Vita

CURRICULUM VITAE

Jennifer A. (Kedzie) Raff

Department of Anthropology

University of Kansas

614 Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

           

Biological Anthropology, Genetics and Genomics, Ancient DNA, Human Variation, Evolutionary Anthropology, Molecular Biology, Colonization, Migration and Dispersal and the Prehistory of the Americas, Native American Genetic Diversity, Paleopathology, Bioarchaeology.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. (2008)   Anthropology and Genetics (dual degree): Indiana University, Bloomington Dissertation title: An Ancient DNA Perspective on the Prehistory of the Lower Illinois Valley.

M.A. (2008)   Anthropology: Indiana University, Bloomington

B.A. (2001) Biology and Anthropology (double major): Indiana University, Bloomington

 

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

2015-present   Assistant Professor: Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas at Lawrence

2013-2015       Research Fellow: Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

2011-2013       Postdoctoral Fellow: Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Molecular Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University at Chicago

2008-2011       Postdoctoral Associate: Department of Anthropology, University of Utah at Salt Lake City

2002-2008       Graduate Researcher: Departments of Biology and Anthropology, Indiana University at Bloomington

2001-2002       Research Assistant: Department of Biology, Indiana University at Bloomington

1997-2001       Undergraduate Research Assistant: Department of Biology, Indiana University at Bloomington

 

 

PUBLICATIONS IN PEER-REVIEWED JOUNRALS AND EDITED VOLUMES

 

Raff JA. (In Press) Anthropological genetics and social media outreach. American Anthropologist Vital Topics Forum on Anthropological Genetics.

 

Raff JA, Rzhetskaya M, Tackney J, Hayes MG. 2015. Mitochondrial diversity of Inupiat people from the Alaskan North Slope provides evidence for the origins of the Paleo- and Neo-Eskimo Peoples. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 157 (4): 603-614

 

Raff, JA. 2014. Review of Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance. Human Biology Volume 86(3).

 

Li, J., Quinque, D., Li, M., Horz, H., Rzhetskaya, M.R, Raff, J., Hayes, M.G., and Stoneking, M. 2014. Comparative analysis of the human saliva microbiome from different climate zones: Alaska, Germany, and Africa. PLOS Computational Biology. doi:10.1186/s12866-014-0316-1

 

Reynolds, A.W.*, Raff, J.A.*, Cook, D.C., Kaestle, F.A., and Bolnick, D.A. 2014. Ancient DNA from the Schild site in Illinois: Implications for the Mississippian transition in the Lower Illinois River Valley. American Journal of Physical Anthropology DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22668

   *Co-first authors

 

Tackney, J.C., Coltrain, J.B., Raff JA, and O’Rourke, D.H. (In Press) Ancient DNA and stable isotopes: Windows on Arctic prehistory. In: Oxford Handbook of Arctic Archaeology, Max Friesen and Owen Mason, Editors. Oxford University Press.

 

Raff J.A. and Bolnick D.A. (2014) Genetic roots of the first Americans. Nature 506:162-163.

 

Powell, M.L., Cook, D.C., Langley, M.M., Spencer, S.D., Raff, J.A., and Kaestle, F.A. (2012) The ‘African Queen’, a Portuguese mystery. In: The Bioarchaeology of Individuals: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Past: Local, Regional, and Global, Ann Lucy Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich, Editors. University Press of Florida.

 

Raff, J.A., Bolnick, D.A., Tackney, J.C., and O’Rourke, D.H. (2011) Ancient DNA perspectives on American colonization and population history. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146:503-514. One of the five most accessed articles in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology in 2011.

 

Raff, J.A., Tackney, J.C., and O’Rourke, D.H. (2010) South from Alaska: A pilot aDNA study of genetic history on the Alaskan Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians. Human Biology 82(5-6): 677-693.

 

O’Rourke, D.H., and Raff, J.A. (2010) The final frontier: Genetic perspectives on American colonization. Current Biology 20:R202-R207.

 

Meier, R. J. and Raff, J.A. (2010) Genetics in Human Biology. In: Human Evolutionary Biology, Michael P. Muehinbein, Editor. Cambridge University Press.

 

Raff, J.A., Cook, D.C., and Kaestle, F.A. (2006) Tuberculosis in the New World: a study of ribs from the Schild Mississippian population, West-Central Illinois. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 101(Suppl. II): 25-27. Rio de Janeiro.

