Vita

CURRICULUM VITAE

Jennifer A. (Kedzie) Raff

Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Email: jenniferraff@utexas.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. (2008) Anthropology and Genetics (dual degree): Indiana University, Bloomington

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

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

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2013-Present 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 research: 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

Peer Reviewed articles and papers

2014  Raff JA and Bolnick DA. Genetic roots of the first Americans. Nature 506: 162-163

In Review Jing Li; Dominique Quinque; Mingkun Li; Hans-Peter Horz; Margarita Rzhetskaya; Jennifer Raff; M. Geoffrey Hayes; Mark Stoneking. Comparative analysis of the human saliva microbiome from different climate zones: Alaska, Germany, and Africa. Submitted to PLOS Computational Biology, August 2013.

*2011 Raff, J.A., Bolnick, D.A., Tackney, J., O’Rourke, D.H. Ancient DNA Perspectives on American Colonization and Population History. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146: 503-514.

2010 Raff, J.A., Tackney, J., O’Rourke, D.H. South from Alaska: A Pilot aDNA Study of Genetic History on the Alaskan Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians. Human Biology 82(5-6): 677-693. 2010

2010 O’Rourke, D.H., and Raff, J.A. The Final Frontier: Genetic Perspectives on American Colonization. Current Biology 20: R202-R207

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

2000 Lee, S., Carlson, T., Christian, N., Lea, K., Kedzie, J., Reilly, J.P., Bonner, J.J. The Yeast Heat Shock Transcription Factor Changes Conformation in Response to Superoxide and Temperature. Mol. Bio. of the Cell11:1753-1764.

* One of the five most accessed articles in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2011

Edited Book Chapters

In Review Tackney, J, JB Coltrain, JA Raff, and DH O’Rourke. Ancient DNA and Stable Isotopes: Windows on Arctic Prehistory. In: Oxford Handbook of Arctic Archaeology, Max Friesen and Owen Mason, Editors. Oxford University Press

2012 Powell, ML, DC Cook, MM Langley, SD Spencer, JA Raff, FA Kaestle. The ‘African Queen’, A Portuguese Mystery. In: The Bioarchaeology of Individuals. Ann Lucy Stodder & Ann M. Palkovich, Editors, University Press of Florida.

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

Dissertation

2008 An Ancient DNA Perspective on the Prehistory of the Lower Illinois Valley. Indiana University, Bloomington.

TEACHING

Areas of focus Biological Anthropology, Genetics, Human Variation, Evolution, Molecular Biology, Colonization and Prehistory of the Americas

Specific Course Descriptions

2010-2011 Instructor, University of Utah:

Anthropology L2020 (Human evolution). This undergraduate non-major course addresses key concepts in human evolutionary biology from an interdisciplinary perspective, and includes a laboratory component in which students work with data from the fossil and genetic record to explore questions of human prehistory, adaptations, and diversity.

2003-2008 Instructor/Assistant Instructor, Indiana University:

Anthropology B200 (Introduction to Bioanthropology). This course, for undergraduate anthropology majors and non-majors, teaches the fundamentals of the field of biological anthropology, including human genetics and variability, human evolution, molecular anthropology, and primatology.

Biology L301 (Information Literacy for Biologists), co-taught with Brian Winterman. This upper-division course for biology and chemistry majors is designed to prepare students for careers in medicine and research. Students are taught how to design research projects, conduct database searches, to find and evaluate literature relevant to their research, to read and critically analyze primary research papers, to present findings at a scientific meeting (in both podium and poster formats), to write research proposals, and to understand and participate in the process of peer review for funding and publication.

Biology L211 (Molecular Biology). This course, required for undergraduate biology majors, provides an introduction to major topics and current research in molecular biology.

Biology L311 (Genetics). This course, required for upper-division undergraduate biology majors, provides an introduction to major topics and current research in genetics.

Biology L318 (Cell Biology). This course, for upper-division undergraduate biology majors, provides an introduction to major topics and current research in cellular biology.

2000-2001 Undergraduate Teaching Intern, Indiana University:

COAS E105. This course, for non-science majors of all levels, provides an overview of concepts in human origins, drawing upon findings in the fields of evolutionary biology, genetics, and cultural anthropology.

RESEARCH SUPPORT

2003-2008 National Science Foundation IGERT Doctoral Fellowship for study on “The evolution of tuberculosis in prehistoric North America”

2005 Skomp Research Feasibility Grant for study on “The evolution of tuberculosis in prehistoric North America”

2004 Skomp Research Feasibility Grant for study on “Prehistoric population movements and disease in ancient North America”

2002 Women in Science Program Graduate Fellowship

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
*International conferences

2013 Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., 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., 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, Tennessee. April 9-13.

