Elena’s Curriculum vitae
 
PROFESSIONAL POSITION
 
Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Harvard University. 2012-present
 
Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Harvard University. 2007-2012
 
John L. Loeb Associate Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Harvard University. 2004-2007
 
Assistant Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Harvard University. 2000-2004
 
EDUCATION
Yale University.  Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology 1993-1999.  Ph.D. Nov. 1999.
 
Brandeis University.  1989-1993.  Phi Beta Kappa 1992.  B.A. with Highest Honors in Biology.  Graduated summa cum laude May 1993.
 
FELLOWSHIPS
 
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1993-97
Nathan and Bertha Richter Award for Undergraduate Research, 1992
 
RESEARCH
 
Yale University. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Post-Doctoral Advisor: Dr. Gunter Wagner, 1999-2000.
 
Yale University.  Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.  Graduate research advisor: Dr. Vivian F. Irish.  1994-1999.  Thesis title: Evolution of genetic mechanisms underlying petal and stamen development.
 
Brandeis University.  Department of Biology.  Undergraduate research advisor: Dr. Jeffrey C. Hall.  1991-1993.  Senior Thesis: Phenotypic characterization of the courtship mutant cacophony and interacting genetic variants in Drosophila melanogaster.
 
see PUBLICATIONS for published articles
PUBLICATIONS (SUBMITTED OR IN PREP)
 
Winther, J. and E. M. Kramer. An expanded analysis of gymnosperm type II MADS box genes reveals new complexity in gene lineage evolution. In preparation for New Phytologist.
 
Rosin, F. M. and E. M. Kramer. Technical advance: RNA-seq analysis of laser microdissected floral organs. In preparation for Plant Journal.
 
Rosin, F. M. and E. M. Kramer. Insights into identity determination of both conserved and novel floral organs in Aquilegia. In preparation for Current Biology.
 
Fulop, D., E. M. Kramer and J. Dumais. The biomechanical basis for fast movements in the orchid Catasetum. In preparation for Science.
 
RESEARCH SUPPORT (Past or Current)
 
Harvard: Milton Fund, $24,000, 2001. “Genetic basis of sex determination in the dioecious meadow-rue Thalictrum dioicum.”
 
Harvard: Clark/Cooke Fund, $6,000, 2002/2003. “Evolutionary analysis of the APETALA3 and PISTILLATA gene lineages in the lower eudicots.”
 
NSF: Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms, $339.029, 2003-2006. “Modification of the ABC program and the evolution of floral novelty.”
 
NSF: Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms, $6,000, 2003-2006. “Modification of the ABC program and the evolution of floral novelty.” REU supplement.
 
NSF: Biocomplexity in the Environment: Genome-Enabled Environmental Science and Engineering, $1,999,973, 2004-2009. “Genomics of Adaptation to the Biotic and Abiotic Environment in Aquilegia.” Lead PI, Scott A. Hodges; co-PIs, Justin Borevitz, Magnus Nordborg, Jeffrey Tomkins.
 
American Orchid Society: Research Grant, $11,400, 2005-2007. “Integrating phylogeny, biomechanics and pollination ecology in a study of the genus Catasetum.” Co-PI, Daniel Fulop.
 
Joint Genome Institute: Community Sequencing Program. Proposal to sequence the genome of Aquilegia formosa: a model system for both ancient and recent evolutionary genomic studies. www.jgi.doe.gov/sequencing/why/CSP2007/aquilegia.html
 
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: Exploratory Seminar Program, $12,000, May 18-19, 2007. “Genetics and Genomics of Emerging Model Species.
 
NSF: Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms, $397,755, 2007-2010. “Modification of the ABC program and the evolution of floral novelty.” [Renewal]
 
NESCent: NESCent Workshop series “Building Tools for Emerging Model Systems in Development, Evolution, and Ecology.” Co-PIs, Scott A. Hodges and Hopi Hoekstra.
 
NSF: Research Coordination Networks, $502,963, 2010-2013. “RCN: EDEN (Evo-Devo-Eco Network) A research coordination network to promote technique and community development across the Evo-Devo-Eco field.” Lead PI, Cassandra Extavour; co-PIs, Antonia Monteiro, Scott Hodges, and Michael Shapiro.
 
NSF: Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms, $499,998. 2011-2014. “Modification of the ABC program and the evolution of floral novelty.” [Renewal]
 
NSF: Phylogenetic Systematics, $465,000, 2011-2014. “Floral development, conservation genetics, and horizontal gene transfer in the world's largest flowers, Rafflesiaceae.” Lead PI, Charles Davis; co-PI, Kenneth Wurdack.
 
INVITED PRESENTATIONS
 
Presentations at Major Symposia (past five years):
 
German Botanical Congress, Univ. of Tübingen, Germany, 2013.
 
18th Biennial Penn State Plant Biology Symposium. “Plant Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics.” State College, PA, 2011.
 