 

Lee, S., Carlson, T., Christian, N., Lea, K., Kedzie, J., Reilly, J.P., Bonner, J.J. (2000). The yeast heat shock transcription factor changes conformation in response to   superoxide and temperature. Molecular Biology of the Cell 11:1753-1764.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2015                Instructor, University of Kansas. Introduction to Physical Anthropology.

2014                Guest lecturer, Anthropology 349D: Anthropological Genetics (University of Texas at Austin)

2014                Instructor, Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (University of Texas at Austin)

2013                Guest lecturer, Anthropological 349D: Anthropological Genetics (University of Texas at Austin)

Guest lecturer, Archaeogenetics (Indiana University, South Bend)

2010-2011       Instructor, University of Utah:

2006-2008       Instructor, Indiana University: Anthropology B200 (Introduction to Bioanthropology).

Biology L301 (Information Literacy for Biologists), co-taught with Brian Winterman.

2003-2006       Teaching Assistant, Indiana University

Biology L211 (Molecular Biology).

Biology L311 (Genetics).

Biology L318 (Cell Biology).

2000-2001       Undergraduate Teaching Intern, Indiana University:

COAS E105.

 

FIELDWORK

 

2009, 2010      (Concurrent field programs) Nuvuk Archaeological Project, Pt. Barrow, Alaska. Anne Jensen, Principle Investigator. Assisted in burial excavation and physical anthropological study of the early Thule inhabitants.

Genetics of the Alaska North Slope. M.G. Hayes, Principle Investigator: Assisted with recruitment and sample collection from study participants.

 

2000                Western Belize Regional Cave Project, Cayo District, Belize. Jaime Awe, Principle Investigator. Archaeological excavations of Classical Mayan sites (including Actun Tunichil Muknal).

 

 

RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

2015                Identifying Genomic Signatures of Evolutionary and Cultural Change in Native Americans ($285,845), National Science Foundation. Co-PI (PI: Deborah Bolnick).

2014-2015       Ancient DNA Analysis of the Prehistory of the Lower Pecos Region of Texas ($27,600 Direct Costs), Rock Art Foundation. Co-PI (PI: Deborah Bolnick).

2014-2015       Uncovering the Genetic Legacy of Fueguians and Patagonians through

Modern and Ancient DNA Analyses ($10,000 Direct Costs). National Geographic Genographic Project. Sub-contract (PIs: Marta Durruty and Miguel Vilar).

2004, 2006      The evolution of tuberculosis in prehistoric North America ($80,000),

National Science Foundation IGERT Doctoral Fellowship.

2005                The evolution of tuberculosis in prehistoric North America ($3,000),  Skomp Research Feasibility Grant.

2004                Prehistoric population movements and disease in ancient North America ($3,000), Skomp Research Feasibility Grant.

2002                Women in Science Program Graduate Fellowship ($18,000).

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

*International conferences

 

2015                Raff JA, Miro-Herrans A, Jensen A, Rzhetskaya M, Armstrong L, Hayes MG, Bolnick D. Reconstructing the effects of European contact on North Slope Iñupiat Populations through genetic, archaeological, and ethnohistoric research. Invited Poster Symposium: Thinking anthropologically about genetics. Chair: Bridget FB. Algee-Hewitt Co-Organizer: Amy Goldberg. 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, Missouri. March 25-28th.

 

2015                Hayes, M., Tackney, J, Raff, J, O’Rourke D.H. Current developments in anthropological genetics of the North American Arctic. Multi-generational perspectives on human biology and anthropological genetics: A Symposium in honor of Michael H. Crawford. Invited HBA-AAPA Poster Symposium. Chair: William R. Leonard. 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, Missouri. March 25-28th.

 

 

2015                Panalist, AAPA/AAAG Education workshop on communication and outreach issues in anthropology. 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, Missouri. March 25-28th.

 

2014                Raff, J.A., and Bolnick, D. Ancient DNA analysis of the prehistoric inhabitants of the Lower Pecos region of Texas. Texas Archaeological Society Annual Meeting, October 2014.

 

*2014              Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R, and Hayes, M.G. Understanding the colonization of the North American Arctic: Phylogenetic analysis of Y chromosome lineages from Iñupiat populations of the Alaskan North Slope. 83rd annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. April 9-12, 2014.

