NIKKI GEORGINA TRAYLOR - KNOWLES


EDUCATION


Ph.D., Biology                                                 Boston University                                      2012           

M.Sc., Cellular and Molecular Biology            Johns Hopkins University                         2004

*Biology Departmental Honors

B.Sc., Cellular and Molecular Biology            Johns Hopkins University                         2003           

 

RESEARCH & ACADEMIC HISTORY           

 

Assistant Professor, University of Miami                                                                         Starting February 2016

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences



Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station                        2011 - current

§  Advisor: Stephen Palumbi

§  Research focus: The role of tumor necrosis factor receptor in heat stressed corals (Acropora hyacinthus).

§  Techniques: cnidarian stress physiology, bioinformatics/genomics, cell biology, molecular biology, field work

 

Ph.D Graduate Researcher, Boston University                                                                2005 - 2011

§    Co-advisors: John R. Finnerty and Les Kaufman

§  Dissertation title: Molecular insights into the stress response of cnidarians with a focus on wound healing in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis and the coral Pocillopora damicornis.

§  Techniques: phylogenetics, cell biology, microscopy, field work

 

Master’s Researcher, Johns Hopkins University                                                            2003 - 2004

§  Advisor: Gary K. Ostrander

§  Master’s Thesis: The initial characterization of coral skeletal tissue anomalies found in Porites compressa.

§  Techniques: cell culture, western blots, microscopy

 

 

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS


Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow                                                             2013

§    National Science Foundation: Total amount $170,000                                   

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Award                                                                      2013

§    Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Total amount $60,000                                   

Warren-McLeod Marine Biology Fellowship                                                                   2011

§    Boston University: Total amount $22,000 

East Asia Pacific and Summer Institutes Fellow                                                            2010

§    National Science Foundation: Total amount $12,000

Warren-McLeod Marine Biology Fellowship                                                                   2010

§    Boston University: Total amount $22,000         

Graduate student training grant, National Institute of Health                                           2008

George R. Bernard Travel Grant, Boston University                                                        2007

Teaching Fellowship, Boston University                                                                           2005-2009, 2011

Departmental Biology Honors, Johns Hopkins University                                               2003

 

TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPERIENCE


UROC Student Supervisor, Cal State Monterey Bay                                                        2014

                 §  Responsibilities: Mentor student Kirsten Boyer

STEM Student Supervisor, Stanford University                                                               2013

     §   Responsibilities: Megan Mikhail, STEM Fellow

Student Supervisor, Mentor for 5 students, Boston University                                        2007-2011

    §   Responsibilities: Developed student project, guided senior thesis

Invited Lecturer, Marine Biology, Boston University                                                        2011

                  §  Lecture Title: “Organismal, molecular, and genomic mechanisms underlying wound healing in a model coral”

Teaching Fellow, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Boston University                                 2008

                §  Responsibilities: Lab instructor, lab lecturer and fieldwork coordinator

Teaching Fellow, Systems Physiology Laboratory, Boston University                            2005-2009, 2011

               §  Responsibilities:  Lab instructor, lab lecturer, design course and test materials           

Teaching Fellow, Marine Biology, Boston University                                                      2006-2007

               §  Responsibilities: Discussion leader, course coordinator, developed discussion curriculum

Teaching Assistant, Intro. Biology Lab, Johns Hopkins University                                2003-04

              §  Responsibilities: Lab coordinator, lab lecture                                                                                               

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

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(See Publication Section)


INVITED SEMINAR SPEAKER


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Thompson Lab, Cambridge, MA                       2014

Harvard University, Extavour Lab, Cambridge, MA                                                         2014

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Tarrant Lab, Woods Hole, MA                             2014

Northeastern University, Vollmer Lab, Nahant, MA                                                         2014

University of Texas-Arlington, Mydlarz Lab, Arlington, TX                                              2014

University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Reitzel Lab, Charlotte, NC                                 2014

Romberg Tiberon Center, San Francisco State University                                             2013

National Science Foundation, EAPSI Pre-departure Panel, Washington D.C.               2011           

Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Lab, Pacific Grove, CA                                         2010

Harvard University, Extavour Lab, Cambridge, MA                                                        2010  

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Heng Chun, Taiwan                      2010           

Boston University, Boston, MA                                                                                       2006, 2010

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD                                                                       2005

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS


Oral presentations:

Evolution, Raleigh, NC                                                                                                  2014

North American Comparative Immunology Workshop, Albuquerque, NM                    2014

The International Conference on Coelenterate Biology, Eilat, Israel                            2013

Nematostella Workshop, at ICCB, Eilat, Israel                                                             2013

Evolution, Snowbird, UT                                                                                               2013

International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, AUS                                                      2012

International Society of Reef Studies, Wagenigen, The Netherlands                           2010

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Seattle, WA                                      2010

International Coral Reef Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, FL                                          2008


Poster presentations:

Midwinter Immunology Conference, Pacific Grove, CA                                               2014

Boston University Engineering and Science Day, Boston, MA                                    2010

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston, MA                                     2009

 


REVIEW PANELS, COMMITTEES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Co-chair of Evolution session: Gene Expression, Raleigh, NC                                   2014

Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students, San Jose, CA                         2012

Co-chair of symposium: Immunity on the Reef, ICRS                                                 2012

Grant Research Panel Reviewer, NSF East Asia Pacific and Summer Institutes       2011           

Invited student, H.I.M.B -Edwin Pauley Class on coral stress                                     2007

 

JOURNAL PEER REVIEW


   Proceedings of the Royal Society B

   Frontiers

   BMC Genomics

   PLoS One

Molecular Ecology Resources

Marine Genomics

Molecular Ecology

Hydrobiologic


 

OUTREACH AND MENTORSHIP


Postdoctoral Science Management Series Liaison, Hopkins Marine Station            2014

Mentorship Training, Cal State Monterey Bay                                                              2014

Stanford Graduate Diversity Research Presenter, Stanford University                     2014

Science Fair Judge, Olosenga-Ofu Elementary School, American Samoa                  2012

Student Director and Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project            1999-2003