Labib Rouhana, Ph.D.

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences Bldg I, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Education History

  • B.S. (Biology), 2001, University of Texas - El Paso
  • Ph.D. (Genetics), 2007, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, 2008-2009, Kyoto University
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, 2009-2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Rouhana lab website




BIO3140: Molecular Biology Laboratory (Fall semesters; co-instruction with Dr. Tom Bubulya)

BIO4020/6020: Current Literature in Biology of Regeneration

BIO4490/6690: Genetic Screens Using RNA-interference (RNAi) (Summer semesters)

BIO2120: Cell Biology



Almazan EMP, Lesko SL, Markey MP, Rouhana L. (2018). Girardia dorotocephala transcriptome sequence, assembly, and validation through characterization of piwi homologs and stem cell progeny markers. Developmental Biology. 433(2):433-447.

Counts JT, Hester TM, Rouhana L. (2017). Genetic expansion of chaperonin-containing TCP-1 (CCT/TRiC) complex subunits yields testis-specific isoforms required for spermatogenesis in planarian flatworms. Molecular Reproduction and Development. 84(12):1271-1284.

Rouhana L, Tasaki J, Saberi A, Newmark PA. (2017) Genetic dissection of the planarian reproductive system through characterization of Schmidtea mediterranea CPEB homologs. Developmental Biology. 1;426(1):43-55.

Shibata N, Kashima M, Ishiko T, Nishimura O, Rouhana L, Misaki K, Yonemura S, Saito K, Siomi H, Siomi MC, and Agata K. (2016).  Inheritance of a Nuclear PIWI from Pluripotent Stem Cells by Somatic Descendants Ensures Differentiation by Silencing Transposons in Planarian. Developmental Cell, Vol. 37, Issue 3, p226–237

Steiner JK, Tasaki J, and Rouhana L*. (2016). Germline Defects Caused by Smed-boule RNA-Interference Reveal That Egg Capsule Deposition Occurs Independently of Fertilization, Ovulation, Mating, or the Presence of Gametes in Planarian Flatworms. PLoS Genetics 12(5): e1006030. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006030

Rouhana L* and Tasaki J. (2016).  Epigenetics and Shared Molecular Processes in the Regeneration of Complex Structures.   Stem Cells International, vol. 2016, Article ID 6947395. doi:10.1155/2016/6947395

Tasaki J, Uchiyama-Tasaki C, and Rouhana L*. (2016).  Analysis of Stem Cell Motility In Vivo Based on Immunodetection of Planarian Neoblasts and Tracing of BrdU-Labeled Cells After Partial Irradiation. Methods Mol. Biol. 1365:323-38. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3124-8_18.

Rouhana L*, Weiss JA, King RS, and Newmark PA, (2014).  PIWI homologs mediate histone mRNA localization to planarian chromatoid bodies.  Development. 141(13):2592-601. 

Rouhana L*, Weiss JA, Forsthoefel DJ, Lee H, King RS, Inoue T, Shibata N, Agata K, Newmark PA. (2013). RNA interference by feeding in vitro synthesized double-stranded RNA to planarians: methodology and dynamics.  Developmental Dynamics.  242(6):718-30. 

Rouhana L, Vieira AP, Roberts-Galbraith RH, and Newmark PA. (2012).  PRMT5 and the role of symmetrical dimethylarginine in chromatoid bodies of planarian stem cells. Development. Mar;139(6):1083-94.

Rouhana L, Shibata N, Nishimura O, and Agata K. (2010).  Different requirements for conserved posttranscriptional regulators in planarian regeneration and stem cell maintenance. Developmental Biology. 341(2):429-43.

Shibata N, Rouhana L, and Agata K. (2010).  Cellular and molecular dissection of pluripotent adult somatic stem cells in planarians. Development Growth Differentiation. 52(1):27-41.


*Corresponding author.


2012 National Academy of Sciences Ford Foundation Fellow

2014 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Scholar

2016 Dean's Early Career Teaching Award

2017 Presidential Award for Excellence (Early Career Achievement)

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