Wayne K. Potts, PhD


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Pathology - Adjunct Professor

Email: potts@biology.utah.edu

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. McClelland EE, Perrine WT, Potts WK, Casadevall A (2005 Oct). Relationship of virulence factor expression to evolved virulence in mouse-passaged Cryptococcus neoformans lines. Infect Immun, 73(10), 7047-50.
  2. McClelland EE, Adler FR, Granger DL, Potts WK (2004 Aug 7). Major histocompatibility complex controls the trajectory but not host-specific adaptation during virulence evolution of the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. Proc Biol Sci, 271(1548), 1557-64.
  3. McClelland EE, Damjanovich K, Gardner K, Groesbeck ZJ, Ma MS, Nibley M, Richardson KS, Wilkinson M, Morrison LC, Bernhardt P, Potts WK (2004 Jul 9). Infection-dependent phenotypes in MHC-congenic mice are not due to MHC: can we trust congenic animals? BMC Immunol, 5, 14.
  4. Carroll LS, Meagher S, Morrison L, Penn DJ, Potts WK (2004 Jun). Fitness effects of a selfish gene (the Mus t complex) are revealed in an ecological context. Evolution Int J Org Evolution, 58(6), 1318-28.
  5. McClelland EE, Granger DL, Potts WK (2003 Aug). Major histocompatibility complex-dependent susceptibility to Cryptococcus neoformans in mice. Infect Immun, 71(8), 4815-7.
  6. McClelland EE, Penn DJ, Potts WK (2003 Apr). Major histocompatibility complex heterozygote superiority during coinfection. Infect Immun, 71(4), 2079-86.
  7. Penn DJ, Damjanovich K, Potts WK (2002 Aug 20). MHC heterozygosity confers a selective advantage against multiple-strain infections. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 99(17), 11260-4.
  8. Carroll LS, Penn DJ, Potts WK (2002 Feb 19). Discrimination of MHC-derived odors by untrained mice is consistent with divergence in peptide-binding region residues. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 99(4), 2187-92.
  9. Leamy LJ, Meagher S, Taylor S, Carroll L, Potts WK (2001 Nov 11). Size and fluctuating asymmetry of morphometric characters in mice: their associations with inbreeding and t-haplotype. Evolution Int J Org Evolution, 55(11), 2333-41.
  10. Carroll LS, Potts WK (2001 Nov 1). Accumulated background variation among H2 mutant congenic strains: elimination through PCR-based genotyping of F2 segregants. J Immunol Methods, 257(1-2), 137-43.
  11. Meagher S, Penn DJ, Potts WK (2000 Mar 28). Male-male competition magnifies inbreeding depression in wild house mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 97(7), 3324-9.
  12. Penn D, Potts WK (1998 Jun 1). Untrained mice discriminate MHC-determined odors. Physiol Behav, 64(3), 235-43.
  13. Meagher S, Potts WK (1997). A microsatellite-based MHC genotyping system for house mice (Mus domesticus). Hereditas, 127(1-2), 75-82.
  14. Edwards SV, Wakeland EK, Potts WK (1995 Dec 19). Contrasting histories of avian and mammalian Mhc genes revealed by class II B sequences from songbirds. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 92(26), 12200-4.
  15. Edwards SV, Grahn M, Potts WK (1995 Dec). Dynamics of Mhc evolution in birds and crocodilians: amplification of class II genes with degenerate primers. Mol Ecol, 4(6), 719-29.
  16. Potts WK, Manning CJ, Wakeland EK (1994 Nov 29). The role of infectious disease, inbreeding and mating preferences in maintaining MHC genetic diversity: an experimental test. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 346(1317), 369-78.
  17. McDonald DB, Potts WK (1994 Nov 11). Cooperative display and relatedness among males in a lek-mating bird. Science, 266(5187), 1030-2.
  18. Potts WK, Wakeland EK (1993 Dec). Evolution of MHC genetic diversity: a tale of incest, pestilence and sexual preference. Trends Genet, 9(12), 408-12.
  19. Manning CJ, Wakeland EK, Potts WK (1992 Dec 10). Communal nesting patterns in mice implicate MHC genes in kin recognition. Nature, 360(6404), 581-3.
  20. Potts WK, Manning CJ, Wakeland EK (1991 Aug 15). Mating patterns in seminatural populations of mice influenced by MHC genotype. Nature, 352(6336), 619-21.


  1. Slev PR, Potts WK (2002 Oct). Disease consequences of pathogen adaptation. [Review]. Curr Opin Immunol, 14(5), 609-14.
  2. Apanius V, Penn D, Slev PR, Ruff LR, Potts WK (1997). The nature of selection on the major histocompatibility complex. [Review]. Crit Rev Immunol, 17(2), 179-224.
  3. Potts WK, Slev PR (1995 Feb). Pathogen-based models favoring MHC genetic diversity. [Review]. Immunol Rev, 143, 181-97.
  4. Wakeland EK, Boehme S, She JX, Lu CC, McIndoe RA, Cheng I, Ye Y, Potts WK (1990). Ancestral polymorphisms of MHC class II genes: divergent allele advantage. [Review]. Immunol Res, 9(2), 115-22.


  1. Potts WK, Wakeland EK (1990 Feb). The maintenance of MHC polymorphism [Letter to the editor]. Immunol Today, 11(2), 39-40.


  1. Potts WK (2002 Feb). Wisdom through immunogenetics. Utah Special Educator (30(2), pp. 130-1). United States.