Josephine Reinhardt

Assistant Professor of Biology
Integrated Science Center 349

Dr. Josie Reinhardt has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2016.

Josie Reinhardt photo

Office Hours Fall 2023

  • Tuesdays 11:30am-12:20am ISC 349
  • Wednesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm ISC 349
  • Thursdays 1:00pm-2:00pm ISC 349

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph. D. in Biology, UNC Chapel Hill, 2012

  • B.A. in Biology, Macalester College, 2005

Research Interests

  • Genomic impacts of Selfish Genetic Elements

  • Origins and Evolution of Novel Genes

  • Population Genetics and Genomics

Curriculum Vitae


  • Reinhardt JA, Baker RB, Zimin AV, Ladias C, Paczolt KA, Werren JH, Hayashi CY, Wilkinson. 2023. Impacts of Sex Ratio Meiotic Drive on Genome Structure and Function in a Stalk-Eyed Fly, Genome Biology and Evolution, Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2023, evad118 Link

  • McCartney JA, Bouchard SN, Reinhardt JA, Roberts EM, O’Connor PM, Mtelela C, Stevens NJ. 2021. The oldest lamprophiid (Serpentes, Caenophidia) fossil from the late Oligocene Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania and the origins of African snake diversity. Geobios. Vol. 66-67, p 67-75.

  • Militello KT and J Reinhardt. 2019. An undergraduate laboratory on RNA-seq analysis of bacterial gene expression. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 47(2): 161-167. Link.

  • Paczolt, KA, Reinhardt, JA and Wilkinson, GS. 2017. Contrasting patterns of X-chromosome divergence underlie multiple sex-ratio polymorphisms in stalk-eyed flies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 30: 1772–1784. Link.

  • Baker RH, Narechania A, Robb DeSalle, Johns PM, Reinhardt JA, Wilkinson GS. Spermatogenesis drives rapid gene creation and masculinization of the X chromosome in stalk-eyed flies (Diopsidae). Genome Biology and Evolution. 2016; 8(3): 896-914.

  • Reinhardt JA, Brand CL, Paczolt KA, Johns PM, Baker RH, Wilkinson GS. Meiotic drive impacts expression and evolution of x-linked genes in stalk-eyed flies. PLoS Genetics. 2014.

  • Reinhardt JA, Kolaczkowski B, Jones CD, Begun DJ, Kern AD. Parallel Geographic Variation in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 2014

  • Reinhardt JA, Wanjiru BM, Brant AT, Saelao P, Begun DJ, and Jones CD. De Novo ORFs in Drosophila Are Important to Organismal Fitness and Evolved Rapidly from Previously Non-coding Sequences. PLoS Genetics. 2013; 9(10): e1003860.

  • Reinhardt JA and Jones CD. Two Rapidly Evolving Genes Contribute to Male Fitness in Drosophila. Journal of Molecular Evolution. 2013; 77(5-6), 246-259.

  • Lee YC and Reinhardt JA. Widespread polymorphism in the positions of stop codons in Drosophila melanogaster. Genome Biology and Evolution. 2012; 4(4), 533-549.

  • Reinhardt JA, Baltrus DA, Nishimura MT, Jeck WR, Jones CD, Dangl JL. De novo assembly using low coverage short read sequence data from the rice pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. Oryzae. Genome Research. Feb. 2009, 19(2):294-305.

  • Jeck WR, Reinhardt JA, Baltrus DA, Hickenbotham MT, Magrini V, Mardis ER, Dangl JL, Jones CD. Extending assembly of short DNA sequences to handle error. Bioinformatics Sept. 24 2007.

  • Wilkinson GS, Adams D, Arnold B, Ball H, Breeze C, Gerald Carter, Lisa Cooper, Dina Dechmann, Paolo Devanna, Nicolas Fasel, Alexander Galzyuk, Linus Günther, Amin Haghani, Edward Hurme, Gareth Jones, Mirjam Knörnschild, Ella Lattenkamp, Caesar Li, Ake Lu, Frieder Mayer, Rodrigo Medellin, Martina Nagy, Brian Pope, Megan Power, Roger Ransome, Josephine Reinhardt, Emma Teeling, Sonja Vernes, Daniel Zamora-Mejías, Joshua Zhang, Joseph Zoller, Steve Horvath, Paul Faure, and Lucas Greville. 2021. DNA methylation predicts age and provides insight into exceptional longevity of bats. Nature Communications 12-1615 (2021).

  • Hutchison E, Scheffler A, Militello K, Reinhardt J, Nedelkovska H, Jamburuthugoda 2022. An Undergraduate Laboratory Exploring Mutational Mechanisms in Escherichia
    coli Based on the Luria-Delbrück experiment. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 2022 Mar 14;23(1):e00211-21. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.00211-21.


  • BIOL 105: Contemporary Biology

    Biology applied directly to contemporary personal, social, and environmental problems; the biological problems evolving from technology; and current suggestions offered by leading biologists on solving these problems. To receive credit for the Natural Science Core, students must also take the laboratory BIOL 106.

  • BIOL 106: Contemporary Biology Lab

    Laboratory studies in Contemporary Biology. Experiments are directed toward understanding current issues in biology such as those concerned with genetics, development and neurobiology. Emphasis is on the practical use of the methods of science.