Fran Van Dolah

NOAA, National Ocean Service, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research

Address: 219 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC, 29412
Phone: 843.460.9868


Ph.D., 1992, Medical University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • Functional genomics of toxic dinoflagellates
  • Effects of algal toxins on marine mammals and human consumers

Current research projects

  • Marine algal toxins: toxin mode of action; toxin detection methods, toxin impacts on living marine resources
  • Growth regulation in toxic marine dinoflagellates: cell cycle control, intracellular signaling pathways in dinoflagellates, circadian regulation of gene expression


  • Van Dolah, F.M., Neely, M.G., McGeorge, L.E. Balmer, B.C., Ylitalo, G.M., Zolman, E.S., Speakman, T., Sinclair, C., Kellar, N.M., Rosel,P.E., Mullin, K.D. Schwacke, L.H.  2015.  Seasonal Variation in the Skin Transcriptome of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the northern Gulf of Mexico. PlosOne 10: e0130934.
  • Pawlowiez, R., Morey, J., Darius, Chinain, M., Van Dolah, F.M.. 2014. Transcriptome sequencing reveals single domain type I-like polyketide synthases in the toxic dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus polynesiensis. Harmful Algae 36: 29–37.

  • Johnson, J.G. and Van Dolah, F.M. 2014. Caspase-like activity in aging and cell death in the toxic dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis. Harmful Algae 31:41-53. 

  • Van Dolah, F.M.,  Zippay, M., Pezzolesi, L., Rein, K, Johnson, J.G, Wang, Z, Pistocchi, R.  2013. Subcellular localization of polyketide synthases and fatty acid synthase activity in dinoflagellates. J. Phycology 49:1118-1127.

  • Morey, J.S. and Van Dolah, F.M. 2013. Global analysis of RNA half-lives and de novo transcription in a dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis.  PLOSOne 8:e66347.