Dr Greg Neely

Lab Head - Functional Genomics

Principal Research Fellow

I grew up for the most part in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I started my science career as an immunologist, completing my PhD in Human Cellular Immunology at the University of Calgary (1998-2004).

In the post-genomic era, my interests evolved to incorporate functional genomics approaches to help annotate the genome. I am focused on finding ways to improve our basic understanding of disease and develop new therapies as quickly as possible. 

Research Interests

Pain, chronic pain, and finding new pain killers
Aging, metabolism and lifespan extension
Heart function
Basic synaptic function and vesicle trafficking
Neural death and degeneration
New cancer treatment strategies
Behavioural genomics

Awards and Honours

2012 - NHMRC CDF
2011 - NHMRC Marshall and Warren Award
2011 - Lawrence Creative Prize Finalist
2004 - Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship


2004 - PhD, University of Calgary - Canada
1997 - BSc, University of Calgary - Canada

Selected Publications

Xiong B, Bayat, V, Jaiswal, M, Zhang K, Sandoval H, Charng WL, Li T, David G, Duraine, L, Lin YQ, Neely GG, Yamamoto S, Bellen HJ. Crag is a GEF for Rab11 required for rhodopsin trafficking and maintenance of adult photoreceptor cells. PLoS Biol. 2012;10(12):e1001438.

Neely GG, Rao S, Costigan M, Mair N, Racz I, Milinkeviciute G, Meixner A, Nayanala S, Griffin RS, Belfer I, Dai F, Smith S, Diatchenko L, Marengo S, Haubner BJ, Novatchkova M, Gibson D, Maixner W, Pospisilik JA, Hirsch E, Wishaw IQ, Zimmer A, Gupta V, Sasaki J, Sasaki T, Kress M, Woolf CJ, and Penninger JM. Construction of a global pain systems network highlights phospholipid signaling as a regulator of heat nociception. PLoS Genet. 2012;8(12):e1003071.

Neely GG, Keene AC, Duchek P, Chang EC, Wang QP, Aksoy YA, Rosenzweig M, Costigan M, Woolf CJ, Garrity PA, Penninger JM. TrpA1 regulates thermal nociception in Drosophila. PLoS One. 2011;6(8):e24343.

Schramek D, Kotsinas A, Meixner A, Wada T, Elling U, Pospisilik JA, Neely GG, Zwick RH, Sigl V, Forni G, Serrano M, Gorgoulis VG, Penninger JM. The stress kinase MKK7 couples oncogenic stress to p53 stability and tumor suppression. Nat Genet. 2011;43(3):212-9.

Neely GG, Hess A, Costigan M, Keene AC, Goulas S, Langeslag M, Griffin RS, Belfer I, Dai F, Smith SB, Diatchenko L, Gupta V, Xia CP, Amann S, Kreitz S, Heindl-Erdmann C, Wolz S, Ly CV, Arora S, Sarangi R, Dan D, Novatchkova M, Rosenzweig M, Gibson DG, Truong D, Schramek D, Zoranovic T, Cronin SJ, Angjeli B, Brune K, Dietzl G, Maixner W, Meixner A, Thomas W, Pospisilik JA, Alenius M, Kress M, Subramaniam S, Garrity PA, Bellen HJ, Woolf CJ, Penninger JM. A Genome-wide Drosophila Screen for Heat Nociception Identifies α2δ3 as an Evolutionarily Conserved Pain Gene. Cell. 2010;143(4):628-38.

Neely GG, Kuba K, Cammarato A, Isobe K, Amann S, Zhang L, Murata M, Elmén L, Gupta V, Arora S, Sarangi R, Dan D, Fujisawa S, Usami T, Xia CP,  Keene AC, Alayari NN, Yamakawa HH, Elling U, Berger C, Novatchkova M, Koglgruber R, Fukuda K, Nishina H, Isobe M,  Pospisilik JA, Imai Y, Pfeufer A, Hicks AA, Pramstaller PP, Subramaniam S, Kimura A, Ocorr K, Bodmer R, Penninger JM. A global in vivo Drosophila RNAi screen identifies NOT3 as a conserved regulator of heart function. Cell 2010; 141(1):142-53.

