Tollis M, Robbins J, Webb AE, Kuderna LFK Caulin AF, Garcia JD, Bèrubè M, Pourmand N, Marques-Bonet T, O’Connell MJ, Palsbøll PJ, Maley CC (2019). Return to the sea, get huge, beat cancer: an analysis of cetacean genomes including an assembly for the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Schield DR, Card DC, Hales NR, Perry BW, Pasquesi GIM, Blackmon H, Adams RH, Corbin AB, Smith CF, Ramesh B, Demuth JP, Betrán E, Tollis M, Meik JM, Mackessy SP, and Castoe TA (2019). The origins and evolution of chromosomes, dosage compensation, and mechanisms underlying venom regulation in snakes. Genome Research 29:590-601.




Tollis M, Hutchins ED, Stapley J, Rupp S, Eckalbar WL, Maayan I, Lasku E, Infante C, Dennis S, Roberston JA, May CM, Crusoe MR, Bermingham E, DeNardo DF, Hsieh ST, Kulathinal R, McMillan O, Menke DB, Pratt SC, Rawls A, Sanjur O, Wilson-Rawls J, Wilson-Sayres MA, Fisher RE, Kusumi K (2018). Comparative genomics reveals accelerated evolution in conserved pathways during the diversification of anole lizards. Genome Biology and Evolution. 10(2):489–506.



Tollis M, Boddy AM, Maley CC (2017). Peto’s Paradox: how has evolution solved the problem of cancer prevention? BMC Biology. 15:60.

Tollis M, DeNardo DF, Cornelius JA, Dolby GA, Edwards T, Henen BT, Karl AE, Murphy BW, Kusumi K (2017). The Agassiz’s desert tortoise genome provides a resource for the conservation of a threatened species. PLoS ONE. 12(5): e0177708.

Tollis M, Schiffman JD, Boddy AM (2017). Evolution of cancer suppression as revealed by mammalian comparative genomics. Current Opinion in Genetics and Development. Feb 2; 42:40-47.



Manthey JD, Tollis M, Lemmon AR, Lemmon EM, Boissinot S (2016). Diversification in wild populations of the model organism Anolis carolinensis: a genome-wide phylogeographic investigation. Ecology and Evolution. 6: 8115-8125. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2547

Chowell D, Boddy AM, Mallo D, Tollis M, Maley C (2016). When (distant) relatives stay too long: implications for cancer medicine. Genome Biology. 17:34. Doi: 10:1186/s13059-016-0906-3.

Edwards T, Tollis M, Hsieh P, Gutenkunst RN, Liu Z, Kusumi K, Culver M, Murphy RW (2016). Assessing models of speciation under different biogeographic scenarios; an empirical study using multi-locus and RNA-seq analyses. Ecology and Evolution. 6(2):379-396. Doi: 10.1002/ece3.1865.


Pope WH, Bowman CA, Russell DA, Jacobs-Sera D, Asai DJ , Cresawn SG, Jacobs WR, Hendrix RW, Lawrence JG, Hatfull GF, Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science, Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education, Mycobacterial Genetics Course (2015). Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity. eLife 4: e06416.



Tollis M, Hutchins ED, Kusumi K (2014). Reptile genomes open the frontier for comparative analysis of amniote development and regeneration. International Journal of Developmental Biology. 58 (2014): 863-871.

Boissinot S, Alvarez L, Ramirez JG, Tollis M (2014). Neutral nuclear variation in baboons (genus Papio) provides insights into their evolutionary and demographic histories. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 155: 621-634. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22618.

Freilich X, Tollis M, Boissinot S (2014). Hiding in the highlands: evolution of a frog species complex of the genus Ptychadena in the Ethiopian highlands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 71 (2014). 157-169.

Tollis M and Boissinot S. (2014) Genetic variation in the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis) reveals island refugia and a fragmented Florida during the Quaternery. Genetica. 142: 59-72.



Tollis M and Boissinot S. (2013). Lizards and LINEs: Selection and demography affect the fate of L1 retrotransposons in the genome of the green anole (Anolis carolinensis). Genome Biology and Evolution. 5(9): 1754-1768. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evt133.



Tollis M and Boissinot S (2012). The Evolutionary Dynamics of Transposable Elements in Eukaryote Genomes. (textbook chapter) Garrido-Ramos MA (ed). Repetitive DNA: Genome Dynamics, Volume 7. Karger, Basel. Pp 68–91. doi: 10.1159/000337126.

Tollis M, Ausubel G, Ghimire D, Boissinot S (2012). Multi-locus phylogeographic and population genetic analysis of Anolis carolinensis: Historical demography of a genomic model species. PLoS ONE. 7(6): e38474. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038474.

Hatfull GF, the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science Program, KwazaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV Mycobacterial Genetics Course Students, Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education Program (2012). Complete genome sequences of 138 mycobacteriopahges. Journal of Virology. 86(4): 2382-2384. doi: 10.1128/JVI.06870-11.



Tollis M and Boissinot S (2011). The transposable element profile of the Anolis genome: How a lizard can provide insights into the evolution of vertebrate genome size and structure. Mobile Genetic Elements. 1:2; 107-111.