57th Annual Systematics Symposium: Evo Devo. Genomic level views of novel floral organ morphology. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, 2010.
 
Presidential Symposium, Society for Developmental Biology 2010, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2010.
 
Mechanisms generating flower diversity. Euro Evo Devo, 2010 Paris Conference, 2010.
 
The genetic control of petal development: evidence for homology vs. homoplasy. Botany 2009, Snowbird UT, 2009.
 
The developmental basis of floral diversity in Ranunculaceae. Darwin and the Evolution of Flowers, Royal Society, London, 2009.
 
The genetic basis for floral innovation. 25th Symposium in Plant Biology: Evolution of Plant Development, Univ. of CA, Riverside, 2009 (co-organizer).
 
Invited Seminars (past five years):
 
2013: Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany; Univ. of New Hampshire
 
2012: Univ. of CA, Davis.; Boston Univ., Boston, MA.
 
2011: Univ. of Illinois, Springfield, IL; Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA.
 
2010: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO.
 
2009: Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/SERVICE
 
American Society of Plant Biologists                    2001-present
American Society for the Advancement of Science            2001-present
Botanical Society of America                                  1999-present
    Co-organizer, “Plant development and evolution: Lessons learned from
candidate genes.”, symposium sponsored by the Genetics and
Development/Structural sections for Botany 2004 meeting.
    Co-organizer, “Beyond Arabidopsis: Alternative Plant Model Species.”,
symposium sponsored by the Genetics and Development/Structural
sections for the joint BSA/ASPB meeting in 2007.
          Treasurer, Development & Structural Section, 2011-2014
Society for Developmental Biology                                2002-present
    Co-organizer, 2004 Northeast regional SDB meeting at Wood’s Hole, MA.
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution                        2002-present
New York Botanical Garden Science Advisory Committee          2005-present
 
EDITORIAL SERVICE
 
Editorial board: International Journal of Plant Sciences. Associate Editor: Evolution; Frontiers in Plant Science. Board of Advisors: New Phytologist. Panel member: NSF Plant and Microbial Developmental Processes; Plant Genome. Ad-hoc reviewer for: The Plant Cell; Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA; Science; PLoS Biology; Canadian Journal of Botany; American Journal of Botany; BMC Plant Biology: BMC Evolutionary Biology; Development, Genes and Evolution; Evolution and Development; Plant Molecular Biology; Plant Physiology: Plant Journal; Molecular Biology and Evolution; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; Annals of Botany; NSF Evolution of Developmental Processes program; NSF Plant Genome Research program; NSF Plant and Microbial Developmental Processes program; NSF Population and Evolutionary Processes program.
 
DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE (past five years)
 
2008-2009: Co-Chair of Senior Faculty Search Committee, Plant Organismal Biology; member, Standing Committee on Plant Biology & Plant Growth Facilities; Chair, Standing Committee on Women; co-Leader of the Genetics, Genomics and Evolution Training Program; member, Student-Faculty Judiciary Board; mentor, HGWISE graduate student mentoring program.
 
2009-2010: Chair, Standing Committee on Women; member, Arnold Arboretum Director search committee; member, Standing Committee on Plant Biology & Plant Growth Facilities; member, HUH Executive Committee; co-Leader of the Genetics, Genomics and Evolution Training Program; member, Hoekstra tenure promotion committee; mentor, HGWISE graduate student mentoring program.
 
2010-2011: Chair, Standing Committee on Women; member, Standing Committee on Plant Biology & Plant Growth Facilities; member, HUH Executive Committee; co-Leader of the Genetics, Genomics and Evolution Training Program; member, Cassandra Extavour Associate Promotion Committee; member, HUH Director/Senior Plant Evolutionary Biology Search Committee; member, OEB Executive Committee; chair, OEB Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Committee; mentor, HGWISE graduate student mentoring program (2 graduate students); Formal tenure track faculty mentor, Cassandra Extavour (OEB), Kirsten Bomblies (OEB), Tanya Smith (HEB); Hoopes Prize evaluation committee.
 
2011-2012: Chair, Standing Committee on Women; member, Standing Committee on Plant Biology & Plant Growth Facilities; member, HUH Executive Committee; member, OEB Executive Committee; member, AA Executive Committee; co-Leader of the Genetics, Genomics and Evolution Training Program; member, HUH Director/Senior Plant Evolutionary Biology Search Committee; member, OEB/AA Plant Biology Faculty Search Committee; organizer, OEB Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program; Hoopes Prize evaluation committee; co-organizer of HUH seminar series; mentor, HGWISE graduate student mentoring program (3 graduate students); formal tenure track faculty mentor, Cassandra Extavour (OEB), Kirsten Bomblies (OEB), Tanya Smith (HEB).
 
