Elena Kramer

Elena Kramer

Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard College Professor
Chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Elena M. 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 AquilegiaEvoDevo2:4.

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 coeruleamicroRNAs and their targets. Gene448:46-56.

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 thalianaProceedings 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 theRanunculalesAmerican Journal of Botany96:96-109.

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 Methods3:6.

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 Cell19:750-766.

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Biological Labs, Rm. 1119
16 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office phone: 617-496-3460

Faculty Support: Erin Ciccone
Email: eciccone@oeb.harvard.edu
Phone:617-495-7504

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