 

2013                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., and Hayes, M.G. Proposed revisions to human mitochondrial haplogroup phylogenies A2 and D4 based on whole mitochondrial genome sequencing of Alaskan Iñupiat populations. Poster presented at the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 9-11.

 

2013                Torosin N.S., Raff, J.A., and Hayes, M.G. A genetic test for the effect of the Toba volcanic eruption on worldwide population sizes in animal species. Poster presented at the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 9-11.

 

2013                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., and Hayes, M.G. Understanding the colonization of the North American Arctic: The results of whole mitochondrial genome sequencing of Iñupiat populations of the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Knoxville, TN. April 9-13.

 

2013                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., and Hayes, M.G. Patterns of genetic diversity and shared mitochondrial and Y-chromosome lineages among Iñupiat communities of the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. Anchorage, AK. March 13-16.

 

2012                Raff, J.A., Tackney, J.C., Rzhetskaya, M.R., and Hayes, M.G. Analysis of whole mitochondrial genomes from Inupiat populations of the Alaskan North Slope. Poster presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. San Francisco, CA. November 6-10.

 

2012                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., Tackney, J.C., O’Rourke, D.H., and Hayes, M.G. Mitochondrial and Y-chromosome diversity in Inupiat populations of the Alaskan North Slope: Implications for North American Arctic prehistory. Paper presented at the 18th Inuit Studies Conference. Washington, D.C. October 24-28.

 

2012                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., and Hayes, M.G. Y Chromosome diversity in Inupiat populations of the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Portland, OR. April 12-14.

 

2012                Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya M.R., Jensen, A.M., O’Rourke, D.H., and Hayes, M.G. Ancient and modern genetic diversity of Inupiat populations from the Alaskan North Slope. Paper presented at the invited symposium: Innovation, Challenges and New Directions in Genetic Research with Indigenous Populations. 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Portland, OR. April 12-14.

 

2012                Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., Tackney, J.C., O’Rourke, D. H., and Hayes, MG. Human migrations in the Arctic: Mitochondrial DNA evidence for the origins of the Paleo- and Neo- Eskimo peoples. 39th Annual Conference of the Alaskan Anthropological Association. Seattle, WA. February 29-March 3.

 

*2011              Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., Hayes, M.G., and O’Rourke, D.H. Ancient and modern genetic diversity of Inupiat populations from the Alaskan North Slope: Insights into Paleo- and Neo-Eskimo origins. Paper presented at the International Conference Comparing Ancient and Modern DNA Variability in Human Populations. Portugal. November 23-25.

 

*2011              Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M.R., Armstrong, L., and Hayes, M.G. Increased genetic diversity observed among Inupiat populations from the Alaskan North Slope. Poster presented at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics. Montreal, Canada. October 11-15.

 

*2011              Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Coltrain, J.B., Jensen, A.M., and O’Rourke, D.H. Molecular analysis of an ancient Thule population at Point Barrow, Alaska. Poster presented at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics. Montreal, Canada. October 11-15.

 

2011                Raff, J.A., Tackney, J. C., and O’Rourke, D.H. South from Alaska: An aDNA study of the genetic history of the Alaska Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, MN, April 12-16.

 

2011                Millward, G., Harrison, J., Raff, J., Kaestle, F., and Cook, D.C. Measuring the genetic effect of the Mississippian transition in the Lower Illinois River Valley: An ancient DNA analysis. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, MN, April 12-16.

 

2010                O’Rourke, D.H., Tackney J.C., and Raff, J.A. Ancient DNA insights into American colonization. Paper presented at the Wiley-Blackwell Symposium at the 79th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Albuquerque, NM. April 14-17.

 

2010                Raff, J.A., Tackney, J.C., and O’Rourke, D.H. South from Alaska: An aDNA study of genetic history on the Alaska Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians. Paper presented at the 18th annual Arctic Conference. Bryn Mawr, PA. November 12-13.

 

2009                Raff, J.A., Marchani, E., and O’Rourke, D.H. mtDNA sequences in prehistoric populations of the Alaska Peninsula: Mink Island and Port Moller. Paper presented at the 17th annual Arctic Conference. Boulder, CO. November 13-14.

