, I will be using genomic and physiological approaches to investigate potential differences in metabolic traits between populations of house mice found in North and South America. For my Master’s, I investigated the genetic and mechanistic underpinnings associated with the metabolic characteristics of hibernation. Specifically, I used RNAseq, proteomics, and mitochondrial assays to dissect the metabolic dynamics of both the brain and brown adipose tissue in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Ictidomys tridecemlineatus.


Schwartz, C., Ballinger, M.A. and Andrews, M.T. (in revision). Melatonin Receptor Signaling Contributes to Neuroprotection upon Arousal from Torpor in the Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Comparative and Integrative Physiology.

Ballinger, M.A., Schwartz, C. and Andrews, M.T. (in prep). Enhanced Oxidative Capacity of Ground Squirrel Brain Mitochondria During Hibernation.

Ballinger, M.A., Hess, C., Napolitano, M.W., Bjork, J.A. and Andrews, M.T. (in prep). Interrogation of Brown Adipose Tissue Mitochondria in a Mammalian Hibernator: from Gene Expression to Function.

Ballinger, M.A., Callegari, E., Mackessy, S. and Smith, B. (in prep). Snake Venomics of the Prairie Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis: A Case of Intraspecific Variation in the Black Hills.