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MELISSA DROWN

I'm a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota (May 2018) currently pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Miami, expected graduation Spring 2022. My dissertation work focuses on rapid evolution in response to changing environmental temperature in a small teleost fish. Previously, I was a class of 2016 NOAA Hollings Scholar at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and an undergraduate research assistant in the Faulk lab at the University of Minnesota. With NOAA, I completed a summer internship investigating the effects of ocean acidification on the early life stages of fish. My undergraduate research investigated the impact of environmental stressors on the epigenome.

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EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Evolutionary Genomics

How organisms respond to stress and their ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments.

2018 - Present

University of Miami

Current Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Genomics.

Advisors: Dr. Douglas Crawford and Dr. Marjorie Oleksiak. Lab website.

Environmental Epigenetics

The role epigenetic modifications play in adaptation and plasticity.

2014 - 2018

University of Minnesota

B.S. Ecology evolution and behavior. 

Minor Marine Biology.

Research advisor: Dr. Christopher Faulk.

Phenotypic Plasticity

At what life stage organisms are most vulnerable to environmental stressors and the interplay between plasticity and adaptive evolution.

SKILLS

Coding: Proficient in R and R Markdown for data visualization and analysis, Beginner in Python.

Molecular Research: Proficient in nucleic acid extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis, generating in house RNA and DNA libraries, and pyrosequencing. Experience optimizing new protocols for high-throughput nucleic acid extraction and in house genomic library preparation. Beginner level in culturing bacteria, bacterial transformations using plasmids, and protein isolation.

Animal Research: Trained to manage mouse colonies and fish in lab. For mice this includes tagging, making specialized diets, IP injections, blood collections, handling and imaging, and tissue dissections. For fish this includes VIE tagging, taking fin clips, physiological measurements including whole animal and tissue specific respirometry and critical thermal limits, tissue dissections, rearing of larvae, and breeding by strip spawning. 

Other: Experience designing and optimizing equipment for high-throughput sample size and treatment level experiments. Includes design and testing of a high-frequency CO2 system for larval fish experiments and a high-throughput whole animal respirometer for small aquatic animals.

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