2013-2014: Chair, Standing Committee on Women; member, Dean’s Faculty Resources Committee; member, Dean of the College Search committee; member, Standing Committee on Plant Biology & Plant Growth Facilities; member, HUH Executive Committee; member, OEB Executive Committee; member, AA Executive Committee; co-Leader of the MCO Genetics, Genomics and Evolution Training Program; chair, Cassandra Extavour Tenure Promotion Committee; organizer, OEB Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program; chair, Hoopes Prize Natural Sciences Subcommittee; co-organizer of HUH seminar series; mentor, HGWISE graduate student mentoring program (2 graduate students); formal tenure track faculty mentor, Cassandra Extavour (OEB), Kirsten Bomblies (OEB), Tanya Smith (HEB) and Robin Hopkins.
 
ACADEMIC ADVISING
 
Postdoctoral Associates:
 
Levi Yant, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-present
Bharti Sharma, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-present
Jen Winther, Mercer Fellow, 2007-2010, currently an Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State
Univ., Allendale, MI
Faye Rosin, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2010, currently the Laboratory Administrator,
Weld Hill Laboratory, Arnold Arboretum
Lynn Holappa, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2005-present
Jocelyn Hall, Mercer Fellow, 2003-2006, currently an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of
Biological Sciences of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA.
M. Alejandra Jaramillo, Mercer Fellow and NSF postdoctoral fellow, 2001-2003, currently an
    Assistant Professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Veronica S. Di Stilio, Mercer Fellow, 2001-2003, currently an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of
Biology, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA
 
Graduate Students:
 
Claire Levy, 2012-present
Joshua Puzey, 2008-2012, currently a NSF Plant Genome postdoctoral fellow at Duke
Emily Gleason, 2008-2013, currently a Genetics Curriculum Fellow at Harvard Medical School
George C. K. Chang, 2008-2010, currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA (Diener Lab)
Cheng-Chiang Wu, 2003-present
Evangelline Ballerini, 2003-2010, currently a NIH postdoctoral fellow at UCSB (Hodges Lab)
Daniel Fulop, 2001-2009, currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCDavis (Maloof Lab)
Lena Hileman 2001-2002, currently an Associate Professor at the Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence.
 
Graduate Student Committees, Harvard:
 
Ryan Oyama, graduated 2002, Baum lab
Saharah-Moon Chapotin, graduated 2005, Holbrook lab
Josh Gross, graduated 2005, Hanken lab
Rachel Spicer, graduated 2006, Holbrook lab
Amy Maxmen, graduated 2006, Giribet/Hanken lab
Carlos Infante, graduated 2008, Hanken lab
Ryan Kerney, graduated 2007, Hanken lab
David Hewitt, graduated 2007, Pfister lab
EunSuk Kim, graduated 2010, Donohue Lab
Joseph De-Chung Shih, graduated 2008, Hunter Lab (MCB)
George C.K. Chang, graduated 2010, Donohue Lab
Marna Constanzo, graduated 2010, Hartl Lab
Ricardo Godinez, graduated 2012, Edwards Lab
Jim Wheeler, graduated 2013, Holbrook Lab
Juan-Pablo Giraldo, graduated 2012, Holbrook Lab
Lachezar Nikolov, graduated 2013, Davis Lab
Didem Sarikaya, Extavour Lab
Ben Ewen-Campen, Extavour Lab
Brett Huggett, graduated 2013, Holbrook Lab
Seth Donoghue, Extavour Lab
 
Graduate Student Committees, Other:
 
Yingzhen Yang, Dartmouth College (Jack Lab)
Tania Rehse, Duke University (Manos Lab)
Samuel Brockington, Univ. Florida, Gainesville (Soltis Lab)
 
Undergraduate Research Students:
 
Philipp Schlüter, Cambridge Univ., UK, summer 2000, currently a postdoctoral associated with Ueli
           Grossniklaus, Institute of Plant Biology, Zurich.
Eric Wehrenberg-Klee, Harvard University, 2000-2001
Stefan Vanderweil, Harvard University, summer 2002
Giulia Stellari, Harvard University, 2001-2003, senior thesis student
Heather Watchel, Harvard University, 2002-2003
Phillip Santiago, Harvard University, summer 2003-summer 2004
Jack Austin, Willamette University, summer 2004, MORPH grant recipient, currently a PhD
student at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, Claremont, CA.
Katherine Fifer, Harvard University February 2005-May 2006.
David Rasmussen, Reed College, summer 2006, MORPH grant recipient, currently a PhD
student at Duke University.
Elena Butler, Harvard College, summer 2007, MORPH grant recipient
Kyla Hill, Harvard College, 2010
Kimberly O’Donnell, 2011-2012, senior thesis student
Colin Guo Teo, 2011-2012, senior thesis student
Anna Veverica, 2011-2013, currently a student at Indiana Univ. Medical School
Avinaash Subramanian, Harvard University, fall 2012-present.
Imani Bunn, Harvard University, spring 2013-present.
Marylyn Creer, Alabama A&M, summer 2013 MCO/Leadership Alliance Summer Internship
student.
Gabriel Amador, Harvard University, fall 2013-present.