Elena M. Kramer

Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Phone: 617-496-3460
Office: 1112 Bio Labs
16 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Lab Website: http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/kramer

My lab is very broadly interested in the evolution of floral morphology. We use molecular, morphological, and phylogenetic approaches to study how flowers have changed over the course of evolutionary time. Research projects in the lab cover a diverse set of topics, including gene lineage evolution and the effects of gene duplication, the morphological diversification of floral parts such as petals and fruits, and the evolutionary and ecological significance of pollinator interactions. Within this context, one of our major focus areas is the development of Aquilegia (columbine) as a new system for studying evolutionary and ecological questions.

Recent Publications

Ballerini, E. and E. M. Kramer. (2011) The control of flowering time in the lower eudicot model Aquilegia. EvoDevo, 2:4.

Zhang, W., Kramer, E. M. and C. C. Davis. (2010) Floral symmetry genes and the origin and maintenance of zygomorphy in a plant-pollinator mutualism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 107:6388-6393.

Voelckel, C., J. O. Borevitz, E. M. Kramer, and S. A. Hodges. (2010) Within and between whorls: comparative profiling of Aquilegia and Arabidopsis. PLoS One, 5(3): e9735. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009735.

Puzey, J. R. and E. M. Kramer. (2009) Identification of conserved Aquilegia coerulea microRNAs and their targets. Gene, 448:46-56.

Chiang, G. C. K., D. Baura, E. M. Kramer, R. M Amasino, and K. Donohue. (2009) The major flowering time gene, FLOWERING LOCUS C, regulates seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 106:11661-11666.

Rasmussen, D. E., E. M. Kramer, and E. A. Zimmer. (2009) One size fits all? Molecular evidence for a commonly inherited petal identity program in the Ranunculales. American Journal of Botany, 96:96-109.

Gould, B. and E. M. Kramer. (2007) Virus-induced gene silencing as a tool for functional analyses in the emerging model plant Aquilegia (columbine, Ranunculaceae). Plant Methods, 3:6.

Kramer, E. M., L. Holappa, B. Gould, M. A. Jaramillo, D. Setnikov, and P. Santiago. (2007) Elaboration of B gene function to include the identity of novel floral organs in the lower eudicot Aquilegia (Ranunculaceae). Plant Cell, 19:750-766.

See complete publications list.

Courses Taught

OEB 52: Biology of Plants
OEB 106: Plant Development and Differentiation
OEB 268r: Topics in Plant Developmental Genetics