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Kevin Dorn Curriculum Vitae

 

Kevin M. Dorn 

University of Minnesota 

Department of Plant Biology 

1445 Gortner Avenue, 250 Biological Sciences Center 

St. Paul, Minnesota 55108 

dorn@umn.edu

Work Phone: 612-624-3105

Education
2015                            University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
(expected)                   Ph.D. in Plant Biological Sciences
                                    Adviser: Dr. M. David Marks
                                    Co-Adviser: Dr. Donald Wyse
 
2012                            University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA
                                    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
                                    Innovations in Undergraduate Multicultural Teaching and Learning
 
2008                            University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA
                                    Bachelor of Science
                                    Majors: Plant Biology
                                    Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
 
Additional Training
2011                            Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Course-Frontiers and Techniques
                                    in Plant Sciences
 
 
Academic and Research Appointments
Current                        Graduate Fellow (National Science Foundation GRFP
                                    Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota
2011-2012                   Graduate Teaching Assistant, Biology Program, University of Minnesota
2010-2012                   Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota
2008-2010                   Teach For America Corps Member-St. Louis, Missouri
2007                            Dartmouth College Summer Undergaduate Research Fellow
                                    (Advisor: Dr. Rob McClung), Hanover, NH
2005-2008                   Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Advisor: Dr. Jay Hatch),
                                    General College/Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota
2004-2008                   Undergraduate Research Assistant (Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Weinig) 
                                    Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota
 
Publications and Presentations
 
Dorn, KM; Fankhauser, JD; Wyse, DL; Marks, MD. (2013) De novo assembly of the pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) transcriptome provides tools for the development of a winter cover crop and biodiesel feedstock.The Plant Journal. In press.
 
In Preparation Refereed Journal Articles
1.) Dorn, KM, Fankhauser, JF, and Marks, MD. Higher eukaryote genome assembly on a desktop computer.
2.) Dorn, KM and Marks, MD. Transcriptome comparison of Medicago truncatula glandular and non-glandular trichomes.
3.) Krause, M, Dorn, KM, and Marks, MD. Rapid in vitro regeneration of Thlaspi arvense.
 
Presentations
2013                            International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (Sydney, Australia)
                                    “The use of Arabidopsis as a resource to improve field pennycress, a next generation biodiesel feedstock”
2013                            University of Minnesota Plant Biological Sciences Annual Retreat (St. Paul,MN) 
                                    Developing genomic resources to improve Pennycress as a winter cover crop and biofuel feedstock”
2013                            University of Minnesota Applied Plant Sciences Seminar Series (St. Paul, MN)
                                    “Genomic characterization of the oilseed crop field pennycress” 
2007                            University of Minnesota-College of Biological Sciences Welcome Week Student Research Seminar (Minneapolis, MN) 
                                    “Plant circadian rhythms and competitive ability”
2007                            National Conference on Undergraduate Research (San Rafael, CA)
                                   “Circadian rhythm affects plant competitive ability”
 
Poster Presentations - (abstract published*)
2013                            University of Minnesota Plant Biological Sciences Annual Retreat (St. Paul, MN)
2012                            Plant Biology 2012 (Austin, Texas) *
2011                            Plant Biology 2011 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)*
2011                            International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (Madison, Wisconsin) *
2011                            University of Minnesota Sustainability Symposium (St. Paul, MN)
2011                            University of Minnesota Microbial and Plant Genomics Symposium
                                    (St. Paul, MN)
2009                            Young Scientist Program/Teacher Researcher Partnership Symposium
                                    (St. Louis, MO)
2007                            Leadership Alliance Symposium (Stamford, CN)
2007                            Dartmouth College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow Symposium
                                    (Hanover, NH)
2007                            University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium (Minneapolis, MN)
2006                            University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium (Minneapolis, MN)
2005                            University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium (Minneapolis, MN)
 
Fellowships and Awards
Graduate School
2012                            National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2012                            UMN College of Biological Sciences Outstanding Performance Award for TAs
2011                            The National Academies Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Program For Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching-Honorable Mention
2011                            The ERM Foundation Sustainability Fellowship-Top 10 National Finalist 
2011                            UMN PBS Graduate Program Summer Fellowship
2010                            UMN Plant Biological Sciences Program Fellowship
Undergraduate
2007                            University of Minnesota Dean’s List
2007                            College of Biological Sciences Norman Kerr Memorial Scholarship
 
Research Grants
2012                            Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research ($800)
2012                            UMN Alexander and Lydia Anderson Fellowship ($3000 research grant)
2011                            UMN College of Education GradSEHD Research Grant (2 awards)
2007                            University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant
2006                            University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant
 
 
Travel Grants
2013                           North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee Early Career US Researcher Travel Award to attend the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research ICAR (Sydney, Australia)
2013                            UMN Council of Graduate Students Travel Award to attend ICAR 2013    
2013                            UMN MPGI Travel Award to attend ICAR 2013
2013                            UMN PBS Travel Award to attend ICAR 2013
2011                            U.S. Junior Scientist Registration Funding Award for International Conference on Arabidopsis Research
2011                            UMN-CFANS Graduate Student Scholarship to attend the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council Conference
2011                            UMN PBS Travel Award for ASPB Plant Biology 2011 Meeting
2007                            National Conference on Undergraduate Research Travel Grant
 
Academic Advising and Teaching
Undergraduate
2005-2008                   Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development, Minneapolis, MN. “Ecological Evaluations of Environmental Issues” Led lab/field sections for 120 students over 6 semesters
 
Post-Baccalaureate
2008-2010                   Science Teacher/Corps Member, Teach For America
Selected from 25,000 applicants to join the national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced public school to achieve significant gains in student achievement. Over two years, taught physical science, biology, and AP environmental science. Designed and implemented water quality project for cross-curricular study of local and global water issues. Worked with district partners to obtain funding for student computer lab and testing equipment for use in multiple science classes.
 
 
Graduate School
2013                            UMN HHMI Undergraduate Research Program mentor
2011                            UMN HHMI Scientific Teaching Program for Postdoctoral Fellows and Advanced Graduate Students
2012                            Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Biology 3272/5272 “Applied Biostatistics”
2010                            Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Biology 2004 “Foundations of Biology for Biology Majors-Lab”
 
 
Undergraduate Researchers Mentored 
Duc Dang(Summer 2012) Penn State, Harrisburg undergraduate, funded by UMN Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Project: Cloning and characterization of a VRN1 homolog from field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense).
Linnea Peterson-Bunker(Summer 2012) Earlham College undergraduate, funded by UMN Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Project: Flowering time gene expression in Cannabis sativa.
Kirk Amundson(Spring 2013-current) University of Minnesota Honors undergraduate. Project: Generation and characterization of an EMS population of field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense).
Heather Soika(Spring 2013-current) University of Minnesota undergraduate, funded by UMN Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology Education Program. Project: Regulation of flowering in winter annuals via endogenous microRNA targeting.
Keo Corak(Summer 2013) Macalester College undergraduate, funded by UMN Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
 
Professional Societies Membership
Sigma Xi-The Scientific Research Society (elected 2007), American Society of Plant Biologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Society for Experimental Biology