 

2008                Raff, J.A., Cook, D.C., Alt, S., and Kaestle, F.A. Gene flow and the Mississippian emergence in the Lower Illinois Valley. Paper presented at the 37th annual Midwestern Archaeology Conference, Milwaukee WI. October 16-19.

 

2008                Raff, JA, Kaestle, F.A., and Cook, D.C. Mortuary practices and communicable disease risk: Implications for tuberculosis transmission in pre-Columbian North America. Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Paleopathology Association. Columbus, OH. April 8-9.

 

*2008              Kaestle, F.A., Raff J.A., and Millward, G. Kinship in the archaeological record: Ancient DNA insights. Paper presented at the 73rd annual Society for American Archaeology Meetings. Vancouver, BC, Canada. March 26-30.

 

*2007              Powell, M.L., Cook, D.C., Langley, M.M., Raff, J.A., and Kaestle, F.A.. The ‘African Queen’, a Portuguese mystery. Paper presented at the 2nd annual Paleopathology Association South American Meetings. Santiago, Chile. November 14-16.

 

2007                Cook, D.C., Raff, J.A., Kaestle, F.A., and Garniewicz, R. Rearticulated burials from Pete Klunk Mound 1: A Middle Woodland representation of the honored dead. Paper presented at the 36th annual Midwest Archaeology Conference, Notre Dame, IN. October 4-6.

 

2006                Raff, J.A., Cook, D.C., and Kaestle, F.A. The Madonna and Child Trope: Mortuary practices in Illinois. Paper presented at the 35th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, IL. October 12-15.

 

2006                Raff, J.A., Cook, D.C., Bolnick, D.A., and Kaestle, F.A. The Evolution of tuberculosis in prehistoric North America. Poster presented at the IU & Univ. or Oregon NSF IGERT Minisymposium: Origin of Novel Features. Bloomington, IN. October 6-8.

 

2006                Kaestle, F.A., Raff, J.A., Giesting, K., and Cook, D.C. TB in pre-contact North America: Who had it and what was it? Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Anchorage, AL. March 5-12.

 

2005                Raff, J.A. Fenn, M., Cook, D.C., and Kaestle, F.A. Ancient DNA investigations of Woodland and Mississippian populations in the Lower Illinois Valley. Paper presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C. November 30 – December 4.

 

2005                Raff, J.A., Cook, D.C., and Kaestle, F.A. Strain analysis and prevalence of tuberculosis in ancient North America; Evidence from the Schild Mississippian cemetery. Paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Milwaukee, WI. April 7-9.

 

*2005              Kaestle, F.A., Raff, J.A., and Cook, D.C. Ancient DNA analysis of pre-contact TB. Paper presented at the 1st Paleopathology Association Meetings in South America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. July 27-29.

 

2005                Raff, J.A., Chang, S., Kaestle, F.A., and Cook, D.C. The relationship between rib periosteal lesions and tuberculosis complex infection. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Milwaukee, WI. April 4-6.

 

 

INVITED/PUBLIC LECTURES

 

2014                “What we currently know (and don’t know) from genetic data about the peopling of the Americas and North American Arctic.” Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin.

 

2014                “Ancient DNA research methods and ethics”. Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics, University of Texas at Austin.

 

2014                “Ancient molecules and migrations: Understanding the origins of the earliest Americans.” The Summer Science Program, New Mexico Institute of Technology.

 

2013                “Anthropological genetic investigations into the final frontier: Human colonization of the North American Arctic.” Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

 

2013                “The peopling of the Americas.” Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

 

2012                “Blending genomics and anthropology to understand human prehistory.” Scholarship and Discovery Conversation Series. Sponsored by the School of Health Professions, Mizzou Advantage, and the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia.

 

2011                “Women in prehistoric North America.” Women in Science Day Featured Lecture. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Indiana University South Bend.

 

 

CONFERENCES AND SESSIONS ORGANIZED/CHAIRED

                                   

2014                Organizing committee, Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics. University of Texas at Austin.

 

2014                Co-organizer with Michael O’Brien (University of Missouri) and Dennis O’Rourke (University of Utah), American Colonization and Dispersal: Disciplinary Perspectives and Challenges. Conference sponsored by Mizzou Advantage, University of Missouri.

 

2011                Session Chair, Anthropological Genetics of the Americas. 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

2009                Co-organizer and Session Chair, Current Frontiers in Evolution, Development, and Genomics. Indiana University & University of Oregon NSF-IGERT Symposium. Bloomington, Indiana.

