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