Pospisilik JA, Schramek D, Schnidar H, Cronin SJ, Nehme NT, Zhang X, Knauf C, Cani PD, Aumayr K, Todoric J, Bayer M, Haschemi A, Puviindran V, Tar K, Orthofer M, Neely GG, Dietzl G, Manoukian A, Funovics M, Prager G, Wagner O, Ferrandon D, Aberger F, Hui CC, Esterbauer H, Penninger JM. Drosophila genome-wide obesity screen reveals hedgehog as a determinant of brown versus white adipose cell fate. Cell. 2010;140(1):148-60.

Cronin SJ, Nehme NT, Limmer S, Liegeois S, Pospisilik JA, Schramek D, Leibbrandt A, Simoes RD, Gruber S, Puc U, Ebersberger I, Zoranovic T, Neely GG, von Haeseler A, Ferrandon D, Penninger JM. Genome-Wide RNAi Screen Identifies Genes Involved in Intestinal Pathogenic Bacterial Infection. Science. 2009;325(5938):340-3.

Imai Y, Kuba K, Neely GG, Yaghubian-Malhami R, Perkmann T, van Loo G, Ermolaeva M, Veldhuizen R, Leung YH, Wang H, Liu H, Sun Y, Pasparakis M, Kopf M, Mech C, Bavari S, Peiris JS, Slutsky AS, Akira S, Hultqvist M, Holmdahl R, Nicholls J, Jiang C, Binder CJ, Penninger JM. Identification of oxidative stress and Toll-like receptor 4 signaling as a key pathway of acute lung injury. Cell. 2008;133(2):235-49.

Pospisilik JA, Knauf C, Joza N, Cani P, Nakashima T, Sarao R, Neely G, Kroemer G, KahnCR, Koslov A, Esterbauer H, Burcelin R, and Penninger JM. Targeted reduction in muscle oxidative phos-phorylation enhances insulin-sensitivity and prevents diabetes and obesity in mice. Cell. 2007;131(3):476-91.

Kuba K, Zhang L, Imai Y, Arab S, Chen M, Maekawa Y, Leschnik M, Leibbrandt A, Makovic M, Schwaighofer J, Beetz N, Musialek R, Neely GG, Komnenovic V, Kolm U, Metzler B, Ricci R, Hara H, Meixner A, Nghiem M, Chen X, Dawood F, Wong KM, Sarao R, Cukerman E, Kimura A, Hein L, Thalhammer J, Liu PP, Penninger JM. Impaired heart contractility in Apelin gene-deficient mice associated with aging and pressure overload. Circ Res.  2007;101(4):e32-42.

Ma LL, Wang CL, Neely GG, Epelman S, Krensky AM, Mody CH.  NK cells use perforin rather than granulysin for anticryptococcal activity. J Immunol. 2004;173:3357-65.

Epelman S, Stack D, Bell C, Wong E, Neely GG, Krutzik S, Miyake K, Kubes P, Zbytnuik LD, Ma LL, Xie X, Woods DE, Mody CH. Different domains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa exoenzyme S activate distinct TLRs. J Immunol. 2004;173:2031-40. 

Neely GG, Epelman S, Ma LL, Colarusso P, Howlett CJ, Amankwah EK, McIntyre AC, Robbins SM, Mody CH. Monocyte surface-bound IL-15 can function as an activating receptor and participate in reverse signaling. J Immunol. 2004;172: 4225-34.

Neely GG, Robbins SM, Amankwah EK, Epelman S, Wong H, Spurrell JC, Jandu KK, Zhu W, Fogg DK, Brown CB, Mody CH. Lipopolysaccharide-stimulated or granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor-stimulated monocytes rapidly express biologically active IL-15 on their cell surface independent of new protein synthesis. J Immunol. 2001;167(9):5011-7. 



Dr Greg Neely