 

 

SCIENCE OUTREACH AND PUBLIC SCIENCE EDUCATION

 

Scientific literacy blog:   www.violentmetaphors.com

 

Total views from April 2013 through August 13, 2015: 3,748,840

   Total subscribers (August 13, 2015): 18,033

 

Purpose:

  • Teaches non-scientists how to distinguish between legitimate research and pseudo-science
  • Teaches non-scientists how to think critically and evaluate information on contentious scientific and medical issues (e.g. vaccination, GMOs, race and genetics).
  • Explains cutting edge anthropological genomic research to the general public.
  • Provides resources for early career scientists and a forum to showcase their research and develop their writing skills.
  • Highlights interesting topics in science, with a special emphasis on research by (and issues that affect) women in science.

 

Key articles:

 

  • Nicholas Wade and race: building a scientific façade. May 21, 2014.

16,951 views. Cited by Nature News blog.

 

  • Dear parents, you are being lied to. March 25, 2014. 10 million views (on multiple English language websites); translated into 7 languages.

 

  • How to read and understand a scientific paper: A guide for non-scientists. August 25, 2013. 207,036 views. Cited as an important resource by the American Library Association, Scientific American blog, BBC science and technology blog, and featured on Freshly Pressed and BoingBoing.

 

  • The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google. August 14, 2013. 530,000 views.

 

  • How to become good at peer review: A guide for young scientists. December 13, 2013. 24,574 views.

 

  • Problematic science journalism: Native American ancestry and the Solutrean hypothesis. March 10, 2014. 4,864 views.

 

Business Insider

Contributing science blogger since 4/10/15

Huffington Post

Contributing science blogger since 4/8/14

Key Articles

 

  • Addressing a diversity problem in human genetics. September16, 2014.
  • How to read and understand a scientific article. A step-by-step guide for non-

scientists. June 18, 2014.

  • Nicholas Wade and race: building a scientific façade. May 27, 2014.
  • Dear parents, you are being lied to. April 8, 2014.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 

Referee for Journals: Nature, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Human Biology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences.

 

Social media outreach for the American Association of Anthropological Genetics.

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Physical Anthropology

American Society of Human Genetics

American Association of Anthropological Genetics

Alaska Anthropological Association

Texas Archaeological Society

 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

 

Native American genetic research

Forbes (5/13/15), Nature (6/18/15), New York Times (6/18/15), Huffington Post

(6/22/15), Nature (7/21/15), Science 7/21/15, Science News (7/21/15), Boston Globe

(7/21/15), National Geographic (8/28/14), Science (5/16/14), BBC World Service

(2/13/14), Reuters (2/12/14), Nature (11/2013), Huffington Post (11/20/13),

LiveScience.com (11/20/13), Los Angeles Times (7/5/2013), LiveScience.com

(7/3/2013), Science (9/23/2011), Mammoth Trumpet (10/2010).

 

Scientific literacy

Medical News Today (8/22/14), IFLS (6/24/14), Aftenposten (6/5/14), Stern (6/4/14), PeerJ (1/14/14).

 

Race and genetics

“Science for the people” podcast (10/17/14).

                       

 

REFERENCES

 

Available upon request.

30 thoughts on “Vita

  1. Yanae September 23, 2013 / 1:52 am

    Two questions:
    1. It’s really diverse for your research interests, how do you manage, survive and stay fruitful within limited time?
    2. Do you have a facebook page, if not, why?
    Thanks a lot! Like your post!

  2. Jaysus April 10, 2014 / 11:25 am

    “The history of prefrontal lobotomy has been brief and stormy. Its course has been dotted with both violent opposition and with slavish, unquestioning acceptance.” Kind of reminds me of something…

  3. joe yamen April 11, 2014 / 6:08 am

    Which style of martial arts do you study? Just curious?

    • Jennifer Raff April 11, 2014 / 7:50 am

      Right now I’m focusing just on Brazilian Jiujitsu

      • joe yamen April 16, 2014 / 12:12 am

        and what other styles have you trained in?

        • Jennifer Raff June 21, 2014 / 9:16 am

          In rough chronological order: TKD, HKD, Modern Arnis, Judo, Kali, JKD, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Western boxing and MMA. I still train the last four arts, but I’m mainly focused on BJJ.

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