2013 Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., 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 Alaskan Anthropological Association. Anchorage, AK.

2012 Raff, J.A., Tackney, J., Rzhetskaya, M., 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., Tackney, J, 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 24th-28th.

2012 Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., 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, Oregon. April 12-14.

2012 Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya M., Jensen, A.M., O’Rourke, D.H., 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, Oregon. April 12-14.

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

*2011 Tackney, J.C., Raff, J.A., Rzhetskaya, M., Hayes, M.G., 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., Armstrong, L., 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., 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., O’Rourke D. 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, Minnesota, April 12-16.

2011 Millward, G., Harrison, J., Raff, J., Kaestle, F., 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, Minnesota, April 12-16.

2011 Tackney, J.C., Jensen, A., Raff, J.A., O’Rourke, D. Ancient mtDNA analysis at Nuvuk, an ancient Thule village at Point Barrow, Alaska. Poster presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 12-16.

2010 O’Rourke D.H., Tackney J., 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, New Mexico. April 14-17

2010 Raff, JA, Tackney, J, 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. Nov. 12-13..

2009 Raff, JA, Marchani, E, 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. Nov. 13-14.

2008 Raff, JA, DC Cook, S Alt, FA Kaestle. Gene Flow and the Mississippian Emergence in the Lower Illinois Valley. Paper presented at the 37th annual Midwestern Archaeology Conference, Milwaukee WI, Oct. 16-19.

2008 Raff, JA, FA Kaestle, DC Cook. Mortuary Practices and Communicable Disease Risk: Implications for Tuberculosis Transmission in Precolumbian North America. Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Paleopathology Association. Columbus, OH. April 8-9.

*2008 Kaestle, FA, JA Raff, G Millward. 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, ML, DC Cook, MM Langley, JA Raff, FA Kaestle. The ‘African Queen’, a Portuguese Mystery. Paper presented at the 2nd annual Paleopathology Association South American Meetings. Santiago, Chile. Nov. 14-16.

2007 Cook, DC, JA Raff, FA Kaestle and R Garniewicz. 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. Oct. 4-6.

2006 Raff, JA, DC Cook, FA Kaestle. The Madonna and Child Trope: Mortuary practices in Illinois. Paper presented at the 35th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, IL. Oct. 12-15.

2006 Raff, JA, DC Cook, DA Bolnick, FA Kaestle. 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. Oct. 6-8.

2006 Kaestle, FA, JA Raff, K Giesting, DC Cook. 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, JA. M Fenn, DC Cook, FA Kaestle. 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 DC., Nov. 30 – Dec. 4.

2005 Raff, JA, DC Cook, FA Kaestle. 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.

*2005 Kaestle, FA, JA Raff, DC Cook. 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, JA, S Chang, FA Kaestle, DC Cook. 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.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Association of Physical Anthropology, American Society of Human Genetics, American Association of Anthropological Genetics, Alaska Anthropological Association

SERVICE, SCIENCE OUTREACH, AND MEDIA

Reviewer Nature, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Human Biology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Conferences and sessions organized/chaired

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.

Invited/Public Lectures

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. (Video of presentation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19k7ts5wnMI)

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

Media citations and appearances

BBC World Service interview (2/13/14): “Where did Native Americans come from?” (https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/bbc-newsday-where-did-native?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=wtshare&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbbc-world-service%2Fbbc-newsday-where-did-native)

Reuters (2/12/14 ): “Ancient native boy’s genome reignites debate over first Americans) (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/12/us-science-native-americans-origins-idUSBREA1B1TS20140212)

PeerJ (1/14/14) : “How to become good at peer review”. (http://blog.peerj.com/)

Nature (11/2013): “Americas’ natives have European roots” by Ed Yong

Huffington Post (11/20/13): “Siberian Skeletons’ Ancient DNA Raises New Questions About First Americans” by Tia Ghose

LiveScience.com (11/20/13): “Ancient Siberian skeletons confirm Native American origins.” by Tia Ghose

Featured on “Citizen Radio” podcast (10/15/13)

Los Angeles Times (7/5/2013): “Ancient bones’ DNA draws a direct line to people living today” by Eryn Brown.

LiveScience.com (7/3/2013): “Ancient Native Americans’ living descendents revealed” by Tia Ghose

“One guy talking” podcast 6/20/13

News report on research: Balter, Tracing the Paths of the First Americans. Science 333: 1692, 2011.

News report on research: Largent, Human Migration Into the New World: A New Look at the Genetic Evidence. Mammoth Trumpet 25(4): 8-11

REFERENCES

Available by request

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